Trump’s unpopular agenda shows just how little he cares about anyone but himself.
House speaker Paul Ryan, the Wisconsin Republican who was once featured in a campaign ad throwing an old woman in a wheel chair off a cliff, hasn’t lost his lust for stripping healthcare from seniors, children, veterans, and the disabled. In 2018, slashing America’s safety net tops the House agenda.
But even some Republicans are worried that attempts to privatize Medicare, cut Medicaid, and punish low income Trump voters could amount to political suicide in an election year.
“We’re going to have a narrow majority next year,” said Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, about an entitlements fight. “We’re going to have our hands full with nominations and an infrastructure bill and a bipartisan agenda.”
Still, those sentiments are running headfirst into the hopes of House conservatives, not to mention those of the powerful speaker, whose years-long pitch to privatize Medicare has endeared him to the right.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has made it clear that massive cuts to entitlements and welfare reform, which is GOP code for slashing programs for children, the poor, the disabled, and seniors is not going to happen in 2018, especially through a reconciliation process that excludes Democratic support.
McConnell fears that ripping up the social safety net, after passing one of the most unpopular tax cuts in generations, is a bigger threat to his majority in the Midterms than any amount of whining Paul Ryan may spew about the need to reduce the deficit Republicans just exploded with their handouts-to-the-rich tax bill.
As The Hill notes,
McConnell, speaking at an event sponsored by Axios on Thursday, said the lack of Democratic support for entitlement reform makes it highly unlikely that it will move through the Senate in an election year.
“I think the Democrats are not going to be interested in entitlement reform so I would not expect to see that on the agenda,” McConnell said.
… That conflicts with Ryan, who earlier this month said it would be a House priority next year.
So the stage is set for another battle among Republicans pushing an unpopular agenda that is clearly adverse to the best interests of the American public.
The war Trump is waging against his own voters is more evidence of his broken promises to protect the social safety net that so many of them depend on, and of just how little he really cares about anyone but himself.
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