Republican blowhard is no match for a hurricane

Voice of the People by James J. DevineHurricane Harvey will be President Donald Trump ’s first test coping with major natural disaster, but next month could produce one more man-made catastrophe after another as the White House aims to stir up a legislative impasse over the the debt limit and a budget deadline plus Trump’s escalating feud with fellow Republicans on Capitol Hill.

Trump blames Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan for what he predicts will be “a mess” when Republicans must raise the federal governments debt limit.

Evacuations are under way as the most powerful storm to hit the US in 11 years heads for Texas, with the weather system due to make landfall on Friday evening.

While touring flood-damaged Louisiana in Aug. 2016, Trump took a shot at President Barack Obama’s decision not to cut short a vacation on Martha’s Vineyard where he had been golfing.

The National Hurricane Center expects Harvey to strike as an astounding Category 3 hurricane — meaning with winds greater than 111 miles per hour.

If those predictions are correct, it will be the most powerful storm to make landfall in the United States since Hurricane Wilma in 2005.

The hurricane center projected that the storm will stir off the Texas coast for a few days, while dumping historic quantities of rain, with some places seeing as much as 35 inches:

Instead of unifying his Trump has warned Congress to raise the debt limit before the end of September to avert a fiscal crisis and threatened to shut down the government if lawmakers pass a spending bill that does not include funding to construct a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border.

As one of the president’s signature campaign promises, Trump pledged that he would make Mexico pay for the wall, which has been widely criticized as an ineffective and simplistic solution to the complex problem of immigration.

So far, Trump has bungled his way through office, unable to achieve legislative victories, failing to hire key government personnel. spending wildly on secret service escorts for his frequent vacations, being rebuffed by courts for unconstitutional immigration actions and flip-flopping on foreign policy and military operations.

Throughout his first 202 days on the job, Trump has been mired by the prospect that his campaign illegally colluded with Russians and that investigators may find criminality or an attempted cover up among his business empire and political shenanigans.

But as much as this pathological liar and incompetent buffoon is able to stunningly navigate crises of his own making with bluster, even this blowhard is no match for an actual hurricane.

George W. Bush’s presidency never recovered after Hurricane Katrina and his father’s botched response to Hurricane Andrew hurt his 1992 reelection  because it cemented the narrative that he was detached from domestic problems and unconcerned about ordinary Americans.

President Barack Obama and Congress agreed in 2015 to suspend the debt ceiling until March 2017 and since then, officials have been using emergency measures to buy time.

The vast majority of Republicans in the House of Representatives opposed that decision, but now they must be responsible for preserving the world’s faith in America’s ability and desire to pay its bills. Before he was sworn in as president, Trump ridiculed Republicans for raising the debt ceiling.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has said he will run out of options on Sept. 29, but the world economy could suffer if Congress doesn’t raise the debt ceiling and forces our government to default or miss a payment.


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