Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Congress is in Session

Congress is back in session with Republicans in charge, Paul Ryan leading the battle and the American public watching to see the outcome of issues like Obamacare which obviously will be repealed. For a country like the United States not to have proper healthcare, in the second decade of the 21st-century, is ridiculous. For some Obamacare was a lifesaver but for others it was a disaster. I remember Hillary saying, while on the campaign trail, that changes would be made, so obviously it doesn't work for more people than it does. I'm grateful that I have Medicare with supplemental from AARP to cover everything fi ever needed. Now let's consider ... Obamacare is repealed. Unless I missed something, I don't think they have a substitute plan. So what happens to millions of Americans? As a society we are emotionally challenged which leads to physical problems - therefore healthcare is a priority.

Moving on ... The House is expected to vote today on a surprise proposal by Republicans to effectively kill the Office of Congressional Ethics. Speaker Paul Ryan is said to oppose the measure. The push comes as the party is set to control the House, Senate and the White House for the first time since 2006. Reshaping the tax code and rebuilding the nation's infrastructure are some of the other priorities Republicans will deal and hopefully they have given serious thought to during their recess.

Here come the minority Democrats with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, 76, who is to date the highest-ranking female politician in American history. No matter how hard she works ... it was time for change.

Months after the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia - the matter of selecting the ninth Supreme Court Justice will come to fruition. Who is under consideration? I know we still need a justice system, but it seems antiquated. I live in a world of sci-fi where the truth is discovered by using some a device (not painful) to separate the guilty from the innocent. I guess the new methods of surveillance are coming closer to what I'm seeing. Humans seem to embrace confrontations and complications - which is probably why we still attempt to function in outdated systems.

Remember the immigration battles during the election when Trump promised to build The Wall? It may sound silly but I actually see construction beginning during 2017 but with all the earthquakes, I don't know that it will ever be complete. I maintain that the real criminals come through the underground tunnels so the first priority is to seal them off. I know what you're thinking ... they will build more tunnels buts that's where the problem is for now. Most of the people illegally crossing the border are just looking for safe refuge.

Out of New York, we find not only Trump but the new Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer (I voted for him) and how he will steer his party's opposition in the face of Republican agendas and opposition. One approach would be to follow the bare-knuckles example of his predecessor, Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, and try to thwart Republicans at every turn. Good luck, Chuck.

In all, I hope Trump is healthy enough for the mental and physical challenges of President that will come to pass day after day after day. I know he thrives on work and the attention of the world - but this reality show is more serious than anything he's ever undertaken so he has to be careful. In my opinion, he is programmed to do whatever ... so it's more about end time decisions that his personality.

Good luck to us and this institution we call the political systems of society.