I was stunned at first, when Chuckie Schumer of all people, couldn’t get to a microphone fast enough to announce that his Democrats, he would have us believe, made a deal with Trump that Trump couldn’t refuse. The deal was a three month extension of the debt ceiling. The Republican leadership, McConnell and Ryan, wanted it to go eighteen months to take the problem past the 2018 elections. Like a stone dropped in a pool, the ripples that go out affect everything else in the pool, the pool, in this case, being Washington’s politicians, but especially the establishment elites.
(IMAGE: Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, center left, and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, center right, are seen through a window of the Oval Office during a meeting with President Donald Trump in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 06, 2017. (Bill O’Leary for The Washington Post)
The GOP leadership is not Trumps’s friend. Not only have they failed to pass Trump’s promises to repeal and replace Obamacare (and their own), indeed, they have actively worked to stop the process. But, they also worked to kill the border wall he promised, refused to solve the illegal intruders problem (immigration), and its fall out, the Dreamers, and, one suspects, the same foot dragging will occur with Trumps Tax Reform/Cuts measures. Well, enough is enough for him to act in his usual way. Have you read the Art of the Deal?
Remember, McConnell and Ryan are the creatures of big government and banking lobbyists and they have no intention, none at all, of helping Trump drain the swamp. I think they have seriously underestimate Donald Trump while his voters have not. Trump is not the Picaresque character they think he is. He’s running circles around them and they don’t see it.
Knowing what Trump promised to the base, and seeing what the weaklings in the Republican Party leadership are incapable of doing or refuse to do, i.e.: work on his agenda, it is no surprise that Trump activated the moribund Democrats by making the deal. Chuckie was invigorated. Was there hope yet for his party? Naw, sorry Chuckie, not going to happen.
Remember too, Trumps speech in North Dakota this week. He had Democrats up on stage with him, praised their efforts for fuel energy, almost made them pledge to give him their unequivocal support, then dumped on them, in front of a cheering public, that they had to come along with his tax cuts to get America moving again with economic prosperity, job creation, and fair trade agreements for America’s benefit and, well, let’s say it: ”Make America Great Again.”
The Republicans were left stupidified. All McConnell could do was shrug his shoulders and say, “well, that’s what the President wants”, while his scheming little mind is working on another attack against Trump, the Usurper. In any event, like the stone in the pool metaphor, Trump got the process moving again.
The Democrats need a popular issue to campaign on. For them it’s the Dream Act. Trump want’s the wall. The Democrats hate the wall. Trump knows that empathetic Americans don’t really want to see the Dreamers kicked out, that would make him look heartless, but, to his base, he’s simply obeying the Constitution and the rule of law. He can’t lose on that one. He’s okay if they stay as long as it’s done legally without amnesty. To the Democrats, “you want a Dream Act, fund the wall. Or, take both off the table and 800,000 illegals will be returned to their homes of birth.
A dealer, like Trump, can’t deal without leverage. Trump is looking to December and the renewed debt ceiling standoff as leverage to get Democrats to fund the border wall. Will they compromise and, if they do, at what level? I suspect Trump will get his wall. Regardless of Republican leadership.
What happens to those 800,000 Dreamers, a third of which, it is now revealed, have criminal histories, and most of them already adults. The number is so minuscule as to not be a bother at all. If Trump is following the rule of Law the base will see it as a positive, especially if the wall is funded as well. But no more “Dreamers.”
Schumer’s threat to shut down the government if the Dream Act isn’t passed, will be a non argument. The Democrats don’t have the votes, or the bass that would enable them to act without fear, and Trump is stealing the action from them anyway. They don’t know what he’s going to do next. It’s politics but, I suspect they think the Dream Act, as Schumer and Pelosi see it, can be used as a club against Republicans in the 2018 mid terms. It’s a conundrum, isn’t it? And where is the ruling party? Sitting on the sidelines wondering what hit ‘em.
Funds for Trumps wall does not need to come from American Tax Payers. If Congress simply levied a tax on those income monies wired home every month by foreign workers here, through Western Union, for example, more that enough funds to defray the cost of that wall would be available. Too, Congress could adopt a law like the one Mexico has, that prohibits foreigners living in country from banking through other than a country (Mexican) Bank. Why not? We’re losing billions of tax dollars to Mexico.
Remember, freedom is the goal, the Constitution is the way. Now, go get ‘em!