ObamaCare looks to be the first test out of the box for Mr. Trump and that challenge will not afford him much of a “honeymoon,” since he has indicated he plans to dismantle it on Day One. One might think that with Republican control of both the House and Senate, that task could be accomplished with ease—but this probably is not so. Obviously the Democrats are not going to sit idly by and allow Mr. Obama’s eponymous piece of legislation to be abolished without resistance. At the same time, Congress is still full of Republicans in Name Only (RINOs) who very much want to retain their power over the people. Trump wants the healthcare system returned to the private sector to the greatest extent possible and although some RINOs may want to see ObamaCare gone, it is doubtful they will want to give up federal control. Look for a fight with Mitch McConnell likely leading the way.
Then there is also the matter of a viable budget which has been nonexistent under Mr. Obama. Even though President Trump will no doubt demand a budget, we can anticipate at least two bones of contention: One is the federal money that will be needed to erect a fence on our southern border along with more funding to control the territory; the other will be building up our depleted military. Obama cut military spending and funneled it to social welfare programs. Getting it back will be no easy feat especially with the RINOs being afraid of being perceived as cruel. One might think that they would know by now that they are always going to be perceived as heartless no matter what they do, but sadly, they still court public opinion rather than do what is difficult but right.
Remember back when George W. Bush suggested that a portion of future Social Security payments might do better if held in private accounts and invested? Congress let out a collective howl and painted his plan as something totally reckless and a dangerous gamble with the “entitlement” of Social Security. In truth, the real reasons were that Congress would have had to give up some control over Social Security and less tax dollars would have rolled in to fund other programs. Social Security has been raided again and again since the 60’s and now the cupboard is all but bare for future generations. This is a problem that has long been neglected and must be rectified. We can be sure when President Trump attempts to do so he will be vilified by some members of Congress and certainly by the media.
The other area I expect to see turn into a battleground for Trump will be our Veterans Affairs. Our veterans and active duty personnel deserve better care and provisions than they are presently getting from the bureau. Trump knows this and is committed to doing right by them. I believe he has or will float the idea of privatizing it. After all, look at the amount of money that must be tied up in real estate, buildings, equipment, staffing, specialization, management, and on and on to provide healthcare to the veterans. For the most part, our government has failed miserably, so why not take all those assets, liquidate them, and turn it over to the private sector? Again, too many in Congress prefer the status quo of federal control.
These are domestic battles we will surely see in the coming months in addition to the economy, jobs, foreign relations, ISIS, and a litany of other issues. The media will solidly line up on the liberal side of every issue and whine about Mr. Trump’s promised “wall,” the uninsured, grandma being tossed off the cliff, and so on. President Donald Trump will be pushing hard to carry out the will of the people, and Congress, as usual, will be sitting on their loathsome butts fighting it all every step of the way—all the more reason for term limits and draining the swamp.
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