Thanks Tea Party

The other day I listened to some commentary from David Brooks about Trump.  He has been predicting a downfall for over 6 months.  I’ve been writing that Trump is disgusting for a while now.  For some reason, everyone thought he would implode and now it is too late.  No one ever formed an argument against his irresponsible antics.  He embarrasses the office of the President.  He is a disgrace to the country.  If it comes to it, I will vote for Hillary.

But I wanted to focus on why this happened and I am pretty sure I know why.  Gerrymandered districts have been making the country more extreme and partisan for a while now.  But the Iraq war and George Bush started a new phenomena.  Obama’s election took it one step further.  ‘Hatred’ for a politician seems to have gotten to a level that make it impossible to simultaneously disagree with a person, and yet formulate a solution to a problem through policy.   I think Obama is completely unqualified for office.  But I have seen interviews and I think he is a good man even though some people were misguided enough to put him in the White House.  Regardless, I still want the office to do its job.  John Kasich, Newt Gingrich and the ’94 Republican revolution class, enacted the Contract with America in 100 days.  It doesn’t even matter what the 10 ideas were, they were ideas!!!  They disagreed with Clinton, but they actually passed bills, there was positive action.  Seeing government actually working for the people inspired confidence that coupled with Windows 95, built our modern economy.

And here is where the problem began.  The Tea Party came in with so much hatred for TARP, ObamaCare, bailouts and all the rest of the liberal agenda that it decided to stop everything.  Say no and only no.  A disagreement on philosophy resulted in complete lack of action.  62 Repeals of ObamaCare and not one, not even one bill passed to try to chisel away at making it a decent law.  Cross boarder state competition?  Nope.  Tort reform?  Nuh uh.  Means testing?  Of course not.  A majority in both houses and not one positive idea passed.  Fear of a Tea Party revolt from a bunch of crybaby freshman crippled government.  In 1994, Kasich talked about entitlement reform, imagine what the budget would look like today if we had done it 20 years ago.

All this “no” and “one term president” and “repeal ObamaCare” frustrated Americans so much that 40% of Republicans just want someone that can get things done.  For some insane reason they think Trump can fill that role.  The 30% that still want to do nothing vote for Cruz and the other 30% realize that we need action, but Trump is an idiot- so we splinter.

What does that blowhard master of intellect offer us for action?  On healthcare – He “won’t let people die in the streets”.  Who is dying in the streets?  If you go to a hospital the Hippocratic oath mandates that you receive care.  In a hospital.  The single most expensive delivery vehicle for health care.  So he of course wants people to go to hospitals instead of dying in the streets.  Great solution to runaway costs, do what is even more expensive.  He wants to treat our vets better.  Come home from your service and the Donald has your back.  But while you are in the field, be sure to ‘bomb the hell out of ‘ women and children and families and then waterboard and “go beyond that” with torture.  I’m sure that is a great way for a soldier to want to serve their country.  Honor Duty Country.  Yup.  But thanks Trump, you definitely treat the military better.

Go build that wall, cuz Trump knows how to build stuff.  Right, he builds the most expensive apartment high rises and casinos.  Stuff that has zero price elasticity, yeah you are the guy I want spending my money.  Oh sorry, good thing the Mexicans are going to pay for that wall.  See how that deal goes for you.  Oh yeah and you go on negotiating better trade deals.  Because we definitely don’t want cheap oversees labor to keep the price of flat screen TVs, cars and cell phones low.  We want to pay top dollar for all that stuff, just like your apartment tenants, because you sure do understand that market.  And speaking of markets, they love it when you say you will be “unpredictable”  Definitely.  Stability is so stupid when you have a ton of cash.

So thank you Tea party.  You proved that doing nothing is a viable strategy to make Obama 100% ineffective since the ACA.  You won that battle.  And you convinced people that since you would do nothing in Washington, that NO politicians can.  Which leaves only violent narcissistic billionaire racists who objectify women and immigrants as the only people that are even capable of governing.  Yeah yeah that’s it.  Give us the angry guy over there with no ideas who hates everything.  Because hate is an awesome political strategy, isn’t it?  We hate Obama.  We hate Hillary.  And that guy makes fun of her and he has the best zingers.  Hire the orange skinned raccoon who says the same sentence over and over again, he hates what I hate.

About Josh Rutstein

I am an aspiring entrepreneur and hopeful political candidate. Father of 2 very special girls, husband to an amazing woman, and passionate American. I snowboard whenever possible and follow a 20x mentality for exercise. I also play golf and ultimate frisbee and am a die hard New England Patriots fan and season ticket holder. Everyday I wake up wanting to make this country a better place, someday I hope to actually succeed.
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