Say What? Donald Trump’s Problem Is He ‘Expects Too Much’ from Congress?

Written by Candace Hardin on August 10, 2017

Mitch McConnell is frustrated by President Trump’s “excessive expectations.”

It seems that the Senate leader feels that the public sees them as “underperforming” because of the expectations of President Trump.

Really? It couldn’t be because it is true, or could it?

Underperforming has been the status quo with the Senate and the House for years and years. They are “in session” only part of the year. The rest of the time, they are in “recess”.

Awfully good work, if you can get it.

Supposedly, the recess time is built into the year so that elected officials can interact with their constituents and get feedback on how the voters would like for them to proceed.

Until the Trump movement in 2016, most town halls with constituents were routine, barely noted affairs.

The voting, taxpaying public are now out en masse for these meetings and they are also demanding answers.

They have lost patience with the slow process that is the routine of the House and Senate. People want and need results on certain issues and they demand action immediately.

Healthcare is a burning topic on most people’s minds.

It is more than obvious that the Affordable Healthcare Act is about to crash and burn. It has already tanked in many states and promises to do more of the same next year.

Yet, the “Skinny Bill”, which would go about shoring up the system, even if it wasn’t the panacea to the problem, failed to pass by one vote. (Thank you John McCain, as usual, you have shown yourself to be a true maverick with ambiguous intentions. At least, you are consistently out in left field.)

2018 is fast approaching and those who must depend on ACA, and there are so many, are holding their breath to see if their provider will participate. Will they have fewer or no choices on plans? What about the doctors they would like to see? Are they interested in accepting whatever choices are left to people in need?

It doesn’t matter what the premium, whether a dollar or a thousand, on the health insurance, is if it is unacceptable to healthcare providers.

Contrary to the original bill of goods proclaimed when the public was sold when the ACA passed, costs have skyrocketed, not remained low. It is just a federally mandated loss of money to those who have no other healthcare options.

How nice that the House and Senate, who are exempt from the ACA, (and Medicare and Social Security,) with their own lovely healthcare, retirement and old age medical insurance plans need to take their time about repairing and restructuring the very obvious elephant in the room.

President Trump is a man who has run a very successful business and or businesses in his long career. He is used to laying out expectations to his employees. His methods have obviously produced quality results and financial rewards.

If that employee is unable or unwilling to meet his deadlines and perform according to his outlined plan, he is summarily fired and replaced.

(As are the majority of working Americans, there is no excuse for not accomplishing that which one is hired to do.)

Just because the “status quo” and “quid pro quo” has been allowed to inch along in the legislative process for the last forty years or more, is no excuse as to why things cannot be done at a somewhat more accelerated pace.

If the voters were satisfied with the comfortable system of performance the legislators had set up for themselves, they would not have voted a mover/shaker businessman and outsider such as Trump.

It is time for action!

The Republicans have made campaign promises, wailed and swore to repeal and replace the ACA for eight long years, yet they had no viable plan in the wings now that the power has been given them.

The voters need to remember who let them down, and which representatives practiced obstruction politics when they go to vote to the polls in the 2018 elections for the Senate and Congress.
It is very easy to be laissez faire about key issues when it doesn’t affect those making the laws

Force the Congress and the House into the mix of ACA, Social Security and Medicare!

Take away their privileged avenues and make them live under the laws they have made!

It will be a guaranteed way to change the lackadaisical business as usual attitude in Washington!

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Candace Hardin
Candace Hardin resides in Atlanta, Georgia. She is fluent in Spanish and a student of Latin and history. She is a columnist on and has a blog, Originally from North Carolina, her writing and beliefs have been heavily influenced by the Appalachian culture and tradition.