Let’s take a look at something Mitch McConnell said recently in his home state of Kentucky. The Majority Leader in the US Senate said that he felt the American people were kind of mis-led by the aggressiveness of all of the things Donald Trump said he was going to do if elected president. And when you look at a body that is lucky to get one major piece of legislation passed each year, they had no chance of doing three or four.
Trump said on the campaign trail he was going to a) replace and repeal Obamacare. That took seven months so far and he has nothing to show for it; b) build a wall on the southern border and make Mexico pay for it, while kicking out 11 million illegal aliens. That hasn’t even really come up on the radar yet, but illegal immigration has slowed to a trickle with just the threat; c) fix the tax code and make it fair for businesses to do business here rather than ship jobs overseas, and give middle America a tax break. We have to wait and see on that one. They were going to use savings from Obamacare to help pay for a tax break, but that hasn’t happened; d) resume our position of leadership in the world by getting out of the Trans Pacific Partnership (or renegotiating it), renegotiating NAFTA, and dumping both the Paris Accord (which he has already done), and the Iran Nuclear Deal (which he just affirmed for another 90 days).
Whew. I don’t know about you, but that’s a pretty full plate for a congress that spent six years not even able to pass a friggin’ budget! I’d be happy if that stuff was accomplished all in his first term, not just his first year. So the question remains, did we Americans expect too much out of Donald Trump and congress?
My thought is yes.
We really need to realize that the Republicans aren’t the cohesive group we thought we elected. They are more diverse and widespread in their opinions than the Dems are. I seriously doubt you would be able to get the Republicans in this congress to band together like they did against Obamacare and not have one Republican vote for the bill in either the House or the Senate. Some schlub somewhere along the way would vote the wrong way. Both parties are dysfunctional in a variety of ways, but it seems the GOP is having a much tougher time keeping the troops in line. They are too often wanting to go chase butterflies instead of getting work done.
What we really need is a strong leader in both the House and the Senate and my hunch is we have politicians, not statesmen or leaders in both positions. Having said that, we have to play the hand we are dealt, and frankly I don’t know who I’d rather have in those positions on the Hill. But the end analysis is, you need a group that is cohesive. We don’t have that in the GOP, and we need it. Were we too aggressive in our wish list? Probably…after all…we are dealing with people who decided to be politicians, so we know they’re not the smartest bulbs in the box!
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!