Congressmen Ami Bera, David Cicilline, Rodney Davis and Adam Kinzinger talk problem solving.
George Will attacked Trump this week claiming that the business icon was a detriment to Romney's campaign. Donald Trump fired back calling George Will "a loser". As the two men trade insults we're reminded that only months ago Trump was Romney's enemy. That's not surprising. Just a few months ago Donald Trump was himself a presidential candidate having often dreamed of becoming President, but what if he turned his political aspirations to Congress? The following are authentic quotes from Mr. Trump himself, envisioned in the context of a potential (and hopefully fictitious) congressional tenure. Click here to read more Trump quotes.
1) “I’m their worst nightmare.” - Trump on the Democrats
The Donald wouldn’t only be a nightmare for Democrats if elected to Congress. Trump’s polarizing rhetoric hurts any problem-solving leader who is trying to get things done for the American people. America needs leaders who put solutions first and leave behind the childish bickering.
2) “I’m not a schmuck. Even if the world is going to hell in a hand-basket, I won’t lose a penny.” -Trump on his wealth
Donald Trump lacks compassion for the millions of Americans going through tough economic times. He also forgets that political leaders should focus on resolving issues, not increasing their net worth.
3) "I don't like the crying." –Trump on House Speaker John Boehner
But whether it’s Boehner or the rest of America, Trump will be facing more than just tears. If the polarization continues, growing hyper-partisanship is likely to turn weepy senators into bitter enemies who refuse to work together. So while Trump may not like the crying, the yelling isn’t productive either.
4) "I'm a much bigger business man and have (a) much, much bigger net worth. I mean, my net worth is many, many, many times Mitt Romney.” -Trump on Romney
Is bragging a good way to reduce hyper-partisanship? Probably not, but don’t expect the Donald to listen. The Donald puts himself above everything else (including his country), and brings with him an inflated sense of self-importance which won’t help him or anyone else reduce the gridlock in Congress.
5) "I’m a really smart guy." -Trump on himself
As a multi-millionaire many times over with a business empire spanning several industries we’re not going to debate him there. What we will debate is that he’s the only smart guy who cares about this country and wants to help the American people. In fact we’re not so sure that his business smarts translates too well into political smarts.
Fortunately for us Trump has not been elected to Congress. But that doesn’t mean Congress is safe from hyper-partisanship and gridlock. Congressmen have their own squabbles and sometimes important legislation isn’t passed because representatives and senators are afraid to cross party lines. If it were up to Trump everyone would be fired, here at No Labels we have another solution- No Budget, No Pay. If Trump’s got one thing right it’s that you need to take accountability for your work. So if Congress can’t pass a budget on time they shouldn’t get paid.