Nebraska’s Senator Ben Sasse seemed to throw both the New Deal and Great Society programs under the bus while trying to make a point about small government, then followed that up with an admission that Congress would be largely incapable of running the country.
“Especially since the 1930s and then ramping up since the 1960s, a whole lot of the responsibility in this body has been kicked to a bunch of alphabet soup bureaucracies,” Sasse said, referring without name to government institutions such as the Social Security Administration, Medicare/Medicaid, the EPA, and others created between the Roosevelt and Johnson administrations.
“We pretend we make laws,” Sasse continued. “We write giant pieces of legislation, 1200 pages, 1500 pages long that people haven’t read, filled with all these terms that are undefined, and we say the secretary of such-and-such shall promulgate rules that do the rest of our dang jobs.”
Immediately thereafter, Sasse admitted that neither the Senate nor the House were capable of even passing legislation, never mind being able to “manage all the nitty-gritty details of everything about modern government.”
With a growing awareness that he was contradicting the point he was trying to make, Sasse stammered that there were “rational arguments” for a “system [that] tries to give power and control to experts in their fields where most of us in Congress don’t know much of anything about technical matters.”
He continued anyway, arguing that while “Congress would have a hard time sorting out every final dot and tittle about every detail,” the status quo allowed legislators “to avoid taking responsibility for controversial and often unpopular decisions.” Presumably this would include long time Republican goals such as cutting Social Security, gutting the EPA, and restricting access to health care for senior citizens and the indigent.
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Trump spokesperson goes down in flames up against progressive reporter: ‘All you do is lie!’
President Donald Trump's spokesperson Kayleigh McEnany went down in flames up against Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks during a CNN panel Wednesday.
McEnany went on to try and spin the president as some sort of great leader for Black Americans. She said that the campaign is very "proud" of the president's record on issues involving people of color.
"He also just said he wouldn't change his position on the Central Park Five," cut in Cuomo.
McEnany tried to cut in, but Cuomo cut in. "Now, he said we'll leave it at that. Come on."
"Chris, you come — come on, you," McEnany shot back. "We've been talking about the Central Park Five and racism and all of these things going back to the 2016 election, problem -- American people didn't believe it."
CNN analyst demolishes White House’s latest attempt to stonewall Congress: ‘There is no provision for this immunity’
Ahead of former White House Communications Director Hope Hicks being called to Congress to testify about former special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation — during which she was, by all accounts, less than helpful — the Trump administration took the unprecedented step of advising Congress that Hicks was given "immunity" from talking to them by the president.
On CNN's "The Situation Room," national security analyst Shawn Turner demolished this legal strategy.
John Dean explains the big mistake Hope Hicks made by stonewalling Congress
Former White House counsel John Dean, a key figure in the Watergate scandal, said Wednesday on CNN that there was a serious flaw in the attempt to prevent longtime Trump confidant Hope Hicks from testifying to Congress.
White House lawyers have asserted that Hicks has absolute immunity and is not legally required to testify about her time as Trump's director of communications. Hicks testified Wednesday during a closed-door hearing before the House Judiciary Committee — where she reportedly refused to answer questions about her White House job.
"Privilege is not being asserted here. Instead, the White House says that Hicks has absolute immunity regarding the time that she spent at 1600 Pennsylvania. Does absolute immunity even exist? And if so, can you explain to me the difference between the two?" CNN host Brooke Baldwin asked Dean.