POTUS Trump has had enough of pretend Republicans doing nothing especially when it comes to opportunities to help the American people. Figures like Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell, Establishment relics who are vainly trying to cling to power have repeatedly proven to be the greatest obstructionists to the Trump agenda than any Democrat in Congress.
So with that as his backdrop, Mr. Trump is now waging an all out assault on getting a major tax cut to the American Middle Class – obstructionist Republicans be damned.
Via the NYT:
Trump Will Work With Either Democrats or Republicans to Achieve Tax Overhaul
“If we can’t get 60 votes, we’re prepared to use reconciliation to get it done,” Steven Mnuchin, the Treasury secretary, said at a CNBC conference on Tuesday.
The comments come as the White House and Republicans in Congress are working to release the outlines of a plan to overhaul the tax code sometime later this month. Mr. Mnuchin said that he remained hopeful that a tax bill could be passed by the end of the year.
POTUS Trump has laid out some general and lofty tax reform goals. Whispers indicate he’s willing to concede some of those as leverage to getting a bipartisan bill through Congress – a signal the President is pivoting to his lifelong experience as a deal-maker. The first six months of his presidency has been marred by Congress’s repeated rebuke of the President’s agenda.
It appears POTUS is now prepared to amp up the public pressure to try and force Congress to get something done and stop worrying about merely holding on to their House or Senate seats.
Word is this approach is working which could set up a very successful and ultimately beneficial 2018 for the American people.
House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had no intention of allowing POTUS Trump to claim a victory over the disastrously failed Obamacare legislation. Instead, both members of Congress orchestrated pathetic shams disguised as reform and peddled it to an understandably underwhelmed Republicans in the House and Senate while at the same time pushing away any potential help from Democrats.
Ryan and McConnell wanted the bills to fail because their lobbyist masters demanded it so.
Among the few open and honest voices in this failing has been Kentucky senator Rand Paul. Here’s Senator Paul’s take on the matter:
The Senate Obamacare bill does not repeal Obamacare, it keeps it.
It keeps the majority of the Obamacare taxes. It keeps 10 out of 12 of the major Obamacare regulations. It allows continued, unsustainable expansion of Medicaid beyond the poor and disabled. It continues the idea that insurance should be subsidized by the taxpayers for nearly everyone, and it has a $200 billion dollar bailout for insurance companies.
It’s not what I ran on. It’s not what any of my colleagues ran on.
Mr. Paul is right. The McConnell version of “Obamacare repeal” was little more than another version of Obamacare itself. McConnell knew such a plan wouldn’t fly with some members of a slim majority Republican Senate. The failure to pass any repeal of any form was intentional on his part.
The true intent is to paint D.C. politics as frozen in place by a chaotic and unqualified Trump White House. It is why Speaker Ryan is so quick to comment to the media about whatever nothing-burger anti-Trump propaganda is being promoted by the press that day. Ryan is far more motivated by anything that further embarrasses and isolates Donald Trump than he is toward anything that could actually benefit America.
Ryan put forth a House bill that would never reach POTUS Trump’s desk.
McConnell did the same in the Senate.
Both men were taking orders directly from the insurance and drug company lobbies.
As for the needs and interests of everyday Americans?
Ryan and McConnell couldn’t care less.
Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell might as well also call himself the Democrat Minority Leader too given his penchant for behind-the-scenes machinations to save much of what is a failed Obamacare boondoggle. McConnell’s reasons are quite simple – his desire to maintain power. He and other Establishment Republicans fear a media backlash should they move forward with a full repeal and replace of Obamacare. That fear is a sad and undeniable testament to just how cowardly self-serving the Republican Party leadership truly are.
This latest report from CNBC confirms the growing belief among many within the party that McConnell’s allegiance lies firmly with himself, his Establishment cohorts, and NOT the American people:
…A bill focused on buttressing the nation’s insurance marketplaces will be needed if the full fledged Republican effort to repeal much of President Barack Obama‘s health care law fails, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday. It was one of his most explicit acknowledgments that his party’s top-priority drive to erase much of Obama’s landmark 2010 statutes might fall short.
What McConnell is now signaling is an effort to actually SAVE much of Obamacare.
More than a few believe that has been his intention all along.
There is no difference between Democrat and Republican.
The only difference is that between those who wish to put American first and those who do not.