MSNBC has reported that Senator John McCain (R-AZ) has said that if there was a real Republican in the White House, he probably would have voted for the Skinny Repeal Bill that was defeated early this morning in the United States Senate by a 51 to 49 margin. No matter, as Senator McCain joined Republican Senators Susan Collins (R-MN) , and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), voting no on the third try to repeal the ACA with or without replacement. The Republican Congress and the new Republican President are now faced with the reality of being,
“Once again stuck searching for a plan that can unite the party’s narrow majority in the Senate and staring at the possibility of having to work with Democrats to modify rather than roll back the health law.”
Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell (R-KY) blamed Democrats for the failure of the majority Republican Party to pass either the House Repeal and Replace Bill or one of two other bills crafted by the Senate with no outreach to the Democrats for input. 45th* says that the ACA is imploding, tweeting,
“3 Republicans and 48 Democrats let the American people down. As I said from the beginning, let ObamaCare implode, then deal. Watch!”
The administration also threatened to retaliate against the State of Alaska through phone calls by Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, to Senator Murkowski and to Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK), about which Senator Sullivan said,
“The Interior secretary was clear that his message was in response to the no vote Murkowski cast Tuesday on the motion to proceed with debate on the House-passed health care legislation.”
The Twitterer In Chief, in an apparent attempt earlier in the week to distract the public and hold onto his core supporters upset by his attacks agains the Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, to the surprise of his Generals and Defense Department tweeted,
“After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military.”
This policy by the Commander in Chief was essentially countermanded by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Joseph F. Dunford Jr., who indicated in writing that the Department of Defense would stand by awaiting new rules and guidelines issued by the Secretary of Defense, saying that,
“In the meantime, we will continue to treat all of our personnel with respect.”
While Majority Leader McConnell was busy blaming Democrats for the failure of the Republicans to get the number of votes needed to radially change healthcare in America,
today, the Twitterer In Chief finalized the cutting of ties with the previous leadership of the Republican National Committee. This began with the resignation last week by Sean Spicer, the former Communications Director and Chief Strategist for the RNC. The beleaguered 45th* President has personally announced that White House Chief of Staff, Reince Priebus, has been replaced, tweeting,
“I am pleased to inform you that I have just named General/Secretary John F Kelly as White House Chief of Staff. He is a Great American…”
Reince Prieibus, had been the chairman of the Republican National Committee, and CNN reported that he offered his resignation on July 27, 2017, and that resignation apparently was accepted. John F. Kelly, will now be moved out of his present position as Homeland Security Secretary, creating yet another opening in the Cabinet requiring Senate approval. A revolving door for the numerous early comings and goings appears to have been installed for the White House.
Meanwhile, North Korea has launched yet another missile, and it is now believed that they will be capable of launching a nuclear attack on the United States mainland within a year. While the House and Senate have overwhelmingly passed legislation that sanctions Russia, North Korea, and Iran, sending the bill to the White House, the Twitterer In Chief rants on through the early morning, kneecapping his Cabinet and advisors with whom he does not consult. If the new President wants a win, it is within his grasp. All he needs to do is to take that pen he said he has been waiting to use to sign the ACA repeal bill that will not be coming and sign the bill for sanctions.
The President and the Republican Congress continue to try to distract their ever dwindling core of supporters away from the fact that he has yet to deliver on their promises. No repeal and replacement for the ACA. No wall paid for by Mexico. The Muslim ban continues to be limited, restricted, while not yet outright blocked by that other branch of government this President cares nothing for, the Judiciary.
The Republican Congress is now expected to turn attention to what they call “tax reform,” but what the rest off us know is more likely than not huge tax cuts for the super wealthy who do not need them, and which is in part a backdoor method for the destruction of the ACA. Pay no attention to the alleged proposal put forward by Steve Bannon to raise the top rate for income earners above $5 million to 44%. That notion has as much chance of happening as Senator James Inhofe’s next snowball on the floor of the Senate.
This President is much like the Republican Party substituting slogans for actual plans, programs, or policies. We agree with Mark Z. Barabak of the LA Times, who has pointed out that while the administration continues to founder, the President has,
Slogans only, coupled with planned, unprecedented seditious obstruction hatched at a Washington, D.C. restaurant on January 20, 2009, and yes, hatred of a Black family occupying the White House, does not a platform make. The Republican Party has been held hostage for far too long by the Tea Party “Freedom Caucus” that regards compromise and cooperation with Democrats as inexcusable acts of weakness and disloyalty, that would result in Republicans everywhere losing their seats. Purity tests that began and ended with the latest slogan sent down the chain of command from Roger Ailes through the RNC, then under the control of the now former White House Chief of Staff, Reince Priebus, have never been a substitute for real policy and plans.
The now failed and hopefully dead, “repeal and replace” mantra, never had any substance behind it. The ACA was signed into law by President Obama on March 23, 2010. Republicans have been running on the promise to repeal and replace the ACA ever since, and at no time have Republicans ever come forward with a real replacement plan. Former Republican Speaker of the House, John Boehner, was right as he predicted in February, 2017 that,
“A full repeal and replace of Obamacare is “not what’s going to happen” and that Republicans will instead just make some fixes to the health care law.”
The former House Majority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA), has admitted that he and his colleagues knew that the last seven plus years of the “repeal and replace” campaign essentially was all smoke and mirrors, saying,
“We sort of all got what was going on, that there was this disconnect in terms of communication, because no one wanted to take the time out in the general public to even think about ‘Wait a minute – that can’t happen.’ ” But, he adds, “if you’ve got that anger working for you, you’re gonna let it be.”
The failure of the 45th* President to understand the basic process of how proposed legislation becomes law and the nuances pertaining to any policy itself, plus his inability to conduct himself in a manner that befits the office that he now holds, is troubling indeed. However, it also shows us that our country would be in even greater danger if Vice President Mike Pence were ever to become the President of the United States. Vice President Pence is a true Conservative favored by the Koch brothers, who was a two term Governor of Indiana, a six term member of the United States House of Representatives, and a graduate of the Indiana University McKinney School of Law. Pence has a history of allowing his Evangelical Christian views to guide his politics. The Vice President has the knowledge, experience, friends in Congress, and the facade of a true professional politician, who may be able to take the present bunch of dysfunctional Republicans in Congress where the 45th* President cannot. Mike Pence must not become the successor to the 45th* President of the United States.
This President is a perfect fit for the Grand Old Party of today, as he is leading a dysfunctional, incompetent, and quite possibly deranged band of misfits off a plank built over many years past by the entrenched leadership of the Republican Party. We believe that this President and his Party have a long way to go before hitting bottom, and the 45th* President of the United States is perfect for the task of pushing the GOP membership in Washington and in governments all over the United States off that plank. In the long term, the more members who willingly join hands with 45th* and take the leap with him, the better our country and our world will be. The stage is being set for a huge Democratic wave coming in 2018 to wash away the sins of a decade long dive into the abyss. Democrats going with Independents and Republicans sickened by what is now swirling around our feet, can join together to help make it so.