Cutting deals with Democrats, some advice

January 11, 2018

Say what you like about President Trump, but he doesn’t let anyone get too comfortable in their assumptions. For instance, just as his critics were settling into a nice liberal-bubble bath to read that ludicrous new book that confirms all their cherished fantasies about him being a dementia-stricken, moronic grandpa who can’t understand simple concepts or remember his friends’ names, he dumped a big load of freezing cognitive dissonance in their bath water. First by giving a lengthy, extemporaneous speech on farm policy, then by taking the startlingly rare step of allowing TV cameras in on a meeting with Congressional leaders of both parties. Even the usual anti-Trump yapping Chihuahuas on cable news channels were forced to admit that he ran the meeting like a CEO who was on top of all the issues discussed. It was also a lot more transparent than anything that Obama’s “most transparent Administration in history” ever did.

But while he was deflating the illusions of all those amateur psychiatrists on Twitter, Trump also discombobulated some of his supporters with a couple of comments during the meeting. One came when he noted that Congress members got along better and got more done before they banned earmarks, those attachments of pork for the home districts that greased the skids (and the palms) enough to help get bills passed. He mused that maybe some form of controlled earmarks should come back, which set off furious backlash from conservatives who fought to stamp them out because of the corruption and waste that came along with them.

Another comment that set off alarms on the right was Trump’s seeming agreeability on the idea of accepting a new DACA arrangement now that would let millions of “Dreamers” stay in America, in exchange for Democrats agreeing later to back immigration reforms or tougher border enforcement.


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Before anyone goes too far off the deep end, bear in mind that these were only passing comments during a meeting, not hard and fast agreements. Maybe he was only dangling them as carrot-and-stick enticements, to see how the Democrats would respond. Or maybe he was just thinking out loud and didn’t really mean it. All this anguish over it is one reason why they say anyone who enjoys sausage or government should never see how either one is made.

But just in case Trump is seriously considering that DACA/immigration deal, I’d like to offer him a bit of advice. I know he’s the master of the “Art of the Deal,” but he hasn’t made that many political deals, and this is an area where I believe he could benefit from my experience. So here goes:

No Republican executive should ever, ever, EVER accept a deal with Democrats predicated on giving them what they want now in exchange for their promise to give you what you want later. Rather than go into detail, I’ll just offer the following examples, which should be self-explanatory:

“If you agree to a tax hike now, we’ll cut two dollars in spending for every dollar of new taxes later.”

“If you agree to give amnesty to no more than 1.3 million illegal immigrants now, we’ll secure the border later and we’ll never need another amnesty bill.”

“I will gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.”

(Note: Popeye was more likely to get his burger money back from Wimpy than Reagan ever was to get those promised spending cuts and border security.)

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Comments 1-5 of 29

  • Matt Combs

    01/12/2018 03:41 PM

    My sister had a fantastic idea!!! Ask Roseanne Barr if you can make a guest appearance on her show. That would be OUTSTANDING Mr. Huckabee!!! I hope it happens.

  • Vern Sowers

    01/12/2018 12:54 PM

    I appreciate your articles very much. I would also like to say President Trump is doing a very good job! That being said, just think how much wore we could accomplish if our Congress and Senate would make moral and just decisions for the good of our nation as a whole, instead of acting like like vindictive spoiled children. They are our representatives not our leaders, they work for us. If they don't start working for us, instead of special interest groups, we will vote them out! I continue to pray that The Lord God Almighty will touch their hearts and minds and start doing right. In Jesus Name, Amen.

  • Jane Lee

    01/12/2018 12:10 PM

    ALL THESE COMMENTS ARE GOOD BUT WHAT WORRIES ME IS TRUMPS TEMPER AND TWEETS. TODAYS USA NEWS QUOTES RETIRED SOUTH KOREAN GENERAL I.B.CHUN ON HOW KIM JONG UN HAS ESTABLISHED AN ENTIRE KULT IN NORTH KOREA. HE HAS EDUCATED ALL PEOPLE BEGINNING AT AGE 14 TO GET 100 HRS. OF TRAINING EVERY YEAR ON HOW TO SHOOT A WEAPON, FIRE A GRENADE, AND PITCH A TENT. NORTH KOREAS PEOPLE ARE MILITARIZED BEYOND BELIEF. THEY ARE TRAINED TO SPY ON EACH OTHER OR BE SHOT TO DEATH. THEIR INFRASTRUCTURE IS FAR BELOW GROUND AND ARMED TO THE ULTIMATE. WE HAVE NEVER ENCOUNTERED ANYTHING LIKE THIS BEFORE. IT WILL NOT BE LIKE GOING INTO IRAN OR AFGHANISTAN IF WE SEND TROOPS IN. SHUT THAT TWEETER OFF...PLEASE

  • Cath

    01/12/2018 11:46 AM

    Absolutely agree. Also people must take note & demand the media recognize Trump's accomplishments FOR THE PEOPLE...IF focus is on his language, then ALSO FOCUS ON BO, BC language...their actions were more devastating than language.

  • Kim Pointer

    01/12/2018 03:58 AM

    Please Watch this interview with these 2 Christian Hispanic Ladies from Texas, especially the end. They are begging for a platform for Hispanics to know the truth. They know it is a spiritual war. Maybe Mike Huckabee could have them on his TBN show. America desperately needs this for the Hispanic community.
    There is a section in the middle with video of a protest that you might want to forward thru due to bad language.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16HhDCOU3cM
    Sincerely,
    Kim Pointer