Understanding Why President Trump Has Not Received Legislative Action From Congress…

There are many new commentators at CTH, and even more new people taking notice of politics for perhaps the first time in their lives.   There is also some confusion noticed between two distinct groups who appear to be talking above and around each other.  Two groups trying to communicate from two entirely divergent sets of understanding.

Perhaps it is valuable to reset the larger frames of reference and provide clarity.

Many, heck, most people think when they vote for a federal politician -a representative- they are voting for a person who will go to Washington DC and write or enact legislation. This is the old-fashioned “schoolhouse rock” perspective based on decades past.

There is not a single congress person who writes legislation or laws.

In 2017 not a single member of the House of Representatives or Senator writes a law, or puts pen to paper to write out a legislative construct.  This simply doesn’t happen.

Over the past several decades a system of constructing legislation has taken over Washington DC that more resembles a business operation than a legislative body.  Here’s how it works.

Outside groups often called “special interest groups” are entities that represent their interests in legislative constructs.  These groups are often corporations, banks, financial groups or businesses; or smaller groups of people with a similar business connection who come together and form a larger group under an umbrella of interest specific to their like-minded affiliation.

Sometimes the groups are social interest groups; activists like climate groups, environmental interests etc.   The social interest groups are usually non-profit constructs who depend on the expenditures of government to sustain their cause or need.

The for-profit groups (mostly business) have a purpose in Washington DC to shape policy, legislation and laws favorable to their interests.   They have fully staffed offices just like any business would – only their business is getting legislation for their unique interests.

These groups are filled with highly-paid lawyers who represent the interests of the entity and actually write laws and legislation briefs.  In the modern era this is actually the origination of the laws that we eventually see passed by congress.  Within the walls of these buildings within Washington DC is where the ‘sausage’ is actually made.

Again, no elected official is usually part of this law origination process.

Once the corporation or representative organizational entity has written the law they want to see passed they hand it off to the lobbyists.  The lobbyists are people who have deep contacts within the political bodies of the legislative branch, usually former House/Senate staff or former House/Senate politicians themselves.

The lobbyist takes the written brief, the legislative construct, and it’s their job to go to congress and sell it.

“Selling it” means finding politicians who will accept the brief, sponsor their bill and eventually get it to a vote and passage.   The lobbyist does this by visiting the politician in their office, or, most currently familiar, by inviting the politician to an event they are hosting.  The event is called a junket when it involves travel.

Often the lobbying “event” might be a weekend trip to a ski resort, or a “conference” that takes place at a resort.  The actual sales pitch for the bill is usually not too long and the majority of the time is just like a mini vacation etc.

The size of the indulgences within the event, the amount of money the lobbyist is spending, is customarily related to the scale of the bill the sponsoring business entity needs to get support for.   If the sponsoring business or interest group can gain a lot of financial benefit for the legislation they spend a lot on the indulgences.

Recap:  Corporations (special interest group) writes the law.  Lobbyists take the law and go find politician(s) to support it.  Politicians get support from their peers using tenure and status etc.  Eventually, if things go according to norm, the legislation gets a vote.

Within every step of the process there are expense account lunches, dinners, trips, venue tickets and a host of other customary way-points to generate/leverage a successful outcome.

But the important part to remember is that the origination of the entire system is EXTERNAL to congress.

Congress does not write laws or legislation, special interest groups do.  Lobbyists are paid, some very well paid, to get politicians to go along with the need of the legislative group.

When you are voting for a Congressional Rep or a U.S. Senator you are not voting for a person who will write laws.  Your rep only votes on legislation to approve or disapprove of constructs that are written by outside groups and sold to them through lobbyists who work for those outside groups.

While all of this is happening the same outside groups who write the laws are providing money for the campaigns of the politicians they need to pass them.  This construct sets up the quid-pro-quo of influence, although much of it is fraught with plausible deniability.

This is the way legislation is created.

If your frame of reference is not established in this basic understanding you can often fall into the trap of viewing a politician, or political vote, through a false prism.  The modern origin of all legislative constructs is not within congress.

“we’ll have to pass the bill to, well, find out what is in the bill” etc.  ~ Nancy Pelosi 2009

“We rely upon the stupidity of the American voter” ~ Johnathan Gruber 2011, 2012

Now, think about this reality against the backdrop of the 2016 Presidential Election.  The entire system within DC was not structurally set-up to receive a Donald Trump presidency.

If Hillary Clinton had won the election, her Oval Office desk would be filled with legislation passed by congress which she would be signing.  Heck, she’d have writer’s cramp from all of the special interest legislation that would be flowing to her desk.

Why?  Simply because the authors of the legislation, the special interest and lobbying groups, were spending millions to fund her campaign.  President Hillary Clinton would be signing K-Street constructed special interest legislation to repay all of those donors/investors.  Congress would be fast-tracking the passage because the same interest groups also fund the members of congress.

President Donald Trump winning the election threw a monkey wrench into the entire DC system…. The modern legislative machine is frozen in place.

The “America First” policies represented by candidate Donald Trump are not within the legislative constructs coming from the authors of the legislation.   Congress has no bills to advance because all of the myriad of bills and briefs written are not in line with President Trump policy.

That’s why congress has not passed any legislation for President Trump to sign.

There’s no entity within DC writing legislation that is in-line with President Trump’s economic and foreign policy agenda.  Exactly the opposite is true.  All of the DC legislative briefs and constructs are antithetical to Trump policy.

There are hundreds of file boxes filled with thousands of legislative constructs that became worthless when Donald Trump won the election.

Those legislative constructs (briefs) representing tens of millions of dollars worth of time and influence and are now just sitting there piled up in boxes under desks and in closets amid K-Street and the congressional offices.

Any current legislation must be in-line with an entire new political perspective, and there’s no-one, no special interest or lobbying group, currently occupying DC office space with any interest in synergy with Trump policy.

Think about the larger ramifications within that truism.

That is also why there’s so much opposition.

No legislation by outside interests means no work for lobbyists who sell it.   No work means no money.  No money means no expense accounts.  No expenses means politicians paying for their own indulgences etc.

However, no K-Street expenditures -because of the futility of it- also means more money available for opposition and activist activity.

Lastly, when you understand this reality you begin to see the difference between legislation with a traditional purpose and faux-legislation with a political agenda.

Remember, politicians don’t write laws – outside groups do.

If you asked a DC Senator or House Member to actually write a law they’d look back at you like a cow just licked them on the forehead.  The politician would have no clue what you are asking them to do, and would immediately look to their staff as their closest reference point (the go-betweens) for outside lobbyist assistance.

This helps to understand when Senator Rand Paul, Mike Lee or Ted Cruz are “pitching” a “bill they’ve written”, it’s a gimmick – a ruse – a pure fundraising ploy.  Nothing more.  That’s why the bills they talk about (ie. El Chappo, Clean Repeal etc.) never actually materialize…. they are raising money, not legislation.

And that’s why Trump’s legislative inbox is empty.

Staffers with nothing to do…

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452 Responses to Understanding Why President Trump Has Not Received Legislative Action From Congress…

  1. littlebird160 says:

    I weep for the liberty of my country when I see at this early day of its successful experiment that corruption has been imputed to many members of the House of Representatives, and the rights of the people have been bartered for promises of office.
    Andrew Jackson
    Nothing much has changed since the days of “Old Hickory”.

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    • dutzie60 says:

      littlebird, Human nature …… Maybe we need to replace congress with robots.

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    • tellthetruth2016 says:

      I really think Politicians like Pelosi, M. Waters, E. Cummings, Lyin Ryan , etc.etc. are just too dumb and stupid to even understand what they would be reading IF they did have any legislation in front of them besides Not writing anything ….. Lyin Ryan has gotten away with campaigning and running on “repeal / replace of ObozoCare for years …… Are the voters in District 1 of WISCONSIN that gullible , stupid, have “sometimers” Or what the Hell is wrong that they can’t see a lier right in front of their face ???? I can see the FC and House “pay for play”, But a whole damn District is outrageous …….They could have had NEHLEN who tried his damnest to tell them what a liervand fraud Ryan was AND they Still believed his lies ……Thank God the rest of the State was paying attention. …..

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  2. YvonneMarie says:

    Congress went rogue when the members doubled their salary 30 years ago during a sneaky midnight vote.

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  3. littlebird160 says:

    The duty of government is to leave commerce to its own capital and credit as well as all other branches of business, protecting all in their legal pursuits, granting exclusive privileges to none. Andrew Jackson

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  4. Pam says:

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  5. doit4atlas says:

    All understood Sundance, great summary on today’s legislative process.

    But, how, then, does Donald Trump get his agenda passed? How do we get our damn WALL?

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  6. Pam says:

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  7. Rex says:

    Bless you sundance for callin’ ’em like you see ’em.
    Indeed, our wanna-be emperors have no clothes 😉

    I’ll be bookmarking this thread because I anticipate referring back to it.

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  8. H.R. says:

    Thanks, Sundance.

    This article also explains why someone in Georgia’s 6th District will spend $8-10 million dollars for a $174,000/per year job that could possibly only last for 2 years.

    Liked by 16 people

    • amwick says:

      He didn’t spend that money personally. Other groups funded him. It is really bad, either way, very bad.

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    • Alison says:

      it has become clear to me that term limits will make little difference b/c of way campaigns & Congressional seats are funded. It’s not who sits in the seat, it’s the black hats behind the curtain that run the show & write the laws.

      Lobbying, PACS & corp/union $$ to campaigns is killing We, the People.

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    • suzi says:

      Actually, approx 90% of that funding is coming from California – not Georgia. That district has been a strong Republican hold since Carter’s administration. The dimms want it badly.
      BTW, the candidate doesn’t even live in the district he’s running for …

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  9. PatriotKate says:

    Project Vote Smart. Get the information you need on our politicians and others.
    http://votesmart.org/

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    • PatriotKate says:

      I can’t stress enough how highly recommended this site is. Put in the name of any politician, you’ll see who funds them, their public statements, legislative votes and more. Great resource.

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  10. xyzlatin says:

    So perhaps an idea is an association of Trump lawyers association set up specifically to write legislation for Trump. Trump will do the rest.

    Or even one retired lawyer who is independently wealthy and can afford to buck the system (I am reminded of the retired scientists who have very effectively come out against the Global warming scare, as the ones still working can’t afford to buck the system).

    Other countries have special clerks of the parliament who write legislation in consultation with legislators. There are ways around this problem.

    THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM IS CAMPAIGN COSTS
    It is horrendously expense it is to run for any government position. Some countries have limits on what can be spent. Some countries have public monies for elections for each candidate. I did read that US congressmen spend more than 50% of their time trying to raise money for their next election.

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    • Sam says:

      Trump has lawyers who write his executive orders. I imagine he will have similar teams when it comes to legislation. But in the current system, he will have to have a congresscritter introduce it. Or perhaps a lobbyist who works for him will go to a congresscritter and enlist him/her.

      Any way it’s handled, you can bet Trump knew how the legislative system worked before he was elected. Probably before he decided to run.

      On the Republican side, representatives and senators raise money from donors because they have goals of fund raising to meet. The money goes to the National Republican Congressional Committee which decides how much to dole out to each during their run for re-election. If you don’t play ball, you don’t get much if any.

      And they have to pay for the committees they chair or are appointed to. The chair costs more, of course. No pay, no play. If this sounds thoroughly corrupt, that’s because it is.

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    • No. Public. Money. for. Elections!!! That is the bluest political idea evah, except for sanctuary cities.

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  11. William Murphy says:

    The Wall?
    Crowdfund it.
    Surely there is a legal way for the Trump-citizens to fund their own wall.
    I definitely would contribute.
    Wouldn’t you?
    Screw the Uniparty. Lets get’er done.
    Why not?

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  12. Pam says:

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  13. jackphatz says:

    Ha! Someone needs to ask AL. Rep Mo if he actually wrote that one sentence O’care repeal bill or if someone else gave it to him.

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  14. justfactsplz says:

    Excellent article explaining how legislation gets done, Sundance. This should straighten out the confused posters not “getting” why President Trump is not passing legislation. Congress Critters may be fighting against President Trump but the can’t stop him from making America Great Again His Executive Orders and meeting directly with businesses cutting out middlemen in the negotiating has him well on his way to MAGA! President Trump will tunnel through, go around, climb over or destroy their mountain to do this.

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  15. Theo West says:

    I came across this blog a year and a half or so ago. It brought things I’d already been sensing but not able to articulate clearly into focus, and I’ve been reading it almost daily since. I’m still learning, but want to say thanks, Sundance, for the perspective you bring to complex issues. And btw, I’ve turned others onto you too, along with turning them onto Trump during a very contentious election here in notoriously anti-Trump Colorado. Sad part is, I thought we won and the fight was over, but turns out the fight is harder even than before, the entrenched forces are so aligned against us and not willing to give up. Cold anger indeed.

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  16. Pam says:

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  17. AndrewJackson says:

    I know it is absolutely absurd to have Trump be responsible for every aspect, but I say why the hell not? Can we get a MAGA special interest group of dedicated to write legislation for tax cuts, wall, and healthcare? If congress is going to be a bunch of purchased corporate uniparty do nothings, why doesn’t Trump just get the best k-street legal guys and do it for our causes?

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  18. Pam says:

    It’s official folks. Just what we thought all along.

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  21. Just remember, Carl Ichan’s $150 million Congressional Super PAC is still stealthy locked and loaded for 2018.

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  22. Dekester says:

    PDJT will have this. The obstructionists are all sinking, every so slowly into the swamp. PDJT has taken the names, and they will be thrashed shortly.

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  23. SUNDANCE accurately mentioned K street, for those of you who have never stepped foot in the swamp, research 14th & K St, see what happens there. Goes way back to the late eighties, just saying the truth.

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  31. TrustyHaste says:

    Another important and well written article. I so enjoy the education aspect of this blog. Thank you Sundance! Now, to hit that donate button.

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  32. Curry Worsham says:

    I’m Just A Sham

    Boy: Woof! You sure gotta climb a lot of steps to get to this Capitol Building here in Washington. But I wonder who that sad little scrap of paper is?

    I’m just a sham.
    Yes, I’m only a sham.
    And I’m sitting here in Washington.
    Well, it’s a long, long journey
    In the capital city.
    It’s a long, long wait
    While I’m sitting in committee,
    But I know I’ll be a law someday
    At least I hope and pray that I am,
    But today I am still just a sham.

    Boy: Gee, Sham, you certainly have a lot of patience and courage.

    Sham: Well I got this far. When I started, I wasn’t even a sham, I was just an idea. Some Wall Street folks decided they wanted a law passed, so they called their lawyers and they sat down and wrote me out. Then they gave me to their lobbyists to sell to congress. The lobbyists then took me and a congressman that they liked a lot to a beautiful resort with very nice food and explained me to him. He said, “You’re right, there oughta be a law.” And I became a sham, and I’ll remain a sham until they decide to make me a law.

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  33. Killdozer says:

    SD is right you can only dog lip it for so long before they start nipping back , I`m going to have to rebrand again , get a new motto and fly that ,I thought when the American won I could rest in peace but this just got more complicated .

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  34. NewNonna!! says:

    Sundance, you’ve either outright posted this or alluded to it in the recent past, it seems to me. You present this more in depth with this post for e’ry one to sink their teeth into and digest.

    I have long held believed (probably in large part from hearing, as a young girl, my untrusting grandfather often say about the politicians: ‘It’s a case of a political plot’ …. and that was over 50 years ago), that you can’t believe e’ry thing you read. That what is being written or reported in ANY story (from science, to Hollywood, to politics, to religion and more) is what ‘THEY’ want you to think of any given situation.

    So now I have two questions.

    The first is:
    Based on my tendency to not believe what I read, since I do need to reel my skeptism in and find just the right spot between being paranoid and someone totally gullible, how does one find that sweet spot in this political atmosphere??

    (I do give CTH more trust than any other source, until it’s proven I shouldn’t, bc for the 10 months or so I’ve been a frequent visitor here, I believe you’ve shown light on the facts and stories you present; I think my grandfather would have been a frequent visitor also,)

    My 2nd question is:
    When we digest the truth of this terrible political way of doing the special interests’ business over the people’s, we can be left feeling hopeless. Therefore, I have to ask you since you presented us with this ugly truth and had us face it, what can or do we, The PEOPLE, do now?

    Fellow Deplorable Treepers? Suggestions are welcome.

    I, for one, will continue to pray.

    God help us and hear our hear our prayers.

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    • LULU says:

      Much (most?) of what we hear/read is about situations that are in motion, developing stories. And most are written and filed by those who get most of their information from reading what others like them have written and filed.

      “In their own words” (the videos posted here, live appearances in front of the camera) is more reliable if it is accompanied by context. Sound bites won’t do.

      A Brit phrase “in due course” works very well as we wait to see what happens rather than reacting to every hint of what might happen. That doesn’t mean not paying attention to signs and connecting some dots, but it does mean not being sent into irons by every wind, especially the ill ones.

      Healthy skepticism doesn’t hurt. Mindless kneejerk cynicism is tiresome and often denotes laziness when we sense the person displaying it probably hasn’t spent much time pursuing the facts. Driveby posters come to mind.

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    • Minnie says:

      I believe Sundance addresses this in a new post today (4/28).

      We pray, together, its what Americans do.

      Finally, it’s a dang shame watching intellectual heavyweights insult those trying to grasp what’s happening to this Country (as we all learned a long time ago, there is no such thing as a dumb question) It sure is fun, however, watching their heads fall lopsided.

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  35. BigBlockMill says:

    The Congress took an Easter vacation from April 10 to 21.
    The Congress has been back for a week already and a committee is working at 10:30 PM on April 27 to pass a one week continuing resolution.

    Seems like the special interest groups and lobbyists can not make up their minds on which way their puppet congressmen should vote.

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  36. William Ford says:

    The problem is very simple …. our elected Congressmen and Senators serve their donors, not their voters. It’s why government is unresponsive to voters. It’s why the electorate has so much frustration. No matter who you elect the problem remains the same. Elected officials are not working in your interest most of the time. They work in their own interests to maximize their donor contributions by serving their interests.

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  37. From the article…

    “The “America First” policies represented by candidate Donald Trump are not within the legislative constructs coming from the authors of the legislation. Congress has no bills to advance because all of the myriad of bills and briefs written are not in line with President Trump policy.”
    _________

    This is incorrect. The Obamacare repeal and replace bill was the creation of Dr. Tom Price, who is President Trump’s Secretary of HHS. The tax reform proposal unveiled by the Trump Administration this week is virtually identical the the Paul Ryan “Better Way” tax reform plan published in June 2016.

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    • kp3ace says:

      That is the reason why we need term limits. If necessary, add it state by state. Then, the next bill! Congress and senate cannot go straight to the lobbying sector.

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  38. How President Trump can Dismantle the Globalist Cabal

    Show Global Corporations they can GET what they need from HIM
    • Demonstrate that Bleeding America is OVER
    ○ IMPOSE SANCTIONS with TEETH for Unfair Trade Practices
    ○ COLLECT SANCTIONS from Past Transgressors
    ○ FINGER CORPORATIONS that BLEED America
    ○ PROSECUTE CORPORATIONS that CHEAT America
    ○ TERMINATE Multi-Lateral America-Last Trade Deals
    ○ MAKE Bilateral America-First Trade Deals
    • Ask what Corporations need to put America-First and MAKE IT HAPPEN – Examples:
    ○ Industry-Group Listening Sessions (Steel)
    ○ American-Worker Support Actions (Construction)
    ○ Unfair-Trade Sanctions (Lumber) & Trade-Deal Renegotiations (NAFTA)
    ○ Executive Orders to restore America-First (Hire-American and Buy-American)
    ○ Bilateral Trade Deals (American Steel in Keystone Pipeline)
    • Prove that Corporations ONLY need to put America First and work with President Trump to GET IT DONE
    ○ End the need to pay the US Chamber of Commerce
    ○ End the need to fund Lobbyists
    ○ End the need to donate to Congress
    ○ End the need to finance PACs

    Show Republicans in Congress that they can WIN WITHOUT PAY-to-PLAY by JOINING the TRUMP TRAIN, or LOSE by putting AMERICA LAST.

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  39. jmsvoice says:

    “And that’s why Trump’s legislative inbox is empty.” But no reason his executive order box can’t be full.

    If you can’t beat em’ the swamp, play your own game. Trump is following a now long established pattern of unilateral presidential action by Executive Order in the first days of an administration to decide an issue that, if our government wasn’t so FUBAR at the present time as Sundance points out in this thread, should be addressed through the normal process of legislative deliberation and negotiation with the president. Except there is no negotiation – you have the Uniparty on one side – against, or example, repealing and replacing Orectumcare and against the Wall. You have Trump, at least as a candidate, promising to do both. So he just needs to ramp up the EO’s so fast and furious that the Uniparty and libturds can’t keep up.

    Trump has already made the case to the American people on the Wall and immigration enforcement and repealing and replacing Obamacare.

    Trump already signed an Executive Order on January 25, 2017 to build the wall: “Policy. It is the policy of the executive branch to:(a) secure the southern border of the United States through the immediate construction of a physical wall on the southern border, monitored and supported by adequate personnel so as to prevent illegal immigration, drug and human trafficking, and acts of terrorism;”

    There’s nothing to prevent Trump from reallocating a billion dollars to start building the wall, he just can’t use the EO to allocate new goverment funds to build and maintain the wall – that would have to be done by Congress. But, because the Department of Homeland Security is clearly an executive branch agency Trump has the authority to move money around. The approved DHS discretionary budget for 2016 is $51 billion. Included in that is such crap as $616 million proposed in support of the President’s Climate Resilience Initiatives – I’m sure those funds could be reallocated by Trump to start building the Wall.

    As liberal courts in the 9th Circus seek to block Trump’s executive orders on such things, as they have with extreme vetting and sanctuary cities, learn from their opinions of the weaknesses, then adjust and issue new executive orders. Require liberals to continually go to court to try to stop the Trump agenda, and at the same time appeal ones that make sense to appeal.

    Leave the Uniparty Congress out of the loop as much as possible, unless and until we can weed out enough RINOs to get the agenda Trump campaigned on passed and MAGA.

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  40. mswanson says:

    Two concerns: Why do members of Congress need s many staff members if lobbyists are writing the bills?
    Why are members of Congress receiving such high salaries and exorbitant benefits when actually doing such little work and long breaks?

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  41. Jim in TN says:

    This NPR article lists the 28 laws Trump has enacted.

    http://www.npr.org/2017/04/27/525753448/white-house-touts-historic-28-laws-signed-by-trump-but-what-are-they

    Main emphasis is rolling back Obama last minute regulations.

    That is about all the uniparty can agree to do.

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  42. lfhbrave says:

    From what they said on tv or their talk shows, we know for sure some of the big name hosts read Sundance, like Laura Ingraham, Levin. I guess they and most of others knew we knew what was going on but apparently chose not to talk about it, given their large audience and reach. They are still playing the D v. R game and pretend they act on the basis of some core principles. It has been a big show for decades and only the election of PTrump has this been exposed so thoroughly.

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  43. Jim in TN says:

    Part of how the uniparty ensnares congress members is the dues game. Each member has to raise funds for their respective party campaign committees. Getting committee assignments is a pay to play game, with some fees in 6 figures and chairmanships reaching high 6 figure totals.

    Where is a congressman to turn to raise these fees, and raise money for the next election?

    http://www.politico.com/story/2014/07/house-republicans-cash-woes-108790

    https://www.minnpost.com/eric-black-ink/2017/04/congressional-dues-help-garner-good-committee-a

    It must be quite a challenge dealing with a President and cabinet members who are not already owned by the uniparty. Especially with all the money it takes to become President. But there are uniparty influences in the White House, such as Priebus.

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  44. Joellen says:

    Then I think it’s time to tear down this government Call for Convention of States.Give each State the power to control what they need to take care of their needs under supervision and tear down this government from top to bottom get rid of all that have been apart of any of this and rebuild it for the people by the people.Theres no other choice they have proved it to many times.We The People Put You In And Will Take you All Down Asap.

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  45. Joellen says:

    And so President Trump will get this picture and start cutting RYAN first and the rest of the traitor Call Convention of States give power back to each state to run themselves it’s not like they aren’t anyways and tear down this sick twisted corrupt pedophile governments and rebuild it put the corrupt on trial all of them no matter how small they think their crimes are.Its time We The People Stop These Criminals All of them.

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  46. Colorado Conservative says:

    Once more, thank you Sundance for providing the insight you do. I have learned much from The Treehouse. Will save this one for sharing and for reference.

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  47. BillofRights says:

    What a superb piece. Sundance you’re a master of thought and a phenomenal communicator. This is all so understandable once you stop to think about it, but I never have. It was below my radar.
    I appreciate your knowledge and awareness of how things work. .
    Thank you for sharing.

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  48. Looks like the whole thing is set up to make the rich richer while laying the costs on the middle class. Trump was a godsend. Hope he makes a little progress.

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