Friday, May 05, 2017

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My latest contribution to the Jaded Politics project courtesy of the Musings From Exile weblog{1} can be read HERE.


{1} "I link to the Musings From Exile weblog version so I do not trigger a trackback to it on the main page; thereby ensuring that I keep Rerum Novarum separate from that project." [Excerpt from Rerum Novarum (circa April 8, 2017)]

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Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Miscellaneous Dyspeptic Mutterings on the Budget:

I have seen in more than one place some attempted apologetics by supporters of the Trump Administration for the budget deal that was passed and will be signed by the president. The rationale they use if summarized in a bullet point is as follows:

  • Give them everything so there is no shutdown 

Seriously, the excuses need to end.

The Republicans passed a reconciliation bill in 2015 that Resident Obama vetoed. If they do not serve up that same bill for President Trump to sign, then we know they were engaging in a stunt before because they knew Obama would veto what they sent to his desk. There is no excuse now to not pass the exact same bill gutting Obamacare...unless...they were not serious before. And if that is the case, then why take them seriously now?

It is inexcusable to serve up a budget that could have been proposed by a Pelosi-Schumer-Clinton government and which Trump supporters would gripe about if they had. At some point a stand needs to be taken and with Republican control of government, what's the excuse now?

If capitulating across the board is supposed to show that Republicans can govern, then why bother turning out in 2018 or 2020? Seriously.

What will the excuse be when the GOP fails again to repeal Obamacare this week?

What will be the excuse when tax reform just nibbles the edges and does nothing of substance to really reform the system?

What will the excuse be in September when there is no shutdown and the GOP funds everything once again?

Why should voters in 2018 believe these folks when they make all the same promises again next year after failing to keep 2016's promises in 2017?

Inquiring minds want to know!

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