THINGS DEMOCRATS HAVE FUNDED THAT COST MORE THAN THE BORDER WALL

Any reasonably informed citizen has to be snickering a bit as Democrats march out these days to try and declare themselves “fiscally responsible” as a reason they are opposed to $5 billion or so dollars going toward further enhancing security on the southern border. This is the same party that oversaw a DOUBLING of the multi-TRILLION dollar national debt, who hasn’t met a donor-funded cocktail party they didn’t like, and who at this very moment are happily funding utter nonsense to the tune of billions and billions of dollars as this list by Grabien.com so clearly outlines:

(And make sure you read about the $3 million of taxpayer dollars to watch hamsters fight. Yes, it’s true!)

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After President Trump requested $5.7 billion to fund the border wall he campaigned on in 2016, Democrats have dug in, refusing to appropriate the funds that the administration says are needed to better manage the flow of immigration across the southern border.

Democrats are not traditionally known for their fiscal rectitude but are particularly parsimonious over what ultimately amounts to a very small percentage of the federal budget. (In 2018, the feds spent $4.173 trillion overall, meaning the border wall would amount to just 1/10th of 1 percent of current annual federal spending.)

Indeed, these lawmakers have happily funded various projects over the years that cost far more than the border wall — and many of which had very questionable value. Below are some examples of wasteful federal spending projects that individually cost more than the proposed border wall (data courtesy of Citizens Against Government Waste):

**“Rural Utility Service.” This program costs taxpayers $8.2 billion/year and has no actual purpose after its original intent — bringing electricity to rural communities — was long ago achieved. It’s now being used to bring broadband access to small communities (usually with populations of less than 20,000). However there’s no indication the “beneficiaries” of this expensive government agency actually appreciate the program, and the majority of its projects are not completed on time or within budget.
**Sugar Subsidies. America, as Democrats frequently intone, faces a health crisis. What they don’t tell us is that it’s largely of their own making, as Congress subsidizes the production of unhealthy foods like sugar and high-fructose corn syrup. Eliminating sugar subsidies alone would save $6 billion, enough to fund the border wall; it would also have the added benefit of helping curb the nation’s obesity epidemic.
**Community Development Grants. These grants were created in the 70s to revitalize failing American cities. The program has almost always been plagued with dysfunction, with grants going to wealthy communities and other recipients failing to produce “accountability and results.” Citizens Against Government Waste reports that even President Obama called for reining in the program. Its elimination would save $15 billion over 5 years.
**The United Nations. As the United Nation’s largest contributor, the U.S. in 2016 donated $10 billion to the U.N. As CAGW notes, reducing these contributions just 25 percent would create a savings of $12.5 billion over 10 years. Of the money Congress appropriates for the United Nations, $5 million taxpayer dollars are itemized for abortions in foreign countries.
**Amtrak. Congress could sell Amtrak to the private sector where it would almost certainly be operated more efficiently, but instead, it’s showered in billions of dollars of taxpayer subsidies. Over the next five years, these subsidies will cost $9.7 billion.
**Unused Real Estate. Congress appropriates money to maintain federal real estate that’s not actually being used. Per CAGW, an October 31, 2017, CRS report found that, “In FY2016, federal agencies owned 3,120 buildings that were vacant (unutilized), and another 7,859 that were partially empty (underutilized).” Current laws require the government to undergo a series of steps before considering a sale of these buildings. Were selling this unused property prioritized, the 5-year savings are estimated at $15 billion. Simply maintaining the unused buildings annually costs $1.7 billion.
**Foreign Aid. American taxpayers currently spend more than $50 billion a year helping develop foreign countries. Many of the recipients are not known for being America’s closest allies — such as Egypt, South Sudan, Uganda, South Africa, Russia, the Congo, Sudan, and Zambia — which raises the question of what Americans are receiving in exchange for all of this aid. Cutting these donations back just 10 percent would be enough to fund the wall.
**Waste, Fraud, and Abuse. The Government Accountability Office estimates taxpayers are spending more than $137 billion annually on “payment errors,” which covers all manner of waste, fraud, and abuse within Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. The feds could implement the same kind of fraud protections credit card companies used to ensure against abuse, but don’t. In fact, Congress has gone in the opposite direction, winding down the program intended to police fraud within Medicare, the so-called Recovery Audit Contractor.

Despite many of the above projects having arguably negative value, Congress continues to fund them. Eliminating any one of the above would create more than enough savings to fund the White House’s border wall appropriation request.

Of course, other smaller federal spending projects are even more wasteful. Examples abound, but here are a few that are at least amusing:

**The feds spend $613,634 to boost “intimacy and trust” of transgender women and their male partners (The Washington Free Beason)
**The feds spent $5 million paying hipsters to stop smoking and then blog about it (as well as use cool anti-smoking swag — like beer koozies). (Readers Digest)
**Northwestern University has received more than $3 million in National Institutes of Health to watch hamster fights. “Some of those experiments involved injecting hamsters with steroids, then putting another hamster in the cage to see if the drugged rodents were more aggressive when protecting their territory. This program has since been halted following protests from animal rights activists,” Readers Digest reports.
**The feds spend $1,009,762 training “social justice” math teachers (The Washington Free Beacon)
**“The government spent at least $518,000 in federal grants to study how cocaine affects the sexual behavior of Japanese quails,” Readers Digest reports.
**The Federal Register is legally required to be printed daily and distributed to Congressional offices despite most never being read and all of the information being available online. Stopping this unnecessary printing would save $1 million a year.

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Mitt Romney Is A Bitter Loser Hoping The Socialist Media Can Make Him Relevant Again

With anti-Trumpers in D.C. falling by the wayside to death and/or retirement, the socialist media went in search of a suitable replacement to be the next go-too Republican who would happily provide them an on-the-record anti-Trump quote at a moment’s notice.

Enter Mitt Romney…

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This week Mr. Romney obliged the perpetually anti-Trump Washington Post with an op-ed that had the 2012 GOP presidential nominee rebuking President Trump for, among other things, “not rising to the mantle of the office’. In short, Romney called the president a big meanie who doesn’t say enough nice things about others.

And there you have it. Yet another longtime politician condemning President Trump for not being a longtime politician.

President Trump has slashed job-killing regulations, lowered unemployment to historic levels, returned prosperity to the U.S. economy—particularly to long-depressed minority communities, greatly strengthened the military, all but wiped out ISIS, is on the brink of a historic trade agreement with China while already reaching similar deals with Mexico and Canada, and has brought the North Korean dictatorship into the world community more than any other president before him.

But, according to Mitt Romney and so much of Washington D.C. who thinks like him,  those things are not “presidential” because how a president talks is far more important than the things he does on behalf of the American people and the world.

Consider that Mitt Romney was governor of Massachusetts and is now a senator for Utah. He is a man without a strong foundation who goes where opportunity presents itself. That is how he has conducted himself professionally and politically and is a big reason why so many Republican voters were so lukewarm to his GOP nomination in 2012. They sensed he was a man out for himself first and foremost and who wilted under media scrutiny in great part because he was so desperate for that same media’s approval. Democrats learned during the George W. Bush presidency that you could turn the media attacks up and Republicans would scurry away in fear of negative coverage.

Then came Donald Trump who not only shrugged off that negative coverage but fought back – HARD, often revealing media figures as the dimwitted script readers they really are. American voters loved President Trump for that even as Establishment Republicans seethe with jealousy that a true political outsider could manage to not only survive, but thrive, under such intense 24/7 media attack.

Make no mistake, should these same Establishment Republican like Mitt Romney be afforded the opportunity to vote impeachment against President Trump they will join their socialist Democrat comrades and the Deep State, and do so without hesitation.

That’s the endgame for them—the ultimate prize.

It’ll be up to President Trump’s tens of millions of supporters to pay attention and make certain that doesn’t happen.

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REPORT: Hey, Republicans, If You Want To Win Elections In 2020 You Better Embrace Trump Now

The results of 2018 made it clear that if Republicans want to win elections they need to make sure to do at least one thing right—support/embrace President Trump and his America First Agenda.

Via The Daily Caller:

It is well-documented that both political parties in Congress have figured out how to use the levers of power — to stay in power. Congressional leaders, especially those in the majority, use their positions to raise millions of dollars in campaign contributions. Given that money usually equates to campaign success for the majority, one must work pretty hard to lose control of the House of Representatives. But it can be done, as Democrats demonstrated in 1994, Republicans in 2006, Democrats in 2010, and Republicans again in 2018.

As a political scientist and former congressman, I understand that it’s difficult to know exactly why voters reject any candidate. However, flipping the House is pretty simple to explain. In fact, both Speakers Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) offered the same answer: hyper-localize your race — that is, ignore national issues and focus like a laser on local issues. Unfortunately for Republicans, the advice only works Democrats.

Don’t agree with me? Ask Senators-elect Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Mike Braun (R-Ind.), Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), and Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.). President Trump and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) successfully nationalized multiple Senate races, with the help provided by radical leftist opposition to Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Senate (and a few House) candidates who joined in the nationalization effort were rewarded and won.

Back to the House. The speaker and his affiliated PACs spent months running away from national issues. As a result, the one big achievement of the Ryan speakership — historic tax reform — was ignored by most voters, and the ancillary strong economy didn’t translate into strong support for House Republicans. Instead, the man who most successfully seized credit for a booming economy was the same man that establishment Republicans and consultants counseled candidates to avoid: President Donald Trump. (Note: this was the very same strategy implemented by House Republicans back in 2016, and despite their very best efforts to shun Trump, voters rewarded them anyway with his massive coattails. Trust me: I was in on these very discussions.)

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With this Republican unwillingness to team up with Trump and his economy, voters struggled to recall anything positive delivered by the House majority. All they could remember were failed promises. For instance, after eight years of campaign pledges, congressional Republicans kept ObamaCare — despite all of its many failures. And instead of balancing the budget, Republicans passed the biggest budget in history. With no national vision by Republican leaders, combined with the dramatic failures to deliver and no Democrats to blame, no amount of hyper-localizing their races by talking about opioids, open spaces, or over-regulation could save dozens of Republican candidates.

However, for Democrats, hyper-localizing is political heaven. If you look back at the two recent times Democrats were kicked out of the House majority, it was after they openly admitted their grandiose visions for big government — first with Clinton and then with Obama. In both 1994 and 2010, voters rose up and said enough is enough. In other years, Democrats slowly and methodically plodded along their progressive path without riling up the too much opposition, and they were rewarded with seemingly permanent majorities. But when you nationalize healthcare or pass a trillion-dollar stimulus, that simply reveals too much of the Democrat agenda for a lot of voters.

So, nationalizing is good for Republicans, but it’s bad for Democrats. Hyper-localizing is good for Democrats, but it’s horrible for Republicans. Where does this leave House Republicans for the next two years?

First, 2018 isn’t over yet. There are ample lame-duck opportunities for Republicans to begin reestablishing trust with their voters by making a down payment on Trump’s wall, supporting Trump’s executive rollback of Obamacare, cutting government spending, and approving dozens of Trump appointees. They even have a chance to tackle entitlement spending before Paul Ryan retires, by including food stamp work requirements in the Farm Bill.

Second, whether lame-duck Republicans keep their word or not, the incoming House minority has one path back to the majority: Defend President Trump, the conservative agenda, and the strong economy from the socialist wing of the Democratic Party. There will be Democratic investigation after investigation, congressional letters infinitum, and subpoenas galore. But by standing with the president, his appointees, and his voter base, House Republicans will help nationalize the election and likely be rewarded with a majority in 2021. A House Democrat majority and a loud socialist Senate minority can play havoc with Republicans for two years, but President Trump has his own pen and phone.

Last, a note of warning to Washington, D.C. Republicans and the center-right movement: Beware of Google and the social media giants of YouTube, Facebook, Twitter. They have the means, motive, and opportunity to ensure this nationalization strategy fails. As the most powerful sector of the economy, these corporate giants have the means to influence elections — certainly more than a few Russian bots! Leaked videos reveal massive anti-Trump, pro-socialism groupthink, proving they have the motive. And with their nearly complete monopoly of the most impactful medium in the modern world, no one can argue that they don’t have the opportunity.

The next two years could help shape the future of the country — and, indeed, the world — for years to come. Republicans can’t afford to ignore the lessons of 2018.

Hon. Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D. (@CongHuelskamp) is the president and CEO of The Heartland Institute. He represented Kansas in the United States House from 2011-17.

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President Trump amassed an impressive list of 2018 Midterm victories for those candidates he supported. He also focused on the Senate more than the House. The results appear to compliment that fact and the reality that the ‘Trump effect’ is real and for Republicans greatly improves a candidate’s chances of winning. 


 

How John McCain’s No Vote To Repeal & Replace Obamacare Helped Dems Win House In 2018

For years Republicans (including John McCain) raised a lot of cash on their promise to get rid of Obamacare. Then, when Donald Trump shocked the political world and won the White House, they were in a position to actually keep that promise to voters. Instead, then-Senator McCain (along with Senators Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski) voted no on repeal and yes on keeping Obamacare fully intact. One outgoing member of Congress now thinks that is when Republicans’ hopes for keeping the House in 2018 were doomed to fail and that McCain’s no vote had nothing to do with doing what was right for Arizona voters but rather was meant to feed McCain’s desire to rebuke President Trump.

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Via Politico:

An outgoing Republican lawmaker on Sunday blamed former Sen. John McCain for the GOP’s loss of the House majority in last week’s elections, writing in The Wall Street Journal that it was McCain’s decisive vote against legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare that led to a wave of Democratic midterm victories.

Jason Lewis, a Minnesota congressman who was unseated last Tuesday by Democrat Angie Craig, claimed in his op-ed that McCain’s thumbs-down vote against a so-called skinny repeal of the Affordable Care Act “prompted a ‘green wave’ of liberal special-interest money” that he said allowed Democrats to hammer Republicans on the issue of pre-existing conditions.

Lewis wrote in his op-ed that the failed Senate vote allowed Democrats to campaign against Republicans with the claim that the GOP wanted to remove protections for those with pre-existing conditions, a keystone of many Democratic campaigns leading up to the midterms.

The freshman congressman argued that the House bill would have “[alleviated] the pre-existing condition problem,” rather than getting rid of the protections altogether as he accused Democrats of falsely claiming. PolitFact has rated claims that the House bill wouldn’t eliminate protections for pre-existing conditions as “mostly false.”

Although McCain was one of three GOP lawmakers to vote against the “skinny” repeal, Lewis singled out McCain for his “no” vote — which came after he criticized Republicans for trying to push a repeal bill through and called for the return of regular order — as an unnecessary attempt to slight President Donald Trump.

“The late Arizona senator’s grievance with all things Trump was well known, but this obsession on the part of ‘Never Trump’ Republicans has to end,” Lewis wrote. “Disapprove of the president’s style if you like, but don’t sacrifice sound policy to pettiness.”

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The above sentiment by Congressman Jason Lewis is true. John McCain was very much a willing part of the “we (Republicans) are willing to lose 2018 if it means hurting Trump” sentiment. Well, they got what they wanted. Democrats took the House, (while still attempting to steal the Senate) and President Trump’s America First agenda is now facing even greater political opposition from the globalist, America Last, D.C. Swamp. John McCain is gone but the political corruption he helped expand from one coast of America to the other, very much remains.


 

REPORT: Dems Push Panic Button As Republican Midterm Election Enthusiasm Surges

Republicans dominated early voting. Then, Democrats saw their side mobilizing for a final days push they were confident would give them the House. Now, Democrats are panicking as the mobilization on their side is being countered by suddenly resurgent and enthusiastic Republican voters determined to protect and promote President Donald Trump.

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It was never supposed to be this close. Historically the party that controls the White House loses and often loses big during the Midterm cycle.

Not this time. The Senate looks increasingly secure for Republicans while the House, which was leaning heavily toward a Democrat takeover just a few weeks earlier, is now a dead heat between the two political parties and that has the Democrat leadership increasingly concerned as outlined in this Townhall report:

Whoa: GOP Actually Leads in National Early Voting — Plus, Dems Suddenly Worried About Joe Manchin?

More than 24 million early votes had been cast across the country as of yesterday, nearly doubling the total tally at this point in the 2014 cycle.

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If Democrats are having to pump hundreds of thousands of dollars into campaigns like Joe Manchin at the 11th hour that is a clear sign their internal polling data is picking up on a shift in the electorate that is favoring Republicans. Internal polls have always been the true gauge of a campaign’s success. As for the media-driven polls, they are inaccurate at best and too often outright fabrications intended to shape, not gauge actual public opinion. (See Hillary Clinton: 2016)

President Trump continues to barnstorm the country at a pace that would exhaust most politicians half his age and the message he keeps repeating to the tens of thousands turning out to see him is GET OUT AND VOTE.

It seems those crowds are listening to their president and doing just that. The question now is if it will be enough to defeat the Democrat/Media machine that is as determined as ever to halt President Trump’s incredibly successful America First agenda.


 

Republican Voters Are Fighting Back HARD Against The So-Called ‘Blue Wave”

After all the talk by the Establishment Media about a ‘Blue Wave’ that would crash across the country come Election Day and bring back Democrat control of Congress it seems millions of Republican voters are rallying behind the get out and vote call from President Donald Trump. The early voting numbers are coming in and they appear to be favoring Republican candidates big time even in the Democrat-heavy voting bloc that is California.

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Via The San Francisco Chronicle:

…Republicans are turning out early and big

With the midterm elections just days away, there’s little indication that California is seeing a “blue wave” of Democratic votes, at least in the early returns of vote-by-mail ballots — and in some key races that will help determine control of the House, Republican voter response has been strong.

Interest is definitely high in the Republican-held congressional districts that Democrats are looking to flip in their quest to gain the 23 seats they need to take back control of the House.

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It’s interesting to note how much closer these Midterm election races are in 2018 than they were during the Obama years. It seems Trump supporters are far more loyal to their president than Barack Obama voters were. It’s also equally clear that President Trump works much harder on behalf of his political party than Barack Obama ever did for his. Such a reality has to be driving the Establishment Media talking heads nuts as they nervously await next week’s election results. Historically, it isn’t supposed to be this close. Presidents tend to see their party lose power in Congress during off-year elections by wide margins. That doesn’t appear to be happening this year which in turn runs counter to the media’s narrative that Trump is an unpopular president which of course is very similar to what happened during the 2016 Election when the same media mouths were crowing about a certain Hillary Clinton victory. Trump ended up winning that election in an electoral landslide.

As of now, Republicans appear almost certain to retain the Senate while the House remains far more uncertain.

Don’t forget to vote.


 

REPORT: Republicans Surging As Democrats Scramble To Maintain Midterms Lead

It appears America was repulsed by the slime tactics of Democrats that were unleashed during the Judge Kavanaugh Supreme Court hearings earlier this month and that has resulted in a Midterm battle that is increasingly close as just 24 days remain until voters will settle the matter in November. 

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Via RealClearPolitics:

With the election less than 24 days away, Republicans are seeing momentum in polls after the Kavanaugh hearings and a new path to holding their majority in the House. To do this, they need to stop Democrats from reaching a net pickup of 23 seats, which will likely require raising more last-minute money. Currently, many election watchers believe Democrats will gain anywhere from 20 to 40 seats. However, if their loss of momentum persists, the lower end of that range becomes more likely and Republicans would maintain a slender majority.

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A ‘slender’ Republican majority in the House and Senate would equate to a HUGE win for the Trump White House as historically the party in power loses significant seats during a Midterm Election cycle. It would also be yet another slap against the faces of the media elite who have been chirping about a Democrat-driven, anti-Trump ‘Blue Wave’ since last year.

If Republicans hold both the House and Senate after the Midterms, President Trump’s 2020 reelection chances look to be very good—should he choose to run. (whispers persist that Mr. Trump is still considering the possibility of stepping away, declaring “Mission Accomplished’, and riding off into a much-deserved public service retirement.

We shall see…


 

It’s True. President Trump Is Showing Republicans How To Win…

He promised winning and President Trump has already delivered bigly on that promise. Now, finally, it appears Establishment Republicans are following the president’s example—say what you mean and mean what you say – and then don’t back down.

Voters have been waiting for that kind of toughness and honesty from their political leaders for some time. Trump is leading the way. Let’s all hope more and more will follow his remarkably successful example.


 

Democrat Voters Appalled By Democrat Party’s Extremism…

Democrats put on a shockingly divisive, abusive, and ultimately destructive, display before, during, and after the Judge Brett Kavanaugh hearings that has not only Republican voters disgusted but a growing number of Democrat voters feeling the same way.

Will it impact the 2018 Midterm Elections? We shall see.


 

MUST WATCH: CBS Reporter Nearly Attacked At Border – Then Explains Why A Border Wall Is Needed

Reality is a far different thing vs liberal media propaganda.  A CBS reporter was given a first-hand dose of that very truth recently when he and his producer attempted to film a smuggler crossing the Rio Grande in broad daylight. American citizens impacted by the rampant crime committed by illegals (most often against women and children) know well the problem facing America. Politicians and celebrities living behind secure walls know nothing of it yet are so quick to judge those who call for enhanced security on our borders.

At least one reporter is now thinking different:


 

WHOA! Republicans Just Took Lead Over Democrats In Generic Ballot – First Time In More Than Two Years!

This might explain why the Democrat Party leadership is now trying to (laughably) push a “Drain the Swamp” theme for the 2018 Midterms. Drain the swamp was, of course, a front-and-center theme of Donald Trump’s stunningly successful 2016 campaign. Basically, Donald Trump is winning so much these days even the Democrats are copying him!

As of now according to the Reuters rolling generic ballot poll Republicans have a more than six-point lead over Democrats. Those numbers haven’t been that high since the 2010 Midterms when Democrats were massacred and Nancy Pelosi was given the boot from the House Speaker’s office.

To have Republicans doing so well right now with a Republican in the White House is unprecedented and the man they should be thanking over and over again is President Donald Trump.

The generic poll is sure to bounce around from now until the Midterms, but as of today, the trend is clearly favoring Republicans.

Check it out HERE


Rand Paul Destroys Republican Leadership With One Tweet

The hypocrisy of the Republican leadership apparently knows no depths to which it will not fall. The latest omnibus monstrosity is but another glaring example. It bloats deficit spending to Obama-like levels, sidesteps full funding of border protection, hands out billions of dollars to special interest vampires, and ultimately flies in the face of almost everything Republicans continue to promise their constituents. POTUS Trump admitted as much in an earlier tweet as he grudgingly accepts the deal from the Republican leadership but Rand Paul doesn’t hold back.

Check it out:


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How POTUS Trump Stared Down Establishment Republicans On Tax Bill – And Won

The more Donald Trump learns the often bizarre and petty machinations of D.C. politics the more dangerous he becomes to the status quo. You see, Trump is a quick study. His learning curve has been abrupt, and sometimes brutal – but it now appears that soon he will be signing a major tax cut bill into law.

It wasn’t an easy path to get to this point and the primary obstacle wasn’t Democrats or the continually biased and idiotic Mainstream Media. No, it was the GOP leadership who stood in the way. Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan were none too eager to give President Trump a major legislative victory. Mr. Trump knew that – and then he prepared to step right over them and leave them behind. Soon, McConnell and Ryan were begging to be part of the tax reform effort.

It’s the economy, stupid. The Trump economic boom persisted and Republicans were increasingly desperate to look as if they had played a part in its ongoing success. (They hadn’t. Most of the economic boom has been directly linked to Trump’s use of Executive Orders to slash regulations, and his success in securing hundreds of billions in new trade agreements overseas.)

By late summer, McConnell knew Trump was boxing him in. More and more voters were becoming aware that it was Trump and Trump alone who was helping to revitalize the economy after eight long tepid years of an Obama presidency. The 2018 Midterms loomed. Trump had already proven himself willing to take on Republicans directly. This president’s loyalty is not to the party but to the American people. He promised them more jobs and lower taxes and the millions of Trump supporters out there trusted Mr. Trump was doing his best to keep those promises. Ire against the Republican establishment had turned to disgust – the kind of disgust that could lead to some very big names being voted out in the next election.

Mitch McConnell wants very much to retire from the Senate as Majority Leader. A poor showing in 2018 could end that hope. Paul Ryan still has aspirations for a White House run. A 2018 Midterm debacle could derail those plans as well.

Trump held the cards for 2018. With a few tweets, he could either fire up the base, or let them know this is one election they should stay home. Let the Democrats take the Senate back. Would it matter? Was there any real difference between Senate Republicans and Democrats? This potential scenario drifted out from the Trump White House to Congress multiple times throughout October and November.

The economy has been booming and Republicans wanted to take part of the credit. Trump was happy to let them do so – but they needed to send him a tax cut bill quick in order for that to happen. McConnell and Ryan capitulated. They didn’t want to. They still despise Trump and his outsider presence in their once-protected and exclusive D.C. bubble. Trump made it so they had very little choice. He bent back their puny political arms and applied just enough pressure to let them know he could snap them off at the elbow if he chose.

A flurry of legislative activity ensued.

A tax cut bill is now on its way.

The Art of the Deal just trumped business as usual in Washington D.C.

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