Just feel like I have to put down my opinion on the premiere issue of today, Friday, March 25, 2017 – namely, the House vote on replacement of Obamacare.
To put it bluntly, I hope the bill on the table today stays right where it is – on the table. Or better yet, is voted down by the House. Or maybe it just falls off the table and into the trash can.
Like every other thinking American I’ve had enough of Donald Trump’s ego, stupidity, arrogance, crudeness – sorry, I’ve run out of negative descriptors – as evidenced since the election.
While I didn’t vote for the Buffoon in Chief (nor Empress Pants Suit either, for that matter) I DID and still do support much of the Republican Party’s platform, including such things as enforcement of immigration laws, tax reform, reduced Federal regulations/bureaucracy, a return to America First trade policy, incentives for reduced outsourcing, and even repeal/replacement of Obamacare – the subject of today’s rant.
First off, it’s clear that Obamacare is a seriously flawed program; passed in an authoritarian manner with no bipartisan support and proven unsustainable from a financial standpoint. In other words, it needs to go.
But it can’t be replaced with a new program slammed together, not properly vetted or understood (again) by Legislators, pushed forward once again with absolutely no bipartisan support, sold as a fiscally sound solution in the face of those FACTS that seem to annoy Trump so much which point in the opposite direction.
It needs to be replaced with a solution that provides a well rationalized program, discussed and debated in the light of day with ALL of Congress having at least some skin in the game at the end of the day.
I don’t think any of the above is too much to demand of our elected representatives.
What I CANNOT stand for is watching a petulant school boy demanding what he wants just because he wants it, willing to bargain away any or even all of the current bill’s provisions simply to enable him to claim a WIN. That isn’t right. It isn’t even right politics – the latter phrase itself being an oxymoron.
I sincerely hope the Bill fails and Trump is forced to accept a humiliating defeat. Not that that result would have any lasting beneficial impact on him. He simply will shrug it off and move onto the next issue where he thinks he can WIN. That’s the essence of the guy. Right or wrong is immaterial. Winning is everything to him. We know the type. He’s the Bobby Knight of politics. Knight, former and disgraced head of the University of Indiana’s basketball program recently said of the Administrators who fired him, “I hope they’re all dead.”
That’s Trump. He’d just as soon walk over the bodies left in his destructive path rather than call the Medics to tend the wounded.
On a positive note, I hope, hope, hope, the GOP’s refusal to bow to Trump and coalesce around his demands portends the re (? ) emergence of this Country’s balance of power and that both Dems and Repubs ‘get it’ that they’d better hold firmly to the reins of their power and act responsibly during the next three and a half years to offset the demonstrated unbalanced personality of our now ‘Bobble Head of State’.
I had hoped Trump would somehow rise to meet the serious responsibility of the Office to which he was elected. It didn’t take long for him to reveal to all that underneath that smirking, bloviating, lying egotist we were all afraid he would be was in fact a smirking, bloviating, lying egotist. (Hey, guess you never really can run out of negative descriptors when it comes to Trump!).
It’s all too bad. Really too bad. HUGELY too bad.