3 simple words escape our senators
Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts are probably the most likable guys in the U.S. Senate. They understand the issues facing Kansas, plead for agricultural interests, and depending upon the makeup of the crowd they are addressing, stay bullish on opposition to President Donald Trump’s ludicrous trade war - especially against friendly neighbors.
Still, there’s a bit of a wink as they talk so tough when addressing farmers, yet kiss the president’s woefully fake ring.
Moran and Roberts speak the language that mesmerizes folks who live along Elm and Spring streets in towns like Emporia, Valley Falls and Wellington. But they choke when it comes to spitting out three words that are so needed in Washington: “No, Mr. President”
They, like most Republican lawmakers, give Donald Trump automatic passes on everything from basic immorality to his lack of reading documents handed to him by aides, to his obsessive habit of Tweeting inane comments sometimes three dozen times in one day.
When the president claims his wide-sweeping tariffs will benefit this nation, even though they strangle farmers, manufacturers and retailers in the process, Moran and Roberts grow sheepishly quiet - at least when their party leader is present.
Roberts and Moran were pictured this week with Sec. of Agriculture Sonny Perdue as they supposedly discussed the trade war. That makes for good press, but it still doesn’t puncture the wall of rhetoric that the president believes will align the stars - if people will just follow him.
With Pat Roberts owing nothing to anyone, since he is not running for election, and Jerry Moran grasping such a good feel for Main Street Kansas, it is the ideal time for both to ponder the misery that Trump’s tariffs are dealing rural America, and use their voices to say in unison: “No, Mr. President.”
Rudy Taylor is part owner/publisher of Taylor Family Newspapers in Kansas