GOP-Controlled Congress is Dragging its Feet on Trump’s Agenda…How to Speed Things Along

Written by Gary DeMar, 2-23-17, republished at Eagle Rising:


Danny DeVito’s character in Twins (1988) said it best: “Money talks and bulls**t walks.” Do you want to get the attention of the foot-dragging GOP? Tell them that you won’t send them another penny until they move quickly to pass the proposed legislation they promised and helped to get them elected.

The Drudge Report carried these two article titles:

  2.  Just as… RNC Sets Record With $20 Million January…

“On February 8, 2017, Matt Drudge tweeted, ‘No Obamacare repeal, tax cuts!’ and ‘Republican party should be sued for fraud. NO discussion of tax cuts now.’ Drudge was spot on,” writes Brian Darling for

Members of the GOP are dragging their feet on the repeal of Obamacare, tax and spending cuts, vetting immigrants, and not standing with Trump as he takes on the media, the Deep State, and Democrat obstructionists (as well as Republican ones) in Congress and the bureaucracies.

For years, the GOP leadership continued to tell us they couldn’t do much since Obama would veto any legislation they proposed. They needed the presidency. Now they have it. One report says that an Obamacare repeal won’t happen until 2018. I can hear the Republicans say, “We need to wait until after the 2018 elections.” Then it will be 2020. You know the drill.

You don’t have to agree with everything Trump has proposed, but immigration, Obamacare, and tax and spending cuts are a top priority. These issues are what got Trump elected and saved us from Hillary Clinton and everything she would have brought to Washington. The Deep State would have been deeper and the bureaucracies would have been entrenched for another 20 years.

The GOP is a defense-only party. It does not know how to lead. In fact, the GOP does not want to lead because the party does not want to have to defend its policies. Republicans don’t have policies to defend. They’ve never really developed a solid list of true constitutional policies that would result in less government, less spending, and more individual liberty. The party is more comfortable being a critic.

Darling continues:

“Now that Republicans have control of Congress, they seem to have lost focus. On February 16, The New York Times reported, ‘After moving to start rolling back the Affordable Care Act just days after President Trump was sworn in last month, Republican lawmakers and Mr. Trump have yet to deliver on any of the sweeping legislation they promised. Efforts to come up with a replacement for the healthcare law have been stymied by disagreements among Republicans about how to proceed. The same is true for a proposed overhaul of the tax code.’”

In addition, the GOP Establishment is afraid of the media and special interest groups. It’s sad to say, but most politicians want to be liked. When has a Republican ever taken on the media like Trump has? The GOP Establishment is shaking in its boots during interviews hoping never to say a discouraging word.

France’s presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has more balls than most of the GOPers. She demonstrated that when she “canceled a meeting with Lebanon’s Grand Mufti Tuesday after refusing to wear a headscarf. . . . ‘You can pass on my respects to the grand mufti, but I will not cover myself up,’ she insisted.” (CNN) Establishment Republicans have never passed up an opportunity to cower and apologize for any word, action, look, or political principle that the media considers offensive.

What can you do? Call your congressman and Senators and tell them, “No money for you until the GOP moves quickly on the promised legislation.”


Mr. DeMar’s heart is in the right place – go for the money – but his suggestion to withhold donations to the RNC only works if there is 100% participation from all the Republicans sending them money, and that’s never going to happen. Too many of them remain loyal to the party despite our representatives’ and senators’ shortcomings and the failure to do their jobs.

Aside from that, I completely agree with his assessment of the GOP, and Brian Darling is also spot on. The Republicans are not leaders, they’re not aggressive and they have no focus. Although they had sound policies when the party was founded a century and a half ago, those policies have long since been cast aside.

They’ve had eight years to come up with alternatives to Obamacare – in fact they have several of them – and still they can’t decide which version they want to put in place.  There is no reason for such indecision – pick one and let’s move on to the next issue. There are so many critical issues that need immediate attention and they’re in the cat-bird seat to turn this country around. What are they waiting for??


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5 replies

  1. I’m late to the party – it’s Tuesday night and I’ve just listened to Trump’s speech – he did MUCH better than I expected. He is making noises as if he is determined to fulfill his campaign promises and challenged both parties to “come together” to work things out. Phat chance! But, he is showing that he has the balls to press on his agenda and isn’t going “go along to get along” as we’ve seen so often in the past. I’m more optimistic than I was before the speech (imagine that) that (some) things WILL get done.


    • Trump sounded much better than I expected and he had more of a presidential tone than we’ve seen before, but unless he can get the GOP to quit sitting on the pause button, we’re limited to the reforms and changes he can make via EOs and actions. To turn around the mess O made, we need good comprehensive and binding legislation. Hopefully his words last night will stir them into action.


  2. >>”There are so few in Congress that are truly concerned about righting this country, that I could count them on one hand.”

    I most definitely agree, Kathy. And of those that are truly concerned, even fewer understand what needs to be done to fix the country.

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  3. The last thing I want to do is defend the GOP but if you want to get to the crux of the problem just think about that title:

    “GOP-Controlled Congress is Dragging its Feet on Trump’s Agenda…”

    If Trump has laid down a clear agenda for ending Obamacare, I haven’t heard it. Seems to me he’s gone back and forth between declaring he’ll “repeal it on day one!” and saying he’ll wait for a bill that repeals and replaces it all at once, and then saying he was open to keeping certain parts of Obamacare. So if lawmakers are confused and disorganized, it’s no wonder.

    I know there are lawmakers like Rand Paul who’ve put a plan on the table, so I think it’s a bit unfair to lay the blame for the delay all at the feet of Republicans at large. There’s plenty of blame to go around.


    • It’s true that they’ve all been wishy-washy on Obamacare, but it’s about more than that, and shame on me for not making my point clearer.

      Obamacare is just one of many examples where the Republicans, Trump included, have come on strong, only to stall later for whatever reason and waste more time and more money. They drag their feet while waiting to see who else will get on board with their proposal, or if their lobbyists are okay with the next bill, or perhaps it’s time for a fundraiser or a trip back to the home-state and try to dazzle the folks with their so-called concern.

      There are so few in Congress that are truly concerned about righting this country, that I could count them on one hand. It’s all a huge game to them and they’re blowing their shot at the title.


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