[yt_dropcap type=”square” font=”” size=”14″ color=”#000″ background=”#fff” ] U [/yt_dropcap]nless agreement on a new spending bill is finally reached a government shutdown is all but assured. It began when House Speaker Paul Ryan broadcasted an interview with CBS where he expressed concerns that the failure of the repeal of the Affordable Care Act might drive Trump into compromise with the Democrats in attempting to change Obamacare.
At that point the Tweeter-in-chief stepped into the center ring of the circus that the US government seems to have become nowadays, and lashed out at both the Democrats and the House Freedom Caucus, the hard right of the House of Representatives who were instrumental in defeating the American Health Care Act. In effect this was a call to fight Trump’s own party in the 2018 elections. That prompted some right-wing Republicans to suggest, via tweeter, that Trump had already been corrupted by the D.C. Establishment.
The war of the tweeters has begun. It all sounds like another entertaining episode of the Apprentice being conducted from the White House with Trump deluding himself that he is the CEO in charge of the corporation called USA and finding out the hard way that governing is a bit more complex than managing a business, and the consequences are much more dire.
In order to pass a spending bill Trump and Ryan will need the cooperation of the Freedom Caucus or a significant number of House Democrats, the very two factions that they have managed to alienate.
The Freedom Caucus certainly have enough votes to block a funding bill, if they choose to do so. Now that Trump has vowed to work against them in the next Congressional election, it’s hard to see how sparing the president another embarrassment will be much of a concern to them. That leaves the Democrats to help the Speaker get a majority on a spending bill that can pass the Senate thus somehow salvaging the situation.
Legislation to fund the government invariably creates a choke point in the legislative process, because when federal agencies have to shut their doors, not much else gets done in Washington. Will a shut-down be averted? Hard to predict; but stay tuned. The worst of an incompetent, dishonest, and fake administration, flourishing in the era of post-truth, may still be in the offing, and it may not be so entertaining as it has been so far.
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Trump’s Dumb Ideas for Economic Growth
[yt_dropcap type=”square” font=”” size=”14″ color=”#000″ background=”#fff” ] I [/yt_dropcap]f there’s an economic idea that Donald Trump and his economic advisers continually reiterate it is that slashing taxes inevitably leads to economic growth. Let’s see how true this idea is.
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[yt_dropcap type=”square” font=”” size=”14″ color=”#000″ background=”#fff” ] C [/yt_dropcap]NN has recetnly reported that President Trump’s latest anti-media attacks “are beneath the dignity of the office of the President.” In an interview with Time magazine, Trump insulted CNN’s Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon and criticized MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough. He also called CBS late-night host Stephen Colbert a “no-talent guy.”
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