#TruCons Prepare To Advance Their Own Sweeping Agenda

Don’t shoot the messenger.

I told you that I was going to be honest with you:

“When the 115th Congress begins this week, with Republicans firmly in charge of the House and Senate, much of that legislation will form the basis of the most ambitious conservative policy agenda since the 1920s. And rather than a Democratic president standing in the way, a soon-to-be-inaugurated Donald Trump seems ready to sign much of it into law.

The dynamic reflects just how ready Congress is to push through a conservative makeover of government, and how little Trump’s unpredictable, attention-grabbing style matters to the Republican game plan.

That plan was long in the making.

Almost the entire agenda has already been vetted, promoted and worked over by Republicans and think tanks that look at the White House less for leadership and more for signing ceremonies.

In 2012, Americans for Tax Reform’s Grover Norquist described the ideal president as “a Republican with enough working digits to handle a pen” and “sign the legislation that has already been prepared.” …”

What’s going on here?

Apparently, the Paul Ryan game plan is to go after Obamacare, Dodd-Frank, cut taxes and pass the REINS Act (Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny) which is a top priority of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. George Will thinks signing REINS into law should be Trump’s top priority on January 21st.

What do you think? You’re probably Googling the REINS Act because you have never heard of it. I closely followed the campaign and don’t remember it ever coming up. Basically, Paul Ryan is claiming a mandate to push the same legislative agenda he would have advanced if someone like ¡Jeb! or Marco Rubio had won the election.

Here comes the Paul Ryan agenda:

“The 115th Congress begins Tuesday with a full slate of business, though nothing will be more politically important or pressing for Republicans than repealing ObamaCare. …

Lawmakers will also look at a tax overhaul, reversing Obama-era environmental regulations and other conservative priorities. …

The Senate plans to begin repealing ObamaCare on Tuesday with consideration of a procedural measure that will shield them from Democratic filibuster legislation annulling much of that statute. …

McConnell, Ky., and House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., also want a massive tax overhaul, with the goal of simplifying a complicated tax code that rewards wealthy people with smart accountants as well as corporations that can easily shift profits and jobs overseas.

It would be the first major tax overhaul in 30 years. Trump has also advocated a tax overhaul, but with fewer details. He promises a tax cut for every income level, with more low-income families paying no income tax at all.”

Ryan and McConnell want to squander Trump’s political capital by using the election as a mandate to stir up huge fights with the Left over heathcare, taxes and deregulating Wall Street. This could quickly consume all of 2017.

Update: The Wall Street Journal has more on the Ryan agenda:

“WASHINGTON—The nation’s new, all-Republican leadership begins to take power Tuesday with an ambitious agenda of tax cuts, regulation rollbacks and repeal of President Barack Obama’s health law, but they face a complicated legislative path pocked with unresolved policy details. …

Taking up another foreign-policy debate, the House this week is expected to vote on a resolution disapproving of the Obama administration’s decision to allow the United Nations Security Council to condemn Israel’s expansion of Jewish settlements in Palestinian areas. The House vote will be an early sign of support for Mr. Trump, who urged the U.S. to veto the U.N. resolution. …

To reduce the regulatory burden on business, the House this week plans a vote on a bill known as the REINS Act, which would empower Congress to approve major new regulations written by federal agencies. The House also plans to vote on a measure to allow Congress to repeal a block of regulations at one time. …

A rewrite of the tax code is likely to be more of a slog than a sprint. Republicans want to make the farthest-reaching tax-code changes since 1986, lowering marginal rates on individuals and businesses and repealing the estate tax. They aim to use a legislative strategy that relies only on GOP votes, but it will require Republicans to unify around a single plan and fight past any interest groups that feel threatened.”

Passing a resolution to condemn the UN for being too critical of Israel will also be another top priority for the Republican Congress in January.

CNN has more on the first 100 days agenda:

“Washington (CNN)”Buckle up” was the advice Vice President-elect Mike Pence gave Hill Republicans about the hectic pace ahead for Capitol Hill’s first 100 days in 2017. …

Obama’s announcement last week of new sanctions against Russia for its cyberattacks during the presidential election are putting Hill Republicans in a tough spot. Virtually all the top GOP leaders in Congress publicly backed the sanctions, although they criticized how long it took to put them in place, along with the administration’s overall foreign policy. …

McCain, along with South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, have vowed to draft legislation imposing additional sanctions to penalize Russia, and Democrats have agreed to craft a bipartisan proposal.

Both McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan have publicly denounced Russia’s moves, but any bipartisan push to move sanctions legislation puts them in the precarious spot of using valuable time in the first 100 days of the new administration on an issue that puts them at odds with Trump.”

John McCain and Lindsay Graham want to craft new legislation to impose further sanctions on Russia which Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell endorsed.

20 Comments

  1. I respectfully disagree, Mr. Burns.

    Abortion will be, in the next several years, sent back to the states – at which time you will see it banned from Red States.

  2. In general, I agree, Mr. Pace.

    Yet, be assured about one thing – The GOP DOES care about White America to the extent that they get reelected; and that won’t happen if they show a great disrespect for the issues that brought them to this apogee.

    They know this.

  3. I agree, Miss Denise – Ryan is very very bad – because he is a closet Liberal.

    He certainly is an enemy of The South.

    That said, I cannot see him being removed, because his grip on power is rather firm.

    He will have to fall, by some method.

    It may be that he and Trump fall out, as negotiations begin to show Trump that, just as the German industrialists once regarded Herr Hitler, they see him only as a convenient signature to their agenda.

    Happy New Year to you and yours!

  4. True, Mr. Owen, but, if those that sit on The Hill think that Mr. Trump, an inveterate negotiator, will give away things for free, they are in for a rude awakening.

  5. We already know, Mr. Lew.

    We have seen the most amazing acquittal of a presidential candidate in our lifetime – perhaps in the entire history of that office.

    It is impossibly to take Mr. Trump for anything but a very strong ma, with a clear vision.

    Though, over the years, he has changed his mind on some policies, his behavior is remarkably consistent.

    He is Churchillian.

  6. I thought no one could be worse than mitt Romney and bush but Ryan is beating me to it and moving ahead of them everyday with his actions…

  7. It will not be sent back to the states. And even if it were, it will still stand. Too many women want it, whether they themselves have abortions or not. Moreover. we have far too many examples before us of the intense negative media campaigns whenever this comes up, and the lightening speed of Conservative politicians caving.

  8. America will breakup in any event; it already has. The coming economic apocalypse will bring the balkanization. Dark days ahead, irrespective of temporary waving of hands and speeches; Trump’s election may give some folks who are not yet prepared time to get ready.

  9. If Trump fails to keep his promises on the wall and immigration, he will not be re-elected, nor will the nation survive as “united States” past 2020. He was elected on that issue – from the beginning, and all through his campaigns, he reiterated that issue. That is the only promise he absolutely must not fail to keep, or our system is finished.

  10. Roe vs Wade can be overturned by the Supreme Court, if Trump wins a second term it could happen then. Women and Jews want abortion, who says we have to give them their way? It’s a very, very bad attitude. The gentile hating Jews have an albatross around their necks – that is their love of abortion. It exposes them for what they are.

    We will never accomplish anything if we rely on getting women to agree. Sorry wasps, but you’ve led us to this point by telling us about your chivalry and blaming everyone but yourselves for your out of control women.

  11. Thank you, Mr. Burns, for your reply.

    I won’t speak for your state, but, in North Carolina, many many Christian ladies are against abortion – full bore.

    Not that popularity with women will be the criterion upon which The Yankee Courts decide this issue.

    No, Mr. Burns – once they are stuffed with strict constructionalists, by Mr. Trump. they will simply reject Roe vs. Wade as an invalid usurpation of the constitutionality of States’ Rights.

    This is a big reason why The Left is so upset.
    They feel ‘Constitutionality in the wind, so to speak.

    Slavery was once sacrosanct, and it fell, and so, too, shall abortion.

    God bless you, and have a good day!

  12. Thank you for your thoughts, Mr. Coyote.

    I agree with you.

    The ‘union’, upon which ‘America’ is baset’ is really only a lightly veneered conquest, reinforcet by conditioned misinformation.

    Morever, the wildly unrealistick accumulation of hypotheticial ideas, which the central government has opted to enforce upon the citizenry, may be found in the whim of the human imagination, but, have no basis as a collective tradition within human cultures.

    That said, unlike you and many others, am unsure about what will occur during the coming Trump administration.

    That said, I will restate what I have,since the night he was elected, stated – we, who dislike the state of things, are in a win-win position; this because, either Trump delivers, and things get much better, or he fails, and things get worse, which will prompt the unprepared to get over it, and make concrete steps.

    All the best to you!

  13. Although the wall is less important to me than his promise to appoint Scalias throughout the Yankee court system, I do agree with you that, for many many, the wall stands alone as the one indispensible.

    Again, if he fails, we win – because what was at boiling point in the late Obama Administration, amongst the citizenry, will return – with a furious uptick.

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