Across the political spectrum many Americans felt that the nomination of Donald Trump would destroy the Republican Party. Most of us theorized that Trump would go down in flames at the polls in November and drag a lot of Republican candidates for other offices along with him. To say we were wrong turned out to be an understatement! Trump ended up doing just well enough to squeak out an Electoral College win, the Republicans defied conventional wisdom and retained the Senate along with a sizeable majority in the House. They also found themselves in the strongest position in State capitals since the eve of the Great Depression. In well less than 100 days of total Washington dominance the GOP has been exposed as a building on a shaky foundation and Earthquake Trump started the ground beneath it in motion. Continue reading Trump Is Going To Destroy The GOP (Just Not The Way We Thought)
There is an old saw (with several variations) along the lines of “If you live long enough you will see everything.” I guess since I’m probably in my last twenty earth laps around the sun and I almost qualify when it comes to American Presidents. After Monday’s events in the House I’m really thinking I might see one more before my personal journey is over. Let’s explore. Continue reading In One Lifetime
Perhaps I’m being overly optimistic, but I don’t see Trumpcare in its current form passing in both chambers of Congress even with the benefit of using reconciliation to get it through the Senate. I am very doubtful that it can pass the House. I don’t see any Democratic support and the Republicans are far from united in support of it. With earmarks gone, Speaker Paul Ryan no longer can control his caucus like in days gone by. That was one of the things that led to John Boehner effectively saying take this job and shove it. On the premise that I’m counting the votes incorrectly, let’s explore what Trumpcare might yield. Continue reading It Would Be A Nightmare!
The Republicans wheeled out their long awaited repeal and replace health care plan last week. As expected it certainly didn’t live up to their rhetoric. Is there another aspect at play? Let’s explore. Continue reading Huge Dilemma Or Another Distraction
I have consistently written that the most difficult social problem facing America today is immigration. That is not to say that it is the only or that past challenges (i.e. racial equality) are totally resolved and gone forever. The balancing act between, the practical, the legal, the humane while staying consistent with both American values and history is challenging to say the least. Regardless of where you are on the continuum of the political spectrum we all want America to be secure. The problem is largely one of where to draw the line. That line is often effectively drawn by setting priorities and the Trump administration has shown incredibly poor judgment to date. Let’s explore. Continue reading A Matter of Poor Priorities