Sunday, June 25, 2017

Congress Needs to Forget Trump and His Tweets and Pass the Big Bills

Democrats want to derail any positive activity by the Republican Congress by investigating a phantom Russian crime.  But why do people like Majority Leader McConnell (R-KY) step in front of a microphone and say, “I’m not a fan of the daily tweets.”  The man who most people say is the smartest guy in the Nation’s Capital should know they are nothing but a distraction.  Pass at least some of the big stuff that Republicans want done and put them on Trump’s desk for signature.
From the time Mr. Trump became the Republican Party’s nominee, I almost totally discounted him in the legislative process.  It is not that I disagree with him on major policy issues.  Mr. Trump has it correctly on such issues as ditching Obamacare, major tax reform and simplification, shutting down illegal immigration in all forms and then revamping the current immigration system, and updating major elements of our infrastructure -- like our sadly outdated air traffic system.  President Trump has all those right plus many more, but that does not matter.  What he has is a pen.
At a news conference on June 13th, Speaker Paul Ryan stated “Look at what we are doing this week; we found out three years ago veterans were dying on these waiting lists that were occurring in Arizona then all around America.  So we uncovered a scandal.  No one realized we could not even bring accountability to the VA.  They could not even fire people who were grossly negligent in their jobs.  So, what are we doing today?  We are fixing this problem.  What did we do last week?  We passed the Choice Act, we repealed and replaced Dodd-Frank.  Ended too Big to Fail, ended bailouts, and brought needed regulatory relief for community banks to help small businesses get credit and grow.  What are we working on next week?  The skills gap.  So people can get the skills they need to get good jobs.”  

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