Friday, October 13, 2017

Senator Bob Corker And Paul Ryan Live In Different Trump Worlds

The most interesting part of this article is an imaginary discussion between Bob Corker and Donald Trump over a gentlemanly dinner to resolve their differences.  Paul Ryan has devoted his career to cutting taxes for the rich, which would reduce federal revenue, and justify large cuts in Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security in order to prevent budget deficits.  With Trump in the White House he may get an opportunity to cut taxes for the rich. Ryan, however, seems to forget that Trump does not share his interest in cutting budget deficits, and that Trump promised not to cut Medicare or Social Security during his campaign.  Ryan is just as clueless about Trump when he suggested that Trump and Corker should resolve their differences over a friendly dinner.  This article reports all of the nasty things that Corker and Trump have said about each other.  It doesn't take much imagination to understand why their issues could not be resolved over a friendly dinner.  Paul Ryan lacks the imagination and courage to do his job as the House Majority Leader.  With Republicans like Ryan holding positions of power  there is little hope that Republicans can save their party from Trump's assault on our priceless institutions of government.

But what are Corker’s “issues”? He has asserted that Trump requires constant handling to control his volatility: “I know for a fact that every single day at the White House, it’s a situation of trying to contain him.” Corker has accused Trump of lacking strategic thinking: “A lot of people think that there is some kind of ‘good cop, bad cop’ act underway, but that’s just not true.” Corker has called out Trump’s routine deceptions: “I don’t know why the president tweets out things that are not true.” Corker has talked of Trump’s vacuity: He acts “like he’s doing ‘The Apprentice’ or something.” Corker, who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has expressed the fear that Trump’s instability could lead to conflict: “We could be headed toward World War III with the kind of comments that he’s making.”
 Trump has already responded to Corker with a  tweet  that accuses him of being too short.  He referred to him as "Liddle Bob Corker".  That how he deals with criticism.  He fires back with an insult.  

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