Thursday, July 20, 2017

The First Six Months Are the Hardest?

Well, congratulations all, we made it through six months with Trump in the White House.
And what's happening now is exactly what I expected.
Trump colluding with Russians to get dirt on Hillary Clinton? We saw it coming. Paul Manafort and Jeff Sessions both had ties to the Russians, and Trump made his admiration for Vladimir Putin very clear. He pretty much said "Hey Vlad, this is Don. I think you're super-duper dreamy. Call me, OK?"
Trump making rude personal comments about Mika Brzezinski'on Twitter? You really thought he'd stop being a misogynistic pig once he took the oath of office?
Trump spending every weekend at one of his signature golf clubs, not to mention promoting them? First, he loves playing golf and he's not going to stop, even though he said he would if he became president. Second, he is and always has been a salesman, albeit a sleazy one. Marketing the brand is what he does.
Filling the cabinet with billionaires when he promised to "drain the swamp" of Wall Street interests? What can he say? He trusts rich people. Because they're rich. Rich = good. Poor = bad.
Trump having the lowest approval ratings of any president in the history of polls? Is anyone surprised that Trump, who had no experience in government and no desire to learn would suck at his job? And that Americans would notice?
Repeal and Replace Obamacare going from a slam-dunk with a GOP controlled House, Senate and White House to a rotting corpse of a bill that isn't going anywhere, but refuses to die? We knew McConnell and company would discover that it's a whole lot easier voicing vehement opposition to ObamaCare than it is to come up with a viable plan that's acceptable to both their constituents and the diametrically opposed factions of the party.
Stephen King once said on Twitter that the GOP has been sowing dragon seeds for decades and are now horrified that they've got a full grown dragon on their hands. They've embraced the Values Voters, who want government literally up in our vaginas, and the Libertarians, who want to drown that same government in the bathtub, to the Tea Party folks, who believe that the only good tax is a repealed tax, all the while trying to placate the traditional Republicans, who wanted less regulation and,stronger economic growth but also understand the need for a safety net.
They have a majority in the Senate and yet they can't come together to pass the one thing they've dreamed of for the past eight years.
I don't know what's going to happen in the next six months, or in the next year. All I can say is I expect more of the same until we hit a breaking point. And what that will be is anyone's guess.

Judy Nichols is an author with a number of mysteries available on Amazon.

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