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Congress leads Trump down wrong path
« on: March 15, 2017, 08:41:40 AM »
Byron York: Congress leads Trump down wrong path

. . in the middle of his first 100 days in office, Trump has gotten bogged down in a complex, time-consuming, and unpopular fight over another issue — repealing and replacing Obamacare — that, while a key Republican priority and a Trump campaign promise, is not at the very top of the public's concerns.

New to Washington and with no experience in public office, Trump has become a prisoner to the House Republican leadership — or more precisely, to the complicated procedural requirements of the House and Senate, and the judgment of the GOP leadership that must operate within those boundaries.

It has become mind-numbingly complicated. And perhaps the answer to all those questions is one simple sentence: Republicans are working on the wrong thing. And the Republican president is allowing himself to be distracted from delivering early and often on his core campaign promise of improving the economy and bringing jobs to millions of Americans.

Every poll during the campaign, and then the election day exit polls, showed jobs and the economy to be the voters' chief concern. Polls today say the same thing. And to the degree that voters place hope in Trump's presidency, it is because they believe he can make the economy better.

It's been enough to get many Republicans all worked up, ready to do battle for as long as it takes. The only problem for the newly-elected president is: It's the wrong fight. The headline to this story is "Congress leads Trump down wrong path." To pursue his own agenda on his own schedule, Trump will have to do the leading.