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LETTERS

GOP plays to Trump's ego to get him to sign bills

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Beverly Mitchell

Thursday, January 18, 2018

A few months ago we all saw the Trump cabinet members, one by one, thank him for having chosen them for their positions. One would have thought you were actually seeing or hearing Russian President Vladimir Putin’s group.

But it wasn’t. It was happening at the White House in America, a democracy. The cabinet members’ statements were made to enhance Trump’s ego so they could keep their jobs. 

Republican House and Senate members could not believe what they saw. Some said nothing aloud, but others were quite vocal about it. Behind his back, some spoke about Trump’s instability, while others loudly and angrily called Trump names like “idiot” and said things like, “He acts like he is in a nursery school.” Those Republicans seemed to be so furious about Trump’s pathetic cabinet scene of worship and praise. The loudest one was Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee. 

Then along came the tax bill, which was designed to permanently take millions of dollars from Medicare, Medicaid, welfare programs, and Social Security — anything that had been working for and to protect the middle class and poor Americans — to fund the bill that only accommodates millionaires and corporations. The hope that the bill will get corporations to bring jobs back to America is a lie. The corporations took these jobs to poor countries so they would not have to pay American workers high salaries. 

So the Republican leaders began thinking about the bill, realizing that it would also fill their pockets and bank accounts. After all, they, too, are millionaires. For years, because of off-books activities from lobbyists and donors, money became the primary reason to continue to remain in office.

With this tax bill’s goodies, they began to voice their opinions for, not against, it. All except Senator Corker. He still constantly complained that the bill was un-American, and that he would never vote for it. But knowing that Corker’s vote was the deciding one, at the last minute real-estate partnership kickbacks were pushed into the bill by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch to lure Corker, who along with nine other lawmakers and the Trump family are real-estate tycoons. Four-hundred million dollars was inserted into the bill. Corker changed suddenly and voted for the bill, and the measure was passed. As a senator from my home state, New Jersey, once said, “Money talks, and (expletive) walks.” 

The next day we witnessed Republican leaders engage in the same pathetic scene of worship and praise as was seen before. They now were vowing loyalty, one by one, as their insecure president smiled triumphantly. 

These leaders had realized that by praising a very egotistical man, they would now be able to push through any bill they wanted. All they had to tell Trump was “sign it and watch your legacy grow.” In other words, having no respect for the “intelligence” Trump constantly claims to have, they will use him and he won’t even recognize what is going on. 

Perhaps when Trump’s mental instability becomes more and more obvious, they will dump him by using the 25th Amendment. 

What “we the people” are seeing is the start of a dictatorship. Vows and oaths that were made to the country, America, not to a party or president will be over. 

Trump is now president, and although we will go through a very fearful and dangerous time in America, we have a word to rely upon: Karma. In other words, we will reap what we sow. So keep watching, and reading and praying — but be careful what we pray for and who we vote for. 

Beverly Mitchell

Hertford

Editor’s note: Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch has denied applying a new 20-percent tax deduction for so-called “pass-through” entities to owners of real estate holdings like Corker as a way to attract the Tennessee senator’s vote. According to the International Business Times, the original Senate tax bill included “safeguards” that would only allow a business to take advantage of the new deduction if it “paid out significant wages to employees.” The final tax bill passed by the House and Senate, however, removes that safeguard for owners of “income-producing real estate holdings.” 

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