aside Republicans And Democratic Voters Agree On One Issue: Infrastructure

The question I have been asking myself, is why the republicans are not stepping up to go their oversight duties by challenging our republican President Donald Trump over his outright lies like, President Obama wiretapped his conversations at Trump Towers, pre-election; his not making any negative comments about the WikiLeaks group dumping CIA hacked material and other outrageous instances.

The reason is that the vast majority of republicans and the business owners and executives agree with the president’s policies. These are the same folks who vote for republican legislators of US Congress. Too many republicans are fearful of the backlash from their own constituents for taking on the president of their own party.

This means that those of us who are part of the resistance cannot grow weary. We must let Washington DC know that we count and are to be feared as well. So, far most Americans disagree with all of the president’s plans with the exception of allocating funds to update the US infrastructure. Right now, our president is getting away with just catering to his base who think he can do no wrong.

What’s discouraging for example, is that the majority of voters agree with just fixing Obamacare versus the plan to repeal and replace it. The 3/6/17 Los Angeles Times cites a “Hart Research poll, which concluded that 68 percent of those surveyed want the GOP-controlled Congress to simply fix the federal healthcare law. The remaining 32 percent are in favor of repealing the law and replacing it with something else.” Yet the US House republicans are simply catering to their base, the 32%.

Keep calling, emailing and writing our legislators:

The US Senate phone line 202-225-3121 (202-224-3121) or  YOU CAN FIND PHONE NUMBERS FOR EVERY SENATOR HERE. 

 

On 3/9/17 Philip Bump of the Washington Post penned the following article, “On nearly every issue, more Americans oppose Trump’s agenda than support it:”

“Among the many questionable claims that have come from the White House over the past month and a half, one of the most questionable came from an unexpected source: Chief of Staff Reince Priebus. Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference last month, Priebus asserted that the policies President Trump had outlined to that point met with the approval of 80 percent of the American public. We considered that claim and determined it to be true — if you considered only Republicans to be Americans.”

“An expansive new poll from Quinnipiac University allows us to look at the question more closely. The pollsters gauged public opinion on a broad range of issues that have already emerged from the Trump White House — policy on Russia, transgender school bathroom use, deportations. On only one did more people agree with Trump’s position than oppose it.”

“Here is the data, broken out by party. In those situations where support or opposition tops 50 percent, the bars are slightly darker in color.”

“(In most cases, the question posed by the pollster was whether Trump should or should not take an action. The question on policy toward Russia was approve/disapprove. “Support” for Trump’s position on transgender students is to oppose bathroom choice. On deportation, the question was whether Trump was being too aggressive; “support” for Trump in this case was a combination of “acting appropriately” and “not aggressive enough.” Gaps in the bars indicate those responding who weren’t sure of their opinion.)”

On nearly every issue, Trump gets majority support only from Republicans. In the case of lowering taxes on the wealthy, he doesn’t even get that. In every case where the results are about split, both overall and within party responses, more people oppose Trump’s view than support it.”

“But notice infrastructure, if you haven’t already. Spending more money to improve roads and airports (among other things) meets with overwhelming approval. More than 90 percent of the members of each party agree that such spending would be warranted. This highlights the partisanship that locked Washington over the past eight years. Infrastructure spending is popular, and President Barack Obama consistently called for new spending, but no major infrastructure spending bill passed the Republican-controlled Congress.”

“That same partisanship is clear in the various policy measures displayed above. Republicans generally strongly approve of Trump’s positions, and Democrats generally oppose them. This is why opinions are split on so many issues and why the opinions of independents usually align so closely with the overall value. And this isn’t new to Trump, either. President Obama’s approval ratings were often mired in the mid-to-upper-40s because of the same split of support, in the opposite direction.”

“The Quinnipiac data does make very clear, though, that any claim to a mandate for his policies by President Trump is incorrect. The only group that consistently agrees with what Trump is doing is his base of Republican voters. So far, that’s been more than enough for him to be successful.”

3 comments

  1. Gronda, I have been a broken record on this and we let our chance to do more slip by due to the reluctance of the GOP Congress. The only infrastructure funding was small and passed with John Boehner’s help in October ,2015 before he retired. The kick the can Highway Trust funding finally got funded, but was well short. Interest rates have been low for some time, so we could have invested in our assets, created jobs and helped the economy even more. Obama, the US Chamber, and labor unions pleaded with Congress. And, now both Trump and Clinton said it is important, because it is. This should have been issue #1, as it had consensus. I fault the President and Congress for not pushing this issue first. Keith

    • Dear Keit,

      DT could have at least made the attempt to bring both sides of the aisle together by pushing forward an infrastructure bill. This would have sent a positive signal to his followers that he really has heard them.

      But NO! He’s done everything but this.

      Ciao, Gronda

      • Agreed. When Obama and Tom Corbin joined the Senate together, they became friends. They asked their staffs to find mutual ground and co-sponsored and passed several pieces of legislation. DT had a chance to do something bipartisan from the get go, but he focused on being adversarial and addressing his base issues. Why we should have expected statesmanship from him is beyond me. Keith

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