grandmother, and yours, too probably, used to say that things done in
the dark would eventually come to light. There is way too much
“dark” public policy being done by this administration,
too many instances when whispers and innuendo are substitutes for
truth and transparency. If 45 wonders why there are so many leaks
from the Oval Office, perhaps he ought to consider more transparency.
Instead, he veers in the other direction, with lies and secrets.
Huckabee Sanders, Principal Deputy White House Press Secretary did a
good job of playing bait-and-switch at the meeting of Thursday, June
22. Sanders could not answer questions clearly, especially about
45’s Twitter assertion that he made no tapes of his
conversation with fired FBI Director James Comey. This admission
comes more than a month after 45’s May 12 suggestion that he
might have tapes of his conversation with Comey. His threat was,
perhaps, meant to intimidate Comey, but it apparently had an opposite
effect and now the President is mired in several investigations.
fact that Huckabee Sanders, who is as comical as her boss, Sean
Spicer, could not answer questions, was only one part of the flawed
press conference. Broadcast networks were not allowed to broadcast
the press conference. They had no notice that they would not be
allowed to broadcast. According to one CNN commentator, the cameras
were set up, prepared to broadcast, and their feed was turned off.
What are they afraid of? Are they afraid that their smirks and sighs
will be interpreted as disrespectful? Are they afraid that
broadcasting moments like the one where 45 asked April Ryan to
arrange a meeting for him with the Congressional Black Caucus be
perceived as racist and condescending? Failing to allow broadcast
networks access to press conferences reeks of obtuse fear.
the 45 press conferences have nothing on the health care legislation
that the United States Senate offered up on June 22, with a time line
that calls for a vote to take place before the Fourth of You Lie
recess. The 142-page piece of legislation was released and posted
online on the morning of June 22, and has already been described as
“heartless” and “mean”. There will be no
reimbursement for Planned Parenthood. Cuts in Medicaid. Health
insurance premiums determined by age. Scant protection for those
with pre-existing conditions. And that’s just the tip of the
such a short time line for voting on the Senate legislation, it is
unlikely that there will be time for robust hearings on the
provisions of this legislation. So, not only were Democrats (and
some Republicans) locked out of the drafting process, but they will
now also be muzzled in the process of discussing this legislation.
The good news is that Republicans must get 50 (along with VP Mike
Pence as a tie-breaker) votes in order for this legislation to become
law, and as soon as the bill was released four Republican Senators
said they could not vote for it. Hard-line Tea Party Republicans
are not happy with the new legislation because it does not completely
“repeal and replace” President Obama’s Affordable
Care Act. Moderate Republicans are not happy with the legislation
because it is draconian, and will make health insurance unaffordable
for too many.
the Senate take a page out of the White House book and prevent the
broadcast of hearings on health insurance? Will Senate Majority
Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) schedule enough hearing time (unlikely,
despite requests from Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to do so).
This is a clear case of “follow the money”, as the
legislation will make people pay more money for less health care.
Indeed, it is amazing that a handful of Republicans, behind closed
doors, were tinkering with a sector that represents one sixth of our
both 45 and Senate Republicans like to do their dirt in the dark, it
doesn’t take much light for us to see that their odious actions
are devoid of integrity. Surprise, surprise.