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    Trump signing Omnibus Bill in context of upcoming confrontations with North Korea and Iran

    Trump signing Omnibus Bill in context of upcoming confrontations with North Korea and Iran

    What else explains the rush to sign a bill with substantial increases in military spending NOW?

    The Omnibus bill Trump signed today is a crap sandwich.

    Sure, with over a trillion dollars in spending there are some individual items that could be praised, but as a totality it’s a monstrosity, a POS, a sellout to the worst of D.C. big spending.

    It would be easy to become apocalyptic about what this means for the Trump presidency, as Rush Limbaugh was on radio today. I’m not so sure this will be the break that separates Trump voters from Trump, but it certainly smells like a sellout. And it has the potential to exacerbate the Democrat turnout and motivation advantage. The Omnibus bill is blood in the water for #TheResistance.

    The failure to achieve important immigration objectives was particularly galling, a case of one step forward and two steps backward. At least there is a second shot at immigration at such point as a DACA deal is negotiated, so Trump may be able to salvage something on immigration and the Wall.

    Regardless of some minor victories and a second chance on immigration, the Omnibus bill appears to be a case of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. Republicans may have majorities in the House and Senate, but Chuck and Nancy seem to be in control.

    Trump barely tried to justify the Omnibus bill during his press conference, except in one respect: A dramatic increase in military spending including funding for cutting edge weapons systems. The increase in military spending was the only significant justification Trump gave for why he was not vetoing the bill.

    How to understand this?

    It might be just a moment of weakness or a reflection that there is not a lot of real spending difference between Trump and the Democrats. Those are the simplest explanations. But as I thought about this some more, I wonder if there are other things going on.

    Why the need for government funding for at least 6 months? That could have waited for another short term funding bill, some more muddling through, perhaps even muddling through until the November elections.

    What was the rush to sign a bill with increases in authorized military spending NOW?

    While Trump ran as someone who wasn’t looking at foreign policy as his reason for election, his presidency and attention increasingly are turning to foreign potential conflicts. In the next couple of months Trump will be dealing with two major potential conflict areas: North Korea and Iran.

    As to North Korea, Trump is gearing up for talks with “Little Rocket Man.” As to Iran, Trump is facing fights both with the Europeans and the Iranians as to whether Obama’s Iran Nuclear deal survives. Trump already has made moves to strengthen the U.S. posture. Adding John Bolton as National Security Advisor sends a get-tough signal, a message that Trump will not repeat the appeasement mistakes of Obama-Kerry.

    As Trump approaches potential conflict with North Korea and Iran, he could spend the prior months rolling through one “shutdown” after another, one-month spending bills, an inadequate military budget held hostage by Democrats, and the prospect of months more such turmoil at least through the midterm elections.

    Alternatively, Trump could approach the North Koreans and Iranians with government funding in place including substantial increases for the military.

    Do you think the North Koreans and Iranians care about the domestic spending fights that now occupy media coverage? I doubt it. I do think they care about a Trump focused on rebuilding the military and a U.S. military which has just been given additional resources. Trump wants to be the strong horse, a dramatic change from the Obama administration posture. Add to this increased military aggressiveness by Russia and China.

    In light of upcoming battles, Trump might very well view an increase in authorized military spending as worth the price of all the other crap in the Omnibus sandwich.


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    Matt_SE | March 24, 2018 at 12:54 am

    “Viewing Trump signing Omnibus Bill in context of upcoming confrontations with North Korea and Iran”

    I liked it better in its short form: “n-dimensional chess.”

    mailman | March 24, 2018 at 4:06 am

    Listen to some of you whining little bitches whine! HAHAHAHAHHAAA.

    Yeah go on then, don’t vote in the mid terms and next Presidential elections and see what you get in return? I can tell you bitches now that you WONT get an accountable Government if the Democrats take over.

    What you will get is 24/7/365 BLMATIFAWHITESARERACIST! But hey, at least you didn’t vote to oppose Democrats right!

    You want these RINO’s fickwits held accountable then get out there and VOTE for true conservatives! Work to get TRUE conservatives in to Government! But no, you cry baby living at home little fucking fucks while just sit at your keyboards bitching about who Trump abandoned you and gave everything to the Democrats!

    As I keep telling my eye-ranian friends, you get the Government you deserve and if you dumb fucks are dumb fuckery enough to get Democrats elected in to control then you thoroughly deserve EVERYTHING that will be coming your way (think South Africa on steroids because there will be much payback to be had!).

    lehnne | March 24, 2018 at 9:07 am

    Trump is not the savior of America. For those who have been paying attention the subversion and perversion of just about everything pertaining to governance and culture is well entrenched and has no intention of yielding. Expecting him to be invincible is not useful; continuing the struggle against the totalitarian wave is

      mailman in reply to lehnne. | March 24, 2018 at 4:41 pm

      If you are stupid to believe that one man can change the swamp then you thoroughly deserve the Democrats being back in power in November.

      On the other hand if you are capable of rubbing two or more brain cells together then you should be able to work out that its going to take a hell of a lot of hard work from a hell of a lot of people to get that swamp drained.

      This didn’t end with Trump. This didn’t even begin with Trump. But Trump is the end of the beginning…or the beginning of the end. It will take a lot of hard work from a lot of dedicated people to undo all the damage liberals have done to your country and giving up now isn’t going to help anyone other than liberals.

    People have got to place things into perspective.

    There is an ideological war going on in this country. It is the middle class versus the Progressive Elite. At the highest levels of the US government you have Donald Trump, representing the middle class, versus EVERYONE ELSE, representing the elitist establishment. Trump is not going to win every single battle against the Establishment. Look at how many generals commanded the union forces in the Civil War or how many battles the US lost at the start of WWII against an entrenched foe in the Pacific.

    In this case, the Uniparty in Congress, especially the GOPe, mousetrapped Der Donald. And, there was nothing that he could do about it. The Congress presented him with a spending bill which was everything he is against. And, they presented it to him on the eve of the expiration of the current CR. Vetoing the bill would have triggered a government shutdown. Trumps initial reaction was to veto the bill, as he said in his initial tweets. Given the history of Trump’s actions to his tweets, this suggests, strongly, that he was going to veto the bill, initially. His turn-about, especially given his strong statements that the bill was an affront and that he would never sign another such bill, strongly suggest that his advisors convinced him to sign this bill and that he followed their advice, rather than follow his own initial response.

    Now, the Establishment scored a small victory here. And, it will remain a small victory if people simply keep their heads. Instead we see that the actions of the MSM and operators such as Ragspierre may be working. We have a bunch of Trump supporters who are wringing their hands and worrying that Trump has betrayed them. That signing this bill is evidence that he either can’t stand or won’t stand up to the Establishment or is secretly an Establishment stooge. First it was Trump’s decision to honor the DACA extensions to which the US Government [in other words WE, the people] agreed. Then it was tariffs. Now it is signing the 2018 Omnibus Spending bill, that is being touted as reason to believe that Trump is betraying his constituency. We hired him to do a job. So, it would be a good idea to allow him to do that job. He has been in office a little longer than a single year and look at what has been accomplished.

    Now, about the passage of the bill, itself. This was an act of desperation by the Establishment. By presenting and passing this bill, the bulk of the Republicans in Congress outed themselves as card carrying members of the enemy of the middle class. And, this puts a number of them at risk for losing their seats. For a career politician to do this, the pressure from their masters has to be intense. Add to that the unprecedented number of career Republican politicians who resigned or will not seek reelection for spurious reasons and this shows just how desperate the Establishment has become. The current political situation in the federal government bears no resemblance to normal politics. It is war. And, it has to be viewed as such. The Trump Presidency is the first campaign in that war. And, just as in any war, the entrenched defenders, the Establishment, are going to dig in and fight back. To borrow an old political saying, we have to stay the course. Like it or not, Trump is the only game in town for the middle class. If the middle class abandons him, refuses to support him, then the Establishment wins and the destruction of the middle class will continue.

      willow in reply to Mac45. | March 24, 2018 at 11:10 am

      What do you think he should do, say to encourage the supporters who feel so let down? I am not let down.

        Mac45 in reply to willow. | March 24, 2018 at 12:59 pm

        It is what people can understand about the conflict that will determine what they will do.

        First of all, forget about party affiliations. This is not the traditional Republican v Democrat conflict. This is the middle class v the Elitist Establishment, which encompasses BOTH political parties. The entire Democrat Congress and most of the Republican Congress is directly controlled by the Establishment Elite. The Establishment strategy is to make it look as though the parties are in opposition, when, in fact, they have the same goals and are only engaged in a theatrical performance to suggest that they do not share the same goals. There is only one real party, the Uniparty, and it is controlled by the Establishment. Everyone got that part?

        So along comes Trump. He will support the espoused goals of the Republican party to balance the budget, reduce taxes, stop the flow of illegal immigration, repeal Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood. So, with a majority in both houses of Congress and a President sympathetic to the espoused goals of the Republican Party, all of these things should have been accomplished within the first year. Have they? No. Why? Because the Republican Party does not really want any of those things. Why? Because their masters, the Elitist Establishment, do not want any of those things. Everyone still following me?

        First the Establishment attempts to undermine and remove Trump using the Russian Collusion narrative, which also serves to protect their favored lackeys who would otherwise end up in jail for activities during the Obama Administrations. It blocks Trump at nearly every turn, legislatively. It engages is horrendous lawfare against Trump’s actions, using untenable legal positions to stymie him. But, Trump continued to pursue his agenda, and he was succeeding. The economy was on the upswing. Then Trump, entered a realm which is going to cost the Elitist Establishment, which is heavily composed of Wall Street financial interests, a HUGE amount of money. He institutes tariffs which will harm China and other foreign parties in which these financial parties have a huge interest. The strategy changes.

        Now, the masks come off the Republican Congressmen. We all know exactly who is a card carrying member of the Establishment. They push through a bill so swollen with anti-middle class pork that the Republicans never would have passed it, let alone proposed it 2 years ago. It will kill the careers of a significant number of Republicans in Congress. The problem becomes, who will replace them following the elections in eight months? Conservative Republicans who are not beholden to the Establishment? Not likely. So, it will be a Democrat, who will be securely in the pocket of the Establishment, or the same Establishment Republican will be returned to office. Either way, the Establishment wins.

        So, we come to the Omnibus Spending bill. The Republican [read Establishment] Congress drops this steaming pile of bull excrement on the President’s desk 24 hours before the current CR expires and portions of the government have to shut down. Then they leave town. What is the President to do? He could veto the bill and then he would have had to try to get the Congress back in session to deal with it. But, if they dragged their feet reconvening, the media will declare that Trump can not control his own party [which is true]. Even if the Congress had not adjourned, the the media will still portray Trump as being unable to control his party and, therefor, an ineffectual leader. And, he will get blamed for the government shutdown. If he signs the bill, he still is branded an ineffectual leader, but does not have to defend shutting down the government for 2 weeks. And, he can continue to point out that it is not HIS bill, but that of the Republican leadership.

        This was planned by the leadership of the Republican Party to harm the President. And, in the long run, the real enemy of the people, the Elitist Establishment, gains an advantage. And do not think that the anti-gun, anti-assault weapons push is merely a coincidence, at this time. Neither is the reduction in funds for border security and a cap on the number of illegal aliens which the government can keep in custody. The Establishment is ramping up its defenses by increasing attacks on the middle class and this country.

        People should not be discouraged. People should be terrified and angry. But, at least, there is no doubt as to who is the enemy of those who supported Trump in the last election. People can either continue to support the fight or stand down and watch the nation get run over by the Elitist Establishment. Life is full of hard choices.

          mailman in reply to Mac45. | March 24, 2018 at 4:42 pm

          People need to understand there are no parties. Everyone is in it for number 1…and guess what. Number 1 isn’t you, the people! Number 1 is them politicians, who at the end of the day are only interested in protecting themselves from you scum out there on the street!

            Mac45 in reply to mailman. | March 24, 2018 at 7:41 pm

            Everyone is out for #1. We are all born as amoral opportunists. Society is supposed to train us to be more moral and less opportunistic, but we are still what we are.

            Now, there are two types of people. One is the person who practices selfish acquisition. And the other is the one who practices enlightened self-interest. The selfish, short-sighted man grabs the bag with %10,000 in it lying outside the bank and runs away. If he gets away with it, he has $10,000. and that is all. If he does not get away with it, he is branded a thief, forever. The practitioner of enlightened self-interest picks up the bag and takes it into the bank and turns it in. He establishes himself as an honest man. Also, he might just get a job with the bank, where he can climb the corporate ladder and make considerably more than $10,000 a year for several decades.

            So, you see, everyone is interested in his own welfare first. The smart man takes the long view and stupid man the short one. Politicians are no different. However, entry into the job of politician seems to require the lowest possible level of intelligence available. The dumber the better.

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