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Time For President Trump To Turn Left?

by Gee Double Yu (Principles: Keep America Safe) - 1 year ago

Trump needs a victory on tax reform and all signs point to the fact that Republicans alone cannot deliver that victory. Is Trump ready to deal with Democrats? Should he try?

So far, President Trump has been a pleasant surprise for suspicious Conservatives who were afraid that he wasn’t “one of them.”  In addition to trying to repeal and replace Obamacare, Trump has repealed regulations, been tough on illegal immigration, nominated a bona fide Conservative judge to the Supreme Court, and proposed a budget which beefed up defense while slashing programs Republicans have targeted for years. A perfect record.

Challenges, however, remain.  His immigration executive orders are stalled in court, he’s having huge problems in finding qualified people to fill government positions, and, of course, his first try at repeal and replace went down in flames.

The question up for discussion is whether or not now is the time for Trump to abandon Conservative orthodoxy and starting making deals with Democrats.

The reality is that Trump always planned to make a left turn after the first part of his agenda was completed. In that first part, he would pass tax reform solely with Republican votes and pay for it with the Medicaid cuts in the ACHA and by proposing a budget with major domestic spending cuts, including cuts to infrastructure. 

From there, however, the help of Democrats would be needed to pass an infrastructure bill along with the promised "Phase Three" of health care reform.  What Trump did not advertise was that in order to get Democrats involved, he would need to abandon his Conservative stance.  Left behind would be Conservative Senators like Cruz, Lee and Paul who would never agree to the concessions Trump would need to make to Democrats. Perhaps it is unfair to say that Trump was planning all along to double-cross the Conservatives, but, a close reading of his legislative agenda makes it clear that this is exactly what he was planning.

What he didn't plan on, however, was that the Freedom Caucus in the House would see through this and sabotage the plan before it could even get started. This they did by killing the American Health Care Act. However, by sticking to their principals, they have also taken the risk of making themselves irrelevant going forward.  

As the Trump administration turns it's attention to Tax Reform, it will have no illusions about the Republican Party being unified. In fact, Trump should already know that the Republican Party will not be able to withstand the army of corporate lobbyists who will descend upon Washington to protect their own tax breaks. Meanwhile, if Democrats are not brought in immediately, they will be able to stand on the sidelines and score  political points off of every change Republicans propose to the tax code. Thus, unless Trump finds a way to get Democrats invested in the process, the Republicans may have a very difficult time holding the House of Representatives in 2018.  

Trump always knew that at some point he would double-cross the Conservatives. The defeat of the ACHA is the signal that the time has come slightly earlier than expected. I recommend that the President turn left now.  Do you agree? 

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By  Cool Calvin - 1 year ago
I think, old boy, that you're bein a bit harsh with the double cross talk. As you yourself said, Trump has laid out exactly what he's going to do. Can't see how that is a double cross. I also think you're pushing the panic button way too soon with all this talk about Trump losing his first big vote. Remember the Iowa caucus. That was really his first big vote and he lost that one too. Good things happened after that and good things will happen now.
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