ELDER PATRIOT – Paul Ryan’s Speakership is teetering on the brink. The arrogant leader of the House tried steamrolling conservative members of his caucus at the same time he was undermining President Trump during his failed attempt to pass Ryancare.
This makes him a bigger problem for Republican voters than his predecessor John Boehner who was deposed only for ignoring the House conservative caucus.
Unlike Boehner who pretty much funded everything President Obama and the Democrats wanted Ryan has opposed virtually every major initiative that President Trump has put forward so far.
It wasn’t always this way for Ryan. Ryan’s first major legislative accomplishment after replacing Boehner as Speaker was to outdo him on giving Obama and the Democrats everything they wanted and then some.
At the end of 2015, Ryan was the steward of the single largest omnibus budget in American history. It was filled with so many Democrat goodies led Democrat Chuck Schumer was made to gloat, “Well, if you would’ve told me this year that we’d be standing here celebrating the passage of an omnibus bill, with no poison pill riders, at higher [spending] levels above sequesters than even the president requested, I wouldn’t have believed it, but here we are. Almost anything, the Republican leadership in the Senate achieved this year, they achieved on Democratic terms… Democrats had an amazingly good year.”
Fast forward to 2017 and Ryan has finally decided to flex his muscles by violating the trust President Trump placed in him to repeal Obamacare and develop a suitable solution for providing an acceptable level of healthcare to indigent Americans.
Ryan was so hell bent on undermining President Trump that he wrote the replacement bill behind closed doors ignoring all attempts by conservatives to participate or even to know what was in the developing bill.
Had he wanted a bill that would’ve passed he would’ve enlisted representatives from all the different groups that comprise the House’s Republican caucus and that he knew he would need to get it passed.
Instead, like the Democrats do when dealing with Republicans, he relied on the mainstream media to discredit the conservatives when they refused to sign onto to Ryancare. Had the bill passed the Democrats would’ve been off the hook for the healthcare debacle the initiated and Republicans would bear the blame for the future collapse of our healthcare system.
Similarly, Ryan is blocking movement on the border wall that was a signature promise of President Trump’s campaign.
Ryan is now slow playing Trump’s budget proposals that will grow our economy and expand the participation rate of Americans in the workforce.
Speaker Ryan leads the chorus demanding revenue neutrality from any proposal. This amounts to rearranging the deck chairs that would determine new winners and losers but have little to no effect on economic growth.
When Obama was president, Ryan never expressed concern for revenue neutrality as he led the Washington establishment to add an average of $1.25 trillion every year to our debt.
Ryan’s relationship with conservatives in the House has grown so rancorous that one member of the Freedom Caucus was moved to say: “It’s Paul Ryan’s world and we’re all just living in it.”
“Everyone has always said he’s this policy genius, who is the future of the party when it’s, ‘Actually, you gave us a half-baked bill that the Senate hates, conservatives hate and moderates hate.’ We think that’s probably going to be his hardest thing to come back from; we lost faith in him as a policy maker.”
Ryan no longer has President Obama to blame for his fecklessness and failings. He has a President who wants nothing more than to unite the Republican Party around our nation’s Founding Principles but Ryan is leading the resistance against him.
President Trump has done everything he can think of to smooth the way for Ryan to throw his support his way but the Speaker continues to dance with others. It seems the only people Ryan is interested in dancing with are Democrats, global elites, and RINOs like him who have little interest in making America great again.
It’s clear the Freedom Caucus isn’t going to roll over. Trying to steamroll them cost Boehner his Speakership. Ryan has taken the same tack with conservatives and has also been rebuffed. It’s time for Paul Ryan to go.