Part IV – 2016 Prescient DC Lobbyists Talk Trump: “the end of life as we know it here”…

…“Literally 30-thousand jobs could be lost if Trump is sworn in. Washington as we know it, and how business is conducted, will change instantly.”… ~DC Lobbyist

Over the past few days we have been providing background explainers on why congressional legislation is frozen.   The lack of legislative action in the era of Trump is one of the least understood political realities.  Corporate media cannot discuss the issue because they are part of the system itself. The election of President Trump threw a wrench into the gears of the entire DC legislative and lobbying machine.

Part I HERE -and- Part II HERE -and- Part III HERE.

The entire political and legislative apparatus is frozen, and it is genuinely impossible to predict what happens next.  Where we stand is the outcome building a very targeted system over the course of three decades.  The entities and institutions which assembled the system became functionally obsolescent overnight on November 8th 2016.

To fully grasp the tectonic shift, and understand the current challenge, it helps to revisit the words by a key DC machine operator, lobbyist Jack Burkman, who was contemplating the unthinkable prior to the unthinkable becoming a reality:

DC Public Relations2016 […]  seismic panic has ensued on K Street as lobbying firms brace for a reality of a possible Donald Trump presidency and what that might mean for them and their futures.

Prominent D.C. lobbyist Jack Burkman said today that he started assembling a delegation of lobbyists and lobbying firms to meet with the New York billionaire and begin building a bridge to the Trump organization.

“Trump is a Washington outsider. We need the outreach now or Trump will bring in a whole new team made up exclusively of New Yorkers, effectively ending our grip on the White House and The Capitol which will bring about the end of life as we know it here,” says Burkman, who represents a diverse set of national and multi-national clients.

Since Trump has no experience as a politician, not a single D.C. lobbying firm has any ties to Donald Trump.

“More than $4 billion in lobbying business could be lost overnight should Donald Trump become president,” says Burkman. “Decades of relationship-building in politics could be lost. And make no mistake every lobbyist in the town is worried.”

Lobbyists routinely use money to gain access and buy influence. They leverage their connections for wealthy clients who want access. But The Donald has said he won’t accept their money.

“Literally 30-thousand jobs could be lost if Trump is sworn in. Washington as we know it, and how business is conducted, will change instantly.”

[…]  “Asking him to accept contributions in the general must be order number one. It is critical to our survival. We must also make him understand that the Capitol city simply cannot be run without us. We, in fact, make things happen.”  (more)

Well, the unthinkable happened.

Think about the institutional shock.  As the 2016 article outlined, 30,000 people who make a living funneling $4 billion of financial influence into the organizational swamp are now doing what?

The media is focused on ‘shiny things’ and ‘palace intrigue’ and no-one is discussing the larger ramifications of the influence machine shutting down.

If you step back and look at the overall direction of action from the White House it becomes evident the first 100 days of the Trump administration can be summed up as: laying out all the tools for a grand dis-assembly.

Using mostly executive orders, the Trump administration is requesting data and ordering reviews of various federal and institutional constructs.  SEE ORDERS HERE

In addition to a review of merit or worth, OMB director Mick Mulvaney has also begun a full-scale review of every sub-agency within the federal apparatus to find duplication of action.  Identified duplicates will either be removed or reassigned.

For all of the aforementioned reasons the legislative side is at a stand still.  There’s nothing to indicate that will change in the foreseeable future.

President Trump needed only three legislative items to fulfill his policy mission:

  • Repeal of ObamaCare.
  • Passage of Tax Reform. -OR- Just the targeted portions of the tax proposal.
  • Passage of a budget.

Despite all the media protestations to the contrary, these are the only three essential ingredients in the President Trump domestic policy agenda.   That said, the larger direction of the agenda can continue even without them.

Passage of legislation for the three initiatives most certainly enhances and amplifies the effects of Trump’s executive action, exponentially so; but passage in-and-of-itself is not mandatory for President Trump’s larger institutional deconstruction to continue.

Then again, didn’t we always know this?...

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185 Responses to Part IV – 2016 Prescient DC Lobbyists Talk Trump: “the end of life as we know it here”…

  1. Pam says:

    It really is true the saying that the pen is mightier than the sword. Since congress is so tied to these stinking lobbyists that’s POTUS has had to do (EO’s) in some cases, but he’s made tremendous progress even without them.

    Mulvaney is so far proving to be a highly valuable asset to this administration.

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  2. Beryl Bomb says:

    Never
    Ever
    Never
    Ever forget that 90-odd percent of the swamp voted against Donald Trump.

    That should be taught in Political Science classes.

    Liked by 56 people

    • margarite1 says:

      I’m not disputing that this is the truth but how do the lobbyists get the 5.8 million into the hands of the congress people that effectively buys their vote? Obviously since they all leave D.C. as millionaires they get it somehow but I thought there were rules about this…at least there were supposed dto be.

      BTW, Sundance, love the pic of the lion! 🙂

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      • I suspect many of them buy pallets of books authored by the politicians. i would really love to examine the books of the publishers who pay out 8 figure advances to people like the Clintons and BHO for books no one will read and certain to lose money. I am believe there is some corruption there because it doesn’t make business sense.

        I thought this stuff end with Jim Wright.

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      • lady4trump says:

        They voted to allow themselves to accept open bribes. They also voted that its fine for them only to use insider trading with no consequences whatsoever. Our elected DC representatives of both houses are rotten to the core. I pray God gives President Trump His wisdom to overcome the evil entrenched up there. Pray with me!

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      • Trumpeter says:

        My favorite is Dennis Hastert, former Speaker of the House. He got in trouble for structuring payments to avoid reporting requirements, a law which he passed. He had given $3 million to a guy he had molested when he was a high school teacher and wrestling coach.
        He started in the ’60’s in a rural state as a b.s. teacher. Probably making $15k/ yr. Finished in the House at around $185k. Lifetime average income somewhere near $100k.
        How many years would you have to work at $100k to save up $3mil? If you never paid for anything, no car, mortgage, phone, clothes, taxes… Just 30 years.
        But the real question is not how long it would take to save $30 million because he had another $7 million for himself. If he worke 100 years, without ever paying for a vacation, private school for the kids, or even repairing the roof, he could just about save $100 million.
        So tell me, DO you think he came by the money honestly?

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      • G. Combs says:

        I am sure there are a lot of ways around the laws.
        Books that colleges, schools and public libraries buy with YOUR tax dollar not to mention donars buy the books by the container truck load.

        Speaking fees that are rediculous.

        Charities like the Clinton Foundation that are used to funnel money.

        Privately held small corporations who do not have to do ANY public reporting of where they get their funding.
        EXAMPLE:

        […] the entry that really sent my Democratic strategist friend ballistic was the one for Rep. Rosa DeLauro, the Connecticut Democrat. La Rosa–tied for #48 on the Richest list–gets the lion’s share of her wealth from her husband–Clintonista pollster and campaign strategist Stan Greenberg. Says Roll Call, “DeLauro’s primary asset is a 67-percent stake in Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research Inc., a Washington-based firm run by her husband, Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg. Her share in the company nets the Representative $5 million to $25 million. She has a partial stake in two other polling/consulting firms. The first is Greenberg Research, of which she and her husband own 100 percent, and Sun Surveys, in which she owns a 60 percent stake. Neither of these is as lucrative as Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, however.”
        My bud the political warhorse snorted, “Hell, she first ran for Congress she didn’t have a dime–I was one of her biggest contributors. And Stan Greenberg, who worked for me back when he was starting out, used to have holes in his socks!” […]
        http://www.mlive.com/forums/farmington/index.ssf?artid=624

        #2 Insider Trading
        Congress Offal are exempt from the laws that apply to us concerning insider trading. Coincidience??

        The Clinton Scandal That Still Matters Is Not the One You Think

        […] Under the guidance of an attorney representing Tyson Foods, Hillary Clinton made a $98,540 profit from a $1,000 initial investment in less than one year trading commodity futures. While $98,540 may not seem like much money relative to the Clinton family’s wealth today, it exceeded Bill and Hillary’s combined annual income at the time. […] the Tyson-linked attorney, James Blair, admitted that he advised Clinton when to buy and sell the futures. Further, there was no evidence that Clinton had previously traded in commodity futures or knew much about the market. […]
        Exchanges and regulators typically require investors to keep a minimum amount of cash in their futures accounts to avoid getting into a negative position if futures prices move in the wrong direction. In Hillary Clinton’s case, her $1,000 initial investment was well below the $12,000 deposit required by the Chicago Mercantile Exchange for the first trades she executed. So not only did Hillary make an extraordinary profit for a novice investor, she did so without following the rules applied to less well-connected traders.[…]

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        • G. Combs says:

          My bet is that Insider Trading is the favorite thanks to this article.
          Congress Moves Again to Block Investigation of Congress

          December 1 2015, 3:26 p.m.
          Lawyers for the House of Representatives have escalated their legal fight to block the first-ever congressional insider trading investigation.
          The case revolves around allegations that Brian Sutter, a former senior staff member of the Ways and Means Committee, passed along nonpublic information concerning a Medicare reimbursement rate change to a lobbyist with Greenberg Traurig in April 2013. […]

          The Securities and Exchange Commission opened an investigation and served subpoenas on Sutter and the Ways and Means Committee.
          Despite passing a bipartisan law to address the very issue of congressional insider trading — the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act, or STOCK Act of 2012 — congressional attorneys have fought the SEC investigation at every turn. […]

          The appeal, which could obstruct the investigation or at least delay it for months, is the latest move by Congress to undermine its own ethics law. The STOCK Act remains the only significant congressional ethics reform measure passed into law since 2007.

          Lawmakers at the time patted themselves on the back, hailing the STOCK Act as a major step toward curbing corruption. “Insider trading should never occur and should never be tolerated,” Rep. Paul Ryan, now the House speaker and Kircher’s boss, said in a statement.
          Away from the spotlight, however, congressional leaders continue to fight enforcement and to shore up the target of the SEC inquiry. Rep. Pat Tiberi, R-Ohio, and Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., two lawmakers who served on the same committee as Sutter, have used PAC money to donate to the legal defense fund set up to defend him.

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        • G. Combs says:

          Another favorite is Land Grabs. It is so much easier to use the government to take land by force than to do it honorably like President Trump has.

          Sen. Harry Reid and his family were completely entwined in the whole Bundy Ranch mess. A former BLM employee digging in the local court records found the transfer of land confiscated by the BLM to the Reid family with no money changing hands!

          Bundy Ranch land grab link

          Antelope Valley Ca. land grab — linK

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  3. the right phoenix says:

    To quote REM:

    “It’s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine.”

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  4. PatriotKate says:

    There’s going to be a real estate depression in D.C. pretty soon.

    Liked by 28 people

    • Brant says:

      I give it until July/August. I’m sure all lobbyists are paid on contract and month to month and no retirement. Paid well, but no guarantee of work. I think the swamp will give it until mid summer to see if they can run him off then the ones with school kids have to start thinking of school and sending their kids to “gasp”, DC public schools. Start of new school year. Watch for enrollment at Sidwell Friends to drop. Might be first sign of swamp draining.

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    • Bert Darrell says:

      PatriotKate: Who cares if the real estate market tanks in Washington D.C. and environs? The rest of us experienced it and it lasted years. Isn’t it about time that bureaucrats taste the medicine they’ve been dispensing to us?

      Liked by 18 people

      • Deep Blue C says:

        Uhhhm, why did you jump to the conclusion that PatriotKate was upset about the markets tanking in D.C.?

        Her post certainly didn’t show any concern one way or the other; she merely made a prediction.

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        • Bert Darrell says:

          Deep Blue C: where in my lines did you get that I thought that PK was upset about anything? My comment was a follow up of hers. It helps to focus on the lines, not the space between them.

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          • Now Bert, you know very well that hitting “Reply” made it obvious to whom you were responding.

            If you “focus on the first words in your first line”, you made it “personal”:

            “PatriotKate: Who cares…”

            Get some sleep, and give it hell tomorrow.😉

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            • deanbrh says:

              I usually try to start my posts with the name to whom i am responding so the mods can quickly see where to place my response. I suspected Bert was doing the same so as not to have his response serendipitously placed. Things move pretty quickly on here sometimes.

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      • MaineCoon says:

        Yes. They deserve to lose their jobs, their houses, their private schools, the bank accounts — with no job/career in site. Same as millions of citizens had happen to them in 07/08/09/….

        Liked by 19 people

      • PatriotKate says:

        Tongue in cheek Bert. I welcome it.

        I understand the real estate issue. I’ve been trying to sell my house for 18 months now.

        Liked by 4 people

        • Bert Darrell says:

          PatriotKate. Isn’t it amusing that you got the gist of my comment but Deep Blue C (at 6:42 pm) thought otherwise? Cheers and thanks for your reply.

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        • Rip Tide says:

          We’ve been trying to sell ours for 5 years in Michigan!

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        • lady4trump says:

          Lower the price and it will sell.

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        • Mr Snado says:

          Lower the price. Average listings are around 45 days now unless it’s overpriced. Inventory is down, it’s a sellers market, unless your Realtor(tm) has it listed too high. Some do that to keep listings inventory in their back pocket, especially in States Like WA where the broker can get both sides of the commission.

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      • MacKenzie says:

        You need to turn on your sarcasm meter, my friend.

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    • kate says:

      Let us hope and pray it happens.

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    • Ono says:

      Everywhere where “Green” money was handed out…

      Can’t wait to purchase a home from a sellout in Ca that helped take my (wood door and sash ) business down. Eight years without business because using natural growing products became demonized while using synthetics that “off gas”, are made from “industrial waste”, and only last for a few years…all of a sudden became considered green???

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  5. TAS says:

    The truth will always make you open your eyes and think!!!!…..thank you SUNDANCE!

    Liked by 10 people

  6. FLEEVY says:

    Build the wall, drain the swamp. Amen

    Liked by 9 people

  7. thesavvyinvester says:

    In 2010 while volunteering for an insurgent Tea Partier for Congress, I got into the innards of the machine a bit. I saw something disturbing, establishment vs us. By Oct 2010, I begged the question, why isn’t the Tea Party directing their ire @ K-Street, because I saw them as the problem, no one answered me, obviously candidate Trump, did mention them, but now they realize they might be like this Far-Side Comic-Strip, not that their is anything wrong with it 🙂

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    • thesavvyinvester says:
    • Your Tour Guide says:

      Agree wholeheartedly. Nobody ever goes after the influencers. I consider
      our elected officials as middle management, at best. Around the state of
      Georgia our misrepresentatives basically get put in office to justify something,
      anything that has bonds issued to finance it.

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      • harrietht3 says:

        I see the campaign for Congressional office, House and Senate, as being the job interview.
        If candidates pass muster with the public/voters, then the lobbyists swoop in on their prey and use said elected officials as their own private tools, manipulating and bribing them to serve their new masters, not the public which NAIVELY assumes they have exerted some control and gained representation in our government.

        Of course, the bribed congress culprits are the very ones writing our laws which in a more honorable era would see them REJECTING the corrupting influence of lobbyists — who have grown way too powerful for their britches.

        They need to be brought to heel.

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    • Guy Bee says:

      When I was involved with DC, it was obvious the real government was not the guys and gals who vote for this stuff (Congressmen and Senators) but the real power was the staff. They are the ones who push the agenda. If you are going to drain the swamp, it is time for a massive redistribution of wealth – fire them all and make the get a real job.

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      • Yes, Guy Bee, and this is why term limits are irrelevant in the swamp draining game..

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      • Maquis says:

        Sundance has pointed out a number of times that our Congress-Critters no longer write legislation. The lobbyists present them with their legislation pre-written. I suspect actually written by the lobbyists’ paymasters, their Corporate bosses. This stuff makes me sick. I hope they all go flip burgers somewhere.

        Really? Whining that the 30,000 unelected never seen money-bags that “make DC work,” for their corporate boss, not for 330,000,000 Americans. They are tumours. Cancers that must be cut out of the body politic. Absolutely Un-American.

        This is why Ryan wrote a crap medical bill, because it was the first time he actually had to. Legislators are no better than sock puppets.

        Except for the ones that travel the globe igniting war after war. Not. Their. Job. McCain should be handed to his ISIS buddies for some quality cultural exchange time. And, as he did with our American war MIAs, we won’t bother looking for his bones.

        Never having your bones found and buried, but to be dispersed by animals and reduced to dust, is the worst fate imaginable to many cultures. “May your bones never be found” a malevolent curse.

        But I digress. Lets airdrop those lobbyists on lil Kim! They can keep the bones.

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  8. US says:

    Paul Ryan is the face of the Swamp and is ready to be fired.

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  9. NorthIdaho says:

    Thank you Sundance. It’s hard to get your mind around, but we’re watching it play out. Nothing happening in Congress. Needed this explanation. Again.

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  10. jrapdx says:

    I have no doubt the “institutional deconstruction” is a critical, long-term mission. It’s also the hardest for the public to see happening because it’s going on in the shadows. The “face” of political Washington is the President’s speeches and tweets, and the Congressional facade of “lawmaking”, “holding hearings”, and issuing brave statements about what Congress and the denizens therein are going to do. Of course Congress doesn’t do anything as so amply explained in these articles. It will be interesting to see how it plays out with the voters next year. The contrast between the actions and achievements of the President vs. the sloth and zero productivity of Congress will speak volumes to the electorate.

    It would be good if the President could illuminate the ongoing “destructuring” of the lobbyist machine, but I can see that might be too provocative for him to tackle publicly.

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  11. andi lee says:

    Not domestic, but, still…

    …why would any nation “think” TTIP was still a possibility, even as far as last week? And, did McCain mislead Latvia to believing it was still a go?

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    • andi lee says:

      Excerpt:

      “During the spring meeting of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank in Wahington, D.C., Dombrovskis learned that the new U.S. administration intended to continue cooperation with the EU. But the TTIP negotiations are very complicated and at the moment there is a sort of pause in the talks, he said.
      In Dombrovskis’ words, there have been objections to the agreement also within the EU, including from non-governmental organizations, therefore the parties to the talks now had to determine whether their positions coincided on enough aspects to make a progress.
      The strategic cooperation between the U.S and the EU has been going on for many decades and is continuing regardless of certain controversial statements by the new U.S. administration, the European Commission vice-president said.”

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      • filia.aurea says:

        Wikileaks €100,000 reward for Europe’s most wanted secret. The TTIP is a multi-trillion dollar international treaty that is being negotiated in secret between the United States and the European Union. It remains secret almost in its entirety, closely guarded by the negotiators, and only big corporations are given special access to its terms. The TTIP covers half of global GDP and is one of the largest agreements of its kind in history. The TTIP aims to create a global economic bloc outside of the WTO framework, as part of a geopolitical economic strategy against the BRICS countries of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

        The Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has dubbed the TTIP an “economic NATO,” comparing it to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization military alliance.

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      • yucki says:

        ~ ought to give our allies a heads-up, hang a sign around McCain’s neck: “Beware!”

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    • andi lee says:

      Notice the “non-governmental organizations” are of critical importance with TTIP, as is the IMF. They’re funneling our tax dollars through NGOs & IMF. (Our farmers were robbed of their seed money accounts set up through IMF. Really bizarre, how our gov said, “no electronic trace” was found. It took years for our farmers to recover pennies on the dollar from the gov.)

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  12. Theresa Anne says:

    Thank you for this optimistic turn on what has been a somewhat depressing subject. Your statement that Trump only needs Congress for three items, healthcare, tax reform and a budget, to fulfill his campaign promises, puts all this into perspective. The Trump Train will not be stopped by a do-nothing Congress.

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    • starfcker says:

      Right. And think of this. How would you like to be a REPUGLICAN congress critter, and have to explain, as part of your re-election pitch next year, how you couldn’t, (A) repeal obamacare. (B) lower taxes. (C) Pass a budget. All that ought to be popular with the voters. Good luck with that.

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      • BigMamaTEA says:

        It will be interesting to see, say after Labor Day, and then for sure, the early part of next year, to see just how many & who decide, well, maybe they won’t run for re-election after all.

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    • Springstreet says:

      The Uni-Party will delay the repeal of ObamaCare, but so what … it’s in a death spiral. They will try their CR gambit for the budget … but DJT can just let the government run out of money and then choose the items he wants to fund. For the wall, seized assets can be attributed to MS13 and then spent on the Wall … off budget. Illegals overstaying their visas or melting back into the US after their hearings can be tried on this side of the Mexican border … but on the other side of our border stations. And deportations? Just give them an all expenses paid vacation to an island paradise … on an abandoned WWII atoll. Out of sight – out of mind. And remember, as the LIberals lose the rest of the swing states, then Constitutional Amendments ratified by 3/4 of the States will take over Congress’ job.

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      • kp3ace says:

        If you’re referring to a constitutional convention or Article 5, I would not recommend it. Our 2nd constitution was established on March 9th, 1879.

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  13. Just Curious says:

    That explained the damages done to our country in the last eight horrible years under Obama, the Uniparty Congress and Senate who have given Obama everything he wanted on a silver platter, not to mention these liberal federal judges who have been silent until now. We still exist as a country is a testament of a miracle offered by the good Almighty. Thank God for Donald Trump and all the patriots who would not quit fighting for our country and future generations despite the odds.

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  14. jefcool64 says:

    It will always serve as a sense of ironic amusement that all the powers of the presidency that has been increased for this moment in history has instead been given to Trump.

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  15. be says:

    Bet we can write a bill. Saying …. Congress shall live under the same laws as American Citizens,.. offer the same health care plan to US Citizens they have, and offer the same retirement package they have. They shall return home and work under the same laws and serve under term limits so they cannot be bought.

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  16. John says:

    What do you think NAFTA and TPP really were. They are not free trade agreements. They were written by lobbyists for the express purpose of making them a living. Same with Climate change. The bigger the concept the better. Basically it’s a skim off corporate America resulting in higher prices and lower wages for average Americans.

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  17. Pam says:

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  18. patrickhenrycensored says:

    30,000 carpetbaggers out of work?
    Awwwwww…………

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  19. fleporeblog says:

    I love it SD YOU are back! What I love most about the Obamacare repeal and replace is that folks are putting the entire blame on Ryan and the Republicans in the House. Even Byron York wrote an excellent article where he says what we have all known and that is their are Republicans that don’t want to see Obamacare repealed and replaced.

    From the article

    “A pure repeal would get less than 200 votes,” said the second member quoted above. “It really is one of the biggest political shams in history — many of these members would not have been elected without promising repeal, and now they are wilting. Some are even complaining that [the Rep. Tom MacArthur amendment] pushes the bill too far right — even though is it far short of a full repeal.”

    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/byron-york-why-cant-house-repeal-obamacare-because-a-lot-of-republicans-dont-want-to/article/2621543

    Sunlight is starting to expose the reality of the Uniparty. If these morons thought that our President would take the hit they were dead wrong. Now that we have the court ruling in our favor about paying the subsidies to the insurance companies being illegal, they are all at the mercy of our Lion.

    http://www.politico.com/story/2016/05/house-gop-wins-obamacare-lawsuit-223121

    At this point the hell with the Uniparty. Our President needs to play the greatest game of leverage that one can imagine. Without those subsidy payments, even more insurance companies will get out of Obamacare. Already 50% have. The number of states with one if not no insurers will triple next year. We may have a bill by the name of Obamacare in name only. The clock isn’t ticking against our President, it is ticking against the Uniparty.

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    • BigMamaTEA says:

      Very good flepore! My state (OK) now has only one Insurance company left. Had two, but Aetna said Dec. 31st, they are out of here.

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      • WSB says:

        I also wonder…are there any Obamacare court cases on the docket that could reopen the Roberts debacle? And has anyone put pressure on Gorsuch yet? I hope not.

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    • kp3ace says:

      Fleporeblog, what I don’t understand is the repeal and replace. Why not just repeal? Where in the constitution does Congress have the power to implement “Healthcare”?

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      • fleporeblog says:

        kp3ace regrettably that shipped has sailed. SD has explained it to us numerous times that many Republicans want it and would never vote for a full repeal. They had cover when Obozo was president because they knew he would veto it.

        Hopefully you live in a state that will opt out of the majority of the legislation.

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  20. filia.aurea says:

    The U.S. Congress is corrupt and dysfunctional, all of it. The President has his sights on the Senate’s self-serving “rules”.

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  21. AmyB says:

    The lobbyist that was complaining about losing the influence of the DC lobby industry assumed that President Trump would replace them with New Yorkers. No, President Trump changed the entire process 180 degrees. Industry doesn’t contact his administration to tell him what they want he calls them directly to tell them what HE wants. Who needs a lobbyist?

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    • ALEX says:

      All,the while he is gutting and refocusing government….Good stuff…

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    • President Trump is also calling in industry groups to hear what then need government to do to bring back jobs and prevent predatory foreign pricing from shutting down American production. If they’re fair requests, Trump makes things happen: Witness Wilburine’s countervailing duties and collection of past sanctions.

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    • Yes, Amy, and how many New Yorkers are actually in DC these days? How many cabinet members? Seems to me we have a huge number of Southern and Midwestern Cabinet members – widely recognized by the entire US as the most honest, ethical, smart and tough Americans.

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    • Tee says:

      Brilliantly stated AmyB!

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    • deanbrh says:

      The post by AmyB is april 29th, The one before it is May2 and 2 above that is an April 30th. There are more Aprils above, a May 3 and then more April. something is amiss, i fear.

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      • AmyB says:

        Hi deanbhr, I think all the initial comments in this line were dated April 29. This 4 part series Sundance wrote got a lot of action, even a couple of days later, hence the comments to the comments days later. I could be wrong, though. Good catch.

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  22. ALEX says:

    The most obvious example of all this was Ryancare…He didn’t try to sell it or really even care…The lobbyist and special interests had that baby just waiting and although many of us wanted something, it was such a disappointment in direction…..

    Now the Freedom Caucus makes a valiant effort to get this ball at least rolling and they gave up a lot, but the true Snakes show their face Tuesday Group…..

    I’ve been with Sundance vein of thought and glad it’s being written about…I have felt since Ryancare we are going to have a bloodletting like never before in modern politics come 2018 midterms…

    We have no choice, because we really aren’t a functioning party and President Trump isn’t giving up on the Wall…I want a Wall vote and the NO votes are our target…cut and dry…

    Let’s get it on…MAGA

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    • NC PATRIOT says:

      If PDJT can get financing from his other governmental cuts/and or private donations (like us), Can’t he build the wall? Isn’t there already an old law on the books for “fencing”–never completed. ?
      Also he could break the tax bill down into “bite sized ” pieces–and have HIS people present the text thru a willing congressman —after applying some pressure on Ryan? (ie lower corporate taxes and taxes on small business, lower taxes for money repatriation, etc.)
      If Ocare collapses on it’s own, the wall progresses, maybe another SCJ, and lower business taxes—and a few court wins on his vetting and immigrant restrictions——he won’t need congress for much (except the taxes)
      Continued success on the international front from his excellent cabinet—–and he will not loose one iota of support—and will pick up some b/c the economy will be better, and we will be safer.

      Liked by 3 people

    • whoseyore says:

      Many Treepers need to run in 2018 under the MAGA Party!

      Liked by 4 people

    • Alexsandra says:

      Ryan tried to sell his own “Better Way” but he is a little man not up his job, and does not even know that. As it is, others have noticed, and it is just a matter of time till he implodes. And whoever replaces him will have to be fully behind Trump’s agenda, not like Ryan has been. May that day come soon!

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  23. Lburg says:

    No doubt at all that the swamp will be drained and that the ‘end of the world as we know it’ is nigh for the influence peddlers. Under President Trump, they will stay gone and hopefully, during his tenure, more like minded non-politicians will be elected.

    But like all slimy, creepy crawly, frightening things – the influence peddlers are tenacious and greedy.

    While supporting President Trump’s new way of getting things done is important, our most important job will be to make sure the slimy ones don’t creep back in under the cover of darkness. That means we must engage at some level with the machine.

    Earlier this week a commenter (sorry I can’t remember who) had a wonderful suggestion about getting the smartest in our circles of family, acquaintances and friends to run for office. Citizen governors (and term limits) would go a long way toward keeping the perimeters safe. Begin now so that we have a deep bench of players for the future.

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  24. MaineCoon says:

    Wow. Part IV is more overwhelming than the previous ones. My first thought was that there is no need for me to complain about Ryan, Mitch, McKane, Lindsay, Rinos or Ds. There are doing (in general, other than some necessities, USSC, Cabinet nominations, etc.) what they are supposed to be doing — NOTHING.

    Could these be one motive for dragging everything out? Nothing else to do? Trying to act as important as pre-Trump? Even they see what is happening, but they have taken so much $$$ they are still trying to deliver something to their buyers. Fruitless efforts.

    There are NO lobbyists to take them anywhere – lunch, dinner, junkets – NADA. Campaign contributions should dry up somewhat in time when everyone realizes that’s fruitless, too.

    The plug has been pulled. The BIG DRAINING is now.

    It’s happening. This is it. the gig is up.

    Per SD UGLY is coming.

    President Trump WILL get his 3 legislative items (Repeal Ocare, Passage of Tax Reform & Budget).

    One way or the other P45 will get these. He will take down anyone that gets in his way (like the 16+1 in campaign mode).

    UGLY is on the horizon.

    Our job? Die hard support. Endless emails/calls to opposition. Support P45s candidates everywhere.

    At NRA in Atlanta, he chastised R’s for putting up so many candidates. That needs to be stopped. We need to tell losers to bow out before starting to run.

    He is doing the heavy lifting for sure, but he needs us.

    It is overwhelmingly impressive.

    It is history in the making. IMO the only thing comparable is the Revolutionary War.

    Enjoy the rally!

    Thank you Sundance. So impressive.

    Liked by 15 people

  25. andi lee says:

    When President Trump put out the battle-cry for Kansas Republicans to support Estes, Estes won the seat by 8%.

    Next. It’s Alabama.

    And. Oh, this is rich! God couldn’t have planned this any sweeter. Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, suspended from office, is running to fill Sessions seat. LOL!

    A bible-breathing, contitutionalist.

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  26. Just imagining all the fine dinners and expensive bottles of alcohol that where taken in during the frantic, fearsome and unimaginable election of President Trump. Many will be forced to accept their irrelevance to the WH. It’s will be gut wrenching to give up this fairy tale lifestyle.

    I also think that many believe this is only temporary, at worst, 3.75 years more. They have NO idea what is coming. Donald Trump does not build things that are temporary. President Trump will demolish the old access and influence systems and restore the constitution. He will put in place guards and protections so that it will not revert back to a pre Trump era without the people knowing.

    President Trumps first 100 days have been putting in place his chess pieces, assembling his team, making his opponents irrelevant or less harmful to his addenda. He has been making the right relationships, desolving and MOABing his enemies. His cabinet is just getting their feet wet, but they all were ready on day one.

    Watching this man, almost single handily, permanently change Washington DC and America is beyond description. It’s more like watching a miracle!

    Liked by 17 people

    • JC says:

      Great post, Miz Molly.

      “Watching this man, almost single handedly, permanently change Washington DC and America is almost beyond description. It’s more like watching a miracle!”
      1) it’s a global phenomenon as well
      2) he’s accomplished this much… in 100
      days, without a full cabinet and other staff,
      without support of media, without
      support of Congress and battling rabid
      leftists everywhere.

      Unbefreakinglievable. Thank you, Mr. President, thank you, thank you.

      Liked by 9 people

    • whoseyore says:

      I told my husband this evening that President Trump starts out at the furthest point of what he plans to do and smooths everything there and gradually circles in little by little, setting everything in place until finally, once everything is in place, he goes in for the kill and he makes it all look so easy.

      Liked by 4 people

    • WSB says:

      First, we will start to see the D.C. restaurants dry up…wait…then the homes, etc.

      Like

  27. Vince says:

    Peter Thiel should start a PAC or lobbying group which support’s Trump’s agenda. Eventually lobbyists will be so desperate for a job they’ll even work for a pro-American lobbying organization.

    Liked by 7 people

  28. peachteachr says:

    Sundance, it’s been difficult to get a word in lately so I want to give you kudos again for making all of this legislative stuff understandable. As usual, you make our load lighter and easier to bear.

    Liked by 11 people

    • BigMamaTEA says:

      You know what peachteachr……it’s not just Sd. It’s also the community of the Treehouse.
      It’s knowing you are not alone, and you’re in a safe place where you can ask a legitimate question, and at the least get some direction on where to find the answer.

      Liked by 3 people

  29. Oldschool says:

    My cup runneth over.

    Liked by 5 people

  30. Southpaw says:

    Part of the spectacle of showing the business CEOs, union leaders, coal miners, and otrher advocates is overtly letting the lobbyists know they aren’t needed. The door is open, let’s talk and get to know each other. No sense paying a middleman. And you’re important to me and America.

    Liked by 9 people

  31. tvollrath66 says:

    This speech makes perfect sense. Never forget!
    #TrumptheEstablishment

    Liked by 7 people

  32. kate says:

    Yes, thank you Sundance, foe a long time I knew things were wrong in DC, but wasn’t able or time to think it through, your analysis which is split up in several parts has helped me tremendously and now I can easily relay it to others.

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  33. Walt614 says:

    POTUS should publicly make the case that the reason for O-care Repeal failure, Tax Plan, & budgetary stalling are due to Ryan not being House Speaker but rather K Street Concierge, Senate Majority Leader McConnell acting more like covert Uni-Party coordinator, it would ratchet up pressure appropriately.
    He needs to Call.Them.Out.

    Liked by 3 people

    • JC says:

      Sometimes I feel that way, Walt, and other times I see the wisdom of letting them hang themselves with their own foul behavior. I now concern myself less with wondering if he’s doing the right thing, to relaxing and enjoying the show. …With prayer, speaking up when necessary and strategic communications with obstructionists, of course.

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  34. Lucille says:

    …“Literally 30-thousand jobs could be lost if Trump is sworn in. Washington as we know it, and how business is conducted, will change instantly.”… ~DC Lobbyist

    Cry me a river, buddy, cry me a river!

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  35. When Barack Obama ran for office in 2008 I foolishly thought that when he said he would fundamentally change America, he intended to put an end to the pernicious influence of K Street, and return America to the days when government served the people, instead of the other way around. Silly me…

    Thank the stars that we now have a POTUS who actually CARES about average Americans, and who wants to see a resurgence of the. common decency championed by Ronald Reagan.

    Liked by 4 people

  36. SafeSpace says:

    How do we ensure that the freshly-unemployed shiny-wingtips crowd on K Street do not tap into federal unemployment funds??

    Liked by 2 people

  37. AJ says:

    Sundance is right, Trump only needs those three things from congress. But, as a federal worker myself I can tell you that process, rules, regs, and policy are what guide our everyday work. Guess what, OMB writes the overarching guidance for every federal worker. OMB can slog the government down in one day by requiring decisions be routed through the unit, agency, department, solicitors, and OMB before implementation. Instant quicksand.
    It’s just that simple.

    Liked by 3 people

  38. JoeThePimpernel says:

    I am STILL not tired of winning.

    Liked by 3 people

  39. Sylvia Avery says:

    “In addition to a review of merit or worth, OMB director Mick Mulvaney has also begun a full-scale review of every sub-agency within the federal apparatus to find duplication of action. Identified duplicates will either be removed or reassigned.” Wow. Just wow. Chew on THAT for awhile. Thank you, God, for Donald J. Trump and his team.

    Liked by 8 people

  40. hypnotique59 says:

    Congress has been in the business of making themselves obsolete for over 100 years now. Looks like they have finally achieved that, anyway.

    Liked by 3 people

  41. These articles which have explained the process are like puzzle pieces. Very, very satisfying to put together.

    Thank you for helping me and so many understand, and be better able to converse with and educate others…

    Liked by 7 people

  42. BigMamaTEA says:

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  43. distracted2 says:

    I’ve really enjoyed this series. It has been enlightening and fascinating.

    There are people who are beginning to call out congress, Republicans in particular, for their inability to do anything. Jerry Falwell was on Judge Jeanine last night and he called them out in a blistering attack. It was pretty spectacular. And I expect to see other high-profile supporters outside of the administration to begin to draw attention to their inaction.

    The swamp is circling the drain. And it’s a beautiful thing to witness.

    Liked by 5 people

  44. myshariamoor says:

    30,000?
    Hope it proves to be many MORE than that!
    Let these worthies draw water, hew wood & flip BURGERS (as I DID)!
    I STILL wake up laughing every morning!
    KEKEKEKEKEK!
    GOOD times!

    Like

  45. Paul Heinze says:

    Try this. You buy 3000 books, send a check to the publisher, publisher enters a 3000 book sale into the ledger. Paper transaction only, no books.

    Like

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