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The Genius of Donald Trump’s Debt Ceiling Deal

Posted by Troy on 7th September 2017 in Political

The Left and Media is crowing about their win.  Conservative Pundits are spitting fire.  Never Trumpers are spewing “Told ya so!”  And most Trump supports are saying… “Meh.”

I think “Meh.”  Sums it up.  I often look at Trump’s actions and think “He’s either insane or genius.”  As he is fabulously wealthy, I have to assume that he is not insane.  So let me explain why the move was genius.

The debt ceiling was going to get raised.  Let’s just be honest about this for once.  We all know it.  We can have this “Oh, we’ll shut down the government,” spiting contests which are little more than roosters preening.  At the end of the day, the debt ceiling gets raised.  Trump knows this.  He knows it’s a waste of time.  He has hurricanes to deal with.  He knows that, if he takes too long getting the aid to the hurricane victims, the media is going to roast him (unfairly, but they don’t wish to be fair or impartial).

Trump wants to use energy on useful things.  There is nothing business people hate more than being stuck in some stupid meeting that is mandated by some out of touch bureaucrat.  That’s all this fight is.  Trump knows what’s going to happen.  Why bother wasting time and effort?  Far better to get it out of the way so that his people can work on more important things, like tax reform.

It also is a backhand to the Republicans.  The republicans are proving all small government lovers’ worst fear: that the Republicans are just as in love with big government and what the Democrats are doing.  They want to be able to rant and rave and get elected but never actually slow or stop that big government agenda.  They want a big government too.  The only thing that Republicans love to do is have pointless, meaningless stands.  The debt ceiling is the best fight of all!  They can get up and gnash their teeth and then capitulate because they can’t very well let America default on the debt, can they?

It’s a wake-up call to the Republicans in Congress.  Now they know that Trump is not on the Republican side.  Trump is on Trump’s side (to which, I honestly believe that Trump believes that Trump’s side IS America’s side).  Maybe this scares them, which is good.

Along these lines, it is also a page out of Sun Tzu’s Art of War.    “Put them in a spot where they have no place to go, and they will die before fleeing. If they are to die there, what can they not do? Warriors exert their full strength. When warriors are in great danger, then they have no fear. When there is nowhere to go they are firm, when they are deeply involved they stick to it. If they have no choice, they will fight.”  In other words, if your army feels like they are in danger of being absolutely destroyed, they will fight like hell to survive.  This is pretty hardcore, but there it is.  Now the Republicans might understand that they have to get something done, or Trump will try to get his agenda done by any means necessary, even if its working with the Democrats.

Likewise, DACA was  a great move.  It takes a program and puts it on the bargain table.  In the end, I think Trump’s pitch will be this:  “If you secure with border with… oh… I don’t know… a wall, we can work out something for these ‘Dreamers.’”

This is good stuff.  This is how deals are made.  And what did he give up?  Nothing.  The debt ceiling was going to be made.  DACA was going to be overturned by the courts and would have eventually been saved by Congress due to media pressure.  This is why I say these moves are genius.

Long Live the Constitution!