Fred Henneke, Attorney & Counselor-At-Law

DREEEAM, DREAM, DREAM, DREEAM: 09/14/2017

For the second week in a row, Resident Trump pulled the rug out from under (a) the Republican Party, (b) the altright, (c) a large portion of his base, and (d) the rabid Trump-hating Democrats.  His new best buddies, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, announced a deal had been struck with the President to legislatively normalize the situation of the 800,000+ “Dreamers” in return for funding for comprehensive border security. Who needs Paul Ryan or Mitch McConnell; after all, isn’t the President the ultimate deal maker?

Just this month President Trump has managed to de-fang the looming debt ceiling issue, avoid a government shutdown, provide initial funding for the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and, now, solve the question of what to do about the Dreamers while funding border security. All without Republican assistance or even knowledge. If anyone out there  was clinging to the illusion that Mr, Trump was a friend of the altright, or a committed movement conservative, or even a real Republican, they have surely been cleansed of that notion by now .Mr.Trump is his own man, free from the restraints of ideology or party.

But why turn to the Democrats? Easy – they were available and ready to deal. Not being in the majority, the Democrats didn’t have to worry about committee meetings or mark ups or arcane rules. Nor are they completely knotted up by the competing factions within their party. Mr. President, on these issues where we can find common ground, let’s sit down and talk. We’ll provide votes while you turn the screws on your ostensible side of the aisle.

I believe all the chatter about how President Trump was unable to legislatively accomplish any of his agenda or campaign promises was getting to him. At some time the Big Dog turns and makes a stand; Pelosi/Schumer went to Mr. Trump with workable, quick legislative solutions to prominent issues which he seized upon as a way to re-establish his alpha position in Washington politics. Also, each of the two quick-strike fixes revolved around MONEY; if there is one thing President Trump knows forwards and backwards, it is money and the use of it.

Right now the Democrats are chortling in their beer and dreaming about 2018. The Republicans are shell-shocked, hiding in their foxholes and wondering where the enemy went, also dreaming about 2018. Except their dreams are nightmares.Having sold their birthright for a Republican president who has effectively repudiated them, where do they turn. “Repeal and Replace” – not going to happen. Debt ceiling – finessed short-term along with funding the government. Hard-line immigration  – not for Dreamers.  What’s left – naming post offices? Unable to deliver for the :President, the Republicans have been left standing forlornly by the road, trying to catch a ride to the action.

This too shall pass and the pendulum will swing back toward the Republicans, but never as far as it was this year. Could that be good for (dare we say it) the Country? Can we even dare dream about solutions over partisanship?

STAY TUNED

With thanks to the Everly Brothers.

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9-11 LESSONS; 09/11

Here are the lessons I glean from the attack on September 11, 2001, and subsequent events:  There are people in this world that hate Americans and the United States for the freedom we enjoy and the comparative benefits our system of government and economics make possible; The United States is not invulnerable from attack, either… Continue Reading

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The Art of the Deal Surfaces; 09/08

He’s BAAACK!. In a stunning move that rocked the DC political world to its core, President Trump cut a deal with Representative Nancy Pelosi and Senator Chuck Schumer, the Democratic leaders of their respective houses of Congress, to (1) provide short-term funding for Hurricane Harvey relief, (2) fund the government for another three months, and… Continue Reading

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THIS AND THAT; 09/04

North Korea – Little Un can’t stand not being the center of attention so he ratchets up the turmoil. He reminds me of the child in the grocery store that doesn’t get the candy he wants so he starts screaming. When that doesn’t work, he throws himself on the floor and kicks and screams. Next… Continue Reading

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WHITHER AFGHANISTAN; 08/23/2017

I have just finished reading General H.R. McMaster’s book about the Vietnam War entitled “Dereliction of Duty”. In that acclaimed book, the General excoriates in the harshest terms the civilian and military leaders of our Nation for failing in their duty to the American public, as well as those fighting that war. He illustrates how… Continue Reading

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BANNON BANISHED; 08/20/2017

“…there can only be one big dog in the Trump world”. See VP Sweepstakes; 07/14/2016 Steve Bannon was not one of the original Trump team. As President Trump himself said just a few days ago, Bannon came on board  in August of 2016, after the nomination was secured, to solidify the support of the alt.right.… Continue Reading

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CHARLOTTESVILLE; 08/18/2017

This is the hardest post I have done. Please bear with me as I struggle through this complicated subject. First, last and always -there is no place in any civilized society, much less the United States of America, for acceptance, encouragement, support, or even existence of the vile, disgusting, warped hatred, bigotry, anti-semitism, nativism, and… Continue Reading

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THE PRESIDENT AND THE PARTY; 08/08/2017

IN 2015, Donald J. Trump surveyed the presidential hopeful landscape, decided against running against Hillary, Inc., and the DNC, and declared himself a Republican, notwithstanding the fact that his political affiliation prior to that time had been largely Democrat. He bullied, abused and humiliated a large and rather well-qualified field of Republican wanna-bees and walked… Continue Reading

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NORTH KOREA; 08/06/2017

It appears to be the accepted reality that North Korea now has the missile capability to  reach the western portion of the continental United States. At this time, it does not appear that they have managed to downsize a nuclear warhead sufficiently to ride on such a missile. How long it will take them to… Continue Reading

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THIS IS THE WEEK THAT WAS; 07/30/2017

WOW. Let’s jump right in and see what sense we can make out of the last week.  Repeal and Replace. First of all, see “What Ye Sow, So Shall Ye Reap” from 07/18/2019. In a stunning series of reverses, the Senate Republicans failed miserably in joining their colleagues in the House in passing something –… Continue Reading

2 Responses to THIS IS THE WEEK THAT WAS; 07/30/2017

  1. Fred,
    Thanks for your thoughtful comments on ACA. As you know I believe that Americans don’t adequately reflect on our national history; nor are we, as individuals, introspective enough to have a clear understanding of how we fit in.
    Be that as it may,we’ve been involved in the health care since Teddy Roosevelt was president. And remember that the ACA used Gov. Romney’s Mass. legislation as a paradigm for the ACA.
    Obama thoughts re: the ACA were that there is remains alot of work to be done. So is ACA a beginning to be used as a platform to build upon?

    What I don’t really get is why did Senate and House leadership waste so much time and money trying to discredit Obama and Mrs. Clinton (like 32 Benghazi Hearings and something like $7 Million) while they could have pulled up their panties and developed a viable plan for health insurance among other issues. Talk to you later! I’m going to lite my pipe and pour a glass of wine.

  2. Harry – thanks for your thoughts. Re ACA, it remains the law of the land, and there is no majority for repeal without a replacement plan in mind. The Administration continues to place roadblocks in the way of ACA in the hopes it will totally collapse and then, what? I truly believe that the President, as someone who has never had to concern himself with insurance or health care, truly thinks it is a bad idea, especially since it is “Obamacare”. The Republicans used it as a political cudgel, as they did Benghazi, to discredit the Obama administration and Ms. Clinton. Gutter politics rules the roost while the American people cry out for real solutions, not just slogans. Let’s get together and share that glass of wine.

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