Trump: Deals are what I do.
Thursday, 14 September:
The newsrooms all over the country have been abuzz with the newfound cooperation between the president and the top Democrats, and as usual Trump is ahead of the curve on this.
Much is being
made of it but it really shouldn't surprise anyone.
The president ran on a platform of populist ideals and a return to US sovereignty. He is not a lifelong GOP operative who's only real goal is the retention of power. He 's a businessman who wants to
get things done.
Once again, no surprise there, either. So, if the GOP, who to no one's real surprise, deliberately blocked his agenda for their own selfish reasons, is now being bypassed is only natural. As a professional dealmaker, the man does what
he does best.
Broker deals. He showed that last week with the debt limit negotiation. Trump knows one essential truth here, and that's the people want responsible governance and they want it NOW. This is a lever he can use effectively.
famous 'Dining with Democrats' Wednesday night a case in point. As both sides spin madly, and opportunists see ways to advance their own personal cause as well, the elemental fact remains.
He's getting things done. They may not be exactly what some
want to see, but from a sports metaphor standpoint he is advancing the ball downfield. Maybe not a long touchdown, but a couple yards here and there can add up.
First, let's look at the substance of what occurred.
He met with so-called 'moderates'
and discussed tax reform and the pet issue of the day, which is the 'Dreamers' and the now cancelled DACA program. This set the table for many things to happen.
One, tax policy, which can still be done by reconciliation -meaning 51 votes- now no longer
counts on the treacherous John McCain group. The same people who saved the health care act have now been sidelined.
This fact cannot be emphasized enough. By attempting a more bi-partisan bill, not depending on Republican orthodoxy to craft it, and
their thin 52-48 margin to pass it, he has taken the power from these progressives in disguise.
Now, McCain, Susan Collins, Ben Sasse and company can sit and watch from the sidelines as he works with Schumer and Pelosi instead. This is a very smart
move. The pressure on them from the actual voters, not the 'snowflake' base, to get something done is huge.
Rank and file Democrats polling shows 65% of them want cooperation with Trump. The actual 'resist' movement is quite small;
just well funded and loud.
No matter what you think about Schumer and his counterpart in the House, Nancy Pelosi, they are garden variety liberals, NOT quasi Marxists bent on overthrow of the system. They may be their enablers, and this is not
to excuse them.
But they are on the other divide of the Democrats. And the gap is enormous.
By doing this, Trump not only sidelines McCain, who is a true malignant presence, it lets both Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell know just who the boss is.
In other words, classic Trump.
He let them run with the ball for eight months. The results were not just pathetic, but McCain's treachery was the defining moment. Trump seized their mantra of the last 8 years of 'repeal and replace' and beat them over
the head with it.
He then deftly moved towards this new reapproachment with the other side. Now, the pundits are having a field day with all this. Don't make the mistake of taking it too seriously; much, if not all of it is self serving.
Trump technique, which is to ask for a lot, more than you know you will get, dig in and then compromise for less, but more than you might have gotten, is once again on display.
Read 'The Art of the Deal'. It's all right there.
soiree' is a classic example of 'Trumpism'. He sidelined McCain on the one side, and Sanders on the other. The 'moderates' got a day in the sun, which is good for their re-election plans.
He made concessions while letting them all know what his policy
preferences are. The DACA, or 'Dreamers' issue was tackled. Trump carefully laid out his desire to secure the borders, which in spite of what you may hear from Ann Coulter, will never change.
Once the bottom line was established, he agreed to break
it down into steps. Anyone who really believed that 800,000 productive citizens were going to be deported has been given a wakeup call.
They will be allowed to stay. However, the program will end. There will be no more entries. The pathway to legalization
will be stringent, and citizenship will most likely not be offered. In return, Trump will get monies for enhanced border security, and has the platform to advance just how the wall will be built.
He's just given the other side a fig leaf as cover. This
explains the triumphant proclamations of Pelosi and Schumer that they would get DACA approved but with no funding for the wall. They simply could not sell this to their contituency any other way.
However, those present have admitted that they don't
have a deal, yet and there is no 'quid pro quo'. It's simply a statement of policy going forward.
Does Trump get what he wants out of it? You bet he does, and he also has served notice that the border will be secured. On taxes, the Democrats want
'revenue neutral', meaning not adding to the deficit. From them, that is a hoot.
They didn't say a peep as the Previous Occupant added 10 trillion to the debt.
They also don't want reductions for the top tier. This is predictable, and Trump knew
it going in. But this is just the opening shot on the negotiations.
More important than lowering the top rate is dropping taxes on corporations; the 15% figure would bring back trillions in cash sitting overseas. Equally important is dropping the tax
on 'S' corps tax rates, which in small businesses is tied to the personal rate.
Trump -and the wealthy- can handle no reduction in personal taxes for the upper tier for now as long as they can park the money where it needs to be, which is in the business.
This is all good.
Keep in mind that while all this is going on, he is handling two natural disasters, the situation in North Korea, and the nagging Mueller investigation which seems intent on nabbing someone close to the president; this is the deep
state saying we still have clout over you.
The media is 91% negative in it's coverage. He's polling at 44%, now. Not lights out, but considering the bricks constantly thrown, isn't too bad at all.
With Trump down in Florida, overseeing the so-far
almost flawless recovery effort, he has a platform for advancing these new agreements, and was getting respectful questions from a media surprised, and obviously pleased, by his accomodations on the 'Dreamers'.
Once again, a sow's ear turning into,
if not a silk purse at least a vinyl handbag. Pragmatic approaches to pragmatic solutions.
To those who make up his hard core base, consider this:
What alternatives do YOU see? Is it not better to get what you need when you can? Isn't the sidelining
of John McCain better than a so-so deal with Chuck and Nancy?
He's only been in office 9 months. Rachel Maddow thought he'd be in irons by now.
Patience can be a virtue, you know...
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