How a responsible Congress would react to Trump

Post Reply
User avatar
Addie
Posts: 27321
Joined: Mon Jun 15, 2009 6:22 am
Location: downstairs

How a responsible Congress would react to Trump

#1

Post by Addie » Fri Mar 16, 2018 1:02 pm

WaPo - Jennifer Rubin
How a responsible Congress would react to Trump’s destructive purges ...

First, they should interview each and every departed high-level official, Rex Tillerson in particular, to ascertain whether they have had concerns about the president’s mental and temperamental fitness. If Trump cannot focus or make rational decisions based on material provided to him, he has no business remaining in office. (As an aside, Trump might stop wholesale firings if he knew the fired secretaries would be heading to Capitol Hill for a debriefing.)

Second, if Democrats had the Senate majority, they could fulfill their constitutional obligation — namely, refuse to confirm unfit, ignorant, ethically challenged and extreme nominees. A president like this one deserves no deference and has shown no ability to pick people for anything but inappropriate reasons (physical appearance, blind loyalty, personal wealth, etc.). If no appropriate nominees can be found, the existing acting secretaries (and those below them) can continue to function. Congress cannot stop from firing senior advisers, but it can stop him from filling political spots with unqualified hacks.

Third, Democrats would have exhaustive hearings on the blatant misuse of taxpayer funds. (“Trump finds himself presiding over a Cabinet in which a number of members stand accused of living large at taxpayer expense — often by aggressively embracing the trappings of their high government posts.”) As needed, they would pass appropriate legislation regulating use of taxpayers’ money for items such as private air travel and furnishings with stiff penalties for violation.

Fourth, they would subpoena witnesses and documents to get to the bottom of the clearance scandal. Who is there with an interim clearance, why have they not gotten through the clearance process and what steps are taken to screen them off from material to which they should not have access? Again, legislative changes may be required.

All this should remind us that Trump will never be a normal president, but he could be better contained if not for the Republicans’ obsequiousness. If they criticized his excesses, rejected unfit nominees, demanded compliance with ethical practices (including the Constitution’s emoluments clause) and did not pretend that he was behaving normally, he might have to shape up — if only a little.


¡Sterngard! come home.

User avatar
Danraft
Posts: 599
Joined: Fri Jan 27, 2012 8:45 pm

Re: How a responsible Congress would react to Trump

#2

Post by Danraft » Fri Mar 16, 2018 2:27 pm

And, there wouldn't be closed door hearing, but all public.
All documents able to be released would be, censored as necessary.
And, any claim of non-existent or unclaimed Presidential priveledge would be met with Contemp. If it is executive priveledge, fine, claim it. But, allowing to say they are not comfortable with the question and not answering is contempt.


We've got work to doing!
So, pull on your Sock Puppets --and start Mis-spelling!!!

- Dr Whom, Time Lord
(DNA tests reveal a recessive, silent 'm')

User avatar
Sterngard Friegen
Posts: 43902
Joined: Wed Aug 05, 2009 12:32 am
Location: Over the drawbridge

Re: How a responsible Congress would react to Trump

#3

Post by Sterngard Friegen » Fri Mar 16, 2018 4:00 pm

In a responsible Congress Devin Nunes would be chairman of the Stationary and Seal Committee.



User avatar
TollandRCR
Posts: 20655
Joined: Sun Mar 22, 2009 11:17 pm

Re: How a responsible Congress would react to Trump

#4

Post by TollandRCR » Fri Mar 16, 2018 4:02 pm

Rubin’s statement is very powerful. It is clear that we have monumental failures at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue.


“The truth is, we know so little about life, we don’t really know what the good news is and what the bad news is.” Kurt Vonnegut

User avatar
Sterngard Friegen
Posts: 43902
Joined: Wed Aug 05, 2009 12:32 am
Location: Over the drawbridge

Re: How a responsible Congress would react to Trump

#5

Post by Sterngard Friegen » Fri Mar 16, 2018 4:51 pm

Tollie, once there is a Democratic House there will be hearings.



User avatar
Chilidog
Posts: 8820
Joined: Mon Jan 09, 2012 11:36 am

Re: How a responsible Congress would react to Trump

#6

Post by Chilidog » Fri Mar 16, 2018 10:08 pm

And ponies. We'd all get ponies.


Not to be snarky, but.....

If "ifs" and "buts" were candy and nuts, we'd all have cavities.



User avatar
Foggy
Posts: 26634
Joined: Tue Jan 20, 2009 12:00 pm
Location: Fogbow HQ
Occupation: Dick Tater

Re: How a responsible Congress would react to Trump

#7

Post by Foggy » Sat Mar 17, 2018 6:00 am

Nuts don't cause cavities. :nope:


In my defense, I was left unsupervised.

User avatar
Chilidog
Posts: 8820
Joined: Mon Jan 09, 2012 11:36 am

Re: How a responsible Congress would react to Trump

#8

Post by Chilidog » Sat Mar 17, 2018 7:01 am

They do if they are named Orly



User avatar
Foggy
Posts: 26634
Joined: Tue Jan 20, 2009 12:00 pm
Location: Fogbow HQ
Occupation: Dick Tater

Re: How a responsible Congress would react to Trump

#9

Post by Foggy » Sat Mar 17, 2018 7:11 am

:rimshot:


In my defense, I was left unsupervised.

Post Reply

Return to “Congress”