Trump’s most brazen bluff, of course, dates back two years, when he bragged about his “secret” plan to defeat the Islamic State, a plan so potent and powerful that it would reveal he knew more than the generals.
“All I can tell you is that it is a foolproof way of winning, and I’m not talking about what some people would say, but it is a foolproof way of winning the war with ISIS,” he promised, declaring that his plan would achieve “total victory.” Secrecy was paramount, he insisted, not only because he didn’t want the Islamic State to find out but also because he didn’t want his political rivals to steal his brilliant scheme and claim credit. (America First, indeed.)
Two years later, there’s still no “foolproof” new plan, no “total victory” — on the Islamic State, health care, taxes, trade, infrastructure or any other major issue. Yet we keep being told a game-changing policy package is but a few weeks away.
This bluffing has gone on long enough. Maybe it’s time for Republicans to show us their cards.
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Republican Congress And Our Chief Tweeter Do Not Have A Platform
The Republican Party spent eight years opposing everything President Obama did. Now they control Congress and the White House but they are at ground zero. They have no replacement plan for Obamacare; they cannot agree on tax policy; they reject the Paris accord; they have no infrastructure plan, and they do not agree on a budget plan for 2018. They only thing that they agreed about for eight years was that anything Obama did was bad. They look longingly back at Ronald Reagan but we can't go back to the 1980's. Instead of a platform they make promises without a way to fulfill the promises they have made. Their false promises extend to foreign policy as well. They are against most of our trade polices, which they promise to renegotiate, and they have questions about most of our international alliances. The following quote sums things up very well: