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Monday, November 14, 2016



With 67 days to go until his inauguration, President-Elect Donald J Trump has limited time to get it right. His selection of Reince Priebus as Chief of Staff is frankly a questionable decision. The Chief of Staff is the 2nd most powerful person in the United States Government. Priebus is less than skilled in my estimation. A better choice would have Senator Jeff Sessions or perhaps Republican House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana. Yes, I know that Scalise reportedly has ties to David Duke. But Duke was going to run against him. Scalise has in fact spoken before a white supremacist group, though he said he didn't know what they were before speaking to them in 2003.

The Chief of Staff has to be connected in Washington because it's the Chief of Staff's job to assist in getting the President's policies passed. Sessions or Scalise would be far more effective in this way. Also, Sessions, from Alabama, and Scalise, from Louisiana both hail from states with Republican governors. This means their immediate replacements would also be Republicans. As a Whip, Scalise would be powerful working the phones. Sessions is so well connected he makes Verizon look like AT&T. Yet, Mr. Trump has an instinct that most do not. We'll see about how effective Priebus can be.

But there's more than just these positions that must be filled. There is also, will Trump keep his promises. We'll discuss this during the coming week, but keep this in mind. The view from the Soap Box is far different than the view from Pennsylvania Avenue NW.

We'll start with Obamacare being repealed or replaced. Or as he now says, amending Obamacare. Actually, amending would be the fast track. It's easier to keep a law on the books and amend it, than it is to repeal and replace it. Some of the the mainstream media has been calling a backing off of his campaign promise on this topic isn't true. Of course. Trump always said he wanted to keep provisions for pre-existing conditions and children on parents policies until age 26. The MSM also says that after his meeting with President Obama, he said he would take what Obama said about Obamacare "under consideration." Of course he will. Only a fool believes they know say, the mainstream media.

President-Elect Donald J Trump has shown that he has the temperament to be president. He has conducted himself presidentially for a few weeks now. He has much to do. I'll be writing about some of those things this week. I'd like to hear what you'd like discussed. Please comment below.

"Resolution is our inherent character, and courage hath never yet forsaken us. Wherefore, what is it that we want? Why is it that we hesitate?"

Yours in the Constitution,

Thomas Paine


Anonymous said...

Mr Trump has won this against impossible odds.
He won because he is smart (and God helped him, whether you agree with that or not.)
I initially questioned the choice of Priebus, but with Mike Pence riding shotgun on the process, I'm just going to relax and watch the show. Pence knows the process and ALL the players.

I think Mr Trump is going to show us something magnificent.. you never know what he has up his sleeve.

Anonymous said...

Should have made Newt his Chief of Staff.