Blame Trump For Everything - Blame Trump For Nothing​

In Thursday’s Transom, his daily news letter, Ben Domenech added some commentary of his own. Usually he mostly curates, with a few well-phrased introductions to the links and stores he provides. In other words, the editor decided to editorialize on President Trump and his latest tweets. Here’s what Domenech writes:

I would like to meet the person that actually believes that President Trump is substantively involved in the CR negotiations. Because that would have to be the case in order for his tweets and public comments to "upend" anything ...

Here's the thing everyone needs to understand: Donald Trump is not a major player in the governing of this country, he's the commentator in chief.

In The Hill, they compare it to a reality show. But think about Domenech's comments. In a reality show the people involved are normally doing something rather than just commenting on it. Here, if you believe his theory, President Trump is legislatively irrelevant for all intents and purposes.

Is this the case? Because if it is, then it would seem that someone like Susan Wright - the raging, Never-Trump-No-Longer-GOP'er at RedState who loves writing told you so whenever she can - is well ... right. Along with all those snobby wonks who have stated that Trump has no experience governing and thus shouldn't really be President.

Again. Is this the case?

It would seem to be at best unclear. Look at the achievements of the first year of the administration. Is the substance of what was done: tax reform; judicial appointments; regulatory rollback; tightening border enforcement; encouraging American firms to invest at home; and toughening up the negotiating stance with North Korea while signaling that the Iran Deal may be abandoned - is all this unrelated to Donald J. Tump and his campaign? Is President Trump substantively irrelevant?

Hardly.

Ok, but what about process? What about the recondite, byzantine ways of legislating and negotiating in Washington D.C.? Do Trump's tweets reflect confusion, naivety, or a lack of focus that means the tweets are about the latest conversation he had with an aide or senator? And thus do they reflect his lack of experience in how deals get done in politics which is very different from how they get done in business?

The Continuing Resolution around which Trump's latest tweets flapped has been influenced by the White House's decision last fall to wind down DACA with a March 5, 2018 deadline. Which basically threw the ball into Congress' court, and made some sort of immigration reform/deal the centerpiece of much of the negotiations that are heading towards a shutdown this Friday.

Who made that decision back in September to put an end-date on Obama's DACA? Here's what Politico - a left-of-center and hardly pro-Trump site - wrote at the time:

President Trump has decided to end the Obama-era program that grants work permits to undocumented immigrants that arrived in the country as children, according to two sources who are familiar with his thinking. Senior White House aides huddled Sunday afternoon to discuss the roll-out of a decision likely to ignite a political firestorm - and fulfill one of the president's core campaign promises.

Is President Trump really just a showman at the margin of the debates and bills in Congress? It would seem he's either responsible for everything or responsible for nothing. How about we get a little less binary on the man in the Oval Office?

Yes, President Trump has turned the presidency into a commentary-tweet pulpit. But the presidency has always been a pulpit. Whether bullying, or persuading, or shaming, ... or even tweeting. But it is also the ideas and promises of his campaign that have pushed at least some of the legislative and executive agenda.

So the problem isn't that Trump tweets. It's that he could do a better job of tweeting sometimes. Especially when sensitive negotiations are underway. His tweets do matter. His comments do matter. He's the President. And those tweets do change things - even if it's just to provide a perfect excuse for Democrats to do what they were going to do anyway.

So if government does shut down, it's everyone's fault - from Senators Graham and Paul who have diametrically opposed reasons for voting no, to the President, whose tweets do matter, and often don't help.

Posted by Keeley at January 19, 2018 2:28 PM
Comments
Comment #423528

I am an independent, and I did not vote for Hillary or Trump. I voted for someone I thought was better than those two.

However, I think many democrats have reached a new low.
The hypocrisy, double standards, hostility (and brain-washing by MSNBC) is worse than it has been since I don’t know when.

Chuck Schumer is filibustering and that is somehow Trump’s fault?
Yet, many Democrats are twisting themselves into pretzels (with help and propaganda from MSNBC) to support the lie?
Is that station (MSNBC) for real?

Of course, the most brain-washed Democrats will never get it.
And other Democrats who see the hypocrisy will still try to rationalize it somehow, or ignore it. Why?

I find it interesting that Democrats pretend to care about illegal aliens, when it is increasingly obvious that the Democrats are really more interested in getting millions of new Democrat voters (via promises of amnesty). Duh!
That is actually despicable.

Posted by: d.a.n at January 21, 2018 7:34 AM
Comment #423532

d.a.n good to see you commenting again.

The same could be said of Faux news.

You forget several things it seems. Trump screwed up DACA early one. The repub controlled Congress id nothing to fix it. They didn’t lift a finger to immigration. So here we are today.


Trumps shthole meeting. Loaded with far right ideologues the meeting set negotiations back intentionally on a month long CR.

Lousy job by Trump and his administration. Lousy job by the repub controlled Congress.

Posted by: j2t2 at January 21, 2018 11:56 AM
Comment #423539

It’s strange many people in the meeting have come forward to say they didn’t hear Trump say what they’re claiming, but they recollect clearly Lindsey Graham saying it. Is this a case of selective hearing?

Posted by: Weary Willie at January 21, 2018 1:34 PM
Comment #423541


j2t2 wrote: d.a.n good to see you commenting again.

Thanks.

j2t2 wrote: The same could be said of Faux news.
Fox News is not quite as bad as MSNBC. ALL of the main stream news stations have all turned into propaganda stations to varying degrees (including Fox News). I have observed Fox News telling lies, slanting the facts, and failing to verify their sources and truth.

But MSNMC is far worse (in my opinion).

I watch all of the news stations, and I see bias on all of them, which makes it difficult today to get to the truth.
Hence, the well deserved nickname for many news stations: FAKE NEWS
Americans are justified to distrust the main stream media.
There are lots of major left-leaning news stations, but only a few major right-leaning stations.
Rural America is right-leaning (mostly).
Urban America is left-leaning (mostly).
Why is that?

j2t2 wrote: You forget several things it seems.
I don’t think so. I make mistakes, but it seems to me that Chuck Schumer is doing the very thing that he vehemently ridiculed in the past (i.e. attaching unrelated other things to the budget and CR). So, that’s is clearly hypocritical. Why should DACA be attached to the budget CR? Chuck Schumer is filibustering, which now requires 60% of the Senate to pass the budget CR, because Schumer wants DACA passed with it (but, of course, without also addressing funding for border security, chain-migration, the immigration lottery, and enforcing existing immigrations laws too). Also, should DACA immigrants get amnesty now, or a pathway to citizenship. Should any immigrants get to cut to the front of the line?
j2t2 wrote: Trump screwed up DACA early one.
Yes, he did. He said he would sign anything, but he didn’t mean it. However, that is a separate issue from the budget CR.

Again, and even Schumer (in the past) ridiculed the attachment of things to the budget CRs (things having nothing to do with the budget). Also, there’s nothing in the CR that the Democrats are against; it is only the absence of something (DACA) that Schumer is filibustering about. I think his priorities are messed up.

j2t2 wrote: The repub controlled Congress [d]id nothing to fix it.
The Republicans don’t have 60 Senators to bypass the Schumers filibuster. And DACA and other related immigration issues will take more time, and some compromises. It is unrelated to the budget CR. Yet another reason why Congress needs a “One Purpose Per Bill” amendment (perhaps along with some other amendments via an Article V Convention?).
j2t2 wrote: They [Republicans] didn’t lift a finger to [?] immigration. So here we are today.
And the Republicans probably never will do anything, unless there is also funding for border security, restricting chain-migration, and ending the immigration lottery too. Enforcing existing immigration laws should be part of the negotiations too, because the problem will simply continue to grow worse. Also, it is obvious that the Democrat party would love to have millions of new Democrat voters, since Democrats have been pandering and promising amnesty for decades. Reagan granted an amnesty in 1986, and the problem is now many times worse today.

I think DACA will get passed eventually, but in my opinion, other things should also be secured simultaneously, such as border security, ending chain-migration, and ending the immigration lottery. I would also like to see eVerify (or other methods, if better) become a requirement, and greedy employers of illegal aliens should be prosecuted. Also, illegal aliens are flooding our hospitals in Texas to give birth to babies who are considered U.S. citizens. 70% of babies born at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, TX are by illegal aliens. 32% of illegal aliens receive welfare. Dozens of over-run hospitals along the US/Mexico border have closed. 33% of all persons in Federal prison are illegal aliens. There are huges costs (and net losses) associated with illegal immigration.

j2t2 wrote: Trumps shthole meeting. Loaded with far right ideologues the meeting set negotiations back intentionally on a month long CR.
I don’t see why DACA and the budget CR have be to be co-mingled. Especially when Schumer (in the past) ridiculed such tactics.
j2t2 wrote: Lousy job by Trump and his administration. Lousy job by the repub controlled Congress.
And the Democrats too! And in this particular issue, in my opinion, this is mostly the Democrats fault. Chuck Schumer started a filibuster, because he wants a bill unrelated to the budget (i.e. DACA) passed now too. Why didn’t Democrats, when they controlled the White House, House, and Senate, pass DACA ?

This is not that complicated. Most Democrats don’t oppose the contents of the budget CR. So, they should pass it, and then move on to other issues.
By the way, I just saw an MSMBC poll (which surprised me) that showed most voters think passing the budget CR is more important than also demanding DACA to be passed with the budget CR. Many polls were initially saying the opposite. Perhaps the polls are turning the other way?

Americans may be starting to catch-on to the Democrats game-plan.
The Democrats are trying to win control by changing the electorate, by promising amnesty and citizenship, to win votes.
That is despicable.

At any rate, the majority of voters have the government that they elect, and re-elect, and re-elect, … , at least, possibly, until rewarding corrupt incumbent politicians with perpetual re-election finally becomes too painful.

Posted by: d.a.n at January 21, 2018 1:44 PM
Comment #423546

D.A.N.

“illegal aliens are flooding our hospitals in Texas to give birth to babies who are considered U.S. citizens. 70% of babies born at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, TX are by illegal aliens. 32% of illegal aliens receive welfare.”

Yep, and being born on US soil doesn’t make you a citizens by default. Unfortunately that is how activist courts are interpreting 14th amendment. It was intended to bar former slaves from being denied FULL citizenship. It was not intended to give any child born to a foreign national on US soil automatic citizenship.

Posted by: dbs at January 21, 2018 2:34 PM
Comment #423547

Children of foreigners were intended to inherit the loyalty of the parent. In Obama’s case his mother gifted him U.S. citizenship. His father’s loyalty was to Kenya and his son was gifted Kenyan citizenship by him. B.H. Obama enjoyed dual citizenship.

Tourists were not considered loyal to the U.S. and their children shall not be considered citizens of the U.S.

When neither parent are citizens there is no connection, no gift. They aren’t, and never were, slaves forced to come here. They’re tourists!

Posted by: Weary Willie at January 21, 2018 2:58 PM
Comment #423548

I wonder how many white people can trace their family tree back to a slave in the U.S.

Posted by: Weary Willie at January 21, 2018 3:05 PM
Comment #423549

Good to see you blogging d.a.n.

So, how long can a country survive if leaders just make up their own rules as they see fit?

Beyond amazing that so many officials are so arrogant as to think they are above the law, their fellow citizenry and so on …

Gov’t is supposed to enforce laws on the book. Folks should be held accountable for ignoring immigration law, for establishing sanctuary cities, for giving citizenship under unlawful circumstances, for high gov’t officials who collude to take a political candidate out of the race, to weaponize intelligence to with the intent of impeaching a sitting President, and so on … .

LOCK HER UP …

Posted by: Roy Ellis at January 21, 2018 4:27 PM
Comment #423566
Roy wrote: So, how long can a country survive if leaders just make up their own rules as they see fit?
The root of the problem is selfishness of two major types. There are too many people that fall into these two selfish extremes:

  • Extreme #1: One extreme wants regressive taxation, unfettered capitalism, little (if any) government regulations, use wealth to influence government that is FOR-SALE; and wants the freedom to explore and wallow in almost every manifestation of unchecked greed.
  • Extreme #2: The other extreme wants a nanny-state to take care of them from cradle-to-grave; who believe the solution to problems is more government; where citizens become increasingly dependent on the government; with massive cradle-to-grave government programs which are usually severely mismanaged and wasteful; a nanny-state that nurtures a sense-of-entitlement and dependency on government; who attempt to disguise their envy and jealousy as demands for equality; wants to grow government ever larger (despite the already current nightmare proportions); rewards failure and laziness; vilifies sucess; plays the race card at every chance; despicably attempts to change the electorate via promises of amnesty and citizenship for illegal aliens; and perpetuates the myth that we can somehow all live at the expense of everyone else.
  • Both extremes are bad, but Extreme #2 is a larger group of people, and it is growing.

    Roy wrote: Beyond amazing that so many officials are so arrogant as to think they are above the law, their fellow citizenry and so on …
    That is because there is insufficient accountability. Felonies are committed, and even when some are convicted, they get pardons and commuted sentences.
    • Responsibility = Power + Virtue + Education + Transparency + Accountability
    • Corruption = Power - Virtue - Education - Transparency - Accountability
    Roy wrote: Gov’t is supposed to enforce laws on the book.
    Yes. But, they don’t, because their is insufficient accountability and consequences. We have Democrats in sanctuary states that thumb their nose at the existing federal immigration laws, and there are no consequences; no accountability. They let criminals loose to commit more crimes (homicide in some cases). The Democrats don’t care, because their game-plan is to gain control of government by changing the electorate; by (despicably) promosing amnesty and citizenship to illegal immigrants, which the Democrats have been doing it for decades. Each time an amnesty was passed (i.e. such as in 1986), there was no enforcement to stop the flood if illegal immigrants, so the problem continues to grow more and more severe (by design by Democrats).

    The Democrats pretend to care about the illegal immigrants, but when the Democrats already had control (i.e. Democrats had the vast majority in the Senate, House, and the White House), they didn’t feel any urgent need to pass DACA (or DACA-like legislation). Of course, the Democrats want DACA, but they do not want any legislation that will slow the flood of illegal immigrants into the U.S., who they hope will all vote Democrat should they receive another amnesty and citizenship. The Democrats are using this despicable tactic to gain control. IF the federal and state governments let this happen, there will be many negative consequences, because illegal immigration causes net losses estimated to be as high as $326 billion per year. Compare that cost to $13 Billion for a wall. Walls work. Everywhere they were built, they worked quite well. People who find the wall offensive obviously believe in “open borders”, and they believe in open borders. Why? Those trying to make a race, color, ethnicity, class, or nationality issue of it do so because all of their arguments are weak and unsustainable excuses and common tactics to divert attention away from these serious problems caused by illegal immigration.

    Roy wrote: Folks should be held accountable for ignoring immigration law, for establishing sanctuary cities, for giving citizenship under unlawful circumstances, for high gov’t officials who collude to take a political candidate out of the race, to weaponize intelligence to with the intent of impeaching a sitting President, and so on … … LOCK HER UP
    Yes, they should. But asking Congress to police their own ranks is like expecting a heroin addict to go cold turkey. Hence, the label: “The Swamp”.

    However, the people of this nation had better wake-up to what the Democrats are trying doing (i.e. promising amnesty and citizenship in return for votes), or they will suffer the following consequences many nations have suffered when they no longer have control of their borders:

  • Crime is a serious issue, but only part of the many issues costing U.S. tax payers net losses of $70 billion to $326.7 billion per year; some estimates place losses much higher;

  • burden on education systems;

  • burden on healthcare systems;

  • burden on hospital systems; 84 hospitals closed/closing in California; 70% of women giving birth at Parkland Memorial hospital in Dallas,TX in only the first 3 months of year 2006 were illegal aliens; same thing for this Florida hospital; border states are hit hardest, but it’s happening in all 50 states in the U.S.!

  • burden on welfare systems; over 32% of illegal aliens receive welfare (often for their children born in U.S. hospitals at U.S. tax payers expense);

  • burden on Medicaid system;

  • burden on border patrol systems; ever increasing numbers are needed;

  • burden on insurance systems; illegal aliens can/will not pay for damages they cause;

  • burden on law enforcement systems; costing California billions per year;

  • burden on prison systems; 29% of state and federal prisoners (Sep-2004) are illegal aliens;

  • millions of displaced American workers; partly because half of all illegal aliens that don’t pay income taxes, and greedy employers that don’t pay unemployment taxes, Social Security, Medicare taxes, etc.; Ask your Congress persons why we keep bringing in millions of foreign workers each year to take American jobs) are unemployed (not even including the tens of millions of existing illegal foreign workers in the U.S. and the millions coming to the U.S. illegally every year)? If that bothers you, then please see: AmericanWorkers.org ;

  • voter fraud; burden on voting systems; an electorate transformed by Democrats who are using “open borders” to get votes;
  • Republican politicians are guilty too, because they like the cheap labor too, but they better pull their heads out if they don’t want any of the above.

    At any rate, the majority of voters have the government that they elect, and re-elect, and re-elect, … , at least, possibly, until rewarding corrupt incumbent politicians with perpetual re-election finally becomes too painful.

    Posted by: d.a.n at January 22, 2018 1:59 PM
    Comment #423571

    “In June 2012, President Obama announced the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. It allows young unauthorized immigrants who meet certain criteria to apply for a commitment from the federal government for “deferred action” — that is, a commitment not to initiate deportation proceedings — for two years. Successful applicants also receive a work permit.

    DACA wasn’t a legalization program — technically speaking, immigrants who are “DACAmented” are lawfully present in the US, but don’t have legal status.

    DACA doesn’t give immigrants any path to becoming legal permanent residents or citizens. The executive branch can’t legalize anybody.

    If Trump didn’t act to end DACA before September 5, a group of state attorneys general, led by Texas, threatened to sue to do it for him. They want to ask a federal judge who already ruled one Obama-era deferred action program unconstitutional (the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans program, or DAPA, which was stopped before going into effect in 2015) to do the same for DACA.”

    https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/8/31/16226934/daca-trump-dreamers-immigration

    President Trump has said repeatedly, that he will not reauthorize what is clearly unconstitutional. He wants congress to do its duty and resolve immigration questions with legislation.

    Posted by: Royal Flush at January 22, 2018 5:50 PM
    Comment #423574

    Royal Flush, Thanks for the clarification. Yes, DACA is not amnesty. But that is a stepping stone to the Democrats true agenda, which is to pass amnesty for the Dreamers and millions of illegal immigrants, who will become Democrat voters. That is the Democrats plan to regain control (by changing the electorate; via promises of amnesty and citizenship).

    IF 700,000 DACA immigrants receive amnesty, and then bring their families here too, the Democrats now have 4 million new Democrat voters (and the Republicans like the cheap labor too). The Democrats do not want any of the other controls (i.e. funding for border security, restricting chain-migration, ending the immigration lottery, enforcing existing immigration laws, eVerify, or anything that would hinder the flood of illegal immigrants into the U.S.).

    Posted by: d.a.n at January 22, 2018 6:53 PM
    Comment #423577

    Of course you are sadly correct in laying out the Democrat goals with immigration d.a.n.

    It is difficult for me to wrap my thoughts around such a devious and nation-harming strategy.

    I endorse “legal” immigration. A civilized nation is one which chooses who it will invite, from among the nations of the world, to become citizens of the United States and expecting invitees to embrace full allegiance to their new home.

    That means speaking English, honoring our flag and traditions, and fully immersing themselves in our historical history and culture. Anything less serves only a single purpose, and will not contribute to the national good.

    Posted by: Royal Flush at January 22, 2018 7:09 PM
    Comment #423588

    This is amazing.
    The California Attorney General (Xavier Becerra) said he will prosecute any employer who helps enforce federal illegal immigration laws.

    Is there anyone on this site who thinks that is OK ?

    Who thinks Xavier Beccera should be arrested?

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