In recent weeks, the Republican Party has come under fire due to the missteps caused by members of the party. In recent weeks, the GOP has lost state house races in New Hampshire and New York in Republican stronghold districts. There have been other wounds inflicted on those in the party and the assaults are self-induced. The investigation into the Trump campaign and their possible links to Russia is causing the party to suffer. Michael Flynn refusing to testify and will take the 5th or will ask for immunity when questioned, has caused the President embarrassment as his words during the campaign season have come back to bite him.
“If you are not guilty of a crime, what do you need immunity for?” Trump said at a campaign rally in Florida in September. Then in Iowa later that month Trump asked, “The mob takes the Fifth Amendment. If you’re innocent, why are you taking the Fifth Amendment?” Flynn himself said during an interview last year with MSNBC commentator Chuck Todd, “When you are given immunity, that means you have probably committed a crime.”
The party also should look at the missed promises that the administration had campaigned on. President Trump made a splash by working on keeping jobs at a Carrier plant in Indiana. He campaigned on the notion that he would save jobs and without even being the President he could hammer out a deal to keep the jobs in the U.S. Problem is, it’s not going to happen. Carrier announced that it will soon begin laying off 632 workers from its Indianapolis factory. Trump promised voters in Indiana last year that when he is elected President, “there was a “100 percent chance” he would save these jobs at the heating and air-conditioning manufacturer. “It’s not like we have an 80 percent chance of keeping them or a 95 percent chance,” he said. “100 percent!! Here’s what’s going to happen,” Trump said at the rally. “They’re going to call me, and they are going to say, ‘Mr. President, Carrier has decided to stay in Indiana.’
Another Republican problem is the first legislative work of the President that on Thursday was once again shot down. The executive order that President Trump wrote calling for a travel ban for immigration from Muslim nations. The federal appeals court on Thursday upheld an earlier decision that stated the ban was not so much as a matter of national security but a ban on a religion.
Republicans are also facing a tough battle over healthcare. The House passed “Trumpcare” without waiting for the Congressional Budget Office score. Wednesday, the CBO released their findings and it wasn’t good news for the GOP. According to the CBO, 24 million people would lose the coverage they now have and many more, such as seniors and those with pre-existing conditions would face huge rate increases. Also, effected would be the assistance people get to pay for their insurance. Instead of a helping to pay for the insurance there would be a new tax credit one would take on their income tax returns. In town halls across the country, Republicans have been attacked repeatedly for the party’s action on healthcare. Those protesting the GOP’s plan have stated that lives depend on keeping the Affordable Care Act.
The next battle between Democrats, the GOP and voters is the budget that the President has introduced for 2018. Right off the top there are cuts to the Agriculture Department by 20.5 percent, the Labor Department by 19.8 percent and the State Department and certain other international programs by 29.1 percent. Defense would have an increase of by 3 percent and Homeland Security would receive an increase of 11.4 percent. The budget also calls for cuts to programs that help those in need. For instance, the budget calls for deep cuts to Medicaid which will reduce funding by more than $600 billion over the course of a decade, seemingly separate from but reportedly overlapping with the roughly $800 billion cut to Medicaid that comes with the House-passed American Health Care Act.
The budget battle does not end there. The food stamp program would also take a large hit. The program would have its program cut by more than $190 billion over a 10-year period, while the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program would have $16 billion reduction. The idea that families who struggle to make ends meet will have an even harder time to feed their families is not a good look for the party.
One of the stigmas always attached to the GOP is that they are the party of the rich and privileged and not the working class. Trump bridged that concern with working class families winning in November but there are those that are regretting that decision. With the Russian investigation continuing, the budget concerns and healthcare problems, voters who showed up at the polls in November, are showing up again but this time for very different reasons.
Agnes Bedard calls herself a daughter of the 60's. She stills believe that one voice can lead us out of darkness, that one person can start a change, and that one act of kindness can change one person's world. Politics is how the world works to change and that is why she is so passionate about it. As Agnes said we need to fight for our f.uture. Agnes Bedard is also the author of "Before I was Me" Bedard is also a wife, mother and grandmother