Take a look at the statistics regarding the likelihood of getting reelected to Congress once you make it into the “club,” and you’ll see why this can be seen as a lifetime job. And as long as you don’t profoundly screw up repeated times, you’re pretty much set for as long as you want the job. Congressmen and Senators no doubt love that, especially since you really don’t have to do much and have some terrific perks.
Then comes along someone like President Trump who ruins it all by expecting results. He has inhabited the world of business where if you don’t perform, someone else will come along and eat your lunch. This is backwards to the way the government operates, so now there is a problem.
The Republican performance on repealing and/or replacing Obamacare has been dismal and an embarrassment to both the Republican Party and to President Trump. Not surprisingly, he is prepared to use a business technique to solve the problem: no August recess. In other words, to quote the president, “We shouldn’t leave town…” Congress stays in session until they get the job done. You don’t reward poor performance by giving people a month off. Ryan and McConnell have to be miserable.
“President Trump told GOP senators at the White House on Wednesday that they should cancel their August recess and not leave town until acting to repeal ObamaCare.
“‘We shouldn’t leave town until this is complete,’ he said during a lunch at the White House. ‘We should hammer this out and get it done.'”
In other words, past failure is no excuse to go on vacation. You stay at work until you get the job done. That is so contrary to the way Washington is used to working that you want to stand up and cheer.
“Trump also said that repeal isn’t enough, and that Republicans should also replace ObamaCare with new legislation.”
“‘We can repeal, but we should repeal and replace,’ he said.
“‘Frankly I don’t think we should leave town unless we have a health insurance plan, unless we can give people great health care,’ he continued. ‘Because we’re close. We’re very close.'”
And there’s another excellent message here. Incompetence will not be tolerated. Your job is to write and pass legislation and you will stay on the job until you do. Perhaps in the future legislators might be more serious about getting things done rather than doing things they way they always have.
“Trump took aim at those members during his remarks, saying that they now had someone at the White House who would sign a repeal bill.
“He acknowledged this was different from 2015, when Republican lawmakers knew former President Barack Obama would veto legislation rolling back his signature healthcare law.
“‘Any senator who votes against debate says you are fine with ObamaCare,’ Trump said, criticizing GOP lawmakers who have said they would do just that.
“‘I’ve been here six months,’ he continued. ‘I’m ready to act, pen in hand, believe me. I’m sitting in that office. I have pen in hand. You never had that before.'”
This is a point well-made. With Obama in office, the Republicans could pass whatever they wanted and not be worried about the consequences because they knew Obama would veto it. Now they have a president with “pen in hand,” so they have to get serious and actually come up with a proper bill to send to President Trump.
It remains to be seen what Congress will do. The honorable thing is to finish their work before going on vacation and pass a bill President Trump will sign.
The President has put the ball in their court. We would suggest they quit wasting time arguing in typical Washington style and get their job done.
Source: The Hill