Trump has never been anything but bait for swamp creatures like Paul Ryan
No matter what the talking heads on Fox News say, even Republicans don’t want what Trump and Paul Ryan are selling. That’s because Ryan is a Koch brothers tool, and their two votes are never going to be enough to scam an entire country.
But Trump is a political novice and easily played. As Maureen Dowd so beautifully put it in the New York Times,
And you, Donald, are getting a reputation as a sucker. And worse, a sucker who is a tool of the D.C. establishment…
You promised to get the best people around you… Instead, you dragged that motley skeleton crew into the White House and let them create a feuding, leaking, belligerent, conspiratorial, sycophantic atmosphere. Instead of a smooth, classy operator like James Baker, you have a Manichaean anarchist in Steve Bannon.
Yes, it would seem that Washington insiders are lining up, ready to use the Narcissist-in-Chief as their fall guy when their plots to screw Americans go bad. And those same people will be equally happy to reap the benefits of whatever successes they can manage to squeeze through under the radar.
Ryan is no different.
The Wisconsin granny-starver tried to sell America on the so-called conservative vision for utopian America back in 2012, with his ‘Path to Prosperity.’ The problem with that was just how misleading the title was. The ‘path’ was really a roadblock for anyone not born with a healthy stock portfolio, and the anti-poverty verbiage was crafted to disguise just how much it was dripping with racism. But that’s not even the worst of it. Chapter and verse, it was nothing more than a list of things that the Grand Old Party wanted to subtract from everyone reaching for that ever-illusive American Dream. In fact, Ryan’s plan was nothing but a list of cuts to the social safety net, topped with a heavy dose of tax cuts for the rich and corporate fascism.
The ‘Path to Prosperity’ was supposed to be a more deceptive (read palatable) version of Ryan’s 2008 ‘Roadmap for America’s Future,’ which took aim at the exact same things: Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and anti-poverty programs. The toppings remained the same.
As it turns out, it’s been a lot harder than Ryan thought to cajole Americans into surrendering the benefits that are deducted from their paychecks, even if they are branded by right-wing media as horrible, terrible, evil ‘socialist’ government takeover programs. So Ryan came out with ‘A Better Way’ in 2016, and once again, what Ryan thinks is ‘better’ is really much worse for Americans who have to work for a living.
Trump has become a pitchman for Paul Ryan and his agenda. He’s spent the past week fighting for a health care bill he didn’t campaign on, didn’t draft, doesn’t understand, doesn’t like to talk about, and can’t defend. Rather than forcing the Republican establishment to come around to his principles, he’s come around to theirs — with disastrous results.
Talking around the edges of enormously unpopular conservative policies might work for fundraising and getting low-information voters to the polls. But when push comes to shove and the reality of these mean-spirited plans get a bit of daylight on them, they are more likely to fail – again.
In the long-term battle between professional politicians and glorified real estate agents, the winner will not be the latter. Trump has never been anything but bait for the swamp creatures. And when they’re done chewing him up, they’ll just as quickly spit him out.
It seems that what people with money want even more than more money, is power.
Tell lawmakers what you think of their plans for your future by calling the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121.
Maryann Tobin is the author of “Afterlife: The Journey Of A Dog’s Spirit” This heartwarming story is told through the eyes of an animal spirit that has been sent back to earth in the body of a small dog. His mission is to help a young woman discover that their destinies are connected to the powers of the Spirit World more than either of them ever imagined. If you’ve ever shared your life with a dog or any other pet, you will never look at them the same way again after reading this book. It’s available now on Amazon.com.