the Winter 2017
The eighteen months that led up to the November elections drew so many differing
emotions throughout our country’s populace - - it was historic, unforgettable, divisive,
non-politically correct, ugly and maybe even a bit amusing. One may be able to schedule
sessions with a psychiatrist to attempt to understand the rhetoric, the debate, the partisanship, the bullying, and so many other unforgettable (and forgettable) episodes that all
enveloped into what the recent Presidential campaign presented to the American public.
The American voters
exercised their individual
right to vote for a new
leader of our great country,
and they did so in a
resounding fashion. Now,
the new Administration
will begin the huge task of
‘Making America Great
Again’ while they work to
bring us all together in the
coming months and years
of the Trump Presidency.
The Revolution Begins
Looking back across the past 10-12 years, the American public has voted for something
called CHANGE, which means so many different things to many. The decision to
CHANGE (politicians and political ideologies) is based on numerous possibilities, some
of which are: Families that could not afford health care; students that are ridden with stu-
dent loan debt; full time jobs being moved to part time or offshore; Black Lives Matter;
banning Muslim immigration from Syria; apologies for being American; being ‘kinder
and gentler’ with Muslim nations; one-
sided trade deals; the disappearing
expectation of being politically correct;
voters toward a socialist posture (Bernie
media that has manipulated American
voters for decades. There are many
more reasons that caused this most
recent change in the voting booths.
What the American voters said in essence is that they are tired of being talked to, and they
do not want to listen to their government that things are just like they are because they
have to be. There was a large division in the major party platforms - - one suggested that
things were okay; the other the complete opposite. So, the American voters went around
the pollsters (and media), and voted for change. And, what a change we have now!
the Presidency of the United States will be
inaugurated on January 20, 2017 in Washington, D.C. Donald J. Trump will become our
45th President. President-Elect Trump as
most of us know is a billionaire with an
attitude, and an ego. The latter is common
amongst many politicians, so we’re used to
that moniker of sorts.
Our soon-to-be 45th President is not the normal Washington politician. He has had much
success building businesses both in America and abroad, as well as some failures (which one
has to believe he has learned from). Actually, Mr. Trump is a complete opposite to a political
elite. He calls it like he sees it; he is sometimes abrupt and somewhat controversial; and he
condemns the media for swaying people’s opinions one way or the other. He seems to be an
open book with his opinions, and tweets. It will be interesting to see if that continues.
WE LIVE IN
The Year to Educate;
The Need To Do So
A New Congress Makeup
As a new Administration begins to take shape, so does the business at hand on Capitol
Hill for the 115th Congress of the United States. As of this publication’s release date,
67 freshman Senators and Representatives have had their orientation and already been
In today’s world, we seem to reduce almost
everything to a scorecard of sorts, as if we were
keeping the box scores and batting results at a
baseball game. The 115th Congress will be the
most racially, religiously and socially diverse in
the history of our country.
And think about this number for a moment
(the most important number) ……. 67 newly
tatives). They make up just over 14% of all
Congressional members; a high percentage considering that most of them have a
tendency to run for reelection into the same post for years to come (no term limits are
in place for our U.S. Congress, although President-Elect Trump has called for them in
the near future).
The majority party in the United States
Senate will remain the Republican Party
during the 115th Congressional session,
albeit a slight margin of two Senate seats
(52-48). In the November election, the
Democratic Party picked up two additional
Senate seats to close the margin.
With Senate votes requiring 60 (or more) to move legislation forward, it could be somewhat of a stalemate issue unless either party is willing to take a moderate position on the issues (meet in the middle) to get the job done. Without 60 votes, almost nothing gets done.
U.S. House of Representatives
The 155th session of the House of Representatives is a
bit clearer ……. Well, not exactly. It could very well be
as clear as mud in some cases.
The Republican Party is once again the majority party,
jority to pass legislation with only a simple majority required on votes.
However, the existence of the Freedom
Caucus (previously known as the Tea
Party) continues to plague the Republican
majority and its efforts to craft legislation
through the lower chamber. It will be
interesting to see how our new President
and the Speaker deal with their periodic
demands and party threats.
Additionally, the Democratic Party is not without issue,
representative to lead their party (against the former
speaker Nancy Pelosi). The tide seems to be turning on
the DEMs as it has in the past with the REPs. An internal
revolution of sorts is taking shape to change their leader
ship and structure in the very near future.