How’s that draining the swamp thing going?
Earlier today, President Trump signed the omnibus bill that contains many broken promises campaigned on by GOP candidates. Apparently, avoiding a government shutdown and handing out goodies to keep it open are the real principles.
Trump, for all his boasting about wanting to drain the swamp, argued that having a massive military budget, which is YUUUGGE, was sorely needed.
But no funding for the wall, continued funding for more murder of innocent babies by an organization founded by a racist, and sparse immigration enforcement clearly could not get the President to push back.
Schumer gets more money for a bridge in a city run by liberals that has been in decline since Bloomberg got a second term. Sanctuary cities continue to receive funding. And new curbs on free speech on the internet with the passage of the FOSTA bill which now holds internet service providers liable if they don’t police content that may contribute to prostitution. These are boasts that GOP candidates can take with them on the trail.
In this very politicized environment, the opportunity to put the screws to the Democrats and energize Republican voters was obviously not on the mind of the GOP leadership. Instead, it was about keeping the government open and ensuring they have votes to pass a spending spree budget, offering sweetheart deals to Democrats and breaking one of the key provisions of the GOP platform of fiscal responsibility.
So far, we still have the Obamacare disaster, trillions in unfunded liability, another $2 trillion added to the debt, and our elected representatives gave themselves more perks and pay raises. Who cares if your constituents believed you.
Trump may be able to explain this away as a military priority. He may even show his tax cuts, voters ballooning 401K’s, and better job opportunities are a direct result of his actions. But as long core priorities such as smaller government, less burdensome regulations, better taxes, embracing life at conception, and returning power to communities are ignored, his time will be limited.