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Mr. Reich goes to Washington

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John Q. Public
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Mr. Reich goes to Washington

Postby John Q. Public » Thu Mar 16, 2017 11:10 pm

Posted on Robert Reich's Facebook page. Number 10 says they, incredibly, still don't get it.

I’ve spent much of this week in Washington – talking with friends still in government, former colleagues, high-ranking Democrats, a few Republican pundits, and some members of Congress from both sides of the aisle. It was my first visit to our nation's capital since Trump became president.

My verdict:

1. Washington is more divided, angry, bewildered, and fearful – than I’ve ever seen it.

2. The angry divisions aren’t just Democrats versus Republicans. Rancor is also exploding inside the Republican Party.

3. Republicans (and their patrons in big business) no longer believe Trump will give them cover to do what they want to do. They’re becoming afraid Trump is genuinely nuts, and he'll pull the party down with him.

4. Many Republicans are also angry at Paul Ryan, whose replacement bill for Obamacare is considered by almost everyone on Capitol Hill to be incredibly dumb.

5. I didn't talk with anyone inside the White House, but several who have had dealings with it called it a cesspool of intrigue and fear. Apparently everyone working there hates and distrusts everyone else.

6. The Washington foreign policy establishment – both Republican and Democrat – is deeply worried about what’s happening to American foreign policy, and the worldwide perception of America being loony and rudderless. They think Trump is legitimizing far-right movements around the world.

7. Long-time civil servants are getting ready to bail. If they're close to retirement they're already halfway out the door. Many in their 30s and 40s are in panic mode.

8. Republican pundits think Bannon is even more unhinged than Trump, seeking to destroy democracy as we've known it.

9. Everyone I talked with thought a Trump impeachment wasn't possible, at least not any time soon -- unless there's a smoking gun showing Trump's involvement in Russia's intrusion into the election.

10. Many people asked, bewilderedly, “how did this [Trump] happen?” When I suggest it had a lot to do with the 35-year-long decline of incomes of the bottom 60 percent; the growing sense, ever since the Wall Street bailout, that the game is rigged; and the utter failure of both Republicans and Democrats to reverse these trends – they gave me blank stares.


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Re: Mr. Reich goes to Washington

Postby ShiftyMutt » Fri Mar 17, 2017 12:30 pm

This doesn't surprise me at all. The disarray is a good sign of hope.

I wish he would have run for president. He stated he was too short to run, so he didn't.

The difference 14 inches or so could have made.


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Re: Mr. Reich goes to Washington

Postby Omar Bongo » Fri Mar 17, 2017 4:42 pm

8. Republican pundits think Bannon is even more unhinged than Trump, seeking to destroy democracy as we've known it

Although I despise what Bannon stands for and cringe at him being so close to the levers of power, I wouldn't use the word "unhinged"...I think unlike his boss he knows exactly what he wants and how to get it done
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