Thursday, January 5, 2017

WHOA! Trump stuns, puts D.C. on notice

President-elect Donald Trump is taking his case for healthcare reform straight to the American people — and it has the career politicians in Washington, D.C. caught off-guard.
The beltway establishment began the 115th Congress ready for a long, drawn-out healthcare reform battle over President Barack Obama’s signature Affordable Care Act disaster.
Trump is having none of it.
The president-elect took to Twitter on Thursday and demanded both sides of the aisle — Republicans and Democrats — cut out their political grandstanding and instead start working on an affordable deal for U.S. citizens.

It’s a stunning and innovative method of leadership, and supporters are saying Trump’s Tweets are the 21st century equivalent of former President Theodore Roosevelt’s famous bully pulpit.

For those unfamiliar with the term, “A bully pulpit is a conspicuous position that provides an opportunity to speak out and be listened to. This term was coined by President Theodore Roosevelt, who referred to the White House as a ‘bully pulpit’, by which he meant a terrific platform from which to advocate an agenda,” according to Wikipedia.

In other words, Trump is using his high-profile political office — the presidency — to push political reform through compromise and public opinion.
The effective use of the bully pulpit by Trump — which was wielded earlier this week to force House Republicans to back off a secret deal to gut an independent congressional ethics oversight system– is a sharp contrast to Obama’s heavily criticized reliance on potentially unlawful executive orders, which opponents complained weakened the U.S. Constitution.
Later, Trump took to social media to blast the media’s unfair coverage of him.

It’s about time we drained those swamps.
— The Horn editorial team

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