I think we’re getting a good idea of what changes we’ll see in Washington with a completely republican controlled federal government. Not much, I’m afraid.
Shortly after Trump’s victory, certain prominent republican senators stated that repealing ObamaCare will take years. The logic is, in short, it’s so embedded now that to repeal it without harming the minority of citizens who benefited from it makes repealing ObamaCare very difficult, especially if there’s not a federal program to replace it.
Translation: We really have no desire or intention to repeal ObamaCare. Ramming federal programs down the throats of an unwilling public is a piece of cake for us, but getting rid of a federal program once it’s in place takes an act of God, and only if we in congress vote to obey Him.
Next, we learned on Wednesday, Dec. 7th, that the House voted to refer the resolution to impeach IRS Director Koskinen back to the House Judiciary Committee. Taking a cursory look at the vote records, Congressman Roe was among the 100 or so republicans who joined the democrats in referring the issue back to Committee. This vote doesn’t outright reject the idea of impeaching Koskinen, but in truth kills any hope of doing so. The vote allows Roe and others to pound the table demanding that something be done. It also allows them to tell their constituents they really want to impeach Koskinen. But referring it back to the Committee does indeed kill the effort to impeach, and they know it.
Remember; Koskinen is they guy who, among other things, ran cover for his predecessor Lois Lerner by destroying electronic files. This is the guy who destroyed and hid Lerner’s emails from Congress that likely showed her and Obama coordinated to block 501(c) status for hundreds of liberty groups. This is the guy who stonewalled the congressional investigation into the IRS’s targeting liberty groups. This is the guy who lied to congress during that investigation. And this is the guy who continues to target liberty groups.
And this is the guy who congress voted not to impeach. Just on the face of it, this one vote alone should reveal what the body congress thinks of the American people, the Rule of Law, and their perception of what powers they have in Washington.
Lastly, renowned conservative columnist Ben Shaprio tweeted the results of an anonymous poll of congressional members.
57% of Republicans think free markets hurt us.
78% think gov should bribe companies.
75% think gov should threaten companies.
That’s just the percentage of republicans Shaprio tweeted about. We already know 100% of the democrats think this way.
Personally, I’m hard pressed to see how the economy and free enterprise will be unleashed with most of the republican party having this elitist mentality. Business may grow, and the economy may get stronger. But it doesn’t look like it will be driven by what you and I know to be free enterprise. I think what you’re going to see, based on this revealing survey result, is that the federal government will continue to pick winners and losers, coupled with a ramped-up effort to control private business decisions. Their idea of a strong economy is based on how they can move the pieces on the chessboard.
While we all hope to see change in Washington, and while we can approve of some of the nominations Trump has made, we can’t forget that Washington lives in a bubble, and views nearly everything from that lens. This just adds to the reasons for why I stated last year that we as a tea party will not put forth nearly the effort we have in years past trying to change things in Washington. Our power lies at the local and state levels. We stand a much better chance influencing the state, and in turn the state will influence Washington.
I just wanted to keep you abreast of some recent developments, and give you a little more insight where we’ll be heading goring forward.