Trump Promises Success, Delivers Failure.

by Pitt Griffin on October 16, 2017 · 0 comments

in Politics, Trump presidency

Like every politician, Trump made extravagant promises. And like every politician he failed to deliver on all he promised. But Trump’s promises were more extravagant, and his failures more thorough, than the standard huckster’s pattern. So egregious, in fact, that his duplicity is in Bernie Madoff’s neighborhood.

But the man, whose greatest achievement is whining, has a different story. In his tweeting, he highlights “the rapid terminations by me of TPP & The Paris Accord & the fast approvals of The Keystone XL & Dakota Access pipelines. Also, look at the recent EPA cancelations & our great new Supreme Court Justice!

Is he truly the political titan of his mind’s eye? Hardly. He’s patting himself on the back for tearing things down, signing other things and filling a vacancy by bending the rules. A vacancy that existed only because of someone else’s efforts.

Not brilliant. Any idiot can do things when he doesn’t need anyone else’s agreement. It’s convincing Congress to enact policy that separates the great Presidents from the mere placeholders. And when it comes to legislative victories Trump has named a lot Post Offices, but on the big stuff – zilch.

Take healthcare. What’s his grade? Dismal. An ‘F’ is deserved – but let’s give him an incomplete. He promised better, cheaper, universal coverage, but no Republican plan has come anywhere near that goal. He has dented Obamacare by executive fiat. But has created no replacement – not even a bad one. The House came up with something harmful, while desperately hoping the Senate would palliate the pain. But the Senate couldn’t hold up their end of the flimflam.

On taxes, there has been grandiloquence but no action. Trump has promised the biggest, the best – a gilded chicken in every pot – fiscal heaven. But there is no plan – just complaints about how much the rich are suffering. Leaving aside the facile fiction of Trump’s words, it is not even guaranteed that the Senate will be able to pass a procedural resolution allowing the debate to continue with a simple majority.

And then there’s the wall. Congressional Republicans promised him some sofa change and punted consideration to some unspecified date. Everybody knows the Mexicans are not going to pay for it. And even Trump has stopped talking about it.

Infrastructure? That’s going even worse than the wall. And it’s the one thing the Democrats are on board with.

So what’s next? He decertified the Iran deal. And is threatening to repeal NAFTA. So it’s just more of the same nihilism promoted as achievement. To paraphrase Churchill: “Never have so many tweets, promoted so much fiction, to celebrate so little accomplishment.

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