Apparently before we’re going to be seeing anything meaningful take place in our newly Republican controlled Congress, for the next two years, there are at least two things are going to need to take place: 1) Mitch McConnell is going to need to grow a pair, and 2) Someone is going to need to tell old Chuckie Schumer that, no matter how much he might wish it so, he’s not in charge of anything other than his little cadre of leftwing loons there in the Senate. And, obviously, it would also be extremely helpful if Paul ‘RINO’ Ryan would either start taking the job of Speaker a bit more seriously, or come to the conclusion that he’s in too far over his head and he should resign from his current position as Speaker.
Look, something that old Chuckie, and the rest of the Democrats have yet come to grips with is the fact that they did not win the presidency, the House nor the Senate last year. And yet Democrats seem willing to work with Republicans on such issues as health care, tax reform and infrastructure only as long as Republicans go along with everything Democrats want. Where’s all the talk about compromise that we heard when the Republicans were in the minority? And it was appearing on ABC’s “This Week,” that Senate Minority Leader Chuckie Schumer said, “We Democrats, provided our Republican colleagues drop replace and stop undermining the ACA, are willing to work with our Republican friends…”
Host George ‘Stephy’ Stephanopoulos, that well-known wannabe journalist and former Clinton stooge, interrupted Schumer and asked, “Right now you're going to make a proposal?” To which Chuckie responded, “As long as they say no more repeal.” Chuckie went on to say, “That's a loser. Seventeen percent of Americans liked Trumpcare. That's it. They didn't want it. And stop undermining ACA. And we'll work with them.” He said, “We have ideas, they have ideas, to try to improve Obamacare. We never said it was perfect. We always said we'd work with them to improve it. We just said repeal was off the table.” I think even Chuckie knows that Obamacare is beyond just trying to just ‘fix’ it!
And then it was once again that Chuckie turned to getting personal, which is something these days which is something he is simply unable to resist. And it was in so doing that Chuckie said it wasn’t “presidential” of President Trump to say he would “destroy” Obamacare (a system that is already imploding all on its own). Chuckie said, “That's petulance.” Chuckie added, “Being petulant, not a president. It's not going to work.” So I have to wonder, was Chuckie not paying any attention for the last eight years during which time we had a president who personified the classic definition of being petulant? I would appear that Chuckie is rather selective in how he chooses to go about the placing of such a label?
Chuckie said, “The job of the president is to make Americans' lives better. And if he, out of anger or vengeance or whatever, starts undermining ACA, it's going backfire on him because he's the president and the American people know he's in charge and they want him to make things better.” Schumer said Republicans who continue to insist on repealing Obamacare will “get nowhere.” He said, “So they ought to get rid of repeal. Drop it. It's been a flop for them because of the substance of repeal. And work with us to improve it.” So Chuckie says it’s the job of the president to make Americans’ lives better? I thought that a rather odd thing for him to say since after eight years of Barry the American people are worse off in every measurable way.
Chuckie also said the Republican tax cut plan will “get nowhere” if the Republicans repeat the same ‘mistakes’ they made with Obamacare. Chuckie said, “If you analyze, George, what went wrong with ACA, the president exhibited two traits that are not very helpful. And if he repeats them in tax reform, they'll get nowhere.” And he went on to say, “The first is basic lack of competence. You cannot run the presidency like you run a real estate deal. You can't tweet your way through pit. You can't threaten and intimidate and say I'll walk away. It's more complicated.” And yet, isn’t what Chuckie really saying here is that if he doesn’t get his way he’ll walk away? So as is usually the case, Chuckie makes little sense.
And Chuckie went on to say, “But even more to the point, the president campaigned as a populist against the Democratic and Republican establishments. But he's been captured by the hard right wealthy special interests. That's who loved his proposal on the Trumpcare, because it gave huge tax cuts to the rich.” Chuckie then went on to make the threat that, “If they do the same thing on tax reform, and the overwhelming majority of the cuts go to the very wealthy, the special interests, corporate America, and the middle class and poor people are left out, they'll lose again.” Look, Chuckie seem to be getting a bit carried away, and McConnell must be the one to nip it in the bud!
Asked if the Democrats will fight Trump on tax reform, Chuckie declared they won’t but with a bit of a caveat. It would be contingent upon President Trump’s willingness to do what the Democrats want. He said, "If he aims a proposal aimed at the middle class and the poor people, doesn't give breaks to the rich -- they're doing great, God bless them, I'm glad they're doing great; they don't need another tax break -- we could work with them.” Chuckie went on to say, “But I don't think they're headed in that direction, and they're going repeat the same mistake they made on Trumpcare with tax reform.” Chuckie must think that we put the Republicans in charge so that they could then do what the Democrats want?
And then Chuckie was asked if Democrats could work with Republicans on an infrastructure bill, Chuckie said maybe, but again, only if Republicans do it the Democrats’ way. Chuckie said, “Again, it's a question of values.” I always get a laugh whenever I hear some sleazy Democrat talking about ‘values’, because the Democrat Party essentially has no values. But, be that as it may, Chuckie went on to say, “Infrastructure's something we Democrats have put in a proposal. It has the support of our entire caucus, $1 Trillion of infrastructure, which creates about 15 million new, good-paying jobs. So we like it.” But then, Democrats have never had much of a problem with spending money that we don’t have!
Chuckie said, “But here's where the president seems to be headed again -- special interests. Wealthy special interests. Let's do it by tax breaks. The tax breaks he's proposing, 82 cents on the dollar, goes to the financiers. That's one problem. So you're not getting bang for the buck.” And he then added, “Two, in the places where those tax breaks will work, you're getting huge tolls. The American people don't want tolls on every highway. And third, it building nothing in rural America and large parts of exurban America because they just can't pay those tolls. So if they want to actually spend some money…we'll talk to them for sure.” You know, I think the more Chuckie opens his mouth, the more unhinged he sounds.
Chuckie said Trump ran as a populist but “the minute he got into office,” he moved “so far to the hard right that it’s virtually impossible for us to work with him.” He said, “If he changes, he could have a different presidency. But he's going to have to tell the Freedom Caucus and the hard right special wealthy interests who are dominating his presidency -- but he didn't campaign for them, he campaigned on the opposite -- he's going to have to tell them he can't work with them and we'll certainly look at his proposals.” I think you’d have a rather difficult time claiming that Trump is as far to the right as Chuckie is to the left. However, Trump will need to remember who it was that brung him to the dance.
Now as one who was slow to get onboard the ‘Trump Train’, I do have my own little piece of advice to President Trump. This will be the first serious test for his supporters, including myself. If he caves to the "Our way or the highway" demands of Chuckie, who is leading the entire opposing party to obstruct and demonize the president and his loyal supporters, then the awesome God-assisted election win will have been all for nothing. And I also hope Paul “RINO’ Ryan will come to realize that he must step aside so that a true conservative and more principled Republican can take over the House leadership job. Ryan's bait-and-switch bill was a disgrace and needs to be filed in the circular file and rewritten from page one.
And just one last question. Why is it that it must always be our side that must do all the ‘compromising?’ And it’s in this particular instance that ‘compromise’ equates to be being forced to abandon your position entirely and agree to everything that the Democrats want or be labeled as obstructionists. So it would seem that going forward we have two options: ‘Option A’ would be to get our shit together, tell Chuckie to go f*ck himself and then do whatever is necessary to get something done for the American people. ‘Option B’ would be to fold like a cheap suit, and then allow Chuckie to rule the day with the American people ending up even worse off than they were after eight years of Barry. That we simply cannot allow!