February 4, 2017

Hey Congress, try to keep up with your president

This is not the pace we are looking for.
In an article at Free Beacon, Matthew Continetti explains how president Trump has short circuited Washington. He's right, but the one point I found most interesting was this;
...The Republicans on Capitol Hill seem as disoriented by Trump's victory as the Democrats. Congress has been in session for a month. What, besides repealing a mining regulation, has it done? Why is Mitch McConnell not playing hardball with Chuck Schumer on executive branch appointments and Judge Gorsuch? I know, I know: "Things take time." But time is the enemy. This is something Democrats and other members of the self-described "resistance" understand but Republicans do not. Or perhaps the Republicans understand all too well, and want inertia and entropy to bring us a less populist and more conventionally Republican Trump. The doofuses.
Side note - apparently I have been spelling doofus incorrectly for years.

This was something I had noted as well - along with the president, the Republican congress is now more than 14% into the first hundred days of Trump's first term - if you include weekends. And you should include weekends because 100 days is a short window and it's the window in which things that matter get done. President Trump knows this and is moving forward at breakneck speed to pull the country back from the brink of progressive-induced-calamity. Congress does not seem to be moving at the same speed either negligently or willingly. It doesn't matter. Obamacare moved through so quickly when Democrats had the reigns to the executive and legislative branches because Democrats understood that (1) big things can only happen when you control both those branches of government and (2) such a level of power is precarious and prone to quick evaporation. That's why president Obama had to resort to his phone and pen after his second year in office. 

 We cannot assume that Republican majorities across the nation will continue to grow, even though evidence indicates 2018 could be a very good year for republicans. So president Trump should not have to resort to the pen and the phone 2 weeks into his tenure accompanied by a legislative majority. Grow a pair and do some of the heavy lifting rather than hanging the president out there in potential effigy should anything go dramatically wrong. Trump won because he was not afraid and congressional Republicans, so far, are acting afraid. Keep up! Not working at the same speed on aligned goals will not likely keep you in office should president Trump fail to deliver jobs and growth. But standing aside will not ensure you any victory glory should he succeed. You'd serve yourself, and your constituents, well by remembering that.

President Trump on the other hand may break convention again.  I wouldn't expect him to take his foot off the gas pedal after 100 days, in fact I'd expect a ramp up.  He's got a huge task in front of him to Make America Great Again. 100 days are won't finish the job, but that does not allow GOP congressional members off the hook.  After doing next to nothing for 100 days, why would the following 100 days be any different.
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