The Omnibus, "Never Again!"
Donald J. Trump was a plain-speaking man and a plain-speaking candidate. Today, as a plain-speaking president, he is an anomaly on Capitol Hill. He pretty much means what he says. The only problem is, most of those who follow politics still cannot figure out what he says, from a plain-speaking point of view.
Representatives are, by and large, attorneys. Those attorneys perceive language as something that is more powerful when it is elevated above the vernacular. They formulate arguments for fans of debate club using the same logic that formed the basis of computer programming. It is a type of speechifying that is all that to the upper the crust.
Everyone else recognizes it for what it is: a steaming pile.
When Trump signed the omnibus spending bill on Friday, he made his feelings regarding that particular steaming pile. Per his twitter feed: “As a matter of National Security I've signed the Omnibus Spending Bill. I say to Congress: I will NEVER sign another bill like this again.”
Democrats were quick glom onto the statement as a sign of a victory at last over fantasy Hitler.
“Trump Caves, Signs Omnibus Bill into Law” crowed Slate.
“[A]lthough it provides $1.6 billion for border security, the money will go toward existing fencing structures and not come close to the $25 billion the president reportedly requested,” crowed Newsweek.
Wapo’s analysts were caught flat-footed by the signing, claiming, “The White House had been working with congressional leaders along the way, and White House advisers assured as late as Thursday that Trump would sign it. Whatever concerns Trump had with the process or the final product, he bizarrely opted not to express them at a point in the process when he actually could have effected some change.”
Then, at half-past 3am on Sunday morning, just as the insufferable DC pundits were polishing up their DNC talking points with liberal politicians for a televised marathon victory lap, the hammer fell:
Liberals spent Saturday gloating but, to borrow a phrase, “they were all of them deceived.”
Sunday morning is when the Democrats learned there is a price to pay in loading a spending bill with so many miscellaneous earmarks and boondoggles it becomes impossible to read it before passing it. Now they know “You have to pass it to find out what’s in it” is a double-edged stratagem.
Suddenly “NEVER AGAIN” takes on a whole new meaning.
In addition, Democrats have apparently labored under the belief they were passing a budget for Barrack Obama. Much of the allocated funds in the bills are discretionary with some funds being fungible, and some not even required to be spent.
In short, Democrats believe they scored a key strategic victory over Trump by giving him $1.3 trillion dollars.
“Never again,” never sounded so good.