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Bystander Trump Blamed for Crash in Congress

Bystander Trump Blamed for Crash in Congress
President Donald Trump on March 28, 2017, in Washington, D.C. (Ron Sach-Pool/Getty Images)

Michael Shannon By Wednesday, 29 March 2017 12:11 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Donald Trump is minding the people’s business in the Oval Office when he hears a commotion outside. He looks up and to his horror sees that the Resistance fence-jumper scheduled for Wednesday has gored himself on a spike and fallen on the White House lawn.

Trump grabs the nearest intelligence briefing and rushes outside in an attempt to stop the bleeding. Unfortunately the briefing book is so thin — the Deep State only trusts the opposition media with real secrets these days — that it has almost no absorptive power and the jumper bleeds out.

Is it Trump’s fault the Resistance jumper wasn’t wearing a p***y hat, which is great for absorbing blood? Or is it Trump’s fault the jumper’s tire sandals slipped and caused him to fall on the spike?

Of course not, so how is it Trump’s fault that House Speaker Paul RINO’s Obamacare Lite bill is still impaled on the fence outside the House?

Trump has proven he’s not exactly a demon on details, but Ryan’s small-ball bill didn’t bother to include the one Obamacare reform Trump promised on the campaign trail: Removing "the lines around the states," which the rest of us refer to as the ability to sell health insurance policies across state lines.

That particular reform was coming on the promised "third prong," which was supposed to arrive sometime in the indefinite future and contain "moderate Muslims," a "deportation force," and a Mexican check for the wall.

Trump was a team player on a bill that didn’t contain the one element he knows would reduce health insurance costs. Rather than hurt himself, it would seem to me that Trump has earned points with the Congressional leadership he will need to pass his budget, tax reform and build the wall.

Besides, Trump couldn’t win regardless of the fate of this bill. Had he stayed above the fray and let legislative mastermind Ryan bumble along to defeat on his own, the opposition media would have written about "frosty relations with Congress" and a "breach that hasn’t been healed" since political archeologists unearthed the Billy Bush tape. This would have been followed by predictions of a grim fate for any legislative agenda items Trump needed passed.

Had the bill passed, Trump would have still have received negative coverage. The opposition media story line would either have been "Trump reneges on Obamacare reforms he promised during the campaign" or "Congress ignores outsider Trump who was helpless to modify Obamacare Lite bill." Followed by stories highlighting real or imagined finger–pointing in the White House by aides who wished to remain anonymous so they could stab someone in the back.

And how is it Trump, essentially a helpful bystander, gets most of the blame for the bill’s defeat?

Mitch McConnell, the Curator of the Senate, had a much larger role in the bill’s failure than Trump, yet his reputation, as the oracle of inertia, remains intact. McConnell’s fingerprints were all over the blueprints for the House bill. In a victory of process over policy the bill was written so that it would pass by the "reconciliation" process, which means Minority Leader Chuck Schumer couldn’t filibuster the measure.

McConnell could take his rarely-used, 52-seat majority out of the original packing and pass the bill. Neither Ryan nor McConnell wanted to risk taking the bill to the Senate floor for debate because they don’t have enough faith in conservative government to make the case before the public. A Democrat filibuster that stopped Congress in its tracks would be the perfect time to make the case for letting the market lower health insurance cost — assuming one believes in the market — while putting Democrat intransigence in the spotlight.

If competition is good and letting consumers choose their own health insurance is part of being free, then why don’t McConnell and Ryan have enough confidence in the argument to make it before the general public?

What part of conservative philosophy is not believable?

But the debate didn’t happen and it won’t happen because neither McConnell nor Ryan really believes in limited government. That’s why Ryan introduces a bill insurance lobbyists like that has none of the reforms the market really needs.

Ryan follows McConnell’s blueprint for the bill. McConnell stays on the sidelines while a bill drawn to his specifications is attacked. The bill is withdrawn before a vote, because the Freedom Caucus has the courage to act as the conservative conscience for the House.

And the upshot is it’s all Trump’s fault because he couldn’t get the House to vote on someone else’s bill, while McConnell is allowed to continue polishing Senate procedures in peace and Ryan is still the beleaguered boy wonder?

All this fight proved is Trump is a team player that still needs a team.

Michael R. Shannon is a commentator, researcher for the League of American Voters, and an award-winning political and advertising consultant with nationwide and international experience. He is author of "Conservative Christian’s Guidebook for Living in Secular Times (Now with added humor!)." Read more of Michael Shannon's reports — Go Here Now.

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Trump was a team player on a bill that didn’t contain the one element he knows would reduce health insurance costs.
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Wednesday, 29 March 2017 12:11 PM
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