Maalox, The New Drink Of Choice In Congress

November 18th, 2016
Maalox, The New Drink Of Choice In Congress

There’s something Democrats, Republicans and independents can all agree on now that the election is over: The campaign ads have ended!

We can sit in front of our televisions now without the fear of being bombarded by ads talking about despicable or deplorable people, crooks or liars. All we have to cope with now are those ads for Viagra, farm weed killers, and Flo, the insurance lady.

Our Republican friends are still basking in the glow from their party’s near clean sweep on election night. Our Democratic friends, after the shellacking their candidates received, are in a funk that will last for several years.

There’s an important cautionary note for Republicans, however.

While they certainly have much to celebrate, the next couple of years will put incredible pressure on the party, especially for those Republicans serving in Congress, to act as a brake on President Donald Trump’s most extreme inclinations.

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan tried last week to portray Trump’s victory as a mandate for the party. He conveniently forgets that more Americans voted for Hillary Clinton than for Trump — over 1 million more. He also forgets that he and his Republican colleagues did not see Barack Obama’s victories in both popular vote and Electoral College votes in 2008 and 2012 as any sort of mandate.

That means it will fall to Republicans in the House and Senate, rather than the minority Democrats, to be the moderating force when President Trump starts talking again about some of his unreasonable ideas. That includes his gigantic tax cuts, which will send the national debt and budget deficit spiraling higher than they ever were under President Obama.

Republicans pride themselves in being fiscally responsible, but independent experts have said Trump’s tax cuts will lead to a huge increase in the federal debt. The nation’s debt now equals about 75 percent of the United States’ gross domestic product. Trump’s tax cuts will drain so much revenue from the federal government that the nation’s debt will mushroom to 127 percent of the GDP.

And like it or not, when interest rates start creeping upward again, interest payments will consume a much larger portion of the federal budget.

Republicans in Congress will need to help Trump see the folly of trying to build a wall across the entire southern border of the United States.

Some Americans believe that U.S. foreign aid to other countries chews up about one-fourth of the federal budget. Actually, foreign aid is about $50 billion annually, a tiny fraction of the roughly $4 trillion federal budget.

Trump’s wall would cost an estimated $25 billion — or about half of what the U.S. spends supporting Israel and other allies around the world.

Voters who supported Trump and his pledge to “drain the swamp” in Washington aren’t going to be very understanding when Republicans in Congress don’t fall in line behind the new president and his promises.

That’s the reason we should send our senators and representatives bottles of Maalox to soothe the ulcers they almost surely will develop. Those ulcers will be gigantic as Republicans in Congress are forced to navigate between long-held Republican principles and the new president’s policy desires.

Trump wants to enact a massive infrastructure program to put Americans to work and to improve the nation’s deteriorating airports, roads, bridges and tunnels. Republicans will want to go along with their president. But they probably will need a swig or two of Maalox because Democrats won’t hesitate to remind the public how Republicans roundly criticized President Obama’s infrastructure programs as he tried to create jobs to end the last recession.

Trump has talked about the need for massive tariffs on goods coming into the United States from places like China and Mexico. He wants those tariffs to be around 35 to 45 percent. Those tariffs are meant to help persuade companies to bring manufacturing jobs back to the U.S.

But instead, the actual effect would more likely be significant increases in prices U.S. consumers have to pay for electronic devices, appliances, clothing and other goods from other nations.

Voters in Iowa who supported the new president may not think he is such a trade genius if they are socked with higher prices for foreign goods and then also find that because of Trump’s tariffs, some of those nations retaliate by not buying agricultural products from Iowa farmers.

And that’s why the coming few years will be anything but a picnic for Republicans. The folks at Maalox probably should think about putting on another shift to keep up with demand.

 

by Randy Evans
Reprinted from the Bloomfield Democrat
Posted 11/18/16

6 thoughts on “Maalox, The New Drink Of Choice In Congress

  1. Clifford Slayman says:

    I enjoyed Randy Evans’ entertaining piece on the new GOP versus the POT (Party of Trump): the GOP has NO principles, certainly not fiscal probity. Their willingness toward the Reagan and Bush II deficits proves that point. Their screaming about deficits in the past 8 years has just been n=manifest hatred of any Democrdat in the White House. Their only objective is power/wealth, the more personal the better. Which is why they have come completely under control of the Kochtopus, the Mercers, etc., etc. The fact that their policies strangle “ordinary” people–while being sold as salvation (amazing)–is totally immaterial to both the GOP and the POT. They won’t need Maalox, but rather enzymes to digest blood.

  2. Chet Guinn says:

    Dear Randy, your political projections help lift my spirit out of post election funk. Thanks!

  3. Henry Wulff says:

    Maalox is in order. The Fed is increasing interest rates, an action that will punish Trump supporters by raising the cost of home mortgages, car payments, and every item on the consumer’s shopping list. And then Democrats will say it is Trump’s fault, when it is the fault of President Obama’s appointee and her cohorts on the Fed. The step is being taken to ruin the economy and limit Trump’s choices on expanding the number of American jobs at home. The Fed is putting punishment of the Trump supporters ahead of what is best for the country’s workers. Shame on Democrats for being so vindictive just because middle class Americans voted to defeat Democrats for no longer representing middle class working Americans, especially blue collar folks.

  4. Gary says:

    Randy a lot of noise here. Trump is not extreme. Hillary got less than 1% more than the total popular vote as the difference. Trump got more than 60,000,000 votes and more than 300 electoral votes when MI is counted, a powerful statement.

    Donald Trump is for controlling the border and protecting law and order. Democrats support illegal immigration and crime. The Mayor of Chicago said his city is safe for illegal alien criminals while ignoring the African American populations safety. 4,000 shootings, 700 murders in 2016.

    Democratic Party trade policy has hardly been good for Americans. Why do you think the upper midwest didn’t for for Democrats???

  5. mark challis says:

    Congress will be bypassed, if it fails to do Trump’s bidding. He will just do executive orders. He has no respect for any authority. Flynn as his National Security Adviser and Bannon will lead him, and in turn the U.S. down the road to ruin.

    1. Gary says:

      Mark, President Obama refused to even meet with the Republicans during the first year of his first term. Obama issued many executive orders because he could not develop support for his policies. Some of those executive orders were overturned by the courts. Trump and Pence have already met with Democratic leaders so your lament is way off base.

      So in reality Trump and the GOP will do their level best to make America Great again. The problem is will Democrats stand in the way of progress or join in???

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