MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

Has Trump Been Successful In Implementing His Agenda?

August 24th, 2018 Viewed 631 times, 1 so far today

In the middle of a discussion I was having on Twitter regarding whether it was right for the Department of Justice to have a guideline not to indict a sitting President, I broached the idea that the reason that we are even having this conversation is that there are many people that believe that Pres. Trump should be indicted and jailed. They are furious that no one will stop him using this means, mostly because they know that the Republican Congress and Senate will not impeach and convict him, so they believe that if they could get an indictment or, better yet a criminal conviction, then the Republicans would have to get rid of him.

This has been in back of the Russian Collusion narrative, the Stormy Daniels affair and the rest– the idea that there needs to be something, anything that can remove Trump from office.

When It’s Not About the Box

February 15th, 2018 Viewed 763 times, 1 so far today

Pres. Trump’s recent budget proposal came out, and this time around it included a proposal to replace some of the SNAP money that people are getting with a box of food that’s chosen based on governmental factors:

Under a proposal in the president’s budget many participants in the program would be given half their benefits in the form of a “Harvest Box” full of food preselected for nutritional value and economic benefit to American farmers. The cache of cheaper peanut butter, canned goods, pasta, cereal, “shelf stable” milk and other products would now be selected by the federal government, not by the people actually eating it.

Glenn Thrush, NYT

While Ann Althouse wonders whether Trump is simply attempting to troll people or whether it’s a creative way to think outside the box by thinking about a box, I think it’s another persuasion play.

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Health Care Bill is More About Getting Something Done Than Getting it Perfect

March 21st, 2017 Viewed 2063 times, 1 so far today

One of my bosses once told me that the perfect is the enemy of the good. When it comes to our health care solution, what we have now is terrible, what Rep. Ryan is proposing is in the right direction, and the GOP has a tendency to never get things done. So when I read Politico’s article discussing Trump telling the GOP to get in line, what I hear is someone that’s trying to get wins, to get them fast, and get people united in the same direction. I also hear someone who is being tested as being a “famed negotiator” and who wants to prove that it’s not just Executive Orders that he can do, but also the stuff that has to get through Congress.

While I appreciate the argument of Rand Paul– I like the idea of straight repeal and then go through a bunch of replacement bills– I think it has a severe optics problem of having repealed the bill and then they can’t agree to replace. They should have gotten Rand and the group on board behind the scenes with a plan, but I think that getting something done (especially if you risk the tax cut and other things by not getting this done) is better than doing nothing at this point.

Imagine if Pres. Trump Shuts Down the Government Because He Can’t Get the Cuts He Wants

March 17th, 2017 Viewed 3028 times, 2 so far today

I mean, Pres. Obama shut down the government because he couldn’t get the spending he wanted. How would the Republican’s respond?

It would be interesting to see them argue against what they campaigned on.

Do Politicians Actually Believe What They Run On?

March 14th, 2017 Viewed 2141 times, 2 so far today

President Trump has done a lot in his first 100 days so far, but none were more interesting in many ways than his first speech before a joint session of Congress. While many focused on the Democrats that sat out the 2 minute long applause for the fallen hero, it was much more intriguing to see Republicans applauding things that were not traditionally Republican and Democrats not quite knowing what to do.

Shika Dalmia argues that Trump has radically changed the GOP, but I’m not sure that’s the case. I think it’s more situational. When it’s your guy that’s President, you back what he says– especially because he won saying it. When it’s not your guy, you obstruct and resist everything.

Which points to the post title– I believe that while there are some politicians that actually believe what they run on (Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Bernie Sanders, and a few others come to mind), for the most part these people run on popular things to get elected. This isn’t going to be fixed by passing a bill with the right label to match what they said they believe. It will only be fixed by actually doing what they say they want to or are going to do.

MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.