Of course they don’t use the word “cronyism” or the term “crony capitalism.” But that’s what the $5 billion in additional spending is all about – cronyism.
Included in the deal struck with Trump is increased taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood (How such a thing could be funded by taxpayers at all is beyond me, but with a GOP Senate, House, and Presidency?) and a semi-bailout for profligate and utterly dysfunctional Puerto Rico. This is for starters.
A friend of mine just told me that movie theaters across the nation will soon be showing the movie 1984 in protest of the Trump administration. My friend looked at me incredulously and asked, “Where the hell were these people during the Obama administration?”
Now I couldn’t be more for millions of people watching 1984, I don’t care why.
I would have put the word “risky” in quotes in the headline. Shoot, what isn’t risky in Washington?
The congressional conservatarian wing is asserting itself with Trump. It does not like Obamacare-lite. Steve Bannon understands this wing and why it is so important to give the members of this group a seat at the table. Can Mr. Bannon broker a deal? Probably.
It is impossible to repeal and preserve Obamacare at the same time.
Rebels. The only good guys on The Hill. Something like that.
Ryan and the big government Republicans are on the march, again.
Remember the last time there was a GOP president, and Senate, and House, and federal spending went up and government expanded? I do. I’l bet our readers do. We know Rand does.
This is what the powers that be did with the TPP if you remember.
In the polling world 73% is a big number. When a president is at 73% approval it is the smoothest of sailing. When 73% of the voters in a party think party leaders are not reflecting their views it reflects serious anger.
Likely GOP leadership will dismiss these numbers as they have the TEA Party, the opposition to the Omnibus spending bills, the opposition to the Export-Import Bank renewal, and all sorts of other things.
How long leadership can continue to do so is another question.
What kind of “conservative” quits Congress but continues to have the taxpayers pay for an office and staff? No wonder we could never get spending curtailed with Speaker Boehner in office. He didn’t and doesn’t care about the money we send to Washington. Clearly in his eyes such funds are spoils not a precious resource.
Sadly it appears the same can be said for Speaker Ryan.
It is prettier than Detroit.
Puerto Rico is a fiscal mess.
Call it the “Right” if you want but anyone who believes the power of government is too great, anyone who thinks that government is too big, should be furious. That there are too many on the “Right” who don’t believe these things are a big part of the problem.