By J. D. Heyes, editor-in-chief
(National Sentinel)Â Congress:Â What the hell is going on with the Republican-led Congress - and I use the word “led” sacastically -?
Here we are, at the end ofÂ another week, and still President Donald J. Trump’s (and, allegedly, Republicans’)Â top two campaign priorities - repealing/replacing Obamacare and tax reform - are no closer to reality than they were the day Trump was inaugurated.
You know, the day that the GOP leadership claimed the party would have at least an Obamacare repeal bill waiting for the new president to sign:
At a Capitol Hill press conference following a meeting with Vice President-elect Mike Pence, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) stated that Obamacare repeal would be literally the first item of business when the new session begins.
â€œWhen we come back January 3, weâ€™ll be moving to the Obamacare replacement resolution,â€ McConnell said. â€œThe Obamacare repeal resolution will be the first item up in the new year.â€
He made it clear that Republicans plan to proceed with the â€œrepeal-and-delayâ€ strategy thatÂ GOP leaders have been discussing publicly for the last few weeks.
Where is it?Â
I’ll tell you where it is: It is currently bogged down in Mitch McConnell’s Senate, where too manyÂ Republicans have pledged to oppose it because a) it doesn’t really repeal Obamacare; b) it repeals too much of Obamacare; c) it leaves too much of the law’s taxes and spending intact; and d) it doesn’t leave enough taxing and spending intact.
If you’re getting the impression that too many Republicans are like Democrats - they love it that Washington has control overÂ your health care - you’d be right.
And tax reform?Â Hah.Â NotÂ holding my breath, and neither should you.
Oh, but the GOP Congress seems to haveÂ plenty of time to “investigate” its own president and his inner circle over bogus allegations that somehow they engineered the Herculean feat of collaborating with Moscow to “steal the election” from Hillary Clinton.
Weekly - and oftenÂ daily - we learn of yet another Team Trump official coming under congressional scrutiny, as though this allegedÂ collusion is a real thing and that somewhere,Â under some rock as yet unturned, the evidence willÂ finally be discovered.
AsÂ ABCÂ News reports - based yet again on another anonymous leak - now Trump’s long-timeÂ bodyguard is under the microscope:
Congressional investigators now want to interview Keith Schiller, President Donald Trumpâ€™s longtime bodyguard-turned-White House aide, as part of their investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign, sources familiar with the investigation told ABC News.
Schiller, the former head of security for the Trump Organization who now serves as the White House director of Oval Office operations, is one of several Trump associates on the House Intelligence Committeeâ€™s witness list in its ongoing investigation into Russian election interference.
The committeeâ€™s focus on Schiller and other Trump campaign officials and associates marks a new phase in the investigation — which is examining how Russia attempted to influence the election, the Obama administrationâ€™s response and allegations of collusion between Trump associates and Russian officials.
It’s the latest indication that the investigations are touching Trump’s inner circle. In late July, longtime Trump associate Roger Stone is expected to appear before congressional investigators for a closed-door interview. The growing list of other Trump associates the committee has said they want to meet includes former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, Trump son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.
His bodyguard? Oh, for….
Dutifully, all the president’s men - Kushner, Manafort, Flynn and Stone - have willingly agreed to testify beforeÂ whomever in Congress, most likely to get the BS over with so they can get on with their lives and, in some cases, continue serving their country.
Meanwhile, theÂ investigations continue………ad infinitum. And let’s not forget there’s “special counsel” Robert Mueller skulking about, basking in GOP praise of “independence” while he is busy hiring every Left-wing Democratic lawyer he can find who has either donated to, or worked for, Hillary Clinton and Democratic officials.
And by the way, if all of this is about “Russian election interference,” why is the GOP-led Congress investigatingÂ Trump andÂ his inner circle?
Wasn’tÂ Obama president then? Why isn’tÂ heÂ being called testifying, along with members ofÂ his administration?
Maybe the problem with the Republican Congress being unable to enact the agendaÂ theyÂ and the president ran on is because they’re too busy chasing Russian “collusion” conspiracies involvingÂ their own president.
They say the investigation is vital because “the American people expect answers.”
We already have our answer.Â The charges areÂ bogus. It’s been a year since the FBI launched an investigation (at the Obama administration’s direction, by the way) into alleged Trump-Russia collusion;Â no evidence has been found. In fact, current and former Justice Department and intelligence community officials haveÂ repeatedly said so.Â
Note to Republicans: Your antics and your stalling on legislative priorities to focus onÂ your president is hurting you: A recently released Gallup survey found that there has been a 17-point drop in satisfaction among Republican votersÂ in a single month, from May to June.
Do you idiots get it now? Because if you don’t,Â you never will.
At least, not until the country givesÂ Democrats control of Congress again. AndÂ then the Trump hate will grow exponentially.
And maybe evenÂ impeachment.
Is that what you really wanted in the first place?
The Republican Congress was not given a majority to launch serial investigations into a duly-elected, and innocent as charged, president who just happens to belong toÂ their party.
It was given a majority to get rid of the worst healthcare law ever passed on the planet, to provide Americans and businesses tax relief, to cut regulations, and to return power to states and to the people.
You boys and girls continue to ignore those mandates at your peril. The country will not forever be patient with your malfeasance.