On Sunday we will have the second Presidential debate. The media is all abuzz with the latest Trump tapes showing just how lewd he really is. But I am not going to talk about that right now.
With the start of tomorrow’s debate I want you to remember two numbers. 70 and 55. Those are the two important numbers in this election but the Republicans only want to talk one of them.
That was evident today at Paul Ryan’s rally in Wisconsin. He claimed that 70 percent of the American people believe the country is heading in the wrong direction. According to the polls that is correct. But, also according to the polls President Obama’s approval rating, meaning if the people like the job he is doing, is at 55 percent.
Now the political pundits claim that is an anomaly that they cannot explain. That is because they always believe that the President’s approval rating should be tied to the direction of the country numbers. And, in most cases it is.
But, this isn’t normal times. This is a period of time when one party has obstructed everything that came before them if the President’s name or support was attached to it.
People claim that they love Donald Trump because he is talking about fixing our problems. Like immigration, the border security, and infrastructure. Problem is that we could already be working on solving those problems if not for the Republican Party’s obstructionism.
Because of the Republican in Congress, the growth of our recovery has been purposefully held down. Employment has been purposefully held down. Repairs to our infrastructure has been stopped. Border security has been hampered. And immigration reform has been stopped.
This isn’t the fault of the administration or President Obama, it is the direct fault of the Republican Party especially in the House of Representatives. They have made it their business not to do any business that would make your lives better.
I am going to list thee bills that the President wanted passed that did not get passed. The Transportation and Infrastructure Bill. The Immigration Reform Bill. The Equal Pay for Equal Work Bill.
Let’s now look at each of them. The Transportation and Infrastructure Bill was intended to repair our roads, rail systems, airports, electrical grid, water distribution, and much more. It would have created millions of well-paying long-lasting jobs for the American people.
The jobs this bill would have created would have lasted for decades. These projects would not be done overnight. As a result, there would be more employment, higher revenue flowing into the Federal Coffers due to more people paying taxes and more jobs in other industries.
The last part would be caused by the people working on our infrastructure making money they would spend on other items meaning manufacturing could also come back to keep up with demand.
With increased revenue coming in we could balance our budget and pay off our debt. All things that would be good for the country and many Americans. Reliance on the social safety net would be reduced thus reducing the amount of money needed to keep the afloat.
The Immigration Reform Bill would have completely overhauled our immigration system. It would have also given more money and personnel to secure our borders better. As a result, undocumented immigration would be severely decreased. Also, it would have made E-Verify the law of the land and every employer would have had to abide by it.
That means employers would not be able to hire undocumented immigrants to keep wages below minimum wage. That is what has been happening. If employers were required to use E-Verify they would have a harder time employing undocumented immigrants.
The Equal Pay for Equal Work would have meant that employers would have had to pay the same salary to everyone doing the same job regardless of sex. Today, women make about 75 cents per dollar of men working in the same job doing the same work.
Again, this bill would have increased tax revenues to the government because these women would be paying more taxes than they do now. It also would mean that women, who are becoming more and more the significant bread-winner in households would be able to support their families without the help of the social safety nets.
Besides these three bills, the administration has been pushing to raise the minimum wage. Raising the minimum wage would take about 10 million off of the social safety nets according to most economists. People working full-time would actually make a living wage.
All of these bills were stopped by the Republican Controlled House of Representatives. The Immigration Reform Bill was a bi-partisan bill that easily passed the Senate. Then speaker John Boehner put it in a drawer and is has remained there.
All three of these bills would have made life better for millions of Americans. The Transportation and Infrastructure Bill would have reduced the unemployment faster and earlier if it had passed. Again, the House of Representatives put it in a drawer.
So you see, the direction of the country would have been much better, and the polls would show a positive number for the direction of the country if Republicans had actually done the job they were sent to Washington to do.
I believe that the President’s approval rating is very positive because the American people know he has done everything he could. I believe the direction of the country numbers are so low because the American people know that Republicans in Congress has stopped things that would have helped.
When Republicans say that 7 out of 10 Americans think the country is heading in the wrong direction, they should look in the mirror. The Congress which they control has an approval rating around 20 percent.
Paul Ryan keeps touting the Republican Policy that he unveiled. My question to him is why hasn’t he tried to implement it? His party has controlled the House for six years and in those six years it has been the least productive Congress in our history with each Congress getting worse than the one before.
If he really believes in his plan, why hasn’t he put forth bills to make it a reality? Even if the President vetoed his plan, he could always override the veto. But, no, he hasn’t put forth one bill to implement anything in his “policy” pamphlet. Why? Because it is all garbage and doesn’t mean anything.
Republicans try to make you believe that all bills must come from the President. That is a lie. Most bills come from Congress. The Republican controlled Congress hasn’t passed a single meaningful bill in over six years.
Don’t you think there is something wrong with Republicans when you consider that when Democrats are in control of Congress they pass lots of bills regardless of who is President? Maybe that is because they understand that is their job.
Let’s face reality. Using Ryan’s own words, the biggest “takers” in America are Republicans in Congress. They sit in the chamber taking their paychecks and do nothing to pass meaningful bills to improve our lot. I guess the Republican idea of work is running for office. Once you get in, you can take a two-year vacation and do nothing.
I believe this explains the conundrum of why 70 percent think the country is heading in the wrong direction yet 55 percent believe the President is doing a good job. Their dissatisfaction is really on Republicans in Congress.