Thursday, January 25, 2018

Better than Reagan

You may recall that I told you the God-Emperor would be better than Reagan. Trump will be known as the greatest US president since Lincoln by the time his first term is done. And he will easily win re-election in a Trumpslide.
The Trump administration has pursued policies that have hewed remarkably close to the recommendations of a leading conservative think tank, the Heritage Foundation, which found in a new review that nearly two-thirds of its ideas had been carried out or embraced by the White House over the past year.

Not one to dwell on the details of governing, President Trump has shown a considerable degree of deference to groups within the conservative movement like Heritage, leading to a rightward shift in social, environmental, immigration and foreign policy.

The results, Heritage found in its review, exceeded even the first year of Ronald Reagan’s presidency, whose tenure has long been the conservative gold standard.”

Heritage began developing in 2016 a list of 334 policy prescriptions that a new Republican administration could adopt. It included a variety of actions, like reimposing work requirements for welfare recipients, ending the program that shields young immigrants brought here illegally as children, withdrawing from the Paris climate accord and eliminating certain gender identity protections.

Heritage said that 64 percent of those items were enacted by the administration either through executive order or another means of enforcement, or included in Mr. Trump’s budget, which has not been voted on by Congress.

In Reagan’s first year, only 49 percent of Heritage’s wish list items were embraced by the president or enacted. At the time, Heritage identified a familiar problem for why the administration’s policies were wanting. In almost every federal agency, Heritage said in November 1981, “delayed appointments, unqualified or misqualified appointments, or the appointment of individuals who are not committed to the President’s goals and policies” had delayed or thwarted policy changes.”
And yes, I know that Lincoln was actually a disastrous president and one of the worst in US history. I'm just utilizing the mainstream standard and stating that Trump will be publicly viewed as one of the four or five greatest presidents despite the entire media doing their level best to destroy him even before the start.

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Blogger tublecane January 25, 2018 1:22 PM  

I got a little nervous when you said Lincoln, because probably the only way Trump will come close to that status will be to be martyred.

Of course, he only has to beat out all the other presidents to be the best since Lincoln. But with all the assassination talk lately...

Anonymous Viking January 25, 2018 1:23 PM  

It is a strange world indeed when a billionaire businessman turns out to be more conservative than Reagan and more Catholic than the Pope. Though the later is not hard to pull off right now.

Blogger Chris Mallory January 25, 2018 1:29 PM  

Reagan got his "warning" on March 30th, not even three months after he was sworn in.

Trump kept his private body guard up until at least Sept of 2017. I could not find anything more recent about if he is still using some private guards.

Anonymous Frank Brady January 25, 2018 1:30 PM  

Just two observations:

1. The Great Wall Street Casino is NOT "the Economy".
2. The President has subordinated U.S. foreign policy to the interests of Israel and the bi-partisan Washington War Party, targeting Syria, Iran and Russia.

What could possibly go wrong?

Blogger Chris Mallory January 25, 2018 1:30 PM  

Trump will never take the #1 spot, that will always be held by William Henry Harrison. Would that more government officials have followed his lead.

Blogger Silly but True January 25, 2018 1:38 PM  

In a sense, there is a difference in quality - accounting for some real percentage - between the political and legislative results in 1981 versus 2018, the largest manifested in actual passed legislation and permanent appointments versus governance by Executive Order and acting / vacancy appointments.

Reagan had less overall, but what had been obtained was obtained with more permanence and more difficult to undo in 4- or 8- years.

Counterpoint in Trump's favor is Reagan didn't have to achieve whatever he's been able to in the face of #resist saboteurs and outright rebellion. So maybe those effects are all a wash.

Blogger VFM #7634 January 25, 2018 1:55 PM  

"And yes, I know that Lincoln was actually a disastrous president and one of the worst in US history."

I got that from "will be known as"... but I imagine it did head off problems.

"and more Catholic than the ['Pope'] "

Trump's wife is Catholic, so in a sense he could be called the second Catholic president. (I mean, if British monarchs were prohibited from being married to Catholics...)

Anonymous a deplorable rubberducky January 25, 2018 2:00 PM  

Reagan himself viewed his entire presidency as "a good start" in the direction he wanted to take America. Sadly everybody who followed him in the Oval Office headed off in a different direction, even reversing course.

I hope to God that Trump is not only able to have a successful presidency, but also that he really does usher in a new era of governance, a new paradigm for Washington. That's something Reagan ultimately was unable to achieve.

Anonymous Critically Bent January 25, 2018 2:03 PM  

Not just the media, but also the Deep State and Shadow Government as well.

Blogger Noah B The Savage Gardener January 25, 2018 2:09 PM  

@4 There are massively powerful entrenched interests opposed to Trump, including many Congressmen in his own party, and he doesn't have the ability to change that overnight. Trump hasn't even come close to fixing everything but all indications are that he's doing his best.

Anonymous Überdeplorable Psychedelic Cat Grass January 25, 2018 2:09 PM  

Proud to have been on the Trump train from the start. It is very possible that we are ushering in a new golden age for the republic. That'd be nice: go out on a high note.

Blogger YIH January 25, 2018 2:11 PM  

Another difference is simply Trump is not as 'nice' as Reagan - which is a good thing. Trump's more hard-nosed, he would not be friends with, or hang out with Cuck Ryan (yeah I know, nominally the same party, ect). Nor do I think they even like one another personally the way Reagan and Tip O'Neill did. To put it bluntly, by the time he was re-elected Reagan could be and often was 'rolled' (amnesty being the prime example).
Although to be fair, I'm one who suspects Reagan was already beginning the decline when he was sworn in the second time. Although I have no crystal ball, Trump seems fitter at 71 then Reagan did at the same age.

Anonymous ZhukovG January 25, 2018 2:14 PM  

I would imagine that 'Fixing' the American Union, to the extent that it can be, is going to involve a declaration of martial law at some point. It won't stop the break up, but it may leave the 'Right' with most of the country and most importantly, control of the American nuclear arsenal.

Anonymous nordicthunder January 25, 2018 2:17 PM  

checking cryptofashion bulk pricing on Trumpslide 2020 shirts...still not tired

Anonymous Nimgaladh January 25, 2018 2:21 PM  

I believe that at the end of his reign, Mr. Trump will prove himself to be ten times the president Mr. Reagan was. I loved the 1980's and I'm even more excited for the future. There is a new and eviler empire to be taken down, and the Dec 21 EO was the declaration of war. I'm enjoying every one of the three thousand days of Christmas.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash January 25, 2018 2:25 PM  

Even the music is becoming listenable again

Anonymous FisherOfMen January 25, 2018 2:29 PM  

>>Even the music is becoming listenable again

Music is *ALWAYS* better during Republican administrations. Musicians are mostly lefties, and they get fat and happy and lazy during D admins. But during R admins, they get all pissy and despondent, and anyone knows that this brings the art out of its foreskin.

Blogger YIH January 25, 2018 2:32 PM  

Zman has an interesting take on Trump:
My guess is everyone who played sports growing up had at least one of these types of coaches. Bill Parcels was famous for playing head games with his players. He was big on keeping every player on edge, even his stars. At the NFL level, the psychological aspects of coaching are more complex, but the underlying strategy is the same. You make the players doubt themselves in a way that results in their natural hyper-competitiveness kicking in, so they push themselves to the edge of their potential.
An example was Reagan was famous for portraying a football player, Trump is a football fan (and of course, one-time pro team owner).
As an aside, there are rumblings Trump's old friend Vince McMahon is contemplating a XFL comeback.

Blogger Keyser Soze January 25, 2018 2:37 PM  

The big question is how the God-Emperor handles the inevitable stock market decline. He has embraced the rise as his own, how does he play the maybe substantially lower markets???.

Blogger James January 25, 2018 2:40 PM  

In Abe Lincoln's defense I must point out that the North had a proprietary interest, jointly and severally, in the assets of the Southern states. If I own half a horse in partnership with another person, that other person is NOT NOT NOT properly settling a separation of our interests by hacking the horse in to 2 equal but dead pieces. Do you get more point, or are y'all stupid? To say that the South was making a fair proposal by walking away from the Union on its own unilateral terms is pure sophistry, and I'm glad that Lincoln and the rest of the Unionists did not fall for it. All that said I agree that big socialist government got a big boost from the Civil War between the States for Southern Independence, which is regrettable, but which I also put blame on the Slave owning South for being intransigent and not just the North for winning the war.

Blogger Silly but True January 25, 2018 2:52 PM  

Trump will address the stock market decline on Jan.19, 2025 as follows.

"I am sorry to note the S&P 500 is down 1,000 points today upon news that my term ends.

However, I'm glad to report that it's current level of 6,791 is still a 300% increase over its January 20, 2017 close of 2,263."

Anonymous Precious January 25, 2018 3:06 PM  

Does anyone else like the idea of labeling each President Trump year as a TV season in the spirit of Celebrity Apprentice?

Season 1 could be "The Winning is Just Getting Started" or "The Winning Begins"
Season 2 has only just begun but my first thought would be "The Winning Grows Taller"
If Mueller ever tried to file charges it could be "Still Winning as the Deep State Strikes Back"

Blogger horsewithnonick January 25, 2018 3:11 PM  

You might be able to dispense with the qualifier.

Kim Jong-Un calls for reunification of Korea

Blogger Eric Castle January 25, 2018 3:13 PM  

@20 Ah yes. The all too common conflation of the modern Post-Civil War idea of the Nation with a group of subordinate states in it with the Pre thinking of a nation which was a collection of States.

E.g. the North has nothing to “lose” per se in that it had no “claim” upon the States of the South. This at one time meant Federalism (although that has been tortured). They are “States” not “Provinces” for a reason.

Blogger Russtovich January 25, 2018 3:25 PM  

Reading ZMan at the same time I see. 😎

Anonymous BBGKB January 25, 2018 3:35 PM  

Better than Reagan. You may recall that I told you the God

Raygun was shot by "you know who", & applied "Trust but verify" to the wrong group

The big question is how the God-Emperor handles the inevitable stock market decline.

TRUMP knows the can has been kicked down the road farther than anyone could imagine & has had time to prepare for it. TRUMP might even be smart enough to figure a good way out of the "Israel has nukes under major US cities for blackmail" scenario, of course letting leftist cities go would be a good option;)

Anonymous TroubleSpeak January 25, 2018 3:37 PM  

B-b-bu-but Trump is just a big mean, liberal from New York! No different from Hillary! Trump will embarrass all of us *True* conservatives!!

Anonymous Simplytimothy January 25, 2018 3:58 PM  

Hamilton 68 is Kristol's latest attempt to blame Putin for Trump. Assange called him out on it. SJW's always double down , neocons triple down.

Trump breaking them is a historic achievement.

Anonymous fop January 25, 2018 4:07 PM  

Wall. Big. Beautiful. Wall.

Anonymous a deplorable rubberducky January 25, 2018 4:12 PM  

TroubleSpeak wrote:B-b-bu-but Trump is just a big mean, liberal from New York! No different from Hillary! Trump will embarrass all of us *True* conservatives!!

Cankles didn't say he'd embarrass them all. She said he'd HANG them all.

Blogger James January 25, 2018 4:12 PM  

"@20 Ah yes. The all too common conflation of the modern Post-Civil War idea of the Nation with a group of subordinate states in it with the Pre thinking of a nation which was a collection of States.
E.g. the North has nothing to “lose” per se in that it had no “claim” upon the States of the South. This at one time meant Federalism (although that has been tortured). They are “States” not “Provinces” for a reason." It is my opinion that the "Confederacy" was an unacceptable enemy of the remaining "Union" from its inception. Sure, they can declare their independence, but if their existence is problematic to other nations, they better win their war or they are kaput.

Blogger el diablo loco poco January 25, 2018 4:31 PM  

@20 & @31
"All that said I agree that big socialist government got a big boost from the Civil War between the States for Southern Independence, which is regrettable, but which I also put blame on the Slave owning South for being intransigent and not just the North for winning the war."

South had little choice. If you want to assign blame, don't exclude the founders. The same folks that authored the constitution were unable to resolve the slavery issue simultaneously with the small side issue of revolt against the king. Once a government program is institutionalized its very difficult to resolve, be it good(rare) or evil(more common). Its almost the 'go to' example to prove how difficult it is to eliminate even a demonstrably evil government program once enacted.

Blogger Chris Mallory January 25, 2018 4:33 PM  

James wrote:It is my opinion that the "Confederacy" was an unacceptable enemy

It was only unacceptable to the progressives and Marxists in the Lincoln regime. It is a shame Lincoln was not strangled in the crib.

Blogger Odin Indaway January 25, 2018 5:08 PM  

Maybe Trump will pull out some of Lincoln's strategies; such as suspending Habeas Corpus for his political opponents, and creating a new state out of the simpatico parts of California as Lincoln did with West Virginia. Go Abraham Trump...MAGA

Anonymous Sword of Skullz January 25, 2018 5:13 PM  

Not much of a benchmark to set seeing as Reagan left the size of government, debt and immigration way higher than when he began.

Although he did have the good sense to cut and run from Lebanon.

Anonymous Elder Son January 25, 2018 5:18 PM  

@4 Frank Brady

Quiet Frank. You know everyone is getting a bonus and a raise built on top of the growing Wall Street bubble built almost entirely on air.

And hey, give the God Emperor a chance! He can not fully implement his Commander in Chiefness until The Swamp®™© has been drained in the Department of Defense, the Department of State, the Department of Homeland Security, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Justice Department, and all the other ABC's and NGO's. Then, the government will stop GlobalCopping®™© for Globalism®™©.

You just wait and see Frank. Besides, Reagan only tore down a wall, and was clueless about running cocaine. Watch the God Emperor BUILD one!

Blogger JRR January 25, 2018 5:28 PM  

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Anonymous Andrew E. January 25, 2018 5:33 PM  

Same as Reagan?

BREAKING: Trump will support a path to citizenship for DACA recipients and Dreamers who were eligible for DACA but didn’t apply, which is about 1.8 million Dreamers, per conference call between Stephen Miller and House Republican staff that @NBCNews was on.

Blogger pyrrhus January 25, 2018 5:39 PM  

O/T Apparently the treasonous FBI texts weren't really lost...

Anonymous Killua January 25, 2018 5:40 PM  

I have been saying the same thing. Trump not only will get re-elected, but will go on to history as an extraordinary president.

Blogger pyrrhus January 25, 2018 5:41 PM  

Reagan was overrated for a reason no one mentions--the 1986 Tax Act which blew up the S&L industry and handed a near monopoly to the big banks. Not to mention costing the Feds hundreds of billions...

Blogger Johnny January 25, 2018 5:44 PM  

The thing about Reagan is that he was so much better than he other choice. Otherwise I take him as good but currently overrated.

Anonymous Elder Son January 25, 2018 5:52 PM  

Reagan's "I know nothing" Continuity of Government Plan was the precursor to today's continuation of National Security Police State.

P.S. You're not the government.

Anonymous a_peraspera January 25, 2018 5:52 PM  

"BREAKING: Trump will support a path to citizenship for DACA recipients and Dreamers who were eligible for DACA but didn’t apply, which is about 1.8 million Dreamers..."

Whoops. That should flip Florida, Arizona and maybe Texas. That's the whole ball game folks.

Blogger James January 25, 2018 6:16 PM  

"South had little choice." Or rather the South chose poorly. The die was cast and their doom was sure just when they thought they had gotten what they wanted, i.e. their Fugitive Slave Law which required the North to help them enforce their slavery system, and then, remember all the gloating when Justice Taney ruled in 1857 that negroes have no rights which the white man is bound to respect? IF the South had been willing to compromise on the enforcement of slavery, I think secession and war might have been avoided.

Anonymous mm January 25, 2018 6:20 PM  


You're assuming the Democrats bite. This appears to be more "Art of the Deal" in action:

"(The bill) includes some extremely generous provisions that should make Democrat support to get to 60 votes a given," the White House official said, referring to the generous path to citizenship. "Certainly any Democrat who is serious about the priorities they say they have ... it should be impossible to oppose this measure if it's one of sincere belief."

Now, in all likelihood, the Democrats continue to do what they do best: double down and refuse any concessions. This will backfire and shift momentum further to the right.

Of course, if I'm wrong and this measure passes, I will be pissed, but for now, Trump has earned enough respect for me to be patient and see how it plays out.

Anonymous Precious January 25, 2018 6:22 PM  

Trump will support a path to citizenship for DACA recipients and Dreamers

Trump sets up the football and promises that this time, for real, he won't pull it away as the Democrats run up and kick it.

Blogger Matthew January 25, 2018 6:24 PM  

The Three Rules of the Trumpening, by Cinco Jotas:

Rule 1: Always Trust Trump

Rule 2: Never Bet Against Trump

Rule 3: Don't Get Tire of Winning

Anonymous a_peraspera January 25, 2018 6:25 PM  

Yeah if I was Schumer I would instantly take this deal and then just revoke the Wall funding in 2019 (assuming the Dems take Congress).

Anonymous johnc January 25, 2018 6:32 PM  

An amnesty bill that the courts would be able to expand to tens of millions in return for funding for a wall that would never be built is really a great deal for the Democrats. They would be insane to not take it. It would completely demoralize Republican voters for the midterms, and they will stay home.

Recall that Democrats and Republicans in Congress have been pushing various amnesty bills for 15 years now and each time it's been shut down by Americans screaming bloody murder. They just keep repackaging the same attempts, hoping to wear us all down. This framework is just the latest version of that.

Because of his bravado and lack of self-discipline, Trump has made some big mistakes in 2017. It's why he has a special counsel investigating him right now. That's one hell of a blunder he walked in to. So I wouldn't doubt that he thinks this could be a good deal for him. "I'll get a wall for my base, and now the Democrats and media will like me too."

Trump, like Reagan, does make mistakes... including big ones.

We'll see.

Anonymous johnc January 25, 2018 6:35 PM  

Trump sets up the football and promises that this time, for real...

...he's really, really, really going to build that wall... and Mexico's going to pay for it! Just you watch!

Blogger Mr.MantraMan January 25, 2018 6:48 PM  

Prog baiting with chain migration

Anonymous Napoleon 12pdr January 25, 2018 6:49 PM  

I suspect Trump is playing several games here.

First, this proposal pulls the cover off the REAL numbers of DACAs. Which are not 700K, but about five times that number. This will undermine support.

Second, killing chain migration and lowering overall immigration levels is THE primary objective. That's essential. The Barrier Wall is part of that.

Third, kindly note that the Dems are already saying this is DOA. They haven't figured out that Trump has the ultimate trump of mid-March, he will have no option but to regretfully enforce the law. And ship the DACAs back.

And they have to go back. All of them. Especially since I'd bet money that the whole "brought here as a babe in arms" is 95%+ lies. The reality is, "Came here as a teenager".

Blogger James Dixon January 25, 2018 7:21 PM  

> Yeah if I was Schumer I would instantly take this deal and then just revoke the Wall funding in 2019 (assuming the Dems take Congress).

Which is why Trump is demanding the majority of the money up front, not spread out over several years.

Blogger newbietrader January 25, 2018 7:58 PM  

looks like he's about to cuck out on illegal immigration and the wall, guess he needs maids for his hotels and gardeners for his golf courses

Anonymous Someguy January 25, 2018 8:10 PM  

The reference to Lincoln alongside Trump is interesting. The Civil War was ultimately a result of large scale importation and breeding of foreigners for cheap labor for the wealthy elite. Those who don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

Blogger Lew Rand January 25, 2018 8:17 PM  

One question is how close is congress to a veto proof clean DACA. We know a number of fake R senators will go for it, but the house isn't close.

Or is that all we know. We love to use the number real polling all the time and maybe the white house is looking at the real polling of the cucks in Congress.

This proposal on many fronts torpedoes any effort in that direction. The Democrats look bad for not even negotiating. Cucky R's will look bad if they don't try to follow this plan and instead go full amnesty.

I will end by referencing the 3 points above about what happens when those of us with less than complete knowledge diss the GE.

Blogger cmbaileytstc January 25, 2018 8:19 PM  

Why is the GE seemingly trying to keep DACA alive?

Anonymous Anonymous January 25, 2018 8:35 PM  

I am against all immigration legal illegal merit based or other.
Since there's been an upsurge in border crossings the past three months and since politicians want to include ALL that are here now (not just those here before 2007) what will they do about those going through the legal process which costs thousands of dollars and years of paperwork? And what about terrorists that are here and others coming over the border as we speak? Will they to be included in this amnesty? Also to give amnesty to one group would be rayciss. Wouldn't it? This is a disaster for all American citizens! It is a lose-lose. The only solution: They have to go back.

Anonymous Andrew E. January 25, 2018 8:39 PM  

Why is the GE seemingly trying to keep DACA alive?

It is my studied opinion of Trump's campaign rhetoric, interviews and speeches since he announced for President, that taken as a whole, he doesn't want to deport the DACA people. I think he thinks it would be wrong. He's fine deporting millions or tens of millions of illegals, but he draws a line at the DACA people for some reason. He wants a deal that will normalize them. I think that's why we're seeing what we're seeing on immigration.

Blogger VD January 25, 2018 8:53 PM  

Why is the GE seemingly trying to keep DACA alive?

Civic nationalism.

Blogger bob kek mando January 25, 2018 9:02 PM  

44. James January 25, 2018 6:16 PM
i.e. their Fugitive Slave Law

read for us Article 4, Section 2, Clause 3.

Blogger tuberman January 25, 2018 9:15 PM  

What's going on in DAVOS and the UK is what's important this week. I let the shills talk DACA.

What is going on at DAVOS, and with the UK? But stupid people never ask!

Blogger tuberman January 25, 2018 9:39 PM  

Also, AT&T pushing for an internet Bill of Rights, and this is not phony. It is meant to cut down on Right wing censorship, in fact, all unreasonable censorship. But no mention. why? Lack of research?

Anonymous Avalanche January 25, 2018 10:06 PM  

@33 "creating a new state out of the simpatico parts of California"

Northern Cal is already trying to break free into the state named Jefferson -- if Trump would greenlight it, they'd be MOST grateful!

Blogger el diablo loco poco January 25, 2018 10:16 PM  

"Or rather the South chose poorly."
Their die was cast in 1776. Once slavery was institutionalized and the entire southern economy built upon it, it would have taken major economic incentives and diversification to change their path. Northern states blocked diversification, so no choices. Except for Sherman, an army, and a lot of torches.
None of the wealthy were ever going to willingly empty their pockets for nothing in return. Humans are unfortunately quite good at rationalizing their evil when it pays well.
Just lookit todays headlines. :o

Blogger el diablo loco poco January 25, 2018 10:19 PM  

@62 Big NSA contract going forward for ATT. Hmmmmm. Why?

Blogger tuberman January 25, 2018 10:21 PM  

If you were in control and smart, how would you go about getting the USA, Western Civilization, and last the whole world back on a health course? Pawn issues first,like DACA? The real threats are much more immediate, the Global Elite, and locally the Deep State wants you dead, and your family destroyed, and if not, how about crashing the USA economy? How would you prevent those? What would be your priorities?

Blogger tuberman January 25, 2018 10:24 PM  

All you need to know is that AT&T's anti-censorship push is real.

Anonymous Ominous Cowherd January 25, 2018 10:40 PM  

cmbaileytstc wrote:Why is the GE seemingly trying to keep DACA alive?

Keeping it alive, or putting the blame on Congress for letting it die?

VD wrote:Why is the GE seemingly trying to keep DACA alive?

Civic nationalism.

Even if Trump weren't Civ Nat, most of the almost-Right are very Civ Nat. If a Civic Nationalist were going to get all squishy about alien invaders, it would be about the DACA invaders. So, even if Trump isn't really all in on amnesty for the DACA nightmare, until almost-Right becomes Alt-Right it makes sense for him to nurse that one along until the blame falls on some one else.

Blogger Noah B The Savage Gardener January 25, 2018 11:21 PM  

Trump is a master negotiator. He could put so many conditions in the DACA agreement that it would only apply to a handful of people.

For example, make anyone who has failed to file tax returns when required, filed a fraudulent return, or given an employer an incorrect Social Security number ineligible. And investigate these things with every application.

Anonymous johnc January 25, 2018 11:31 PM  


Are you sure that when the next Democrat administration rolls into DC they're going to take those conditions seriously?

They have a loophole for everything.

There's no need for any deals to be made. The wall had been authorized in the Bush administration. The money should come from Mexico (or tucked into the
$1.7 trillion infrastructure bill, or from the $1 trillion DoD money that gets blown every year). Immigration is pretty much under the purview of the executive branch.

We don't need to get the Democrats or Republicans on board. Fixing immigration is the one issue where there is gigantic support from the American people.

Trump could shoot somebody in the middle of Fifth Avenue and as long as he's deporting illegals / ending immigration he'd get re-elected in a landslide.

Anonymous Magna Carta January 25, 2018 11:56 PM  

"I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races, that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people." -- Abraham Lincoln

Promises, promises

Anonymous Anonymous January 26, 2018 1:37 AM  

When Trump says he is in favor of a deal, I take it to include the unspoken provision that it's a deal he thinks is good for the country, not just any crap sandwich Congress tosses his way. Trump plays psychology - right now since the majority of the country foolishly is somewhat in favor of DACA, he voices a willingness to deal, whether he wants to or not is probably something only he and very few others know.

I ultimately expect Trump to spike the deal by demanding more poison pills than the Dems can swallow on the wall and enforcement, and then blame Democrats for failing to reach a deal.

That's not to say Trump can't stab us in the back on this one, but I won't be worried until Trump signals support for a specific piece of legislation or implements a specific executive order that is a disaster. Trump was in favor of a DACA deal 2 weeks ago and even held one of those "bipartisan" meetings that usually forebodes doom live before the cameras before we got the shithole, shutdown, and SJW wailing and gnashing of teeth to follow.

Blogger Retrenched January 26, 2018 3:19 AM  

Reagan did a lot of good in his day; however, his amnesty doomed his home state, turned most of the southwest into Mexico and it made the presidency very difficult (though not yet impossible) for Republicans to win.

I hope and pray that Trump doesn't turn out to be the Reagan of his generation.

Blogger peter blandings January 26, 2018 3:22 AM  

better than reagan? not exactly a high bar, since reagan was a Goddamned traitor who amnestied 15 million illegal aliens. add to that the subsequent chain migration and you're up to 48 million, and add still to that 30 years of reproduction by those same illegals and now you're up to 80 to 90 million illegals who have utterly changed the nature of our society and helped bankrupt the country, both economically and intellectually, and thank you ronnie very much you piece of savage excrement. for trump to even make this deal is a betrayal of everyone who voted for him. i have to agree with ann coulter; ANY amnesty is 100% amnesty. for trump to offer a "deal" on DACA is treason. some have said it's clever negotiating, to which i would respond; is the sovereignty of the u.s. up for negotiation? and if so, we've already been conquered and enslaved. and i've already got my big girl pants on, vox, so please be a little more creative in your thrashing of this post. i posited 8 months ago that trump was under threat and doing what he was told to do rather than carry out the policies he campaigned on. i have not seen one thing during those eight months to change my mind. to the contrary, i've seen a dozen acts to reinforce that belief. up to and including the recent change to the 2018 NDS which is the exact opposite of everything trump said during the campaign and a certainty of the annihilation of the u.s.. there are only 2 possibilities: trump is either nothing more than a hostage, or he is the lying idiot the media says he is. my belief is the former. and until that is addressed and resolved, you can forget anything trump said during the campaign. people contort themselves into all sorts of illogical justifications for trump's betrayal. you're not doing trump or the country any favors. haven't we all agreed that there is no reasoning with the left? so why then waste time offering stupid deals? everyday you wag your tongue means another 100,000 third world savages in the country. it makes me sick to even write about this. all the sycophants will get their rocks off insulting me about it. i've been patient, vox, as per your admonition, but a year is not an insignificant amount of time, especially since NOTHING has been accomplished. this is not 4D chess, this is 8D stupid.

Anonymous Pale male January 26, 2018 8:07 AM  

@67  AT&T is a common carrier and is forbidden by law to discriminate between legal users of its services.  It's a completely different corporate mindset.

Anonymous Ryan G January 26, 2018 10:16 AM  

@74 Trump has done a bunch of good things: like getting us out of the Transpacific Trade deal, gutting the EPA, and cutting funding for "sanctuary cities".

Unfortunately, you're right on the immigration deal. My support for the man is 100% contingent on him securing our border before the end of his administration. I am currently uncertain as to whether his hands are tied by the traitors in his own party and the Democrats, or if the man really does have no interest in securing our borders. Regardless, I highly doubt the 80+ million illegals in this country are going to be deported. Even if Trump decided to get tough on this issue, there is no way I can conceive of to get congress on board with him. Both parties simply have too much to gain by keeping things as they are now.

Trump can pass whatever executive orders he likes, but all those are temporary fixes until congress firms up the laws and authorizes building the wall.

Blogger peter blandings January 26, 2018 10:43 AM  

his hands are not tied. DACA was implemented by executive order; it can be rescinded by executive order. all the things he advocated during the campaign can be done without congress. the same with normalizing relations with russia. another obama executive order. trump could have lifted the sanctions his first hour in office. he could have arranged a meeting with putin his first day in office. instead he let the sanctions stand, and then when congress passed more sanctions against russia, including a provision stating that he could not lift the original sanctions without their approval, trump signs the freaking bill into law. why? does the guy not know he's president? on immigration, the president has both constitutional and statutory authority to block anyone from coming into the u.s. for any reason he wants or for no reason at all. he could seal the border any day of the week and we don't need no stinkin' wall to do it. we spend 2/3 of a trillion dollars every year for defense, yet none of that can be spent defending our own borders? come on.

Anonymous Ryan G January 26, 2018 11:14 AM  

@77 That's a temporary fix and we need more permanent one. Any EO can be overturned by the next President on a whim. We need laws written in clear language which compels any future president to enforce the law as it was intended. By all means, he should get rid of the illegals, that's a given, but those people are just a symptom of the underlying problem, not the cause.

Anonymous c matt January 26, 2018 11:14 AM  

leading to a rightward shift in social, environmental, immigration and foreign policy.

Well, I am not so sure all of that is good. If he really wants to be remembered as better than the Gipper, he needs to stick to the foreign policy positions of Candidate Trump rather than President Trump. He ran on a platform of fewer foreign entanglements (as did W and O, by the way), but seems to be veering off that course (as did W and O, by the way). I knew it was risk during the election, but at least Candidate Trump talked a more modest foreign policy than did Hildebeast.

Anonymous Hate Fact January 26, 2018 11:31 AM  

The Heritage Foundation is deceiving itself. The credit for the agenda going forward is due to conservatives within the Republican Party, not Reagan nor Trump.

Anonymous Precious January 26, 2018 11:32 AM  

An amnesty bill that the courts would be able to expand to tens of millions in return for funding a wall that would never be built is a great deal for the Democrats. They would be insane not to take it.

And yet that is what they just did. Kamala Harris says it is "a complete nonstarter". Dick Durban concurs. Once more the football is yanked away and the Democrats are lying on their backs discombobulated.

Anonymous c matt January 26, 2018 11:42 AM  

Yeah if I was Schumer I would instantly take this deal and then just revoke the Wall funding in 2019 (assuming the Dems take Congress).

Unless issuance of the first certificate of citizenship under DACA is contingent upon completion of construction of the wall.

Blogger Silly but True January 26, 2018 11:56 AM  

What people don't understand is just how much Trump has moved back the Overton Window on immigration.

All we ever heard about was the Dreamers. This was all the way through November 2017.

Trump's not talking DREAMers anymore - we're done talking DREAMers. Trump's talking DACA. There's no going to DREAMers.

There's 1.8m DACA. And that number may decrease before a final law is passed, especially if SCOTUS rules he can move forward, or March comes without a bill. Sure, that 1.8m is still bad.

But it's damn well better than the minimum 4m DREAMers.

Blogger James January 26, 2018 2:13 PM  

"44. James January 25, 2018 6:16 PM i.e. their Fugitive Slave Law read for us Article 4, Section 2, Clause 3"
Doesn't change the fact that the slaveholders were politically foolish to insist on such an onerous regime being crammed down the throats of the non-slave-supporting Northerners. Also, didn't you know that juries have the power and authority to judge the law, including the Constitution(s)? Yes, if the Constitution is contrary to what a jury is willing to stomach, they don't have to go along with it. Thank God for juries!!! Fugitive Slave Laws effectively made the whole nation Slave, and none of it really and truly Free, which is bullshit. Juries deal with the point of contact where the rubber meets the road of reality, and I would have refused to convict same as most of the juries in the North who refused to convict for violating the "Constitution" and the Fugitive Slave Act supposedly made pursuant to it. If you think me lawless, I say that it's the kind of lawlessness that is necessary to deal with a much worse kind of lawlessness; the kind lawlessness that must arise when the law is too plainly unjust and stupid and contradictory, which happens sometimes. Hey, the fact that it happens sometimes is the very reason why we need juries, dammit.

Blogger Anne January 26, 2018 2:30 PM  

Do we want California to have two more senators?

Blogger Dire Badger January 27, 2018 8:13 AM  

Dudes, year 1 has been episode IV. "Trump Wars". Halfway through June will be 'The Deep State Strikes back', and we won't get 'return of the God-Emperor' until 2020.

Seriously, Trump is Maximizing his gains and minimizing his losses. But not every single gamble pays off.

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