On the Edge
March 25, 2017
It feels pretty good to have blocked another attempted slash by Trump in his program to kill us with 1000 cuts, but stopping Trumpcare isn’t exactly a win. Sure, we won’t have to live through the hell promised by Trump-Ryan war on healthcare, but Obamacare has problems and there’s no way the Donald is gonna lift a tiny finger to help with that. If anything, the Trumpster and Ryan will do everything in their power to sabotage the current system, just to prove they were right all along.
I expect so see cuts to whatever Obamacare funding they can legally (or semi-legally) make. From there, who knows? Maybe work out something with the insurance corps to cut choices and coverage. Cut, cut, cut – simple, like the Donald.
Speaking of cutting, the Donald is now moving on to “tax reform”. (Well, and the budget – but, his budget looks more like mass-murder than slashing and I don’t want to mix metaphors.) I think we can safely assume there will be significant cutting in a Trumps tax program – surgical, exact, trimming of the unfair taxes those with all the money grudging pay.
I wonder how he’ll justify the loss of services and higher costs to the middle class: probably feed them some story of rugged American individualism. Maybe a hero real-estate guy who always wins by cutting. Hell, the Jim Bowie tail would be perfect, except for the killed at the Alamo detail. But, messy details can always be cut from the narrative.
The republic appreciates good defense, well done! Now, before he strikes again, could we go on offence and chop the traitor?
In Peace and Justice,
(I know I put the conclusion in the middle of the essay, but if the Donald can ignore the law and hire family members then I can ignore literary rules and conclude in the middle. Whee…)
Then again, messy details might be the wound that slays. Trump and his buddies certainly have an abundance of messy details. Russian collusion, wiretap bullshit, dark real-estate deals, unregistered foreign agents, interfering with federal investigations, violation of Emoluments Clause, nepotism, money laundering – yeah, lots of messy details.
And in the messy details is where the win, a Trump elimination, resides. The rest is all defense, buying time, until the messy killing stroke.
Since his razor thin election victory, one-hundred-thirty-seven days ago, the Donald has repeatedly tried to cut away American institutions. He doesn’t understand that ideas don’t die from lack of funding and threatening just pisses us off.