There has been a visceral reaction from conservatives at the budget bill that will fund the government through the end of the year. President Trump and Republicans campaigned on several key issues including repeal and replacement of Obamacare, defunding Planned Parenthood, Sanctuary Cities, and building the wall.
The appointment and subsequent confirmation of Judge Gorsuch was a key victory. Executive orders that overturned Obama’s Executive orders were victories.
On the Legislative front, the movement has been slow at best. The voters who flooded the polling places to vote for Trump and Republicans are losing patience.
Perception is reality in politics. President Trump worked to gain a bi-partisan deal on the budget. He gave up some and the won some. He got big increases in defense. He got money to increase border security, but it specifically prohibited building the wall.
After the bi-partisan deal, Democrats crowed victory. President Trump, while defending the advantages of the deal, also expressed anger at Democrats for crowing victory.
Voters will give President Trump more patience than they will give congress. This budget deal is stretching the limits.
President Trump knows the feelings of the voters. He heard them as he traveled the nation. He heard the deep frustrations. They basically sounded like this:
“Republicans said that they could not do anything because they had to have the House. We gave them the House in 2010. Then they said that they needed the Senate so we gave them the Senate in 2014. Then they said that we can’t do anything until we get the White House. So, in 2016, we elected President Trump. Now what is the excuse?”
President Trump tweeted, “Our country needs a good ‘shutdown’ in September to fix mess!” To those who worked for Trump because he was going to drain the swamp, the obvious question is, why wait until September?
The bill has not been approved. There is still time to kill this, pass a continuing resolution for a few weeks, and go back to get a solid budget bill that will at least defund Planned Parenthood or Sanctuary Cities, or get funding for the wall.
If Democrats want to filibuster, then make them really filibuster, not check a box on a slip of paper. Make the Democrats keep talking and stop everything else until the Senate can vote. If it shuts down the government, then the people will know that the House passed a budget and the Senate has a majority of votes, and the President will sign it, but a minority are holding it up. Another option is to limit the filibuster on budget.
A simple message to President Trump and Republicans from the average conservative voter can be summed up in 5 words. “We Won! Stop Playing Defense!”
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