The plan originally was to have the House pass its plan, send it to the Senate, and have senators write the actually plan. That made sense and I supported it. Plus I liked what Ryan wanted to do to rein in Medicaid.Ryan: "Me, me, me! Trump, can I do the HC bill..huh, can I?"— Pam Besteder (@pambesteder) March 24, 2017
Trump: "Sure you can, sport, now do a good job"
Mar 24: Ryan fall down go boom
But in battle, plans die first. Ryan couldn't get the House to climb aboard. So Trump improvised.
He tried to push people on board. They would not go. So the president said screw it, vote it up or down -- knowing Ryan did not have the votes.
But that is not how it is supposed to work. The president is not supposed to call a vote. The speaker calls the shots in the House. I cannot think of a time when a president ran roughshod over a speaker like this.
Even LBJ couldn't do it. If he had tried, Speaker John McCormack would have told him to go to hell and take Ladybird with him -- and the Johnsons would have had to go.
But Ryan is as weak as Obama, and so Trump shoved him aside. Now without the votes, Ryan canceled the vote. That is a big horse collar on Ryan.
Even Nancy Pelosi is mocking him, pointing out on Twitter that she never lost a vote.
Again, how can you lose a vote when you are speaker? You call the votes.
Unless you are Paul Ryan and Trump is president. Then you do whatever Trump says. This is the big leagues.
I have tried to embrace Ryan, but he is a creation of the Washington Republican Establishment, having lived in D.C. since his graduation from Miami University in Ohio in 1992. He worked his way up from staff member to Congress. He has been there too long. This is his tenth term. Next year marks 20 years.
Perhaps a demotion will get him to quit and become a lobbyist.
For President Trump, Ryan's demise carries personal satisfaction. Oh, he planned on letting Ryan be the fall guy, but Ryan fell quicker than expected.
What happens next for Obamacare beats me. A full repeal would force a deadline upon Congress, but Trump is willing to let Obamacare implode.
Trump already ended the individual mandate via an executive order. Maybe he can XO the employer mandate.
Meanwhile, his tax plan -- which was contingent upon a new health care plan -- may move forward next. A corporate tax amnesty on repatriating money from overseas would goose the economy, so I hope he does that first.
Cutting the rate to 10% could mean a one-time boost of $200 billion in federal revenues, so that meets the requirement that any tax reform not add to the deficit.
That money would be useful in scoring any tax cut. Stay tuned.
Meanwhile, Trump is getting bids on designing the wall. He's also sent lawyers to work on property rights. Look for occasional uses of eminent domain.
Regulatory relief continues. Car makers won't have to meet Obama's requirements for gas mileage.
Then there is NATO. The rise of nationalism in Europe makes it easier to sell increases in military spending to the masses. Only five countries now meet their military funding obligations out of the 28 NATO countries. Look for that to rise.
Trump's in charge in Washington. The deep state -- or derp state as I call it -- turned out to be Comey and a few former Obama officials. The Obama people are in trouble as Barack Obama indeed was spying on a private citizen and political nemesis named Donald John Trump.
But I won't allow my anger to diminish this fine moment in history. We are two months into his presidency and Trump is well ahead of where Obama and Bush 43 were at this point.
Yes, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell continues to slow-walk the appointments, and Trump needs 50 of 52 Republican senators to agree with him on any legislation that he wants.
But presidents need less legislation than it appears. Congress has so empowered the bureaucracy to rule through regulation that a president can undo law rather quickly.
With a pen and a phone, as some dwarf said a while back.
I think it was Stinky, or maybe Dummy.
Anyway, smoke them if you got them. Somebody in Washington got screwed today and it wasn't me or you.
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