Trump Change Notwithstanding, the Betrayal Continues
If he gets elected, he will therefore have every incentive to revert to type quickly, in order to promote his real views, while telling you and others who supported him that he’s just doing what he told you he would do. To this end he will call on the Democrat/GOP quisling majority that has allowed Obama and Hillary Clinton to inflict so much damage on our nation’s finances, national security and Constitutional foundations. Of course his supporters will be shocked and dismayed because they have listened to his bombast instead of carefully pondering the tortuous path of what he has actually said and done, in his life and in this campaign. (From my article “A Word to Trumps who once were Keys)
In a story published in the Journal:
The White House sent a warning shot to congressional Republicans that it may increase its outreach to Democrats if it can’t get the support of hardline conservatives, a potential shift in legislative strategy that could affect drug prices, the future of a tax overhaul and budgetary priorities.
Days after the House GOP health bill collapsed due to a lack of support from Republicans, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus brought up the idea of working with Democrats multiple times, leaving little doubt that the White House intended to send a message to the hardline Republican flank.
“This president is not going to be a partisan president,” Mr. Priebus said on “Fox News Sunday.” He said that while “I think it’s time for our folks to come together, I also think it’s time to potentially get a few moderate Democrats on board as well.” (Breitbart report on the Wall Street Journal Article)
“The Democrats will make a deal with me on health care as soon as Obamacare folds – not long. Do not worry, we are in very good shape!” he wrote.
In the tweet before that one, Mr. Trump was much harder on conservative Republicans, blaming them for Friday’s collapse of the Obamacare replacement bill in the House.(Trump tweets confidence of deal with Democratso on Obamacare replacement)
While Trump praised the bill after it was withdrawn Friday, though acknowledging it could be improved, Spicer seemed to suggest passing it would not be consistent with the president’s “vision.”
“I think the president understood that where we were, that while you can get a deal at the time, that sometimes a bad deal is worse than getting a deal,” Spicer said. “And I think he smartly recognized that what was on the table was not going to be keeping with the vision that he had, and so he decided that this was not the time and that a deal was not at hand.” (Spicer: Trump Thought House Health Bill was “Bad Deal”)
In a video message to the public last week President Donald Trump, sought support for the GOP healthcare proposal being promoted by the GOP leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives.
“Go with our plan,” Trump said. “It’s going to be terrific—you’re going to be very, very happy. Call your local representative, call your senator, let them know you’re behind our plan.”
Now that the plan has been withdrawn, White House press secretary Sean Spicer tells us that Trump thought that “what was on the table was not going to be keeping with the vision that he had….” Now, what was on the table when the proposed legislation was withdrawn was not significantly different than what the President said was “going to be terrific” about a week ago. Now President Trump is suggesting that he may turn to the Democrats to get a better deal. But the GOP representatives who opposed the package that was withdrawn did so mainly because it left most of the socialist regulatory aspects of Obamacare in place.
The Republican House Freedom Caucus sought a proposal that reflected the Republican Party’s view of Obamacare. The GOP Platform stated that “the entire Act before us is invalid in its entirety. It must be removed and replaced with an approach based on genuine competition…” Instead the GOP’s actual proposal was based on socialist government regulation. Mr. Trump went so far to threaten political reprisals against the GOP representatives who demanded a result consistent with the GOP platform’s emphatically stated view.
Now President Trump is tweeting that he will turn to Democrats to replace the votes of Freedom Caucus members who refused to betray their constituents. What was their offence? Their refusal simply to abandon the GOP’s promise to discard socialist Obamacare “in its entirety”, and restore free enterprise (“genuine competition) as the basis for America’s health care sector. Honestly, is it likely that any deal made with the Democrats will involve abandoning more of Obama’s socialist regulations? Since the Ryan GOP’s failed proposal was “not going to be keeping with the vision” that President Trump has, doesn’t turning to the Democrats imply that by doing so he’ll get a result more in keeping with that party’s socialist bent?
Let’s leave aside the fact that Mr. Spicer’s statement raises the possibility that Mr. Trump’s rhetoric in support of the GOP plan was, to use his lawyers’ parlance, just “sales puffery.” His role in the GOP negotiations lends credence to the evidence that Donald Trump admires, and wants to implement, the socialist vision of health care. Given this fact, it’s reasonable to suspect that he purposely used his influence during the GOP’s internal negotiations to beguile, then isolate and blame, GOP representatives loyal to the GOP’s commitment to free enterprise.
When it comes to socialist health care President Trump is essentially a Democrat, pleased to call himself “moderate” because he has been willing to support the use of government power to reward this or that business interest. It’s no accident that the song and dance over the past several weeks, featuring the Trump/Ryan two-step, has set the stage for President Trump to forge a Democrat/GOP quisling coalition that keeps America’s healthcare sector on track toward socialist healthcare: universal, single payer and provided on terms that assure the predominance of the national government’s political and bureaucratic control. However much Trump’s conservative supporters resist considering it, this outcome points to the truth: Trump change notwithstanding, as far as America’s liberty is concerned, the betrayal continues.
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