It’s quite a change for Republicans in 2017; instead of just saying ‘no’ as they did for eight years, they must learn how to govern. There are no more excuses; they control all three branches of government, and any credits and all mistakes are now on their scrawny little shoulders.
Trump’s illegitimate presidency has revealed where the weakness lies in the GOP; at the top. Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, has failed as a United States senator for more than 30 years, having no significant accomplishments to his credit. Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, has proven himself to be a hypocrite and a liar, and has failed each time he received an opportunity to achieve something significant for the American people. In other words, neither man knows how to govern effectively.
Both men denounced the Affordable Care Act in 2010, claiming that insufficient time rushed a bill to a vote on the floor before an adequate number of committee meetings and deliberation had allowed input from both parties. (It took 11 months to bring Obamacare to a vote). Both men also whined that they had not had time to read the entire bill. No, I’m not mistaking this for Democrat’s complaints about Trumpcare; this is exactly what Republican leaders complained about in 2010.
The major difference is that Obamacare was not crafted behind closed doors and without Republican input. It was heavily scrutinized by both parties and in the end it was 2,300 pages in length. The House version of Trumpcare when revised was 123 pages long, while the Senate version is 19 pages longer at 142. Not a single Democrat or female senator was invited to construct the bill.
Trump is now suggesting that the bill be scrapped entirely and Obamacare repealed, without a time table to ensure that tens of millions of Americans will have access to healthcare.
So, what’s the next crisis facing the ‘Keystone Cops’ on the right side of the aisle? ‘It’s all about the money.’
The ‘debt ceiling’ is approaching. If it is not raised, parts of the government will be shut down. McConnell has consistently rejected any expansion of the amount of money our government will need to operate the nation. Ryan has fluctuated, it is upon his shoulders where the ultimate decisions will be made.
“The Hill” defined the problem facing Republicans.
“Conservative Republicans are already pressing Ryan to tie spending cuts or budgetary reforms to a debt-limit bill, signaling they do not plan on changing their strategy with fellow Republican Donald Trump in the White House.
“Democrats, however, say they will insist on a clean debt hike.
“This means that if the House could pass a debt ceiling bill that included provisions backed by conservatives, their brethren in the Senate would need at least eight Democrats to back it in the upper chamber to overcome an expected filibuster.
“The Trump administration has given mixed signals about the debt ceiling.”
The problem is best described by a famous line in a critically acclaimed movie; “Cool Hand Luke.” Strother Martin famously said: “What we have here, is a failure to communicate.” The Republican Party remains split into three factions; moderates, true conservatives, and right wing extremists such as the Freedom Caucus who refuse to deliberate or compromise within their own party. There is not a Republican Party today. It is an ‘in name only party’ which lacks the principles and moral fiber of what was once a respected and capable group of legislators.
If you don’t believe that our government in its present state is in an irreparable condition, you simply don’t follow the events occurring in Washington today.
From my first opportunity to vote in elections at age 21 , I knew that I had to be an Independent. I realized that there was ‘right and wrong’ on both sides of the aisle, and our government only succeeded when deliberation and compromise produced legislation which provided for the needs and wishes of all Americans. I admit that as I aged, I moved farther to the left and supported liberals in their quest to support all Americans without prejudice for their race, religion, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation. I believe that this is my America; the America our founding fathers promised every citizen in the Constitution.
Think about how bad our government is today, and about where it could be when you vote in November of 2018. Personally, I’ve had far too many Mitch McConnell’s, Paul Ryan’s, Ted Cruz’s, Steve King’s, Sarah Palin’s, Ann Coulter’s, and FOX Noise pundits in my life. They have failed me, my family, and my friends. And now, with the worst president in history defiling the White House, I fear for the future of my beloved nation like never before.
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Op-ed by James Turnage
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