Compromise or Gridlock 2.0?
Monday, January 9, 2017 6:26 AM
By David Mayer
So, after all the months of acrimonious debates, we the people of the United States now have a new president-elect. The one and only Donald J. Trump.
A newcomer to politics, he will lead us with a GOP-dominated Senate and House of Representatives.
Hopes are extremely high for the Trump supporters and the GOP fans. For the Clinton and the Democratic supporters, their vision and hope of the direction of the country is going to be destroyed and reversed as soon as possible with the new re-alignment. And the response to this new direction has been swift – with endless rebuttals and off-the-wall rhetoric.
Getting a new Trump Cabinet approved may spill into March, per the pundits. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y, vows to fight at least several nominees. Add in GOP senators like John McCain, R-Ariz., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., stating they are unwilling to support Trump on some nominees.
Does anyone else see gridlock on the horizon?
A prime example of the extreme bitter rhetoric is California Gov. Jerry Brown (D). He has already stated that if climate change research is slowed or stopped by the feds, California will launch its own tracking satellite. Yeah, right.
Environmentalists are opposed to Brown’s plan to divert water from the north to the south via a massive tunnel project which could kill off certain runs of fish and hurt the fishing industry. California politicians will need to face the fact they cannot expect the federal government to fund their sanctuary cities, a high-speed bullet train, and a proposed $14 billion water diversion project to divert water. That’s just for starters.
Compromises will be needed on funding priorities by each state, if the national debt is to be controlled.
California cannot afford a satellite program. But they did hire former Attorney General Eric Holder (D) to fight Trump. Looks like compromise is going to be a difficult task, at least with California.
The irony of the water project is simple and laughable to a degree. Conservative central valley farmers, especially in the south, need the water to grow the crops, while at the same time, an even tighter border means they lack the migrant seasonal immigrant labor to do the work as these workers can no longer leave and sneak back in due to already increased border security.
And the state just imposed mandatory overtime rules for farm workers after 40 hours in a given week. It had been 60 – yet another cost to fill the California food basket which feeds the U.S. and the world. Many studies support the fact California leads the nation on the production of fruits, nuts and vegetables.
So, you may be asking: How does this impact you in Ohio?
The Senate (78-21) recently approved $500 million to California farmers for drought relief. It was for your indirect benefit to help the food producers control production costs.
Outgoing Senator Boxer, D-Calif., who helped author the bill, had to then urge a “no” vote after corporate farming interests added a rider supporting them over the fishing industry.
That’s D.C. pols doing what they do best. Going in circles like a dog chasing his tail.
Again, compromise will be required in the new Congress. If not, I truly expect a repeat of the past eight years, in what I am calling Gridlock 2.0. The same D.C. game, just a new deck of “Trump” cards and more GOP players at the table.
The failed attempt last week by the GOP House to gut the ethics office, as the first order of business, also indicates a lack of priorities for us.
David Mayer is a columnist for The Highland County Press. He is a Hillsboro native and graduate of Hillsboro High School and The Ohio State University. He currently resides and works in Sonoma County, Calif. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.