Can you outfox an old Fox

You must admit, Donald Trump, at 71 years old, is older than most of us, and there are many insights that come with age, so it was difficult to know what to title this article. Can you outfox and old Fox, Bannon & Trump’s Clever Plan, or Don & Steve’s Excellent Adventure, all were considered. Some of the news pundits want us to believe that our president was moved by the events in Charlottesville to purge his administration of the influence of Steve Bannon, but based on what we have seen from Trump since he announced his candadicy, he is not moved to change by nay-sayers. Judging from the recent headlines, Trump believes Bannon to be a great guy, and a great friend.

It does appear that the violent events at the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, VA, have shown Trump that there are a good many loud voices on every side that will protest scenes like that. The media exposure of the violence that erupted, and many, many on-scene, live-action videos that were quickly uploaded, have served to enlighten the whole nation to the savage nature of face to face confrontations, when several groups, in fear of being marginalized, confront each other without respect to the right of the other person to have the equal right to free speech. But there is so much more we can learn from these events.

It turns out that Trump cannot publicly champion Bannon’s Alt-Right cause without parts of his base becoming disenchanted. Considering that some of his base carry torches and automatic weapons, it seems prudent for Trump to be less provocative. But how can he move forward with the intended agenda with these new restraints in place?

For the last 7 months there have been rumors and leaks about disharmony between Trump’s top 3 advisors, Steve Bannon, Ivanka Trump, and Jared Kushner. Bannon is a leader in the Alt-Right universe, while Ivanka and Jared are Jewish Democrats, but being such a fan of diversity, President Trump loves all of them.

It is clear that Bannon has Trump’s confidence, and Bannon may be a more forward thinker than Trump. He strikes me as the kind of guy who is playing the long game. Trump wants to play the long game too, but maybe he wants someone else to write the outline for him, and the thesis statement, and provide some quotes.

Bannon is good at providing content and rhetoric. He gave an interview mocking his White House colleagues and claimed, after it aired, that he’d though it was off the record. Rumors spread that Trump suspected Bannon of leaking things and that Trump wasn’t happy when Bannon contradicted him publicly over his North Korea threats. Trump had made tough threats to Kim Jong Un, before Bannon stated publicly, “…there is no military solution there. They got us.”

According to someone who leaked something, it is said that Trump and Bannon had agreed on Bannon’s departure during the week before the events of Charlottesville occurred.

Some of Bannon’s first comments after his ouster were to mock other White House staff members, and declare, “The Trump presidency that we fought for, and won, is over. We still have a huge movement, and we will make something of this Trump presidency. But that presidency is over. It’ll be something else. And there’ll be all kinds of fights, and there’ll be good days and bad days, but that presidency is over.” Then, as a means to redirect the audience’s attention, Bannon began to explain why he thought the more important topic is the economic war with China.

By contrast, some of Trump’s first comments after Bannon’s ouster were about what a great guy and a great friend Trump believes him to be, and how he wishes Steve the best as he returns to Breitbart, even encouraging him to get back to work because the ‘fake news’ needs the competition. I guess that is accurate enough. There’s no danger that Bannon will compete with any of the ‘real news’ media. 

Trump’s bidding him a public farewell, and Bannon’s proclaiming that the originally intended Trump agenda is over, though he still vows to make something of this Trump presidency. That sounds like the beginning of a black op. What do you do when your plan is thwarted by the outcry of the masses? You go under cover. Do you believe that Trump is giving up on his original agenda? Do you believe Trump is leaving his friendship with Bannon for the sake of the nation’s good? You may have been outfoxed by an old fox.


Why is a Health Care plan “happening to us” this way?

There really is a reason for everything. Everything people do has a purpose and a motivation. My, what big brains we have.

When Trump was campaigning, and trying to keep his rural voting block enthused, he promised that under the new health care plan that he would “make them write”, everyone would be covered, including those with pre-existing conditions, and that premiums and deductibles would be lower. (Naturally people voted for that)

A few months after the inauguration, the nation is learning how Trump thinks and works. He doesn’t read much, but he watches TV. When something new comes to his attention, he tweets his response without delay.

On July 14th, shortly after Mitch McConnell released the new revisions to the Republican’s plan to replace the ACA (Obamacare), President Trump tweeted out the following: “Republicans Senators are working hard to get their failed ObamaCare replacement approved. I will be at my desk, pen in hand.” That was 3:57AM on July 14, 2017, and Trump was in France at the time.

Trump didn’t mention any of the particulars of the bill, because how could he know them? The bill has been kept quieter that the secrets Snowdan exposed. It was released Thursday afternoon and the tweet above surfaced at 3:57a.m., in France. (It would have been 9:57PM in Washington, DC, at that time) Still, my attention fell on the way Trump’s tweet pledges to quickly sign whatever “they” put on his desk. It sounds like he has no intention of reading it to determine if it might be something he should veto, as president of a nation.

Trump is pressing legislators to put this bill on his desk so he can sign it and be done with ObamaCare, even though, anyone who’s ever seen the School House Rock video, “I’m Just a Bill” knows that after the Senate gets around to passing something, it still has to go back to the House, for revisions and funding, before finding it’s way to the president’s desk.

McConnell may have asked Trump to help him get (republican) people on board to vote for the bill, because repealing the ACA is the most important thing in their world right now, (and like ever since it became the law of the land). After 60 failed attempts to repeal, the Republicans now have the majority but still can’t get the votes to pull off a repeal because their plans are “mean” to the base, according to Trump and rewarding to the rich, according to the CBO.

The House pushed their bill through, chomping at the bit like the clock was running out. They flew through the process, begging the Senate to pass it before the CBO report was out. I guess they didn’t realize that kind of behavior would make that rural base ask, “What’s the all-fired rush?” Then the Senate decided not to allow any of the democrats to sit in on the discussion and development of their version of the House bill and now the base wants to know, “ What are ya’ll trying to take away from my health care, and whose pockets are you filling with the tax savings?”

The lack of support for the Senate’s first draft sent them back to work on it some more, so Senate leadership doled out concessions here and there to garner support. Even the notoriously “most unpopular senator”, Ted Cruz was granted an amendment to the bill. (Remember in 2013, Ted Cruz took credit for shutting down the government to ‘unsuccessfully’ leverage repealing the ACA)

The Ted Cruz amendment would allow insurance providers to sell packages without pre-natal care to men, which would effectively force women to pay more for insurance simply because of the possibility of pregnancy. Would these scaled down plans be sold to women? (Makes it look like Ted is working for Catholic men who want to make sure they don’t have to pay for any woman’s birth control or delivery expenses. I thought the word “catholic” meant for everyone.)

  1. Of broad or liberal scope; (comprehensive)

      2. Including or concerning all humankind; (universal)

I am concerned about what the final bill might look like. I am further concerned that our president probably won’t even read it before he signs it. Isn’t that exactly what the American people said when the ACA was being debated? Everyone was so angry with Nancy Pelosi when she said, “We’ll have to pass it to find out what’s in it.” But that anger was justified. We have found out what’s in it, higher premiums and deductibles. After 7 years and 60+ attempts to repeal, where is the plan written by the cleverest minds? Who has the solution for the health care question?

Why does a health care plan have to be something that is happening to us? Why don’t our legislators listen to the needs of the many? Is it because of the affluence of the few?