Archive for March, 2017

“How Ya’ Like Me Now?”

March 26, 2017


“How ya’ like me now?”

All America needs to know about the stark difference between the 44th and 45th presidents of these United States of America can be found in two accounts of how each man approached the very thorny issue of healthcare insurance in America.

One president, let’s call him Barack Hussein Obama II, took an educated, measured, well thought-out and executed approach that actually led to the ACA being voted into law. A law that an obviously disappointed and discouraged Paul Ryan on Friday conceded “is the law of the land. It is going to remain the law of the land.”

Conversely, Donald J. Trump took what can charitably be described as a “hands-off” approach that not only didn’t lead to the passage of the AHCA, but resulted in the bill being pulled last Friday without a floor vote in the House of Representatives. By all accounts, on both sides of the issue, the main thing that’s come out is how engaged and knowledgeable Obama was in the 13 months prior to the 2010 vote on the ACA and how disengaged and uninformed Trump was in the SEVENTEEN DAYS between the introduction of the ACHA and it’s being pulled.

One other fact that became widely known: Paul Ryan is no Nancy Pelosi. Speaker Pelosi worked tirelessly for well over a year to bring her Democratic caucus together with the White House and Harry Reid led Senate. She never gave up, never caved in and ultimately delivered the necessary votes for passage. On the other hand, Ryan, who had seven years to craft a plan to “repeal and replace Obamacare,” tried to ramrod a fatally flawed bill through the House in less than three weeks. He couldn’t convince his majority caucus to agree on anything until last Friday when he pulled the bill off legislative life-support.

From the moment he selected Joe Biden as his running mate in 2008 to January 20, 2017, Barack Obama led America with intelligence, class, dignity, grace, integrity and most importantly, compassion for ALL Americans.  Not one single indictment of an administration official occurred on Obama’s watch. No special prosecutors and no resignations because of scandal and/or illegal behavior. He sat in the Situation Room during the raid that led to the killing of Osama Bin Laden. Trump was somewhere in the White House residence, doing God knows what, during his first major military operation (the controversial raid in Sudan). Talk about “leading from behind.” SMH

Meanwhile, only 66 days into his first (and hopefully only) term, Trump has the lowest popularity rating of any president this early in his administration. Today there are numerous reports that his first national security advisor retired General Michael Flynn, who was forced into resigning over his alleged ties to Russia, may have cut a deal with the FBI to avoid prosecution. And Trump, who heavily and constantly criticized President Obama for playing golf instead of working on the nation’s problems, this weekend made his 12th trip to a golf course in only nine weeks in office. I’d call that hypocritical but don’t want to disparage honest hypocrites.

Once upon a time, America had true statesmen serving in the Oval Office. Today, we have a bloviating, con man devoted to lining the pockets of his family at the expense of hard-working Americans. And he doesn’t have an ounce of shame about doing so.

Barack Obama just keeps looking better and better with each passing day.