I Have a Dream . . .
21 January 2017 | Pago Pago, American Samoa
In a nutshell, it is that Trump aggressively and successfully pursues his professed agenda to improve the lot of Main Street and and middle and lower class America by persuading the Republican congress to abandon its protection of the oligarchy and take up the cause of the common people, filling the void left by the Democrats abandonment of them. How's that for a dream! If Trump could do that he would become a truly great president and give America a rebirth.
It is possible? yes. Is it likely? no. The extreme alternative, is congress stays protective only of the oligarchy, Trump bangs his head against the wall in the tradition of Obama and Trump truly fails, eaking out out just enough gains to, like Obama, take rhetorical advantage of them.
Something a little bit more toward the middle is most likely, with Congress still holding tightly to the purse strings, but allowing some gains to the lower half of America to slip through, but continuing to protect the oligarchy as its central endeavor and patron.
Obamacare is the initial litmus test. Why? Because it imposes a huge tax bill on the rich, so huge it reduces the deficit and uses much of the money to provide decent healthcare insurance for many millions of additional, uninsured Americans at premium levels lower that would otherwise be the case. The real bitch against Obamacare is by the oligarchy and it is over the hike in taxes on the rich. The oligarchs and their minions successfully persuaded not-too-bright Americans that Obamacare was bad because it was Socialism or socialized medicine and therefore, ipso facto, "bad."
What Trump can do here, with the press for Obamacare repeal (read tax repeal for the rich) so strong, remains to be seen, but he is between a rock and a hard place to be sure, after promising all Americans good health care. This is Trump's big, initial hurdle and it is a doozie.
Anyway, I can dream, can't I?