There have been any number of paradigm shifts among the electorate since Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. Most of these make the relatively few people I would consider sane shake their heads in awe at the sheer hypocrisy.
Obama’s lavish spending on himself and his family at taxpayer expense were somehow horrible but Trump’s is fine? The unprecedented number of golf outings when there is serious work to be done? How about the creation of division and the attacking of media outlets that don’t suck up to the Commander-in-Chief?
Chief among these is the use of Executive Orders (EOs) to legislate from the Oval Office when the President can’t get Congress to do what he wants. Those that decried Obama’s use of EOs are now praising Trump’s. Why? Because he’s doing what they want.
Conversely, those that praised Obama’s use of EOs because of an “obstructionist Congress” now suddenly hate the fact that the current President is using them with regularity. A lot of this angst is due to the fact that Trump is undoing much of what Obama did via EO. I actually applaud Trump’s use of EOs for that purpose. Many of Obama’s EOs WERE unconstitutional and SHOULD be undone by New EOs.
The Bible says that those who live by the sword shall die by the sword. Well, Presidents whose legacies depend on the Executive Order shall have their legacies die by the Executive Order. Obama’s failure to move to the middle when he had an opposition Congress is now resulting in many of his “accomplishments” being undone. And they should.
Enforcing immigration law already on the books, decertifying the horrific Iran nuclear deal, and rolling back EPA regulations that hurt the economy were all done by the Executive Branch and it is fine for the Executive Branch to undo them.
The irony here is that Trump hasn’t stopped at simply undoing Obama’s EOs. He’s now legislating via EO himself. He recently ordered that it be allowed for health insurance to be purchased across state lines.
Great! I’m all for the POLICY, but unless it is done by the legislative process, it can be undone by the stroke of a pen by the next President. Trump fans who love the fact that Trump is taking what they see as “bold action” should be wary of the long-term consequences of not going through Congress to make these actions happen.
Trump’s following of cult-like sycophants argue that the President’s own party is working against him. There is no doubt this is true. I won’t argue that. My response?
Too bad. Governing is HARD WORK. The man who claimed all through the primaries that he was the best choice because he could get things done no matter the composition of Congress because he “makes the best deals” has been found impotent in making any legislative impact at all. He seems to have expected everyone to just do whatever he wanted without question.
Obama passed Obamacare with ONLY Democrat votes, but even then it took months of lobbying members of his own party to vote for and pass the bill.
Passing a major bill takes laser-like focus for weeks or months. Trump can’t even focus on a single topic for an hour of tweeting. When he deregulated coal recently his tweets, if any, should have been focused on touting that, and ONLY that. Instead he spent the time making empty threats against NBC’s broadcasting license.
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Trump should have spent the first month of his Administration getting the right people in place and firing the Obama holdovers, otherwise known as “draining the swamp.” Instead, far too many Obama appointees are still there while it took forever to get Trump’s cabinet in place, and then replaced as too many have been fired or resigned. So much for “hiring the best people.”
Then there should have been laser focus on repealing Obamacare and immigration reform, and they should have been plans resembling something he designed. Instead he blames Congress for not having a plan. While a legitimate complaint, he had no plan either.
We could be at the point now where he has a couple of major legislative wins and moving toward tax reform, which the American family desperately needs, and the Democrats would be facing a popular President and have no choice but to capitulate. Instead, we are limping toward tax reform with a righteously arrogant minority party in the driver’s seat because not only do we have feckless leadership in both houses of Congress, but a President who refuses to work hard and focus long enough to accomplish anything of worth.
President Trump needs to get off the golf course, keep his butt the Oval Office, and lobby Congress to get the things done he promised the American people. He’s 70 year and old and rich. If he wanted to spend these years playing golf surrounded by sycophants, that’s fine, but he should have stayed in the private sector. He’s not doing anyone any favors by just signing Executive Orders. They’ll simply be undone by the next Democrat President, and with his lack of REAL accomplishments, that person could be elected in 2020 easily, as long as they are more accomplished and likable than Hillary Clinton (looking at you Senators Warren and Harris).