The question has to be asked? Is there any chance any meaningful legislation will ever make it through Congress, or are we better off with the incompetence we have now knowing they can’t do us any further damage?
Republicans — winners of the last four elections to sweep them back into power — pulled the plug on a health-care bill that had zero support from Democrats and only about 80 percent support from their own party. And that is the salient word — PARTY!
How will we ever get anything done when 48 of 100 immediately and unequivocally say no? The first thing we hear every time high-profile legislation is brought up is from the minority party — in this case Democrats — saying, “No, forget it, dead on arrival.” Every member uses those words — dead on arrival. Don’t think it is just Republicans, either. It’s whoever is in the minority. Period.
Any chance they studied the bill? No. Any chance they read the bill? No. Zero. And why waste time reading a bill that you are predetermined to vote no on? Who cares? Get the makeup pretty for Anderson Cooper. At best, a couple staffers who have dreams of being “the chosen,” as our senators believe themselves to be, gave a cursory read to craft some talking points. Those are then distributed through the rank and file — a Cliff’s Notes version of health care. Sealed, but certainly not signed nor delivered. Party over people.
So the Republicans now need 52 votes. But the bill will not satisfy the wide breadth of the people who put them into office. To get Sen. Rand Paul, a Libertarian, and Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, a modern-day version of a Kennedy Democrat, to agree is not easy. How those two view governing in America is vastly different. And some of those stand in the way of reaching the precious 50 votes.
Surely in the Democrat Party, there are bills that Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Joe Manchin of West Virginia disagree vehemently on. But they have fallen in line with the party.
With sad eyes and crocodile tears, Sen. Mitch McConnell throws in the towel on this latest piece of failed legislation. He will try again to throw in cutouts and goodies to just enough senators to get their allegiance. He probably won’t get very far other than to shrink to the same tactics the then-majority Democrats did when passing Obamacare. They pushed it through without any minority support. But they pushed it through with unanimous PARTY support.
America is as vast in its view of society as the deserts of Nevada. People in Seattle cannot fathom in 100 years the belief systems and way of life of Mississippians. Those from this state would be shocked at the way of life in Vermont. How can we expect elected representatives to come to an agreement on much of anything?
The people are fed up. They vote the most outside of outsiders, Donald Trump, into the presidency. He promised big things — a wall and end of Obamacare — and has yet to deliver, spending too much time tweeting and not enough time running the business we elected him to run.
If anyone could negotiate their way into meaningful, positive legislation for the future of our nation, it would be Donald Trump, author of “The Art of the Deal.” But even he is falling flat, though most of the fault should not go to the man himself.
Deliver a bill. He is sitting at his desk with pen in hand waiting, eyes on his Twitter keyboard ready to sign something, anything.
That might be just as scary as doing nothing at all.