With John Boehner and Paul Ryan in control, the House of Representatives was a disaster. Three separate factions in the GOP prevented any competent action from the men and women who rubber-stamped Trump’s vile agenda for the past 23 months and ten days.
Nancy Pelosi has returned as the Speaker of the House, and here’s what she inherited; the Trump Shutdown. Trump, Ryan, and Mitch McConnell together could not perform their basic function; keeping the government in operation.
Pelosi has already proven that Trump is no match for her; neither her courage or her intellect.
Trump is now claiming that his shutdown could last for ‘months or even years.’ Not possible. First, let’s be truthful about the reason for Trump’s Shutdown. The only reason for his “wall” is to keep a campaign promise. This is the 21st century; surveillance cameras, infrared sensors in satellites high above our southern border, and drones would be far more effective than a 16th century wall.
You’re probably asking, “what can Pelosi do to expedite the return of our government?” She’s putting pressure on Mitch McConnell’s senate, and she’s getting help from at least two Republican senators who are up for reelection on November 3, 2020. Cory Gardner from Colorado, and Susan Collins from Maine have broken with McConnell’s “do nothing policy.”
“I think we should pass a continuing resolution to get the government back open. The Senate has done it in the last Congress, we should do it again today,” Gardner said.
On the first day the House passed a bill to reopen the government. If the senate does the same, and it lands on Trump’s desk, he has promised to veto it. However, a two-thirds vote from the House can override a veto.
Trump has other problems. He will experience defections from his party which has currently refused to challenge their incompetent leader. They are desperate to win reelection, and Trump’s popularity is about to drop to an all-time low. In addition, of the 800,000+ men and women who are not receiving paychecks, thousands are currently working without pay. This includes the secret service, federal prison guards and administration, and the Transportation Security Administration, the TSA. Although Homeland Security is denying the facts, TSA agents are beginning a “sick-out” in several large airports. What happens when none of them show up for work? By law, all passengers must be screened before boarding commercial aircraft. Without the TSA all flights will be grounded with the exception of military aircraft and Air Force One. Trump will continue to play golf.
In January of 2009 McConnell stood before the television cameras and promised to do nothing as long as President Obama remained in office. He continues to keep that promise.
Republicans are the enemy; remember that on November 3, 2020; this is our country, not theirs.
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Op-ed by this “Wise Old Fart,” James Turnage
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