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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Justin Rosario, Daily Banter: It's been almost eight months since Trump was sworn in yet he and his staff still haven't seemed to have learned an important lesson about American politics: The executive branch cannot treat Congress like the hired help because they do not work for Trump and his administration. In a meeting on Friday morning, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin met with House Republicans to sell the three month debt ceiling/government spending extension Trump and the Democratic Party put together. The Mnuchin, personally worth about $300 million, thought it would a good idea to talk down to House Republicans. Did no one explain to the Treasury Secretary that being rich only impresses politicians when you're giving them money?

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Far be it from me to sympathize with Republicans but can you blame them? This is not the first time one of Trump's people has tried to hand orders down from on high. Bannon demanded House Republicans bend the knee on healthcare and they laughed in his face. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke tried to bully Alaskan Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan over Murkowski's healthcare vote. That earned him an investigation that only went away by the grace of the senators he threatened on Trump's behalf.

In this case, it feels like Mnuchin assumed the "little people" would fall in line because that's what the little people do. As an obscenely rich master of the universe, Mnuchin is used to snapping his fingers and getting what he wants, when he wants, how he wants. Outside the government, his money is enough to get any politician to fawn over him, but he's not outside the government anymore.

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"GOP bristles at Mnuchin's debt plea: Do it for me"
thehill.com

House Republicans bristled Friday at Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin's pitch for them to vote for a three-month debt and spending extension "for me," exacerbating divisions between Capitol Hill and the White House.

"His performance was incredibly poor, and his last words, and I quote, were ‘vote for the debt ceiling for me,' " said Rep. Mark Walker (R-N.C.), chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee (RSC), a group that opposed the bill.
"It was a very arrogant lecture that turned off more of the conference," added another RSC member. "I'm less sold than when I walked into the meeting."

Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.), a Freedom Caucus member, called the comments "unhelpful" and "intellectually insulting."

Mnuchin's presentation was "about as well received as his wife's Instagram post," Rep. Ryan Costello (R-Pa.) quipped to The Hill, referring to a recent controversy about social media posts by the Treasury secretary's actress wife.

Some lawmakers responded to Mnuchin's remark with a reminder that they work for their constituents and not for him. Things got worse when Mnuchin left the meeting early for other appointments, leaving behind at least a dozen lawmakers who had lined up to ask questions.


Funny, albeit pathetic.

#1 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2017-09-09 09:50 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I love it.

The right is so stupid they can't even govern with the advantages they currently hold.

#2 | Posted by jpw at 2017-09-09 05:31 PM | Reply

"If this were a dictatorship, it'd be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I'm the dictator."
George W. Bush

It's the war Rs think. Sigh.

#3 | Posted by SomebodyElse at 2017-09-10 10:52 AM | Reply

Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.), a Freedom Caucus member, called the comments "unhelpful" and "intellectually insulting."

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With a brat like that always on your back
What can you do?

#4 | Posted by cbob at 2017-09-10 07:52 PM | Reply

Y'all on the right so desperately wanted successful, businessmen to be running this gig, well here yuh go! Complete with all the smugness you can swallow.

#5 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2017-09-11 03:27 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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