(NationalSentinel)Â Politics: As the GOP nominee, Donald J. Trump promised voters he would “drain the Washington swamp,” a reference to the capital’s incestuous mix of bureaucrats, lobbyists, big-money donors and political hacks.
As president he’s already made some progress on that front. But it’s become clear that there is an unseen force working against him to prevent him from becoming the success he wants to be – and the voters want him to be. And worse, much of the opposition is coming from theÂ Republican establishment.
That’s why after taking control over both chambers of CongressÂ and the White House AmericansÂ still don’t have aÂ real Obamacare repeal-and-replace measure, why tax reform will be much more difficult than it should be, and why there is no infrastructure bill yet.
It’s also why in the newly-agreed-upon $1 trillion budget stopgap spending bill Trump did not get the money he sought to begin construction of the promised border wall, why Planned Parenthood remains funded, and why sanctuary cities are still receiving federal funds.
RepublicansÂ used to oppose these things; so why, in GOP-dominated Congress, are they still funded?
The excuse being touted is that RepublicansÂ had to cave on these Democrat demands or they would have balked at supporting the budget deal and parts of theÂ government would have had to shut down. DidÂ Republicans believe the BS thatÂ they would have been responsible for that, or were those line items funded because the donor class, K Street lobbyists and the GOP establishmentÂ wanted them funded in order to deny Trump some legislative victories?
Vice President Mike Pence didn’tÂ say as much, but as a former congressman himself, he knows why Trump’s agenda so far has been thwarted.
“He literally each and every day has been out there fighting to keep his word to the American people,” Pence toldÂ NBC News‘ “Meet the Press” on Sunday, noting that Trump has nevertheless signed more bills in his first 100 days than any president since Harry Truman.
“And he’s, frankly, been fighting against the gale-force wind of the establishment here in Washington, D.C., and frankly, fighting against the gale-force wind of many in the national media who would constantly like to change the subject away from the president’s relentless promise to the American people,” Pence added.
The vice president remained confident that big things like Obamacare repeal-and-replace and tax reformÂ will eventually get done, but not easily – and not before the GOP establishment takes its pound of flesh from Trump.
“What’s the old saying? ‘If you like sausage, don’t go where they make it,” he said. “We’re making law here and we’re unmaking one of the worst pieces of legislation in modern American history. â€¦ Congress obviously wasn’t ready to begin the process of repealing Obamacare little more than a month ago.
“But I think we’re close, and it is owing to the fact that you’re seeing members of Congress coming together to repeal the onerous taxes and penalties that people pay if they don’t have insurance in Obamacare, to expand health savings accounts, to give governors like my friend [Ohio GOP Gov.] John Kasich the ability â€” all-new flexibility to improve Medicaid for their most vulnerable citizens. But we’re also keeping our promises to protect people who have pre-existing conditions,” he added.
The only ones standing in the way of Trump’s progress are those who claim to be from the same party, it seems.