I hope my observations make your day.
WE ALL NEED TO TAKE A DEEP BREATH – It seems like some Republicans are getting nervous about their vote for Donald Trump. Unfortunately, they’re anxiety is coming from the right. Fox’s Sean Hannity has gone off the cliff, blaming Rep. Paul Ryan, among others.
On Monday, Rush Limbaugh, the popular conservative radio talk show host, said, “We won the election. I’ve described it. I don’t see the glow of victory on Republican faces. I don’t see optimism. I don’t see happiness. I don’t see an attitude that says, ‘Man, what an opportunity we have.’ And as I say, it’s just been eating away at me.”
Limbaugh, like many of us, was listening to reports out of Washington that the Democrats took us to the cleaners on the spending bill. “There’s nothing in it that represents the campaign pledges, promises and objectives of Donald Trump. Quite the opposite,” he said.
Like most of us, me included, Limbaugh was fooled by Democrats who ran for the microphones in an attempt to make the president look bad. And much of the media was sucked in. One difference, the so-called mainstream media took pleasure in it. ABC’s George Stephanopoulos said, “Big victory! Democrats are refusing to fund President Trump’s border wall.” CNN’s Chris Cuomo said, “(It is) a good day for Democrats.” MSNBC’s Alisyn Camerota remarked, “The bipartisan budget deal appears to have more wins for Democrats than for Republicans.”
The president’s team struck back on Tuesday. Budget Director Rick Mulvaney appeared in the White House press room to set the media straight. At the same time, Vice President Pence called the Limbaugh show and did the same. The two of them spoke of funds in the budget for replacing chain link border fencing with more of the 20-foot high metal fencing that exists in some areas, along with the special levee fencing along waterways. CBS’ Nancy Cordes’ said that “The money cannot be used to build a new border wall.” Semantics?
The president’s key goals included funding for defense, border security and school vouchers are all included in the bill.
My concern over the lack of a united Republican support for Trump’s agenda, stated in my April 23, 2017 post on the first 100 days, was also on Limbaugh’s mind on Monday. “Why hasn’t there been a flood of legislation emanating from the Republicans in the House and Senate to begin the process of implementing the Trump agenda?” he said.
“When (Barack) Obama was elected, do you know the stimulus bill was off and running nine days after he was inaugurated?” Limbaugh exclaimed.
In the next six months, the Trump administration will be working on the president’s first budget, for FY2018.
The repeal and replacement of ObamaCare, tax reform and an infrastructure bill are on the docket.
In the meantime, let’s all relax and take a deep breath.
If you haven’t heard, a Washington Post/ABC Poll revealed that 96 percent of Trump voters would vote for him again, and Clinton would again lose.
HILLARY’S STILL IN DENIAL – “I was on the way to winning until the combination of Jim Comey’s letter on October 28, and Russian WikiLeaks raised doubts in the minds of people who were inclined to vote for me, but got scared off,” claimed Hillary Clinton during an appearance at the event, Women for Women International. She said it will all be covered in her book, and I suggest she title it, “Excuses.”