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Well…the ultimate “it’s never gonna happen” has happened…Donald Trump is officially the 45th President of the United States of America. For some, this is a time of great rejoice. For others…not so much. Regardless of which side one finds themselves on, life goes on.
While I am leery about what the future brings, I am happy that this moment has finally come. Lately, it seems people have been divided into two camps…those bitching and moaning about Donald Trump winning the presidency and those bitching and moaning about those bitching and moaning about Donald Trump winning the presidency. Both camps are equally annoying (often ignorant)…emotionally draining…and in the end did nothing to change the outcome of what procedurally ensured was going to happen.
I didn’t watch the inauguration. Certainly not out of protest. That whole movement to boycott the inauguration was both silly and absurd (spoiler alert, even if you boycotted the inauguration…Donald Trump was still sworn in as President). My reason for not watching was simple. The inauguration is nothing more than pomp and circumstance, driven by rhetoric. Another opportunity for President Trump to tell us what he’s going to do. Been there, done that…heard it. I’m tired of rhetoric and talk…now is the time for action.
It remains to be seen what that action will be. We’ve heard a lot of promises. If history is any indication though, President Trump will be hard pressed to achieve even a minority of those promises. Certainly, his odds are better with a GOP dominated Congress. However, even that is questionable. It’s no secret that Donald Trump is not a “real” Republican. In addition, we’ve already seen the Grand Obstructionist Party’s inability to lead even when the opportunity is handed to them on a silver platter. Which only serves to make the future that much more uncertain.
The infamous “they” said Donald Trump would never be taken seriously. Yet he was. “They” said the Republican Party would never accept him as one of their candidates. Yet they did (granted begrudgingly). “They” said Donald Trump would never beat the likes of Bush…Rubio…or my favorite story teller (ha!)…Ted “Green Eggs and Ham” Cruz. Yet he did. “They” said Donald Trump would never win the Republican Party nomination. Yet he did. “They” said there’s no way he’s going to beat Hillary Clinton”. But he did. “They” said Donald Trump will never be President of the United States of America. Yet he is.
“They” said President Donald Trump will be the worst President this county has ever had…
The House led Grand Obstructionist Party (aka the GOP), declared “victory” by passing a short-term government spending bill which attempts to cut funding for “Obamacare”. Senate Democrats, as well as President Obama, have already stated that any such provision will ensure that the bill will have no chance in hell of passing the Senate, much less the President’s desk. This sets up yet another party-ideology fueled battle between Republicans and Democrats. This sets up yet another potential for a federal government shutdown.
House Speaker John Boehner was quoted as saying, “The American people don’t want the government shut down, and they don’t want Obamacare”. Fora change, Mr. Boehner is partially correct. Rational, responsible American people do not want the government to shut down. Individual opinion regarding whether or not the American people are for or against “Obamacare” varies greatly. What Mr. Boehner misses however is the ultimate point. The American people are sick and tired of dysfunctional federal “representatives” that are more concerned with their political ideologies (and re-election) than making the decisions that are in the best interest of this country.
This is the 41st attempt to undermine “Obamacare”. While I am normally a great admirer of tenacity, there comes the time when one must recognize that the brick wall they are ramming themselves into repeatedly is not going to fall. Priceless energy, time, and resources have been wasted by the Republican Tea Party’s efforts to thwart “Obamacare’s” implementation. Yet again, Congress has shirked one of its most important responsibilities. It is September 21, 2013. Fiscal year 2014 starts in 10 days. Our Congress, who is responsible for drafting the federal budget, has barely even begun to address this issue. Instead, the Republican led House spent its time drafting a half-assed continuation bill that they knew had no chance of passing the Senate. Once again the Grand Obstructionist Party has ensured the likelihood of a federal government shutdown. Once again, our elected “leaders” have failed us.
The Republican Tea Party says it’s changing its ways, yet its actions suggest otherwise. It is completely out of touch with the changes occurring in this county. Just when it seems like they can’t possibly alienate the American people any further, they find a way to do so. Such is the case with this recently proposed spending bill.
If the federal government shuts down, I will be furloughed yet again. Furloughed due to ineptness. For those that believe they won’t be adversely impacted by a federal government shutdown, think again. Who do you think will be paying our “leaders” their six-figure salaries during that shutdown (guaranteed by the 27th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution)? Your tax dollars. So much for not being impacted.