Republicans in congress, and in the White House, have demonstrated that they are neither ready nor qualified to govern.
A prerequisite to positions of leadership and authority in Washington, DC is an ability to first understand and empathize with, and then meangfully address, the concerns of citizens.
As the debacle of Republican healthcare reform has shown, the day-to-day concerns of the vast majority of Americans are of no interest to the white men who make up the majority of Republican elites that currently occupy the Capital and the White House.
The Republican attempt at healthcare reform violated the public trust in two ways:
First, it placed at risk millions of Americans that the president promised to protect while he was campaigning: the elderly and infirm, the addicted, veterans, the under- and unemployed.
Second, it signaled that the risks that might have been imposed—had the healthcare reforms passed—were actually not severe enough is the eyes of many Republicans.
The block of ultra-right-wing Republican lawmakers, the so-called freedom caucus, felt that the healthcare proposal on the table didn’t go far enough to make these very same Americans on the brink suffer even more.
This is not normal.
Now, with a public rebuke on their healthcare plan behind them, Republicans are setting their sights on tax reform.
There’s no evidence to suggest that any of the Republican tax reform proposals currently being discussed won’t end up in exactly the same place as the Republican healthcare reform effort finds itself in now.
In other words, brace yourselves for more policies that will further weaken and marginalize working-class and vulnerable Americans. And, brace yourselves for tax reform proposals that will make the wealthiest wealthier, and the poorest poorer.
After all, it’s the
American Republican way.
It’s Wednesday, the 29th of March 2017.