ALL TOPICS. ALL SIDES. ONE PLACE.

The Latest

THE LATEST

THE LATEST THINKING

THE LATEST THINKING

The opinions of THE LATEST’s guest contributors are their own.

CAN THE HOUSE WALK AND CHEW GUM AT THE SAME TIME?

Alan Kopit

Posted on May 22, 2019 15:40

2 users

The President says the Democrats can either legislate or investigate, but they can't do both. Why not?

This morning, in a made-for-television event, the President said the Democrats must decide whether to investigate his administration OR “do infrastructure” (as he likes to say).  As if performing two Article I constitutional duties at one time – investigating and legislating – is impossible. That the President is incapable of doing so doesn’t mean the House of Representatives should fall in line with his incapacity. 

What the Democrats should do is obvious:

First, continue to investigate.  Forget about impeachment for the time being and let the justice system and the rule of law take hold.  If the President defies a Court order, put that to the Republicans in the Senate – a whole new “high crime” or “misdemeanor” will have been committed. What legislator – D or R – could justify a President defying an order of a federal court? Even Mitch McConnell and Lindsey Graham draw the line somewhere (they do, don’t they?).

Second, the Democrats in the House should pass a long list of bills relating to infrastructure, health care, disaster relief, education, immigration reform, prescription drug prices, the opioid crisis, restrictions on assault weapons, DACA, tax relief – the list goes on and on. Never mind that the McConnell Senate will not pass or even take up the bills. What the American public will see is a branch of government functioning as the Constitution requires. 

There is no reason to let the President set the tone in Washington – this is not an “either/or” proposition. Pelosi’s Democrats should put their heads down and pass the agenda the majority of America elected them to pursue.  That puts an end to the President’s whining about the Dems being obstructionist. 

Seems clear and it changes the dialogue as we approach 2020.  And it shows how the actions of the President are simply callous, self-serving, and insipid.  Yes, Mr. President, it is possible to walk and chew gum at the same time.

Alan Kopit

Posted on May 22, 2019 15:40

Comments

comments powered by Disqus
Source: WANE

CLEVELAND (AP) -- A grand jury declined to indict a white rookie police officer in the killing of 12-year-old Tamir Rice,...

THE LATEST THINKING

Video Site Tour

The Latest
The Latest

Subscribe to THE LATEST Newsletter.

The Latest
The Latest

Share this TLT through...

The Latest