Some people truly have a tin ear.
It seems like they either forget everything they have ever said in the past or hope everyone else has.
This week, the tin ears in Washington D.C. are on full display.
Jason Chaffetz is leaving Congress to join FOX News’ team of responsible and reliable journalists who see nothing but good things with the current presidential administration.
You remember Rep. Chaffetz. He was is the Representative from Utah who took advantage of his Congressional health care plan for a surgery just after criticizing poor people by saying some of them need to learn to make positive decisions and choose between their new iPhone and health care.
I’m not sure what health care plan he found that costs the same as an iPhone, but he needs to share that plan with the rest of us.
But Chaffetz wasn’t content to just insult non-millionaires. When his buddies in Congress heard he was leaving, they asked him to take on a cause to line all of their pockets a little thicker.
Chaffetz wanted Americans to know how hard it is for members of Congress to make it on a meager $175,000 a year. That number is just their salary and doesn’t account for all of the perks and many expenses that get covered by campaign funds and lobbyists, but you just don’t know how hard it is. He has three children who are in or will be in college.
Hold on one second, I have to stop typing this column to wipe away my tears. Just thinking about the Chaffetz family struggling to make ends meet is more than I can take.
Okay, I’m back.
Chaffetz said many in Congress live in their offices during the week because property is so expensive in Washington D.C. He proposed a $2,500 a month housing allowance for all 535 members of Congress.
Basically, this is a man who thinks that poor people are wasting their money by spending a few hundred dollars on their only means of communication with other people, but he thinks people making $175,000 a year need a $30,000 stipend to help them find a place to live. He thinks the woman who has three kids and a food stamp card is the one scamming the government. I don’t think so.
Chaffetz’ comments would have been the most embarrassing thing to happen to the GOP this week if they hadn’t elected Donald Trump president. Thanks to that monumental mistake, being the biggest embarrassment will be hard for anyone to wrest from his tiny hands.
We all remember when President Trump sent his daughter into interviews to decry the viciousness in the media. Of course, his poor pre-teen son was scarred by seeing a tasteless Kathy Griffin skit. We’ve all been scarred by having to watch Kathy Griffin. She even made “Seinfeld” unwatchable for a few episodes in the mid-1990s. At least his son missed that.
After the Trumps dried their crocodile tears about how mean people are, the Twitter Handle in Chief spent most of his Thursday morning bashing MSNBC’s morning show hosts and even claimed Mika Brzezinsky had a botched facelift and bled all over Mar-a-Lago.
Hasn’t Trump caused enough of an uproar by tweeting about blonde female cable personalities bleeding? Will he ever learn?
Many in Congress, both men and women, criticized the president for the tweets and especially his tone in the attack.
Of course, Chaffetz was one of the few lawmakers who didn’t comment on Trump’s offensive and undignified tweets. I guess when you are heading over to work for state-run media at FOX News, you can’t really speak your mind. Maybe his silence spoke more than a milquetoast statement ever would have.
I’m sure some readers take offense to my calling FOX News “state media,” but the propaganda machine that includes Sean Hannity and many other vapid talking heads is the only thing propping up the popularity of this horrible excuse for an administration.
In the latest polling, only 25 percent of non-FOX News viewers approved of the job Trump has done in the first six month’s of his presidency. More than 89 percent of those who don’t get their news from the Trump apologists disapprove of his administration.
I hate to sound like an angry old man telling President Trump to get off of my lawn. Perhaps I am an idealist. However, I expect the office of president to be occupied by a person of character who represents the greatest country in the world in a dignified manner.
We don’t have that now.
Democrats wouldn’t like any Republican president. That’s fine. It is time for Republicans to stand up to this administration and call them on unpresidential behavior, illegal ties to foreign countries and unethical ties between our nation’s government and his business empire.
Now is the time for Republicans to prove that America means enough to them to stop the Trump train before it derails our country.
— Kent Bush is publisher of Shawnee (Oklahoma) News-Star and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.