The First 100 Days!
From what I can tell, the 4th Reich is right on the Elite Media’s prescribed schedule. The Villagers are already writing their usual narrative arc:
- A breathless biography about the incoming vice president. Thanks to his unusual closeness to the boss, … the new veep is the most powerful in history. (Check!)
- the next wave of stories claims that the administration is rebooting. (Check!)
- We conclude with the third trope of the first 100 days of reporting: the coming ‘reorganization’ of government. (Check!)
And right on schedule, we learn that Trump is letting Fratsputin, Jared Kushner make recommendations on how to run the government like a bidness; ie, a reboot. Dude cannot even run his own Manhattan tower, let alone the government, so this will be good, popcorn munching watching. Just like Chimpy before him, he is already referring to citizens as customers. So we wonder if the boy wonder will consider that there is no profit and loss sheet in government? We bet that subtlety will be lost on him.
(A new twist however, is that Kushner appears to be in cahoots with the Russians and is already volunteering to testify to Congress, you know, if Comrade Nunes ever lets an investigation actually happen.)
If you think that the White House is headed towards the inevitable re-boot, you are not alone. Today we will start by comparing and contrasting what the Villagers in the beltway are breathlessly telling us:
First up — Mike ‘Payola’ Allen now writing the Axios morning email thingie:
Trump feels burned by the conservative House Freedom Caucus and is ready to deal with Dems. Dangling infrastructure spending is an obvious way to buy support of potentially dozens of Dems, meaning he wouldn’t be hostage to hardliners.
And then we have a reality check from Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) morning email thingie, who in a blatant act of Journalism asked some Dems about this:
ATTN. MR. PRESIDENT — So far, Donald Trump has not been able to move anything through Congress. So, his White House is signaling he’ll recalibrate, and look to Democrats to get his legislative priorities passed. BUT, BUT, BUT: Top aides to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) say they HAVE NOT been approached by Trump or his aides since the health care bill went down last week. And the coordination before that was minimal, to say the best.
Next up, we get news of the Big Strategy for how Hair Führer will finally get a legislative WIN! First up, Mike ‘Payola’ Allen again:
As Republicans frantically look for a roadmap after Friday’s collapse, the White House is talking about moving to a novel, risky strategy: tackling tax reform and infrastructure at the same time (not necessarily in the same bill).
And then back to TBOTP (tC!):
THERE ARE NO QUICK WINS for Trump. A White House source floated through Axios’s Jonathan Swan that they want to couple tax reform and infrastructure spending, and think they can get it done this year (http://bit.ly/2nHjexX ). But there is no silver bullet — not tax reform, not infrastructure and not the combination of the two. After the failure of the Republican-written health-care replacement plan, few believe that Congress should bundle up two complicated issues and jam them through. The White House spin that they’ll reach out to and do business with Democrats sounds nice, but it ignores very fundamental realities of today’s Washington.
“Opinions Differ,” as their headlines often say! So I’ll add mine: that vestigial spine the Dims have been showing lately has resulted in the base being engaged. There is no upside to the centrist No Labels, DLC crowd who want to find consensus.
And we’ll throw in this Tiger Beat bit that makes it all the more unlikely:
“President Donald Trump doesn’t want to wait until next year to slash government spending on everything from education to mental health programs. The White House is asking Congress to cut $18 billion from discretionary spending bills for the current fiscal year that have been long settled — a move that could threaten a major showdown just a month ahead of the deadline to keep the government funded. …
“In an extensive document shared with House and Senate appropriations committees on Friday, and obtained by POLITICO, the Trump administration is offering its most detailed instructions to date on how Congress should shape the trillion-dollar spending legislation Congress must enact by April 28 to prevent a government shutdown. … The department-by-department breakdown shows Trump is targeting domestic programs including education, health care and housing, as well as international food aid — cuts that are in line with the administration’s ‘skinny budget’ for next year.”
So at the same time that The Russian Usurper needs cooperation from the Democrats, he plans to gut the EXISTING budget as part of trying to fund the government? The man is as dumb as he looks. I’ll add a frisson of schadenfreude to the mix: the day the government might shutdown is Trump’s 100th day in office.
So what has caught your eye this morning?
UPDATE 1: No More Mister Nice Blog has a smart take on the Infrastructure/Tax combo platter.