If Trump Listens To “Legislative Director” Marc Short, Kochtopus Infiltrator, And Caves On DACA Amnesty, He’s Through
During Donald Trump’s hilariously improbable presidential run, he promised that if he were elected, “every dream you ever dreamed for your country [will] come true” [Trump vows to fulfill ‘every dream you ever dreamed,’ by Steve Benen, MSNBC, September 30, 2016]. For many who voted for him, the “dream” was simply that existing immigration laws be enforced, that a wall to be built to stop future illegal immigration and that illegal aliens already here be denied Amnesty.
In any self-respecting country with a modicum of sovereignty, identity, and pride, these policies would be taken for granted. But in the post-America of 2017, the President of the United States either cannot or will not enforce immigration laws, even though he overcame both political parties and the united hatred of the entire Main Stream Media by running as an immigration patriot.
White House Director of Legislative Affairs Marc Short (a Kochtopus infiltrator, more below) said today that President Donald Trump would not use the fate of the criminal invaders dubbed “Dreamers” by the MSM as part of a larger compromise on border security [Trump official: White House may not link DREAMers to border wall funding, by Heidi Przybyla, USA Today, September 12, 2017].
Short chirped: “The president has made a commitment to the American people that he believes a physical barrier is important to that equation of border security.” But, he added, “Whether or not that is part of a DACA equation or whether or not that’s another legislative vehicle, I don’t want to bind ourselves into a construct that makes reaching a conclusion on DACA impossible.”
Note the two troubling assumptions in these statements.
- First, the “equation of border security,” an implicitly complicated scheme which will presumably incorporate many elements. “Equation of border security” sounds a lot like George W. Bush style “comprehensive immigration reform.”
Of course, Donald Trump was elected specifically because his supporters rejected the contention by leading Republicans such as Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio that the immigration system was “broken” and needed to be “fixed” by essentially repealing all immigration controls. [ Trump’s Hardline Immigration Stance Got Him To The White House, by By Harry Enten and Perry Bacon Jr, FiveThirtyEight, September 12, 2017. ] Other candidates were able to present a significant challenge to Trump only by co-opting his positions.
Trump was not elected precisely because immigration is not complicated. Enough laws to solve the problem already exist. At the very least, those laws must be enforced and border security established before any compromise is even discussed—lest Republicans repeat President Reagan’s disastrous and potentially nation-ending 1986 immigration Amnesty.
Which brings us to the second point.
- “Reaching a conclusion on DACA” presupposes that this process must end with DACA recipients being granted permanent Amnesty by a Republican Congress.
But there is no reason for any so-called “Dreamer” to be granted permanent residence in this country. Already, many illegal immigrants who have been permitted to defy the law, such as Jose Antonio Vargas, reward America’s tolerance by working to deconstruct it.
What’s more, all Republicans, including Paul Ryan, agree Barack Obama’s unilateral action to impose this Amnesty was wildly unconstitutional. Even Barack Obama said it was unconstitutional [DACA is unconstitutional, as Obama admitted, by Hans A. von Spakovsky, Richmond.com, September 11, 2017]. VDARE.com Editor Peter Brimelow called for Obama’s impeachment over it—and the option was seriously discussed i.e denounced as Unthinkable by the same Main Stream Media now eagerly Thinking about Trump’s impeachment.
Why should a Republican Congress that supposedly defends a strict reading of the Constitution reward Obama’s unconstitutional actions like this?
And what’s more, why would the author of The Art of the Deal throw away his most powerful bargaining chip even before negotiations have begun?
One possible answer: simple incompetence. But the real answer may be even worse. President Trump may be about to sell out his base in order to reward the very GOP Establishment that did its best to destroy him.
Legislative Director Marc Short said a tax cut is “essential” for President Trump. He added that the recent deal with the Democrats to raise the debt ceiling has created a “new season of bipartisanship.”
Thus, Short seems to be suggesting President Trump will give the Democrats DACA in exchange for a tax cut and the hope that a border wall be funded…later.
Yet President Trump doesn’t need the Democrats for the wall, or even a spending increase. He could fund the wall by taxing remittances, which was also discussed during the campaign. But for some reason, this common-sense idea is not even being broached.
Moreover, as Breitbart’s Neil Munro observes:
Many top Democrats — and many of the Democrats’ constituency groups — have repeatedly said they oppose construction of a border fence. Also, Democrats have a huge incentive to oppose the border wall because Trump’s failure to build the wall will cripple his reelection chances in 2020.
Trump’s 2020 chances will be even worse if he also accepts a wage-lowering Amnesty as a trade for the corporate tax cut.
[Donald Trump’s Congressional Deputy Trades DACA Amnesty For Tax Cuts, Not Border Wall, September 12, 2017]
It’s bad enough when Republicans go out of their way to screw the working class to reward the rich at a time of rising class inequality. For someone like Trump, who was elected via the massive turnout of working class whites, it is suicide.
This is basic political strategy. So why is Donald Trump’s own Legislative Director so blind to this?
The answer: he probably isn’t. Like most Republican operatives, Short simply doesn’t want Donald Trump to succeed.
Marc Short is the former president of the Koch Brothers’ “Freedom Partners.” He not only worked for Open Borders billionaires but he tried to convince them to throw their money behind an effort to stop Donald Trump during the Republican primaries in the last election:
He led a faction inside the Koch network that had become convinced of the need to neutralize Donald Trump before his momentum made him unstoppable. Fresh off Trump’s landslide victory in New Hampshire one week earlier, and staring down another likely Trump win in South Carolina that Saturday, Short and his lieutenants had come to Wichita to present Charles Koch with a detailed, eight-figure blueprint for derailing the Republican front-runner on Super Tuesday, when eleven states would vote. They hoped to get the green light to hammer Trump with ads in the states where he was most vulnerable.
[Exclusive: In Koch World ‘Realignment,’ Less National Politics, by Tim Alberta & Eliana Johnson, National Review, May 16, 2016]
Short failed to get the money for the anti-Trump program he wanted. So he left “Freedom Partners” and went to work for the Marco Rubio campaign.
Personnel is policy, as anyone in politics will tell you. And with few exceptions, Donald Trump seems to have rewarded his worst enemies rather than those who supported him during the campaign when it comes to jobs within his Administration. Needless to say, they have been doing their best to sabotage him since Day One.
As Steve Bannon put it in his recent interview, the “Original Sin” of the Trump presidency was embracing the GOP Establishment within 48 hours of his improbable victory [Steve Bannon: ‘Original Sin’ of Team Trump was embracing the Establishment, by Charlie Spierling, Breitbart, September 10, 2017].
No doubt President Trump was looking for political expertise when he reached out to Trump’s enemies. The problem: the GOP Establishment is objectively bad at politics.
Donald Trump won because of his policies, which overcame his many flaws and self-inflicted wounds. Donald Trump will continue to win if he stands by the policies which got him elected.
But if Donald Trump tries to become just another Republican, he will lose. And he’ll lose more spectacularly than even Mitt Romney or John McCain did.
Which is why, as I predicted long ago, it is time to rise against Trump, albeit in his name and in his own true interests. If President Trump follows the guidance of people like Paul Ryan and Marc Short, he will be out of office in 2020 (if not before). And he will have squandered the last, best chance for America to continue as an English-speaking First World country instead of just another diversity-ridden dystopia like Brazil.
It’s not about Trump. It’s about America.
And the President should remember that it’s about America, before—in inexplicable contradiction of his entire life history of punishing enemies and rewarding friends—he puts his own future in the hands of his (Democratic and Republican) enemies.