A Poignant Question Wrongly phrased? – By Yvonne Sam

A Poignant Question Wrongly phrased?

Yvonne Sam

By Yvonne Sam

From the selection, the election to the detection—How time has trudged.

Since November 8, 2016 to present, from the studios of Fox News and CNN to the barstools of the local watering hole amateur psychoanalysis has become America’s favourite pastime.  There have been dozens of theories in circulation all geared at answering one question: What is wrong with President elect Donald Trump?  Now it is my firmly held belief that such a question misses the point.

What’s wrong with Donald Trump?  should be appropriately phrased– What’s wrong with US  (us)?    

Some inquire if Trump is crazy, others wonder if he is engaged in some deep strategy invisible to mere mortals, while others cannot stop talking. 63 million people voted for this, and make no mistake they knew what they were getting and getting into. From the outset it was obvious that Trump was a not-ready-for- prime -time candidate but he was chosen anyway.

We need to come to grips with the reason why. It certainly was not economic anxiety. In May a study co-sponsored by the Atlantic and the Public Religion Research Institute reported that people who were worried about their jobs voted for Hillary Clinton. People who dislike Mexicans and Muslims, oppose same sex marriage, are mortally offended at a White House occupied by a Black man with a Muslim sounding middle name voted for Trump. That is the reality.

For all that he has not achieved, the President elect has lived up to his signature promise, as clearly America is getting greater by the day. He has indisputably taught Americans to live in a state of perpetual chaos and continual crisis. Daily the White House commands horrified attention as a mansion on fire, or a wrecked Lamborghini. Some of his other promises are also faring well.

The disclosure that the Trump campaign in the person of Donald Trump Jr. did in fact conspire with a hostile foreign power to sway the 2016 election was just another state of routine calamity.

Over a million times, it has been said that Donald Trump is a Twitter- obsessed, lying, manifestly incompetent semi-adult. Nevertheless he is the president of the United States because 63 million people preferred that to facing inevitable change.

So its inane to ask —-what’s wrong with him.  247 days in, it’s time we grappled with a far more important question.

What in the world is wrong with us?

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  • Clyde Duncan  On September 25, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    I suppose while you are pondering that question – Here is another that should be uppermost on your minds – Why in the world would you repeal Obamacare?

    Republicans’ Latest Last-Ditch Attempt to Repeal Obamacare is Another Legislative Mess

    Amber Phillips | The Washington Post

    Republicans have had nearly eight years to come up with a plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

    This summer, it became evident that they didn’t have one, at least not one that could pass a divided Republican Party.

    And they still don’t have one. Days before a potential vote on an unpopular repeal proposal by Sens. Bill Cassidy (La.) and Lindsey O. Graham (S.C.), and hours before one of the bill’s only public hearings, the measure’s supporters have thrown out a new version that seems directly motivated to get something passed, rather than to reform health insurance markets.

    The revised bill, first reported by The Washington Post’s Sean Sullivan, Paige Winfield Cunningham and Abby Phillip, would give Alaska 3 percent more funding than the Affordable Care Act gives the state and Maine 43 percent more funding.

    That’s not a coincidence. Two holdouts are Sens. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Susan Collins (Maine). “It’s difficult to envision a scenario where I vote for this bill,” Collins told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday, a day after she met with Vice President Pence, who was trying to sell the bill.

    Legislative gimmes to close a deal are nothing new. Democrats did it when passing the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, in 2010.

    But what’s extraordinary about Republicans’ many attempts to repeal the law this year is how slapdash the process has been. Democrats wheeled and dealed during months of public hearings and bipartisan debate.

    At the very least, the Democrats who voted “yes” and the Republicans who voted “no” knew what legislation they were voting on and what effect it would have on the health-insurance market and the federal budget.

    Republicans have rushed through bills almost entirely behind closed doors. A few days before July votes on a repeal of Obamacare, what I called the legislative equivalent of throwing spaghetti at a wall to see what sticks, key GOP senators said they still had no idea what they were voting on.

    Sen. Ron Johnson tweet: “I don’t have a clue what we’re gonna to be voting on.”

    The same goes for this bill. The Senate could vote this week on a measure that has been public for two weeks — the latest version only a couple of hours — and that the official Congressional Budget Office won’t have time to grade on how it could affect insurance coverage and costs.

    Republicans are running up against a Sept. 30 budget deadline that lets them duck a Senate Democratic filibuster.

    The whole ugly process resonates beyond how bills get made. It suggests that Republicans are more concerned about sending a political message to their base than any real attempt to follow through on their campaign promise to change health-care policy for the better.

    That may have had an effect on Cassidy-Graham’s popularity. A new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds that more than half of Americans prefer Obamacare to this proposal.

    Rushing through an Obamacare repeal bill might be politically prudent for Republicans, or politically disastrous.

    The Post-ABC News poll also finds that a solid majority of Americans (69 percent) disapprove of congressional Republicans right now. Less than a quarter of Americans (22 percent) approve of the job they’re doing.

    And of Americans who describe themselves as very conservative, just 31 percent approve of congressional Republicans. A majority of Americans who describe themselves as somewhat conservative and conservative also disapprove of the job Republicans are doing.

    Democrats don’t benefit from Republicans’ unpopularity. The poll finds 57 percent of Americans disapprove of them, about the same popularity as President Trump.

    Part of Republicans’ struggles undoubtedly comes from their very public inability to repeal Obamacare.

    And if they could do something, anything, to make good on that, maybe public opinion of them would ease up.

    “Voters have short memories for the unpleasantness around the sausage making,” said GOP strategist Alex Conant, speaking to The Fix in July, “but ultimately, Republicans and the president will be judged by what happens with the health-care system next year.”

    That’s also why Republicans rush this legislation through at their own risk. If they end up passing something that was slapped together to get votes, they’ll have to own it.

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