In the Suburbs: President has yet to say he’s sorry for anything
Published 3:57 pm, Thursday, March 30, 2017
In anticipation of the final vote on the proposed Trumpcare bill last Friday, I was chatting with one of our math teachers and the chemistry teacher. The chemistry teacher and I said the bill would fail and the math teacher firmly believed that, in true political style, the “no vote” Republicans would cave in at the last minute and pass this unpopular bill with barely a 17 percent approval rating. That didn’t happen, and about 24 million potential victims of cuts were spared.
In what has to be labeled a major setback for this fledgling administration, House Speaker Paul Ryan had confirmed the lack of votes to President Trump much earlier. But the great White House negotiator, who ran on a platform that there is no deal he can’t make, accepted no responsibility for this debacle. Instead, President Bombast followed his usual M.O. and lay blame for “no repeal and no replace” on Nancy Pelosi, Charles Schumer and the rest of the Democrats.
Then, as he organized his next few useless rallies, Mr. Trump once again tweeted reassurance to the American people that Obamacare would fail and the Democrats would crawl back to the bargaining table. Once again, nearly 70 days into the longest 100 days of this new presidency, this president is making this failed bill all about someone else and not him.
The night before the “non vote” on Trumpcare, I was really impressed by Bernie Sanders, whose message on Rachel Maddow’s MSNBC came through loud and clear. Since the beginning of this administration, Sanders pointed out, the American people have demanded ongoing town halls, sent clear messages to their legislators that replacing Obamacare would impact millions and spoken out loudly about intolerable issues. Sanders promised the protests from the American people will only increase. I couldn’t agree more.
By the time Trumpcare was dead in the water, the president had already moved on to his next agenda item, tax reform, but we’ll have to wait and see on that promise. Frankly, I don’t see that being an easy deal to strike either.
What continues to bother me is that this president has yet to say he’s sorry for anything he’s said or alleged, and that goes back even to the campaign. For instance, several weeks ago, when he accused former President Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower, the American people were left to wonder where Mr. Trump’s evidence was coming from. And by the time FBI Chief James Comey testified the Bureau had found no evidence to corroborate the president’s accusation, the White House had already made a new suggestion that a British spy ring connected to Mr. Obama had done the wire tap.
Let’s face it, Mr. President. In order to govern, a president has to be truthful and take responsibility for everything happening in his administration. Right now, I’m not seeing much governing going on. I see a whole lot of disarray, quick decisions and fixes turning into quick failures or delays and a president who isn’t really paying close attention to all the issues at hand. So much of what has happened during these nearly 70 days can be attributed to the president’s assumption that he can run the government like a business. Not!
In addition, there is mounting evidence this administration allegedly had some ties with Russia during the campaign and election. Particularly when Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort has already expressed his willingness to testify and has been linked to a Russian businessman. Couple that with the convenient disappearance of Mike Flynn, former secretary of state, House Committee Chairman and Congressman Devin Nunes’ misstep about Russia during the transition, among other situations, and it’s going to be difficult for the president’s team to keep flying below the radar.
Granted, I’m just another American citizen and I have no answers to the President’s growing problems. But what is downright scary is that I don’t think he does either. I’ve yet to see that powerful leadership spark he continues to boast about. I’m waiting, President Trump, but right now, I’m seeing only the “Emperor’s New Clothes” in the White House.