Congress, the Elite GOP, The Never-Trumpers, the Progressive-Left and the Main Stream Media have set up the perfect storm for Trump to initiate the takeover of US politics in 2018! Trump was never an ideologue on the right or left. Trump is a died in the wool America First Populist! He has consistently stated his goals and aspirations for this nation for the past 30 years and they have not changed! He gave McConnell a chance and McConnell failed. He gave Ryan a chance and Ryan failed. He gave Pelosi a chance and Pelosi failed. He gave Schumer a chance and Schumer failed.
Now, the Trump Plan B is being initiated!
Trump’s Plan B is merely a strategy to enact his agenda via executive orders; take his case directly to the American People for his agenda items; and finally to set up RINO Republicans and vulnerable Democrats who are up for reelection in 2018 to be “primaried” and defeated by Trump America First Populist.
Trump’s first choice was to work with the Republicans in Congress to enact his legislative agenda on Healthcare, Taxes, Infrastructure, Education, and immigration reforms. But, Ryan’s lukewarm support coupled with McConnell’s outright disdain and stonewalling of the Trump agenda forced the President’s hands. And as he told us, he has really big hands!
Obamacare (ACA): We are all totally fed up with Congress and their giving us the fickle finger of fate and their outright treasonous refusal to Repeal and Replace Obamacare. Trump has been beating his head up against the Congressional stone wall trying to get the Elitist to own up to their promises to their constituents. Even the House bill was a fraud and not a true repeal as promised. Then McCain and Co. made sure that the Senate built a legislative wall against Trump and Repeal.
Obamacare Phase II:
Now, Trump is taking the dismantling of Obamacare into his own hands. Thankfully, the Democrats and Obama wrote a really flawed Obamacare bill that left a gaping hole of executive privilege in changing the execution of the ACA. Further, the subsidies to insurance companies actually violated the Constitution in that it allowed payments to the insurance companies WITHOUT Congressional approval:
Article I, Section 9, Clause 7: “No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law; and a regular Statement and Account of the Receipts and Expenditures of all public Money shall be published from time to time.”
President Trump is merely not going to cut checks to the Insurance companies citing US Constitutional grounds that is backed by the Department of Justice and a Virginia Federal Court.
In addition to this unconstitutional payment that Obama took upon himself to approve, President Trump just signed orders to pave the way to allow groups of citizens to ban together to create insurance groups. These groups can set their own plan requirements and negotiate with any or multiple insurance companies for coverage. To increase the feasibility of these groups, the President also signed an executive order to allow for insurance policies to be purchased across State lines. While the implementation of these steps could take up to a year to set in place, they will certainly change the direction of health care insurance in the US. The left and their MSM media set their hair on fire today bemoaning these changes so Trump must be doing the right thing.
If you are masochistic enough to watch the MSM, you will hear that these are radical changes that will hurt the poor, seniors, and the middle class. These changes allow the poor and the middle class to have access to healthcare insurance that is exactly the same as the access big corporations and business have today which equals 50% of the total healthcare market in the US. Remember, Obama kept delaying the forcing of Corporations and big business to have to join Obamacare for his own reelection and that of Hillary Clinton. So, Trump is merely allowing the poor and middle class to have the same rights as 50% of the currently insured citizens! Note; The left continually state that the changes will impact senior citizens. In fact, seniors, like me, are covered by Medicare and this has no impact on me or my fellow seniors.
Tax Reform/Tax Cuts Phase II:
After Trump witnessed the demise of the repeal and replacement of Obamacare, he decided NOT to leave the passage of this signature legislation to McConnell and Ryan. The latter two told Trump that they had his back and did not need Trump to go the people to sell the repeal and replace legislation. Burn Trump once, and you are done!
The President is making weekly addresses to rallies and groups regarding the need to push Congress to pass his framework for tax reform and tax cuts. He is highlighting the need for citizens to hold their congress men and women and senators to accountable for passing the Trump tax plans. Trump also use social media to hammer Congress almost daily on the need to pass his tax agenda. In short, if Congress screws this up, they will own it!
Unfortunately, the President will not have much wriggle room to use executive orders to change tax laws. He can tweak some of the IRS regulations that may be hurting some taxpayers but he will not be able to reform the tax code nor make changes to the tax brackets. IF Congress does not pass the Trump Tax Reforms and Cuts, Trump will use this in his “2018 Primary Strategy-Phase II” as outlined below.
Immigration Reform-Phase II:
The good news regarding immigration reform and controlling the borders, Trump can and is using existing law to authorities to accomplish many of his immigration goals. In this case, Congressional ineptitude has worked to Trump’s advantage.
The President has rescinded all of Obama’s orders that curtailed border enforcement and enforcement of immigration law. This has been backed by the DOJ and ICE aggressively enforcing the deportation of illegal aliens with criminal records and other federal law violations. Trump is cracking down on Visa overstays as well as setting immigration limits to the lowest levels in years. Trump has also put DACA squarely on Congress’s plate. If Congress fails to authorize DACA, it will end and Trump will lay the potential deportation of 800,000 illegal DACA immigrants at the feet of both the GOP and Dems in Congress! Trump has also put the funding of the border wall in his budget that is up for a Congressional vote. IF Congress fails to fund the wall, Trump will also dump this on them as well as use it during the 2018 midterms. Trump has also created a 70 item framework for Congress to consider in reforming the major portions of immigration law.
As stated above, the “trump” card Trump holds is that if Congress does not enact his immigration reforms, he will use this against any legislators who stonewall him as discuss in the “2018 Primary Strategy-Phase II” below.
Education Reform-Phase II:
Trump is working with Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to reform the DOE and the US educational goals and regulations. They have already rolled back the Obama Title IX changes that basically allowed for male students to be considered guilty of sexual aggressions without due process. They are also reviewing other federal mandates to States and School Districts to turn back more control to the States and local school boards.
One of the major changes to education that Trump is pursuing is School Choice, especially for minorities. Trump views this policy as the long-term fix to inner city poverty and crime reduction. Trump will need to work with Congress on funding and revamping a few laws to pave the way for this policy change. While school choice is favored by poor American-Blacks and American-Hispanics, the Progressive-Left and Democrats will fight this change tooth and nail. They are owned by the teacher’s unions and rely a great deal on their contributions in local, State and Federal elections.
While Trump and DeVos have been somewhat off of the radar on school choice, Trump will ramp this issue up around the first of the year and make it part of the 2018 mid-term elections.
2018 Primary Strategy-Phase II
Trump’s recent dust-ups with Senators Corker, Flake, McCain, and others in the Senate and House, signal the Trump strategy to change the make-up of the Republican Party to include a majority of American First Populists. There will be three major areas of focus in 2018.
- Target Sitting Democrat Senate Candidates: Senators like Joe Manchin are up for reelection to the Senate in 2018. Manchin is the Democrat Senate candidate in West Virginia where Trump won overwhelmingly in 2016. Manchin and his seat is a prime target for Trump in 2018. Claire McCaskell (D) of Missouri, Joe Donnelly (D) of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp (D) North Dakota, Joe Tester (D) Montana, Bill Nelson (D) Florida, Bob Casey Jr. (D) Pennsylvania, Debbie Stabenow (D) Wisconsin, and others are in a similar pickle in their efforts to retain their Senate seats against the Trump America First Populist machine! The map below shows how vulnerable the Democrats are in 2018. They have 23 seats up for grab compared to on 8 open GOP seats.
- Target Elitist, Anti-Trump Republicans in the House and Senate: The focus of the Trump America First Populist machine will include Jeff Flake (R), Arizona, and Dean Heller (R) Nevada. Both Flake and Heller have openly opposed Trump and have been vocal in the media and on social media against Trump. The House Republicans may also be “primaried” by more conservative and Pro-Trump candidates and this will unfold between now and the 2018 primaries. The House Freedom Caucus will seek to extend its membership and power to assist the passage of the Trump agenda. There will also be a concerted effort in the House and Senate to unseat the leadership teams of Ryan and McConnell. Ryan could be replaced by Mark Meadows and McConnell could be replaced by Roy Blunt!
- Engage “We The People”: The President will probably be one of the most active Presidents in history campaigning for Trump America First Populist candidates. Trump will also aggressively campaign for his MAGA agenda in order to stalemate the remaining Anti-Trump Elitist! The President will hold Trump rallies in key states and districts pushing his America First Populist candidates. The House and Senate reelection committees would do well to work with the Trump team or they will find themselves at odds with the President’s Bully Pulpit that will continue to grow in strength!
Donald J. Trump has not changed his priorities for America in the past 30 years and will continue to push his America First Populist agenda. The Republicans that continue to oppose him will do so at their own peril.
The Russia probe will be out of steam by the 2018 primaries and the media’s messaging will continue to lower their own credibility.
The Democrats will more than likely remain insignificant and I believe that their will lose more House and Senate seats. They have no message and no leadership.
Hold onto your seats as 2018 nears. Trump’s energy will continue to overwhelm the wusses in Congress and continue to confound the media. Trump’s work ethic and focus will overcome the elites self-aggrandizement and the impact of their big money donors.