Americans are realizing the emperor is naked -- and that his private parts are not very impressive
All of us are being subjected to what we can only hope is Donald Trump's last attempt to con Americans into believing he has any of their interests whatsoever at heart. With an election looming in less than 40 days—an election which Trump is poised to lose—we should all have expected this.
But the moment is finally upon us when the American people have become wise to the con. This is the worst moment for any conman, and Trump knows this, so the lies are becoming more fanciful, more divorced from reality as he gropes into what is fast becoming a very empty bag of tricks.
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Thursday's announcement was billed as "President Trump's Healthcare Vision for America" but contained no tangible action. Trump has long promised a "beautiful" and "phenomenal" healthcare plan that provides everyone with better coverage for a lower cost, but his administration never unveiled any comprehensive reform plan, even as it was trying to overturn the Affordable Care Act.
Both key planks of Trump's healthcare vision Thursday essentially boil down to directing Congress — which has repeatedly failed to repeal Obamacare or offer a consensus replacement plan — to figure it out.
The Republican Party spent seven years attempting to repeal the Affordable Care Act, coyly referring to their efforts as "replace and repeal" to calm the nerves of those millions who they planned to cut adrift from all healthcare coverage if they were to succeed. But there never was a replacement plan. Because Republicans don't do policy, they never bothered to put in the work to provide something even remotely palatable as an alternative to the ACA. Ultimately, that's one of the reasons they failed.
Donald Trump doesn't do policy either. His modus operandi amounts to cheap magic tricks that he essentially pulls out of his ass and forgets about a week later. He has no healthcare plan, and he knows it. On Thursday he whipped out a series of proposed executive orders that do exactly … nothing.
At this point, Americans are not impressed. You won't see many Republican candidates hitching their wagons to any "Trump healthcare plan," because they know they'll be laughed out of the ballot box. They know what they're dealing with here. And fortunately, at this point, so does a clear majority of American voters, it seems.
Second example: the imaginary $200 bribe to seniors in the form of "Trump Cards" that don't exist.
From Trump's speech on Thursday:
"Under my plan, 33 million Medicare beneficiaries will soon receive a card in the mail containing $200 that they can use to help pay for prescription drugs. ... Joe Biden won't be doing this."
This is meaningless. He claims he has a "plan," but it's a plan that's already been rejected. The plan was for pharmaceutical companies to pay for these and send them out. Probably in exchange for … something we'll never find out, because Big Pharma already said "No."
Ergo, there ain't nothing coming in the mail to anyone at this point. Where is all this money magically being diverted from, and under whose authority? Does anyone believe this administration has the competence or logistical savvy to send out millions of these cards so that they'd be received in less than six weeks?
Not. Gonna. Happen. It's fairy dust, tossed for the media to chase, just like they chase every tweet this wretched thing emits.
But the third, most desperate con of all is the one that is driving the media wild with worry: the big "what will he do" con.
"Get rid of the ballots and you'll have a very—we'll have a very peaceful—there won't be a transfer (of power) frankly, there'll be a continuation."
Oh my God! He won't accept the election results? He'll try to throw out the mail-in ballots? Cherry-pick some right-wing, loony-tune federal judge to say they're fraudulent?
How exactly is that going to work, in practice? Because—bear with me, people, and let me know if I'm totally off base here—but doesn't every single ballot that has Trump's name on it also have the name of every Republican and Democratic candidate for offices ranging from U.S. senator to county dog catcher?
In some cases you have up to 20 or 30 candidates on the ballot. And that's true whether you mail your ballot in or slog it out at the voting booth. Literally thousands of elections are happening on November 3, not just Donald Trump vs. Joe Biden. Do we really expect every single Democrat on those mail-in ballots—candidates for county solicitors, city councils, school boards, district justices, sheriffs, the Senate, House, and state equivalents, clerks, prothonotaries, mayors, judges, attorneys general, governors, and lieutenant governors—to sit there quietly while Donald Trump's distinctly unstellar lawyers tie up—and possibly ruin—their careers with what could be months of litigation over bogus allegations of fraud? For that matter, how many Republican candidates for office are going to be willing to stand for that? Now multiply that by a whole lot of states, and you'll see a morass emerging on an incalculable scale. Are they planning to go district by district? You gotta be kidding me.
Because every single mail-in ballot that Trump's lackeys say is fraudulently cast also must be deemed fraudulent for those other candidates—on the same ballot—as well.
No amount of Republican collusion gets us past that fact. If Trump tries this, he will run into opposition on a scale he can't possibly cope with, and a whole lot of angry people on both sides, because mail-in balloting is hardly monolithic to one party, or one state, or even one district.
Most of these candidates have huge egos, and a whole lot of money, power, and influence. Their entire careers are going to be on the line. Does anyone expect them to sit on their hands while Don runs his last big con? I don't think he's thought this through. I really don't.
Or am I the one being obtuse?