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The politics of potty-mouthing the population into submission

Practical Politics

David L. Horne, Ph.D ow oped | 8/1/2019, midnight

By now, being raised as some of us were, Mr. Trump’s mouth should be Ivory soap-white, and his behind should be strawberry red. The problem is, he’d still be Mr. Potty Mouth...apparently that’s the best he can be.

He is a crooked POTUS, and he’ll use anybody and anything except his family to distract us from seeing and discussing evidence of his criminal behavior. Lying is only one such distraction, so he regularly tells us through Twitter (and the media seems to feed on more and more of the prevarications) that Congress—mainly in the House—cannot and has not done anything since its January inauguration but investigate him ad nauseam.

Au contraire, however. The Democratic-led House has passed at least 49 pieces of legislation since Jan. 3 and investigated Mr. Trump. Included in the bills passed are ones which ended the government shutdown caused by Mr. Trump, reduced the prices of prescription drugs, protected those with pre-existing conditions from being denied medical insurance, and dealt with specific issues for veterans. These four legislative actions have also gotten Senate approval and been signed by Mr. Trump.

Other pieces of legislation passed by the House include the following:

“Gun control”

  1. House Resolution 8 — Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019

  2. HR 1112 — Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019

Health care

  1. HR 259 — Medicaid Extenders Act of 2019

  2. House Resolution 271 — Condemning the Trump Administration’s Legal Campaign to Take Away Americans’ Health Care

  3. HR 986 — Protecting Americans with Preexisting Conditions Act of 2019

  4. HR 987 — Strengthening Health Care and Lowering Prescription Drug Costs Act

  5. HR 1520, the Purple Book Continuity Act (bill aimed at lowering the cost of prescription drugs)

  6. HR 1503, the Orange Book Transparency Act of 2019 (bill aimed at lowering the cost of prescription drugs)

  7. HR 259 — Medicaid Extenders Act of 2019

  8. House Resolution 271 — Condemning the Trump Administration’s Legal Campaign to Take Away Americans’ Health Care

  9. HR 986 — Protecting Americans with Preexisting Conditions Act of 2019

  10. HR 987 — Strengthening Health Care and Lowering Prescription Drug Costs Act

  11. HR 1520, the Purple Book Continuity Act (bill aimed at lowering the cost of prescription drugs)

Civil rights

  1. HR 1 — For the People Act of 2019

  2. HR 5 — Equality Act

  3. HR 7 — Paycheck Fairness Act

  4. HR 124 — Expressing opposition to banning service in the Armed Forces by openly transgender individuals

Environment

  1. HR 9 — Climate Action Now Act

  2. HR 1331 — Local Water Protection Act

  3. S 47 — National Resources Management Act

Military/foreign affairs

  1. HR 840 — Veterans’ Access to Child Care Act

  2. House Joint Resolution 37 — Directing the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress

  3. SJ Res. 7 — To direct the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress

  4. HR 31 — Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act of 2019

  5. HJ Res. 30 — Disapproving the President’s proposal to take an action relating to the application of certain sanctions with respect to the Russian Federation