Deal Or No Deal?

Many Americans are applauding the new found cooperation between a GOP president and the Congressional Dems……but since the “good news” was release there has been a wealth of back and forth……

It is confusing…..so do we have a deal?  Or Not?

The Congressional Dems seem to think that there is a deal….

In a move that stunned many Republicans, Democratic leaders announced Wednesday night that they had reached a deal with President Trump to protect Dreamers from deportation in return for funding extra border security—but not a wall. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi announced the deal after a White House dinner, the AP reports. “We agreed to enshrine the protections of DACA into law quickly, and to work out a package of border security, excluding the wall, that’s acceptable to both sides,” they said in a joint statement. A source says the deal also includes a pathway to citizenship for the almost 800,000 young immigrants involved.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted that DACA and border security were discussed at the meeting, though “excluding the wall was certainly not agreed to,” the Los Angeles Times reports. This is the second time in two weeks that Trump has bypassed Republicans to cut a deal with Democrats and immigration hardliners are furious over what they see as an amnesty, the Washington Post reports. If reports of the deal are true, Trump’s “base is blown up, destroyed, irreparable, and disillusioned beyond repair,” said GOP Rep. Steve King. “No promise is credible.” Breitbart.com called the deal a “full-fledged cave” and dubbed the president “Amnesty Don.”

The with a flick of the thumbs Pres. Trump is saying that there is NO deal…..

Thursday morning brings a dose of confusion to the debate over the fate of young undocumented immigrants. President Trump tweeted that he and top Democrats had not reached a deal about the fate of the Dreamers, despite Democrats’ assertion Wednesday night to the contrary. “No deal was made last night on DACA,” the president wrote, referring to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. “Massive border security would have to be agreed to in exchange for consent.” All this began when Democrats including Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer had a dinner meeting with Trump at the White House on Wednesday, and Democrats emerged afterward to declare that they’d struck a deal to “enshrine the protections of DACA into law.” In exchange, they’d agree to a number of border security improvements—excluding the president’s proposed border wall.

Almost immediately, the White House pushed back on that characterization, with press chief Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeting that no deal to exclude the border wall was struck, reports the New York Times. Trump reiterated that in his tweet, adding that the wall “will continue to be built.” (He didn’t, however, address whether funding would be linked to DACA.) But the president also expressed support for Dreamers and suggested that he wanted a deal that would provide some kind of pathway to citizenship for them. “Does anybody really want to throw out good, educated and accomplished young people who have jobs, some serving in the military? Really!” hewrote. “They have been in our country for many years through no fault of their own – brought in by parents at young age.”

I for one am pleased to see some small incident of cooperation between the two parties……but with all my cheer leading…… is there a Deal or Not?

How long will this “cooperation” last?

Across The Aisle

For decades I have watched the two parties snipe at each other from the bushes….matters not who is president or which party holds the leads of the power wagon.

Since 2008 when Obama was elected president then the label of liberal has been a bad thing and been used to attack anything that is purposed.  The GOP had a plethora of slogans for anything the liberals had to offer and it has been successful…..and then the country elected Donald Trump as president…..a Repub a member of the GOP (?) plus the GOP controls both Houses of Congress and a majority on the Supreme court….so with all that power in their hands then the bills and legislation should be flying off the pens of reps and onto Trump’s desk for approval.

You would think……but nope the GOP has not been able to accomplish a thing legislatively.  plus Trump and McConnell and Ryan do not seem to be on the same conservative page…..and that has a impotent party in control.

Recently the GOP “repeal and replace” hit the manure heap…..could not find the support for a bill.  But they still have DACA, Russia, taxes, border wall, etc…..lots of issues with little support from the party in power.

With failures mounting up Trump decided to go to the Dems for some help……and found them eager to work on a compromise…..

President Trump ticked off Republican lawmakers Wednesday (last week) when he struck a surprise deal with Democrats. Now, it looks like the across-the-aisle deal-making is poised to continue. The Washington Post reports that Trump, Chuck Schumer, and Nancy Pelosi have reached a “gentleman’s agreement” to explore the idea of permanently eliminating the need for Congress to approve increases in the debt ceiling. More on that and the suddenly warm relations between the president and top Democrats:

  • Rosy press:Politico reports that Trump seems thrilled with the generally positive media coverage of his outreach to Schumer and Pelosi, and he spoke to both by phone Thursday. “In the eyes of Trump, news coverage often matters more than almost anything else,” writes Josh Dawsey, which could bode well for future deals.
  • ‘Schumer Test’: “It goes something like this,” explains NPR. “If you’re a Republican and Chuck Schumer is happy, then it’s likely not a good day.” Well, Schumer, is “beaming,” and that has Republicans leery. Trump’s cozy reference to “Chuck and Nancy” didn’t help.
  • The irony: Mike Allen at Axios sees Wednesday’s development as a “seminal moment” for GOP leaders in Congress, who watched in person as Trump derailed their strategy. “It’s now possible that Trump’s biggest legislative wins this year will be more spending and raising the debt cap—the exact opposite of what Tea Party Republicans came to DC to do.”
  • The debt limit idea: Congress routinely needs to raise the debt limit, which puts a cap on how much the government can borrow, to pay the nation’s bills. The problem is these votes “are often politicized and can cause panic among investors,” explains the Post. Trump himself suggested, “Has anybody ever thought about eliminating this vote?” recounts Pelosi, per the Hill. “And we said we’ll take it back to our caucus.” A report at Politico says Schumer was the one to broach the idea with the president, who responded, “Let’s do it.”
  • Nope: House speaker Paul Ryan threw cold water on the idea Thursday. “I won’t get into a private conversation that we had,” he said, referring to the president. “But I think there is a legitimate role for the power of the purse and Article 1 powers, and that’s something we need to defend here in Congress.” That article of the Constitution essentially gives Congress control over the US purse strings. Meanwhile, House conservatives objected even to Wednesday’s short-term deal in a letter to Ryan.

The deal seems to be popular….at least in the polls….the country liked the idea of a compromise and the working of two entities for a success.

It must have been overwhelming because Trump has decided to bring the two Dem leaders to the White House for a dinner and a meeting…..

In a move that stunned many Republicans, Democratic leaders announced Wednesday night that they had reached a deal with President Trump to protect Dreamers from deportation in return for funding extra border security—but not a wall. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi announced the deal after a White House dinner, the AP reports. “We agreed to enshrine the protections of DACA into law quickly, and to work out a package of border security, excluding the wall, that’s acceptable to both sides,” they said in a joint statement. A source says the deal also includes a pathway to citizenship for the almost 800,000 young immigrants involved.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted that DACA and border security were discussed at the meeting, though “excluding the wall was certainly not agreed to,” the Los Angeles Times reports. This is the second time in two weeks that Trump has bypassed Republicans to cut a deal with Democrats and immigration hardliners are furious over what they see as an amnesty, the Washington Post reports. If reports of the deal are true, Trump’s “base is blown up, destroyed, irreparable, and disillusioned beyond repair,” said GOP Rep. Steve King. “No promise is credible.” Breitbart.com called the deal a “full-fledged cave” and dubbed the president “Amnesty Don.”

After 8 months of nothing to show for his time in office the president now has two wins if we may call them that……

Maybe now all those diehard Trump supporters should lighten up on liberals….apparently they are willing to work with him where as his own party is shunning him at every move.

I believe we now have a good grasp on which party is the obstructionist party.

Could this be a temporary situation?  Sure.  But take the wins while you can.

An America First Foreign Policy

In the beginning of the 2016 election we had a new (well not so new) slogan for the voter to deal with…..America First.

Donald Trump promised to “make America Great Again”….which is something all Americans love to hear…the problem for me was I did not see how we were not already “great”.

“America First” was a promised during th1940’s to keep the US out of another European war……an isolationist position to be sure.

This is a good look at the America First promise…..it is from the Libertarian Future Of Freedom Foundation

In his inaugural address, Donald Trump stated, “From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first, America first.” Trump apparently first used his catchphrase in a March 2016 interview with the New York Times in the context of foreign policy. The interviewer suggested that Trump was taking something of an “‘America First’ kind of approach, a mistrust of many foreigners, both our adversaries and some of our Continue Reading

Source: An America First Foreign Policy – The Future of Freedom Foundation

I like the idea to staying out of all these minor wars but I also think the days of isolationism are long gone.

WE will have to wait a few more years to see just where Trump’s America First will take the country.

Who Is “Begging For War”?

I seems that I cannot move past the North Korean problem…..

North Korea has gotten the world into a lather……he, Li’l Kim, has been throwing stones at Japan and threatening the rest of the Pacific with his words….plus he keeps setting off a nuke a month (so it seems)….of course the US and Trump have been issuing dire warnings for Li’l Kim’s digressions….and the people and country that would be most hit if there is a war is usually silent and when they do speak they talk of calm and reason.

Tough words from the North and tougher words from the East…..seems that everyone of the major players is begging for something besides a calm and rational solution…..

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told the Security Council that North Korea was ‘begging for war.’ She said this in reference to the test of a thermonuclear – hydrogen – bomb by the North Korean military. ‘Enough is enough,’ said Ambassador Haley. ‘We have taken an incremental approach, and despite the best of intentions, it has not worked.’

Ambassador Haley made these comments at the UN Security Council, where there are five permanent members and ten rotating members. These five permanents members (China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States) are all nuclear weapon powers. They are not on the Council permanently (with veto power) because they have nuclear weapons. There are declared nuclear weapon states (India, Israel and Pakistan) that do not have a permanent seat on the UN Security Council. It is an accident of history that gives these five countries the right to be the judges of the planet.

Source: Who Is Begging for War? We Have Such a Poor Understanding of the Conflict with North Korea | Alternet

As this situation progresses it looks like some especially the MSM, are pushing for some sort of pre-emptive strike against NK…..attack to prevent a war……(think that over)……

Articles discussing pre-emptive strikes on North Korea are now everywhere. Based on a small number of in-depth analytical studies, they detail military challenges, human costs and likely outcomes. While those articles prepare us for the short term, they ignore the potential long-term strategic change that would result from a conflict on the Korean peninsula.

We’ve seen this before in the lead-up to the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Articles discussed the military challenges, human costs and likely outcomes. But the conflict ultimately upset the delicate regional balance of power and led to an outbreak of suppressed identity conflicts, dispersion of military know-how, and an uncontrolled spread in disruptive ideologies. Those effects weren’t unforeseen, but rather ignored in the rush to war.

Source: Pre-emptive Thinking About Pre-emptive Strikes | RealClearDefense

There are so many facets to the complex situation and the best they can do for a solution is that a first strike to prevent a war ids the best they can do.