With media outlets determined to interpret and spin Congresses recent actions, it should be interesting to see what they have to say about the one week budget extension, along with the Republicans’ inability to pass any significant legislature.
Will they ignore that this temporary spending measure passed only because House Democrats voted to keep the government from shutting down? Will they gloss over how Mitch McConnell insisted on a voice vote, lest any Senator be recorded?
These kind of craven deeds are typical of right-wing theocrats utterly convinced of their place in the elite, and totally committed to the notion of massive tax cuts and windfalls for the wealthy. Believing their misdeeds can be hidden in plain sight.
Who despite having six plus years to come up with a replacement plan for the ACA came to the table with nothing. So it wasn’t surprising to see Speaker Ryan fail for the second time in three weeks to bring Zombiecare 2.0 up for a vote. And when such missteps are combined with his inability to pass a budget resolution, it’s yet another reminder of their inability to govern responsibly.
Circumstances which remind me of the villain’s remark in James Bond movie Goldfinger; “Once is happenstance, twice is coincidence, the third time it’s enemy action.” And how will their failures to exploit majorities in both chambers play on the Drumpf’s compulsive need to be seen as a winner — as someone who “gets things done.”
An illusion he goes to great lengths to maintain; starting with his many signing statements, half of which are calls for reviews, commissioned reports or established panels to issue recommendations that collectively represent a dizzying schedule of 90-, 120- and 180-day increments for federal agencies to evaluate the feasibility of White House goals.
While there’s nothing wrong with collecting information to make better policy decisions, considering how little this administration has actually used information (aka, facts) to drive their policy decisions, it’s more likely that his true “intent” was to use these signing statements as opportunities to play to his audience, letting them know he’s “making his priorities clear.”
Like his racially charged con … I mean promise to restore the white male industrial wage-earner to their rightful place in society. Returning to an era where rigid social hierarchies ruled, where harsh punishments were the norm. And true to form, he delivers the easiest part of this punitive formula — using his attorney general to crack down on those he calls threats.
Meanwhile, his tax proposal will blow a massive hole in the federal budget, starving the government of revenue and saddling future generations with the burden of fixing the social safety net. It would slash tens of billions of dollars from anti-poverty programs, leaving tens of millions of Americans without health insurance, and does nothing to bring jobs to this country.
Surprisingly his brand of scorched earth populism has almost no effect on his supporters, where despite all of his broken campaign promises, and lies; they are determined to support him in greater numbers than last Novembers election.
Whether it’s because they watch too much FOX Noise —
Or don’t think they will be affected by the coming economic regime, or are too culturally conditioned to understand it, all that matters to them is the perception that his racist and nativist crusade against people of color and Muslims is working.
Given the centrality of racism and white supremacy in today’s Republican Party specifically, and movement conservatism more generally, his overt hostility to people of color is widely considered a sign of “success” by his supporters.
That poll also signals a deeper problem. In many ways, voters of all persuasions are unable to make consistent and coherent voting decisions, unable to connect their personal decisions to questions of institutional power and political outcomes, a crisis of civic literacy which threatens the foundations of American democracy.
A set of circumstances which masks the danger behind the Drumpf’s clownish veneer, his ways of lying are not just the actions of an impetuous man-child. They are part of a deliberate strategy designed to cloud our capacity to think, to live in the realm of truth.
And while many of the Drumpf’s supporters understand his policies will hurt people like them, they will continue to overwhelmingly support him. According to a recent ABC/Washington Post survey 96 percent of his supporters said they would vote for him again.
Whether it’s because he so brazenly flouts the truth … I mean tells it like it is, or promises to put “people” in their place has never been clear. And because his presidency is essentially a rebellion against liberalism itself — his language, tone, personal behavior, and policies are all designed to foster a sense of resentment.
Considering that he has the attention span of a hummingbird, his ability to maintain his supporter’s sense of anger is a testament to his skills as a demagogue. And since he is already siphoning wealth from public coffers, through petty graft and public policy, his familiarity with how taxes cuts work, and ability to speak the lingo, offer him a chance to pull off his biggest con.
Make no mistake, any “compromise” he makes with the Republican’s over tax reform will promise much while delivering little. For example, his initial one page proposal would have cost the Government an estimated $5.5 trillion in lost revenue over the next 10 years, while adding another $20 trillion to the national debt by 2036.
Money that were it going towards infrastructure and investment — in health care and education — is sustainable, since there are substantive benefits to such spending, and it has been shown to promote long-term prosperity.
Where for the past eight years, they have conducted a Dr. Moreau laboratory of economic experiments which have brought them: stagnant growth, rising poverty, higher income inequality, and recurring budget crises. Bringing us to this inescapable conclusion; Republicans across the country are really bad at governing, and Congress is even worse.
Both of their plans for enacting tax changes are based on irreconcilable models. So will it be the Cheeto faced Twittler’s tax cuts with nothing to offset lost revenues, save rosy future forecasts? Or will it resemble Speaker Ryan’s proposal; a dedicated tax generating revenue over time, offsetting some of the top corporate rate cuts?
When Paul Krugman’s recently compared an episode of the Twilight Zone” called “It’s a Good Life,” to the current administration, he wasn’t being facetious. He was pointing the similarities between this tale about an immature 6-year-old with monstrous superpowers who terrorizes a small town, with the inhabitants constant fear made even worse by the need to pretend everything was fine, lest any hint of discontent bring down terrible retribution.
Considering how determined Congressional Republicans are to avoid conflict with the Drumpf, their public proclamations of “finding areas where they agree,” there could be more truth to Krugman’s comparison than we realize, especially since they are equally determined to slip out of town before anyone notices their entire “plan” for spurring faster economic growth, creating millions of new jobs and raising wages is based on magical thinking.
Just like believing he won’t do as little as possible, shifting whatever responsibilities he can to the next sucker. As long as he gets to bask in the adulation of his audience, he doesn’t give a shit about anything Congress does or says; just so long as they hurry up and do their damn job.