Paul Ryan has entered into a secret alliance between himself and other Establishment Republicans in the House as well as Nancy Pelosi and her activist brigade of Democrats. This alliance also extends to Senate Minority Leader, Chuck Schumer, and a mix of Senate Republicans and Democrats as well.
The primary goal? Delay Donald Trump’s agenda. See the economy remain stagnant. Fill seats with moderate (spineless) Republicans come 2018, and declare the Trump agenda dead thereafter.
The first evidence of this tactical delay on the part of Ryan to ensure nothing getting done remains the D.C. status-quo, is to declare almost all attention/energy/focus will be on dealing with “fixing” Obamacare.
Pay attention to the wording. Watch “repeal and replace” become secondary to “fixing.” Ryan intends to initiate a patch-work approach that will take up a great deal of legislative time, receive significant media attention, but in the end, get little actually accomplished by of way of “repeal and replace.” In the meantime, the delay in such critical components of the Trump economic recover plan – namely sweeping tax reform, will be further delayed.
In effect, Paul Ryan and his cadre of Establishment Republicans will do to Trump what they rarely appeared willing to do against Barack Obama – namely use the power of the legislature to contain a president’s agenda.
The difference here, is that Donald Trump’s agenda that won him the White House was quite specific. Ryan and others are now counting on voters’ collective short memories in thinking the voter backlash come 2018 will be against Trump, and not them.
We shall see.
In the meantime, Trump’s White House continues to push and prod some semblance of “get it done” from House and Senate Republicans. Mr. Trump is attempting to keep the negotiations going, while watching as a wave of anti-Trump media continues, which in turn is weakening the resolve of Republicans like Ryan who once again, think the media is an accurate portrayal of overall public sentiment. They have already forgotten that if that were true, Trump would never have won a primary, would never have won the GOP nomination, and would never have won the presidency.
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As of this moment, the single greatest impediment to the America-first agenda voters across the nation chose in the form of Donald Trump is not Nancy Pelosi, or Chuck Schumer.
It’s Republican Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan.
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