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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After Remarkably Successful Asia Trip POTUS Trump Returns To DC Swamp To Get Tax Cuts Done For America

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his Establishment Senate cohorts are feeling some heat this week. The more conservative wing of the House has managed to push House Speaker Paul Ryan into a scheduled vote on a proposed tax cut bill which will then place focus on McConnell who continues to quietly push his colleagues to either delay or water down the Trump-inspired tax changes to make them little more than a symbolic gesture. Allowing Mr. Trump a significant legislative win is the last thing McConnell is said to want to be a part of – a fact the President is well aware of.

The problem for Senator McConnell is that the Trump White House is currently riding high on the success of the Asia trip and Mr. Trump is said to be more determined than ever to see a tax reform bill get through Congress before the end of the year. Further complicating matters for McConnell is a small but increasingly focused insurgency going on within the Senate itself said to be led in part by Kentucky Senator Rand Paul.

The former political rivals have become stronger allies of late. Though the two don’t always agree politically, Trump values Senator Paul’s honesty. The President feels when Paul gives him his word on something he can be trusted to keep that promise – a rare thing among the political swamp rats of D.C.

Whispers continue to swirl that West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin is considering breaking with his party and voting with Republicans on the tax cut bill. It is the White House’s hope Manchin’s example will spur a few other Democrat senators to do the same. This would add yet further pressure on McConnell to push the legislation forward to a vote soon after the House succeeds in doing so.

Within hours of AF1 setting down back in D.C. the President will travel to Congress to meet in person with the House Republican leadership. It is a meeting Speaker Paul Ryan might not have agreed to just a few months earlier but now with his own re-election bid looming in 2018 he has apparently grown more favorable to at least appearing to want to work with POTUS Trump. This move was likely further aided by growing discontent among more conservative Republicans in the House regarding what they view to be Ryan’s ineffective and Establishment-driven tenure as Speaker.

Watch for some serious work taking place between the Trump White House and leading members of Congress over the next 72-hours.

Mr. Trump is very motivated to get this tax bill done as he feels the American people don’t just deserve it but truly need it.

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Team Trump Wages Full On Tax Cut Blitz For American Middle Class – Demands Congress Actually Do Something

POTUS Trump has had enough of pretend Republicans doing nothing especially when it comes to opportunities to help the American people. Figures like Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell, Establishment relics who are vainly trying to cling to power have repeatedly proven to be the greatest obstructionists to the Trump agenda than any Democrat in Congress.

So with that as his backdrop, Mr. Trump is now waging an all out assault on getting a major tax cut to the American Middle Class – obstructionist Republicans be damned.

Via the NYT:

Trump Will Work With Either Democrats or Republicans to Achieve Tax Overhaul

“If we can’t get 60 votes, we’re prepared to use reconciliation to get it done,” Steven Mnuchin, the Treasury secretary, said at a CNBC conference on Tuesday.

The comments come as the White House and Republicans in Congress are working to release the outlines of a plan to overhaul the tax code sometime later this month. Mr. Mnuchin said that he remained hopeful that a tax bill could be passed by the end of the year.

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POTUS Trump has laid out some general and lofty tax reform goals. Whispers indicate he’s willing to concede some of those as leverage to getting a bipartisan bill through Congress – a signal the President is pivoting to his lifelong experience as a deal-maker. The first six months of his presidency has been marred by Congress’s repeated rebuke of the President’s agenda.

It appears POTUS is now prepared to amp up the public pressure to try and force Congress to get something done and stop worrying about merely holding on to their House or Senate seats.

Word is this approach is working which could set up a very successful and ultimately beneficial 2018 for the American people.

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Trump White House Pushing Congress To Act This Week On Obamacare Disaster

Having learned the pitfalls of placing too much trust in longtime political hacks like House Speaker Paul Ryan to do what they promised they would do, the quick-to-pivot Trump White House has been quietly but forcefully waging a second round attempt at scrapping much of the failing Obamacare legislation in favor of a far more state-directed program that would place the power of the free market back to the consumer and away from the federal government. That effort is set to culminate as early as this week.

Trump White House operatives, namely White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and economic adviser Gary Cohn have spearheaded the outreach effort to critical members of Congress who are necessary for the success of Mr. Trump’s attempt to save the country from the disastrous and costly Obamacare system.

The first attempt weeks earlier fell short in great part because of Speaker Ryan’s inability (some believe it was his intent) to form a Republican coalition between moderates and conservatives. This time, Ryan’s role has been minimized as the Trump White House works directly with members of Congress from both parties to ensure a legislative victory. Priebus represents the link to the GOP establishment while Mr. Cohn has ties to numerous Democrat Party figures. Both are now working under the directive of President Trump to get Congress to start actually working for the American people instead of merely promoting time and again the same tired partisan positions.

If the healthcare bill comes to a vote, a massive overhaul of the nation’s tax system is soon to follow.

The Trump presidency is fighting the political and media establishments head-on and for now, appears to be on his way to winning at least some very important partial victories.

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