Dear Mr. President,
We need to have a conversation about the health care reform and the new budget — a serious conversation.
You were not our first pick as president. When you announced you were running for president on the Republican ticket, it’s fair to say that conservatives as a group were dubious.
You had no prior political experience but made up for it with charisma and absolute fearlessness: admirable traits, but not what we were looking for at the time.
But the Republican primaries came and went, and the campaign for presidency was fought between you and good ol’ Hillary Clinton. We, as conservatives, needed to make a choice between certain overstepping of the Constitution and uncertain, tumultuous waters in which our conservative principles had a better chance of surviving.
“A likely two-term Clinton presidency would complete a 16-year institutionalization of serial progressive abuse of the Constitution, outdoing even the twelve years of the imperial Roosevelt administration,” contributing writer Victor Davis Hanson said for National Review.
With that possibility in sight, conservatives gave you most of our votes.
So, now that you’re in office, let’s talk about “Trumpcare.”
First and foremost, this is not what we asked for.
We wanted a free market-based healthcare system contingent upon the free choices that we as individuals make. But since Obamacare has only benefited a small but vocal few, you thought it better to trim the fat off the bill and ram it through Congress in a woefully unprepared state.
It’s still going to cost you a lot of taxpayer dollars — our dollars, to be precise.
We fund your job. You work for us: We the people. If you cannot get the job done with the tools and means we have given you, then we’ve got a big problem.
Speaking of big problems, let’s talk about that budget.
Mr. President, you are a businessman. You know what assets and liabilities are. If the United States had a balance sheet, it would be incredibly out of whack.
As a general rule, we conservatives are more than happy to watch government agencies that we feel are unnecessary get their federal budgets decreased. However, you said yourself:
“With 20 trillion dollars in debt, the government must learn to tighten its belt.”
This is not what we would call “tightening the belt.” On the bright side, we’re not going further into debt as quickly as we were under former President Obama. However, you’re not digging the country out of the hole either. As a businessman, you should know better than anybody that this much accumulated debt is not a good thing.
Beyond that, us conservatives do not have much more to say. You have done a lot of good things so far, most notably nominating Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court.
Stay close to our constitution, and give us the right to freely choose. Ben Shapiro once said:
“It’s always easier to declare something a right to be provided by government than to declare a right to be free from government.”
Provide us with that right, and we’ll be behind you.
All the best,