First, the negative:
So Congress finally passed a budget. It’s a blockbuster—$1.3 trillion, or around four thousand dollars for every man, woman, and child in the U.S.A. Basically it is a compound made up of A) anything Leftist Democrats could wish for, and B) anything that the Jeb Bush wing of the Republican Party, and that wing’s Big Business donors (but I repeat myself), could wish for. But how about the things that sixty-three million of us voted for in 2016, awarding the Presidency to Donald Trump?
There has to be some of that in such a colossal budget, doesn’t there?
This budget bill is, in short, a middle finger to President Trump.
Its larger message: populism is no match for the Deep State. The contest is an unequal one. It’s almost cruel the way the congress critters—Chuck Ryan and Paul Schemer, Nancy McConnell and Mitch Pelosi—it’s almost cruel the way they are grinning and chuckling and high-fifing among themselves over how easy it’s been to kick sand in the President’s face.
I’m afraid we can now see that the populist victories of two years ago that filled us with so much hope were in fact a false dawn, a mirage. For all its spirit and vigor and successes, the populist movement is amateurish and uncoordinated. It’s no match for the seasoned, hardened operatives of the Deep State, with their decades of experience at gaming Western democratic systems.
But…but…it doesn’t help that the chief representative of populist will in the U.S.A. is President Donald J. Trump.
I know, I know, a lot of Trump voters don’t want to hear criticism of our President. When I posted the Z-Man’s remarks three weeks ago, calling Trump “just a stupid bullsh*tter who got very lucky,” I received some angry emails from listeners. “Hey,” they were saying, “you stuck-up metro cons with your Gucci loafers and designer glasses and imported cheese, you may be abandoning our guy, but we real Americans are still loyal!”
That’s what I was getting. People were cutting me out of their wills.
All right; but I’m a commentator. I have to call things as I see them. What I see is, that President Trump is not a very reliable friend of Trumpism.