Recently on a Sunday morning program, Mitch McConnell took a swipe at his own Republican party members by referring to them as these people. He was referring to the real conservatives in the party who are either running or have been elected and are sticking by their conservative principles. McConnell referred to them as if they were outsiders misaligned to the party and its agenda when in truth they are attempting to carry out the will of the people—something McConnell, Corker, and McCain are not interested in doing.
Senator McConnell went on to point out that these people are not “electable” and should not be allowed to run for office. His point was clear—they need to reflect my attitudes and positions. Mr. McConnell then pointed out that the Republicans have enjoyed two straight Congressional terms in the majority. Obviously, one might be tempted to ask the senior senator, “And what have you accomplished during that time?” The answer is clear—little of note. Instead, this bunch sat on their hands and trembled in fear that if they did anything of substance, they would own it politically and none of them had the guts to go there. This is exactly the reason why so many Republican voters are outraged; their elected officials lack the courage to use the power they were given!
Senator Corker made his rounds of the network morning coffee klatches last week, chiding President Trump for attempting to guide the tax reform process. His advice to Trump seemed to be, Why don’t you step aside and leave this to the professionals. Come on, really? The so-called “professionals” are the ones who have bestowed upon this nation the current ridiculous tax structure. They can also take credit for the over $20 trillion in national debt and a military that has been gutted by the Obama Administration. This is why President Trump is eager to guide this process very closely. When Bob Corker reaches multi-billionaire status, then we might listen to his perspective on how to collect and spend money. President Trump has seen the tax code from both sides of the desk and he knows very clearly the impact it's had on the American people and small businesses throughout this country. That is the reason he is so involved and passionate.
Senator Corker has announced that he will not seek re-election next year. Of course, he is claiming that he told his constituency that he would only pursue a two-term limit. The truth of the matter is he is so far out of sync with his constituents that he cannot get elected even to dog catcher on the Republican ticket. Consequently, he dare not embarrass himself with a memorable defeat by seeking another term in the Senate. But don’t be too sorry for him: He will simply head back to the farm and wait for his federal retirement check in the mail—a fat-cat on a full government pension.
Meanwhile, Senator John McCain once again tossed his conservative credentials aside during the recent attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare. McCain cast the deciding vote that resulted in the failure of the Republican effort to obtain the necessary fifty votes to pass. Now, on tax reform, McCain is calling for a bipartisan approach. Given the fact that the Democrats are presently operating as one in total “obstructionist” mode, anything resembling a bipartisan compromise is not likely to happen. McCain has to know that. What he is really doing is embracing the status quo on taxes, and, typical of him, playing the conservative while acting the liberal he always has been. This is likely McCain’s last term in the Senate. It is unfortunate that he will no doubt be remembered as one of the most ineffective, do- nothing RINO’s who occupied the people’s seat in the Senate. Sadly, that image will far overshadow his military service and time spent as a heroic prisoner-of-war in North Vietnam.
Ultimately, we the people have only one voice in Washington—that of President Donald Trump. The majority of those who populate seats on both sides of the aisle in Congress conveniently either do not remember or do not care who they work for. They also fail to understand why Donald Trump is in the Oval Office, even though it is quite clear to us. Let us hope President Trump gets tax reform done and that it does not face the same fate as the effort to undo Obamacare. Congress increasingly exhibits that it likes its old quid pro quo ways and that it does not have the interest of the people in mind. Keep that in mind when you enter the polling booth in 2018.
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