Everyone is still talking about Donald Trump and his xenophobic ways. There have been protests about his being elected. There is a woman’s march being planed for the day after his inauguration.
Everyone is missing the real disaster that is getting ready to hit us with the full force of a Category 5 Hurricane. It is the Republican Congress. In reality, they now have exactly what Grover Nordquist said they wanted in the White House. That is someone with “enough digits to hold a pen and sign what we put in front of him.”
With Trump’s short attention span, they now have exactly what they want, and the disaster is within reach. And, if you think that their top agenda items are things that will help the American people think again. They plan to dismantle everything that protects the population and/or helps them.
The first item will be to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. And, since they don’t have any replacement plan, chaos will invade the insurance business. Without a firm plan to replace the ACA, many companies will abandon the exchanges. Republicans already have a law suit against the President to stop the payment of subsidies to help poor people purchase insurance, and they plan to revoke those payments. Without a replacement, they will throw millions of people off their insurance plans.
They plan to gut Medicare. They want to give seniors a “voucher” to purchase insurance in the private sector. Medicare is one government service that really works well. Yet, that doesn’t matter to Republicans. They don’t like Medicare and therefore it must go.
Forget the fact that most senior citizens have” pre-existing” conditions that would most likely keep from getting health insurance at a reasonable rate or not having to spend thousands out-of-pocket. No, that doesn’t matter either. Medicare must go. If you are currently on Medicare and think you are safe, think again. Your co-pays will go through the roof if this passes.
Our veterans will be treated the same way. Instead of the Veteran’s Administration taking care of our veterans, they will also be given a voucher. Again, since they have a “pre-existing condition” it will be difficult to get insurance. The VA hospital system is one of the very best in terms of treatment for our veterans according to user surveys. But for Republicans it costs too much so veterans must suffer the consequences.
Don’t tell them that veterans don’t want vouchers but care at VA hospitals. That doesn’t matter either. In order to provide better and quicker care for our veterans, the government would have to build more clinics and hospitals around the country so veterans could actually go to one. They won’t even consider that possibility. Republicans in Congress simply want to throw veterans on the trash heap when their usefulness is over.
They are looking at ways to eliminate the Consumer Protection Bureau. They don’t like the idea that the Government should make sure that private businesses like banks aren’t ripping off the citizens of the country. They believe that if you get ripped off by your bank, that is your fault and you don’t deserve any protection.
They want to strip away every environmental protection rule that was ever made. These rules according to them make it more difficult for companies to make money. If they pollute the environment while making more money, that is okay with Republicans. They are still trying to tell us that climate change is a hoax, so why “hand-cuff” polluters from polluting?
They want to totally defund Planned Parenthood. Forget the idea that millions of women rely on the services of Planned Parenthood for things like cancer screening, STD treatment or many other services. In many areas, Planned Parenthood clinics are the only option for poor women. The fact that Planned Parenthood, in some clinics not all, they legal abortions without using federal money which would be illegal is enough for the theists to remove their funding.
They want to pass the First Amendment Defense Act which would legalize discrimination in the name of “religious liberty”. They don’t care if civil rights are based on secular law. They only care that they hate certain segments of our country and therefore are supposed to be allowed to discriminate against them simply because they want to.
They want to repeal the Executive Order that raised the minimum wage for employees of federal contractors. They don’t believe that just because you are doing work for the government, you should be paid a livable wage. You should be at the mercy of your employer so that employer can make higher profits.
The Republican controlled Congress is planning to execute the most conservative agenda since the 1920s. And what happened at the end of the 1920s? The Great Depression happened and over 25 percent of the American people were without a job.
That is what we can expect from our next congress and the immature buffoon that will be President. They are looking for the 5 year-old to sign whatever they put in front of him. And, since Trump has no interest in actually governing, he will be happy to do what he is told. It would be nice to see him resist this agenda, but I am not holding my breath.
We are going to see a lot of “laws” passed and none of them are going to benefit the people. They will all be intended to benefit corporations and the very rich. They are going to remove civil rights from segments of our population. They are going to make life in America miserable for many people.
After they get through passing laws to benefit the rich, they will move to their extreme right-wing theist agenda. I anticipate that they will “monitor” Muslims because we all know that all Muslims are terrorists. We will tee other religions under attack. We will see that their narrow view of Evangelical religion will be the only truly accepted version of religion.
And, don’t think that little bothersome thing called the Constitution will prevent them from passing their theist agenda, either. They will simply ignore it like the Jim Crow era did. According to conservatives, that Constitution is only a suggestion if you are talking about minorities anyway.
After their theist agenda is passed they will go after the American people as well. They will allow NSA to spy on us through hacking our emails and monitoring our cell phones. They will do this in the name of stopping terrorism.
Public education will be at least curtailed if not outright eliminated. The voucher happy Republicans will ensure their “Christian” schools get the vast majority of our tax dollars for education.
Workplace safety rules will be eliminated or watered down. Your safety at work is not as important as profits. Safety rules make it much too hard for companies to make higher profits and ensure you don’t get hurt on the job. So it must go, too.
If you notice there are no “jobs” creating bills that they are looking to pass in the first year or two. They don’t care about you or your jobs. They only care about profits for their big donors. Trump will never get his “infrastructure” bill through the Congress. Not because of the Democrats, but rather because of his own party and the so-called “Freedom Caucus” of conservative wackos.
The last “Constitutional Crisis” we faced as a nation was under Richard Nixon. But, at that time we actually had reasonable adult leadership in the Congress and were able to avert the crisis. This time, we don’t have reasonable adult leadership in the congress. Which means anything goes.
To everyone who voted for Donald Trump for “change” I am afraid you are going to be seriously disappointed. The “change” we are going to get is more dangerous than anything we have faced in almost 100 years. Because while you were all distracted by the Donald Trump mania, you also voted for a very dangerous ideological Congress that does not have your interests at heart.
The storm clouds are gathering on the horizon. The Category 5 Hurricane that is called Ryan-McConnell is gaining strength and is getting ready to come ashore and destroy our entire country. There are very few people left who lived through the Great Depression. Unfortunately, we are looking down the barrel of another Great Depression and the unfortunate side is it can be avoided. But, Republicans won’t avoid it, they seem to want it.
Donald Trump is the puppet they have been waiting to have in the White House. Now that they have him, it will be a great show of leadership if he resists their orders. But, no one ever accused Donald Trump of being a “great leader”.
Shutter the windows, batten down the hatches and get ready for the big blow. The Hurricane Ryan-McConnell is coming and it won’t be pretty. The recovery next time will take at least a decade.