Dear Mr. President – April 17, 2020

Dear Mr. President,

Good morning on this beautiful Michigan morning with snow falling softly on our deserted streets. It’s as if the world is being wiped clean of all “very bad things” and we are starting anew.

I’m sorry I didn’t write to you yesterday as I know how much you look forward to hearing from me. I started on another round of Big Bang Theory reruns and ended up with Chicago P.D, a show that I don’t really like but I couldn’t bear to watch any more news. I did manage to catch a bit of your uplifting message yesterday. You started with “He’s taken the departed into his eternal loving embrace of greatest glory”. How inspirational! Did you come up with that all by yourself or does Stephen Miller still write these words? I know how comforted I felt when I heard this.

Anyhow, the Federal Guidelines for OUAA (Open Up America Again- so catchy) seem to be reasonable and sensible.

It was comforting to hear that you will “allow” the governors to “open their states” and that you have “empowered them to use their powers”. That is incredibly kind and wise of you. Of course, they had already begun this process and have also banded together regionally to work together. They seem to all agree that there is one huge problem and that is the testing needed to accomplish this. You are so right about the Federal government not being set up in a Walmart parking lot testing hordes of people. I don’t think that is what the governors are asking for. Maybe you could listen to the transcript of your call with them to understand exactly what they are asking for.

I do have a few ideas I’d like to run by you. It seems that we have run out of the money for small businesses and unemployment benefits. Obviously more money is needed. Maybe you can convince Mitch to agree to add more money into the new bill being worked on. Tell him it’s for hospitals, the Post Office, election security and other very important needs. I’m sure if you weigh in on this he will listen.

Here are some fund raising ideas. 1) You said you donate your salary but didn’t say to where. Maybe you can designate it for the hourly workers at your golf clubs who have lost their jobs? 2)You keep telling us that the US companies are “incredible” and “we had the greatest economy in the history of the world”. So, maybe, those companies have some money in a savings account for a rainy day. Then they wouldn’t need so much money from the Federal government and that money could go to the 22 million unemployed or their former small business? 3) I get a bit confused when you say one thing (“I have absolute power”) on Tuesday and then something completely opposite ( “We will allow them to stay closed if they need to”) on Thursday.

Maybe, just maybe, you should wait 24 or 48 hours to make decisions. Sleep on it.

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