David Faris explains why GOP Congress Most Unproductive in 164-years.
Posted: 23 July 2017 11:16 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Man I been promising myself to get out of here and Trumpville and onto more important immediate goals for hours now, but, this circus just don’t stop, like winding through one of those 200 car pile-ups with one neck craning tableau after another stealing your attention away, despite your best intentions of focusing on the road.

Here’s an enlightening read, this one about the GOP more than the clown, from the week no less.

From WIKI:  ... The Week was founded in the United Kingdom by Jolyon Connell (formerly of the right-of-centre Sunday Telegraph) in 1995.[3] In April 2001, the magazine began publishing an American edition;[3][4]...

Why the GOP Congress will be the most unproductive in 164 years
David Faris - July 18th, 2017

Just six months ago, it looked like the Republican Party was about to go on a legislative blitzkrieg, shredding law after law passed by the Obama administration. ObamaCare would be vaporized and replaced with a nickel rattling inside an empty Mountain Dew can. Dodd-Frank was sure to be tossed aside for a transparent giveaway to Wall Street. And Republicans would pass their regressive tax reform, their perplexing border-adjustment tax, and so much more. The GOP hadn’t held total power in American politics since 2006, and the party had become much more conservative in the interim. And instead of George W. Bush, a man who recognized at least some theoretical limits on free market fundamentalism, the new Congress would work with a sub-literate tabula rasa named Donald Trump, a man who could probably be persuaded to inject himself with experimental medication if an important-seeming person whispered “do it” in his ear.

But a funny thing happened on the way to libertarian utopia. ...

...The slow decline of this ideological overlap has led inexorably to gridlock and dysfunction when one party controls the presidency and the other leads at least one chamber of Congress. There is is simply less to talk about. It’s not like disagreeing about whether to get a Border Collie or a Boston Terrier; it’s like if you want a dog and only a dog and nothing but a dog and your partner despises animals of all kinds. ...

Another David Faris article worth reading http://theweek.com/articles/705363/trump-isnt-preparing-fire-mueller-what-hes-doing-worse

... Just don’t be fooled about what they’re really up to.

President Trump is not going to fire Mueller any more than the Golden State Warriors are going to trade Steph Curry this offseason. It might be unwise to gamble on the president’s faculties and political sensibilities, but in this case not even Trump is this stupid. Pink-slipping Mueller would destroy what little is left of his presidency by making it clear to everyone that the president has something criminal to hide.

In a year that has seen almost nothing but a series of scandals and violations of the rule of law by the clownish amateurs running the country, firing a special counsel before he has even had a chance to do his work would cause a subcritical political meltdown in the capital. Whether Trump is really considering firing Mueller, as press reports indicate, or whether this is just another staffer throwing marbles down the steps for reporters to chase is anyone’s guess. But Trump is already badly adrift politically, his approval ratings mired in the 30s, his profoundly unpopular agenda hopelessly stalled in Congress. The last thing Trump or the Republicans need is another layer of intrigue on the Russia scandal.

What is happening, instead, is an effort to cast doubt on Mueller’s conclusions, whatever they ultimately may be, and to turn as many swamp creatures against the investigation as possible. The goal is to create a cloud of doubt, to make sure that every news article about the investigation mentions Mueller’s detractors and notes the GOP commentariat consensus that he has embarked on a witch hunt designed to bring down an innocent president.

Fouling the air with unseemly allegations, second-hand rumors, and clever half-truths is precisely the strategy that Republicans have used to undermine broad consensus on issue after issue, from Hillary Clinton’s honesty to the reality of anthropogenic climate change.

This cynical strategy must not be allowed to succeed. ...

I’ve got to hand it to Faris, he’s got a fine way with words.