(National Sentinel) Legislative Branch: President Donald J. Trump has made it clear on several occasions that he’s ready to sign legislation repealing and replacing Obamacare, as well as rolling back the highest corporate tax rate in the industrialized world and some individual rates.
Trouble is, he can’t seem to get the Republican majority in Congress to send him legislation that would fulfill these pledges — promises that both he and Republican lawmakers ran (and were elected) on last November.
Two hundred days into the 115th meeting of the Legislative Branch, not much of anything has been accomplished, as The Gateway Pundit noted:
President Donald Trump won the November 8, 2016 election in an electoral landslide.
President Trump captured several states that have not voted Republican in decades.
Riding on his coattails the Republican Party also won back the House of Representatives and won a majority in the US Senate.
Where are they? Seriously — all the BS excuses aside, where are the Republicans in Congress who also pledged to do what the vast majority of Americans sent them there to do?
The Gateway Pundit’s Jim Hoft surmizes that Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin is one of the biggest impediments to the passage of Trump’s agenda:
There is no synergy between the House and President Trump since before the election. Initial observations would suggest that Speaker Ryan and his Congress are not behind the President. Speaker Ryan and his House may even be against the President.
The new Republican President wanted to pass tax cuts, repeal Obamacare and build a border wall in his first 100 days. But no matter how hard President Trump and his team worked, the Republican Congress was not going to work with him. They instead announced their own 200 day plan because they knew better.
It soon became clear that Ryan’s Congress was not going to play ball. They were getting nothing done and taking time off. They were not interested in helping President Trump reach his 100 day goals, they appeared to want him to fail. They were going to show him who was in charge.
Ryan told Fox News‘ Tucker Carlson in March that unlike Trump’s 100-day plan, Congress had a 200-day plan, and this is what it entailed:
Let me just give you a sense of what we’re planning in the first 200 days:
* Repealing and replacing Obamacare, the biggest entitlement reform in a generation.
* Overhauling the IRS Tax code.
* Rebuilding the military.
* Doing infrastructure.
* Repealing harmful regulations.
* Repealing Dodd-Frank and the Choice Act which would replace it.
…and funding the wall is part of this too.
Here’s the relevant clip:
Giving Ryan some leeway regarding his comments about the Senate — having to approve hundreds of Trump appointees and dealing with Democratic delay tactics — it still seems lame, given the upper chamber’s recent failure to actually pass an Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill. Republican senators who voted repeatedly to repeal-and-replace Obamacare while Obama was in the White House have now refused to do so, coming up with excuse after excuse about why they now “can’t support” the very same bill they voted for a few years ago (when they know Obama would veto it).
We’ve been scammed, in other words. These Republicans fear someone — or something — more than they fear their own voters’ wrath. And why not? The incumbency rate in 2016 was the highest in recent history — 98 percent. Only 8 of 387 incumbents contesting the general election were defeated.
Getting the picture, America? In our “representative republic,” We the People are no longer being represented by a professional political class (on both sides of the aisle) who have little fear of losing their jobs, no matter what they promise and then fail to deliver.
Because they run things, not some upstart populist president or the people who cast ballots for him.
That said, the president still has accomplished quite a bit during his first six months in office, and it shows. Still, congressional Republican leaders are responsible for a number of “Russian collusion” investigations they know are bogus, allowing the Trump White House to be consumed by them rather than focus on what Americans sent him to Washington to accomplish.
If the GOP Congress’ “do nothingness” doesn’t make it plain it is not on board with helping this president accomplish his agenda, nothing will. The problem is them, not the president.
“Failed Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blew their first 200 days and accomplished nothing material,” Hoft wrote. “They need to be replaced by Republicans in Congress or they will be replaced by a Russian Fever Infested Democrat Congress instead.”