Many Republican voters, true conservatives at heart, have become utterly disenchanted with the GOP and its leadership.
Tired of RINOs (Republicans In Name Only) and NeoCons (Liberal Republicans who favor intervention in other countries) and all their ilk.
Tired of “leaders” like Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell.
Tired of Fredocons.
“Fredo, I knew it was you”.
So is President Trump.
What good is having a Republican majority in the House and Senate if you don’t use it?
Republicans, sorry, but I’ve been hearing about Repeal & Replace for 7 years, didn’t happen! Even worse, the Senate Filibuster Rule will….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 8, 2017
…never allow the Republicans to pass even great legislation. 8 Dems control – will rarely get 60 (vs. 51) votes. It is a Repub Death Wish!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 8, 2017
Which is why Trump cut a deal with Democrats to raise the debt ceiling for three months in order to get funding for Hurricane Harvey Debt relief.
Judging by the stunned looks on Ryan and McConnell’s faces, they never saw it coming.
The RINO’s in the media immediately took issue with President Trump’s action. Take Jonah Goldberg at National Review:
The problem is there’s another reason Congress has disappointed the president and his most ardent supporters: Donald Trump doesn’t know what he’s doing.
Goldberg suggests no solutions to the stalemate and inaction coming from the GOP – only the same tired criticisms.
Let’s be honest. The debt ceiling increase was gonna happen anyway. It was just a matter of when.
President Trump gave up nothing while telling the GOP “If you won’t work with me, I’m gonna look for alternative paths”.
Truth. And well said Treehouse Ron pic.twitter.com/aex1kD9iT1
— Jeff Carlson, CFA (@themarketswork) September 7, 2017
A little free market competition is always a good thing. So is a hard inside right hook.
A shot over the bow of a windless, rudderless GOP.
I don’t think this happened entirely in a vacuum. In the week leading up to this event, several Democratic Congressional members – i.e. Feinstein, Pelosi – surprisingly softened their rhetoric and criticisms of President Trump.
The day before, it was being reported that Ryan and McConnell were working on a bill that would have funded the government until December and raised the nation’s debt limit high enough to last beyond the 2018 midterm elections – without funding for the U.S.-Mexico border wall or significant spending reforms favored by conservatives.
The whole point of the GOP’s bill was to defer the need for any real Congressional action until after the midterm elections.
Ryan and McConnell tied Hurricane Relief to the bill’s passage.
These are the so-called leaders of the GOP.
That all ended in one quick conversation with Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.
There are other messages hidden within this action as well.
Budget creation is a fundamental task of Congress. President Trump just stole Congressional Leadership power away from McConnell and Ryan – making them look like fools in the process.
By indicating a willingness to continually lift the debt ceiling for short periods of time, President Trump’s actions force these same leaders to work on real budgetary reforms – as opposed to a budget that simply defers the issue until after midterm elections.
Congress came back from recess with no plan – and no focused agenda – other than the spineless McConnell/Ryan budgetary bill. President Trump’s debt-deal with Democrats swept the packed September Congressional Calendar clean…
…Leaving the GOP with little choice but to focus on Health Care Repeal and Replace, tax relief, immigration reform and real budget reform – with a December due date looming in front of them.
And, yes. Healthcare Repeal is not completely dead.
Take a look at what was going on just one day prior to President Trump’s debt-deal. Andy Slavitt, former Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services under Obama, sent this:
URGENT: We are in for a battle.
— Andy Slavitt (@ASlavitt) September 6, 2017
It may be a long shot, but as noted by Bloomberg, it’s a real possibility.
Republican Senators Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham said Thursday they will introduce a revised version of their proposal to replace Obamacare, with the goal of getting a vote by the end of this month.
Lindsey Graham sent this tweet out today:
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) September 8, 2017
Again, I note this is a long-shot. But without the temporary debt-deal being reached, it would have been an impossibility.
President Trump has been unfairly judged in the media solely by the legislation passed – or lack thereof.
But that fault lies with the GOP – not with President Trump. Republicans control the House and the Senate – by the slimmest of margins, yes.
But control is still control.
The GOP seems dead-set against exercising it.
And yet, all is not measured by legislation alone.
There are so many things going on behind the scenes:
At last count, almost 900 Obama-era regulations had been gutted and killed.
President Trump kept us out of the disastrous Paris Accord – a non-sanctioned treaty that would have sent billions to European nations.
Pressure on North Korea continues through economic pressure on China. I anticipate 6-way bilateral talks to begin soon.
Our national debt is actually marginally down – as opposed to the almost $1 trillion Obama added in his first six months.
Our national economy is growing – with every metric exhibiting improvement.
Our energy capabilities have been unleashed, resulting in dramatically lower gas prices and national energy production sufficiency.
Court vacancies are being filled by judges who respect and uphold our Constitution.
Illegal immigration has plummeted, gang members deported. The RAISE Act waiting in the wings.
The list goes on.
Now, the GOP has been warned. Get on board or be left behind.
One of the great gifts of Trump’s Presidency has been the forceful removal of political masks from those claiming status on either the Right or the Left.
We now have a much clearer picture where most really stand.
It’s time to start doing something about those stances.