It would be an understatement to say that this past year has been controversial on the political scene. Three major stories dominated the news from my perspective. Obviously at the top of the list was the continuing saga of Donald Trump. Then there was the Alabama Senate race that became the nation’s number one soap opera. And we learned that the government spends millions of dollars running down rumors of UFOs.
As he finishes his first year in office President Donald Trump is hitting his stride politically. Right before Christmas, the President led the Republican Party to a major congressional victory. Passing the huge $1.5 trillion tax cut legislation was not only a political triumph for the President and the GOP; but it will also be an economic triumph for our country. The tax bill will give average Americans and businesses needed relief, will eliminate the odious Obamacare mandate and open drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). The victory was secured despite a very thin GOP majority in the Senate and the President’s perilous relations with a number of anti-Trump Senators. Fortunately, the benefits of the bill persuaded all Republican Senators to support the far-reaching legislation. The booming economy will now grow even faster in 2018.
For decades, the United States of America has been a very hospitable host for the United Nations. In return, their diplomats are notorious for getting traffic tickets and getting into trouble in multiple ways. Even worse, the UN general assembly regularly passes resolutions that are anti-American and anti-Israeli.
The United States funds approximately 23% of the operating budget of the United Nations. Our taxpayers are not getting their money's worth. We should not be funding an organization that is not aligned with our country's interests or values.
Today, Southern Media and Opinion Research released its fall poll which surveyed the Louisiana population on a variety of issues.
Importantly, for specific local politicians, John Bel Edwards is very popular, although a Democrat in a Republican state. His favorable are a very respectable 63%. He is also the most popular statewide elected official followed by US Senator John Kennedy and Bill Cassidy, who is below fifty percent.
Throughout most of his first year in office, President Trump has been saddled with low poll numbers. Politically, the President has been damaged by the ongoing Special Counsel investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 election. Even though no “collusion” with the Russian government has been uncovered by prosecutor Robert Mueller, the investigation has resulted in two guilty pleas and indictments of two former Trump campaign officials.
If you like your plan, you can keep it
If you like your doctor, you can keep it
Remember how the Republicans went ballistic when the Affordable Care Act failed to deliver on these promises?
The evidentiary issues are headed to the courts, and no one can say how they’ll rule, but you can add the General Services Administration to the Trump enemies list. It was reported on Saturday December 16, that the GSA, which had hosted the email server used by the Trump transition team, forked over 7,000 emails from twelve separate accounts to Special Counsel Robert Mueller. The GSA, previously, had turned over various transition team members’ laptops, cell phones and at least one iPad.
Donald Trump is promising that he and his Republican gang of reindeers will bestow a big beautiful Christmas gift to us all--since presumably we have been nice rather than naughty. The present? None other than a whopping oversized tax reform package, covered with beautiful ribbons, silk-wrapped and all.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been a disaster for the Republican Party and has been a totally ineffective partner for President Trump in passing critical legislation. After failing on the vitally important bill to repeal Obamacare, McConnell and his Republican colleagues face a major test in the tax reform bill.
The stakes could not be higher for the GOP and President Trump. If they cannot show results to the American people, there will be a political bloodbath in the 2018 mid-term elections.