Someone should write a song about Trump’s mercurial behavior

Trump praises House-passed health care bill. (AP pix)

We used to say in Texas that if you didn’t like the weather wait a minute it will change.

So, now President Trump is telling GOP senators that they need to fix the “mean” health care bill passed by the House. You know, the health care bill he praised in the Rose Garden when it passed the House 217-213, and stated, “What we have is something very, very incredibly well-crafted. Make no mistake about it … premiums will be coming down, yes, deductibles will be coming down, and ultimately this is a great plan.”

This was followed a day later by comments during a meeting with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in which Trump said the health care bill would be “fantastic,” quickly followed by, “I shouldn’t say this to our great gentleman and my friend from Australia because you have better health care than we do.” Australia has socialized medicine.

In 2015 on “60 Minutes” then-candidate Trump told his interviewer he was going to “take care of everybody.”

Asked how he would pay for this universal coverage, Trump replied, “—the government’s gonna pay for it. But we’re going to save so much money on the other side. But for the most it’s going to be a private plan and people are going to be able to go out and negotiate great plans with lots of different competition with lots of competitors with great companies and they can have their doctors, they can have plans, they can have everything.

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30 comments on “Someone should write a song about Trump’s mercurial behavior

  1. Bill says:

    I console myself with the thought that he was better than the alternative we had in the general election. And, outside of the irritating braggadocio and real lack of essential core conservative values, I am not in disagreement with many of his directions, so far.

  2. Steve says:

    On top of that Bill, in business you need to change when the wind changes.
    On this front, Trump has extensive experience.
    He’s only learning how to read the political (as opposed to business) tea leaves that are totally new to him.

    The more I see from Trump the more I am thinking Newt Gingrich is correct, Trump could well be an eight year leader…albeit with a lot of changes along the way.

  3. Rincon says:

    Wow, talk about amazing. First, I see Trump finally being criticized in this space, but never fear. You guys have rushed to the rescue. You’re just like the Obama apologists, only you play for a different team.

  4. Steve says:

    Nope, if you look back, there were very few good words posted about Trump here. Same goes for Obama but with Trump he’s doing some things that are opening eyes and Trump is winning some of us over.
    This doesn’t mean he’s won,,,he’s just doing some things that seem good, for now.
    On the other hand, Obama never did anything I saw as good.

  5. Rincon says:

    OK kids, just to show that Steve and Bill aren’t the only ones, compare and contrast these two statements.

    “Some on the right wasted no time blaming their political opponents for the shooting Wednesday morning at a practice of congressional Republicans’ baseball team, saying Democrats’ harsh anti-Donald Trump rhetoric had created a political culture of violence that inspired alleged shooter James Hodgkinson” http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/after-shooting-some-gop-blame-incitement-democrats-n772586

    “In the last several days, three events dramatically underscore a hard truth about domestic terrorism: nearly all of it originates with the extremist right wing.” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-tirman/domestic-terrorism_b_1767433.html

    While remaining strangely silent about all of the terrorism done in the name of their political views, the Conservative Team wastes no time accusing the other side of incitement when a rare left wing terrorist emerges. Again, they scale the heights of hypocrisy. Pretty vile stuff.

  6. Steve says:

    You aren’t calling people who are being thoughtful about Trump, extremists now, or are you? Rincon?

    Trump is, himself, not an extremist. Not even one sided. Pushing for a “less mean” health bill is one example…is it not? That is the very point of Mitch’s piece.

  7. Barbara says:

    While not giving Trump a pass, how about a swan song for the Republican Party. After fundraising for 8 years on a promise to repeal Obamacare “root and branch”, we now see a Republican Party that is set to continue the major components of the ACA while trying to convince us that they are really repealing it. The new talking point – “We need 60 votes in the Senate to fully repeal, Can’t be done through reconcilation.” Nevermind that Ryan publiclly made statements to the contrary.

    Liars all. Neither party is representing the American people. They exist to further their own time in office and personal fortunes. The Democrats have demonstrated they will never accept the election results and will keep advancing any agenda with the end game of impeachment.

    The Republicans are still letting the Dems set the agenda even to the tune of appointing a sham independent counsel. Pathetic. Obstruction of Justice? Much more evidence that Holder and Lynch are guilty than anyone in the current administration. Yet no one is even considering investigating them. Why?

    Pretty obvious that any real reform must come from the people through a Convention of States to pass amendments to the Constitution to return us to a Constitutional Republic.

    If the Republicans do not follow through on a full repeal of the ACA, look for the Senate to revert to the Dems – possibly even the House. I for one will never support Heller for relection. He has lost any conservative base, and while safe in the primary, will lose the general election.

    In 2016 the American people elected an outsider with the expressed agenda of draining the swamp. Washington will never reform itself. Reform must come from the grass roots through a COS.

  8. Rincon says:

    “The Democrats have demonstrated they will never accept the election results and will keep advancing any agenda with the end game of impeachment.” This is a one sided and incomplete statement. The Republicans did much the same throughout the Obama Administration. Does a record number of filibusters ring a bell? How about refusing to even consider a Supreme Court nominee?

    Neither party has any real control. They both serve their respective and different masters.

    As for replacing Obamacare, that’s great, but going back to the bad old days would be worse than doing nothing. Our previous and present medical systems are horrendously expensive and may well break our country. Consider using the 7% or so of GDP that we throw down the toilet with our antiquated system and applying it to the national debt. We would be in pretty good financial shape if not for our parasitic medical establishment.

  9. deleted says:

    Never accepted the results of the election? Seriously? From a party that claimed our president wasn’t really president for the entire 8 years in office?

    Led by their current leader who made news just before his own electoral victory because he finally agreed, probably, that President Obama was actually born in this country.

    I fear for our republic.

  10. Rincon says:

    They also forced our Supreme Court to run with only 8 justices for 10 months. Something the Founding Fathers clearly never intended by the party that claims to revere their intent.

  11. deleted says:

    And I don’t know which politics Barbara is watching but as far as democrats setting the agenda? Seriously?

    I sure don’t remember the democratic agenda being; cutting mine regulations, cutting the EPA, cutting National Parks, opening up offshore areas for more oil wells, reversing tens of President Obamas executive orders, attempting a rollback of the ACA, cozying up to Putin, running ads for Ivankas cheap trinkets on the State Departments website, proposing to do entirely away with Environmental Protections, doing away with all public support for a myriad of Arts and other education programs, kill funding for women’s health and a thousand other things that have dominated the right wing agenda since Trump had his electoral victory, but maybe this was the fake agenda and I just missed the real one.

  12. Bill says:

    Like you Steve, I don’t recall much laudatory praise or defense of Trump in these pages. With both Trump and Obama prior to election, I had many doubts. Post election, my doubts about Obama were confirmed. The man who I hoped would be a racial healer was instead a racial divider who was an acolyte of Reverend Wright and an international apologist for the USA> I watched him usurp legislative authority by signing innumerable “executive orders” and agreements with foreign nations without Congressional authority or approval, Strangely, this dictator like activity drew not a whisper of protest from the left or the media.

    .My doubts about Trump, the candidate, were based on my belief that he really didn’t have a conservative core and was a narcissist who was incapable of deep thought. While I continue to have my reservations about President Trump, he has begun to convince me as well. He has surrounded himself with top notch talent and most of his policies find me in agreement.

    In shortmI was never a Candidate Trump supporter but I have become a President Trump supporter. My faith is growing.

  13. deleted says:

    “According to the White House, Trump has signed 30 executive orders in his first 100 days. However, if you also include memos he’s signed, his total number of executive actions actually total 51 in his first 100 days. (See a full list in Heavy’s story here.)

    Obama’s 100th day in office took place on April 29, 2009. By then, he had signed 19 executive orders, according to the National Archives. Looking back at the Internet Archive of his presidential memos, you can see that by April 29, he had signed 22 memos also. This means that Obama’s total executive actions were 41, just ten shy of Trump.”

    So, let me get this straight; there’s something wrong with Democrats that didn’t object to President Obama issuing 19 executive orders (and 22 “memos”) in his first 100 days in office, but the silence from the right, after Trump issues 30 executive orders, and 21 “memos” is not only not worthy of mention, it’s to be applauded as worthy of demonstrating how wrong at least one right wing commentator here was about the “goodness” of Trump.

    Like most things today, these sort of statement by the far right wing just amaze and astonish me.

  14. deleted says:

    Seriously you got Barbara calling out….I don’t know who, because the “democrats are setting the agenda”. (And only in some make believe land could anyone think that on light of the reality happening today) and castigating democrats for never accepting the results of the election and Bill claiming something wrong with democrats for being “strangely silent” in the face of a president who signed far fewer executive orders that the jackal currently in office even as Bill is praising the jackal, and how his opinion of the jackal has actually improved.

    As Winston would say:

    War is Peace,
    Lies are Truth
    Trump is President

  15. Steve says:

    Gotta love the sam lawyer trying to claim Trump signing executive orders countering those signed by Obama as some kinda “record” is a total laugh.
    Trump is doing what he campaigned on, that is something else today’s liberal doesn’t understand. A politician trying to follow through with the promises made in the campaign is unheard of!

    Today’s liberal just wants to be lied to, and they certainly got what they wanted with their previous president!
    Trumps lies are so transparent they don’t even qualify as “inside the beltway” talent!

  16. Steve says:

    Now you got all riled up, lets not keep you hanging.

    Trumps executive orders really amouint to a hill o’beans being as they only direct agencies to file reports.
    Getting things done in DC is like pulling teeth even when the bureaucrats WANT to help. And in this case those people don’t want anything to do with helping shrink their own control and power!

    But it was fun, getting under yer skin!

  17. Rincon says:

    Score one for deleted.

  18. Steve says:

    one what?

    Patrick claims Trumps executive orders are “yuge” but they are little more than orders for reports.

    it is to laugh

  19. Rincon says:

    I believe the original accusation was that Obama implemented all kinds of awful executive orders that violated the Constitution, or at least mom’s apple pie. Deleted correctly pointed out that Trump put out a substantially lager number of them. This places the ball in the conservative court. If you claim that Obama’s orders were of a different nature, how about some actual information, not the usual spouting of unsubstantiated opinions? So were Obama’s orders more earthshaking than Trump’s or is Trump primarily a blowhard, merely asking for reports and studies while sitting on his hands – or is deleted correct? It shouldn’t be hard to substantiate.

  20. Steve says:

    “Deleted correctly pointed out that Trump put out a substantially lager number of them.”

    Patrick (AKA “deleted”) challenged conservatives to denigrate Trump for being more effusive with executive orders than Obama.
    This is why I yanked Patrick’s chain.
    You see, by showing all but two of Trumps orders are really worthless, he proved what I said in my resulting response.
    99% of Trumps executive orders are instructions to produce reports on specific items in each order and these have little or no effect on policy like the orders Obama issued most certainly did.

    Since Trumps orders are provably zero sum in effect compared with Obama attempting to circumvent the Constitution with his orders, conservatives see no reason to find anything untoward with Trumps executive orders and that is pissing off your peeps on the left, no end.

    Go read it at Politico.

  21. deleted says:

    Rincon:

    Of the 19 executive orders that a President Obama issued in his first 10 days (and remember the jackal issued more than 30 in that same time span) 9 of them revoked executive orders previously issued by Bush (only 2 of the more than 30 issued by the jackal revoked Obamas executive orders)

    https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/a-presidents-first-100-days-really-do-matter/

  22. deleted says:

    A list of some of the executive orders the jackal has signed in his first 100 days:

    Review of national monument designations by previous administrations

    Launching a probe to determine if foreign steel is hurting U.S. national security

    A review of the H-1B visa program and the use of foreign workers

    Establishment of a commission to combat drug addiction and the opioid crisis

    A review of the Clean Power Plan, which restricted greenhouse gas emissions at coal-fired power plants

    An audit of the Executive Branch
    A review of 2010’s Dodd-Frank financial regulatory law

    Restructuring of the National Security Council and Homeland Security Council

    Directing the Department of Defense to draw up a 30-day plan to defeat ISIS

    Lengthen the ban on administration officials working as lobbyists to five years.

    Orders restricting immigration from six Muslim-majority nations, after a more restrictive previous order. Trump’s immigration orders have been the subject of ongoing court battles.

    http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2017/04/trumps_first_100_days_how_many.html

    The list of executive orders from the jackal, and according to conservative commentators that hounded President Obama for signing the relative few that he did, demonstrate the disregard that the jackal has for the Constitution and our believed founding fathers, and yet, deadly silence from them on the issue.

    It’s almost as if, merely because the jackal is acting precisely as they want, whether he does it, consistently within constitutional perimeters, and what our beloved founding fathers wanted, is….irrelevant.

    I fear for our republic.

  23. deleted says:

    Rincon:

    An interesting video (about 2 min. Long) detailing some of the unconstitutional executive orders the jackal signed so far.

    http://video.foxnews.com/v/5406574477001/?#sp=show-clips

  24. Rincon says:

    Obama signs a bunch of executive orders. Liberals embrace them and Conservatives call it a raw power grab, saying they’re unconstitutional
    Trump signs a bunch of executive orders. Conservatives embrace them and
    Liberals call it a raw power grab, saying they’re unconstitutional.

    Normal American politics. The idiots are still rooting for their team, which can do no wrong in their eyes. The opposing team is always guilty of various heinous offenses, even when they’re practically the mirror image of their own team’s actions. Fox and MSNBC are two of the leading idiots. Their followers, of course, must be placed into the same category.

    BTW, I see that 50 or so flights out of Phoenix were cancelled due to the heat. Las Vegas is at a higher altitude and had almost the same high temperature. Why weren’t flights cancelled in Las Vegas? Are they sometimes cancelled?

  25. deleted says:

    False equivalence Rincon:

    For every executive order President Obama signed, republicans bemoaned the death of the republic with much gnashing and wailing of teeth claiming that the socialist communist half black Nigerian Muslim was the end of the beloved republic that the founding fathers had created and how these actions indicated a tyranny imposed on the freedom loving, “constitutionalists” on the right and that “the left” needed to be stopped before this country was turned into some sort of dictatorship.

    Now that the jackal is in office though, and the far right is getting from him more than they ever dreamed any far right wing conservative could have ever given them, what you hear about the historic number of executive orders from them is….silence. And yes, even approval.

    And from “the left” what you hear is that the right are being hypocrites for supporting the jackals actions. Not that issuing the executive orders is unconstitutional and will lead us directly to the fascist state that the right has wanted since Reagan was elected.

    It’s not the same and justifying it that way plays right into what the right has done with other issues.

  26. Steve says:

    See that, Rincon…..if you are not 100% with the loony left as represented by Patrick (AKA “deleted”) then you are the enemy.

  27. Rincon says:

    I see no evidence of that. Steve. See your doctor.

  28. Steve says:

    You didn’t read Politico’s story on this very subject of “executive orders”

    If you had, then you would see through Patricks’ muck.

  29. Rincon says:

    Unfortunately, a search of Politico executive orders with or without Trump’s name turns up more than a page full of articles, so I can’t tell which one you mean. Certainly, the travel ban order is highly problematic for anyone who claims that Trump’s executive orders are mostly fluff and don’t signify any attempted abuse of power. The courts seem to feel otherwise, and it’s hardly a ball of fluff.

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