The Key Reason DC Hates President Trump – It’s a Big Club, and He Ain’t in It…

Something 99% of American voters do not understand.  Congress doesn’t actually write legislation. The last item of legislation written by congress was sometime around the mid 1990’s. Modern legislation is sub-contracted to a segment of operations in DC known as K-Street.  That’s where the lobbyists reside.

Lobbyists write the laws; congress sells the laws; lobbyists then pay congress commissions for passing their laws. That’s the modern legislative business in DC.

CTH often describes the system with the phrase: “There are Trillions at Stake.” The process of creating legislation is behind that phrase. DC politics is not quite based on the ideas that frame most voter’s reference points.

With people taking notice of DC politics for the first time; and with people not as familiar with the purpose of DC politics; perhaps it is valuable to provide clarity.

Most people think when they vote for a federal politician -a House or Senate 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 person in congress writing legislation or laws.

In modern politics 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 right now.

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

Sometimes the groups are social interest groups; activists, 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.

Almost all legislation created is not ‘high profile’, they are obscure changes to current laws, regulations or policies that no-one pays attention to. The passage of the general bills within legislation is not covered in media. Ninety-nine percent of legislative activity happens without anyone outside the system even paying any attention to it.

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 indulgence within the event, the amount of money the lobbyist is spending, is customarily related to the scale of benefit within the bill the sponsoring business entity is pushing. If the sponsoring business or interest group can gain a lot of financial benefit from the legislation they spend a lot on the indulgences.

Recap: Corporations (special interest group) write the legislation. 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 financial way-points to generate/leverage a successful outcome. The amount of money spent is proportional to the benefit derived from the outcome.

The important part to remember is that the origination of the entire process 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 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.

“If Congress isn’t going to convene until the bill is ready to vote on… who the hell is writing the bill?”  ~ Tom Massie, 2020

Once you understand this process you can understand how politicians get rich.

When a House or Senate member becomes educated on the intent of the legislation, they have attended the sales pitch; and when they find out the likelihood of support for that legislation; they can then position their own (or their families) financial interests to benefit from the consequence of passage. It is a process similar to insider trading on Wall Street, except the trading is based on knowing who will benefit from a legislative passage.

The legislative construct passes from K-Street into the halls of congress through congressional committees. The law originates from the committee to the full House or Senate. Committee seats which vote on these bills are therefore more valuable to the lobbyists. Chairs of these committees are exponentially more valuable.

Now, think about this reality against the backdrop of the 2016 Presidential Election. Legislation is passed based on ideology. In the aftermath of the 2016 election the 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 have been signing. Heck, she’d have writer’s cramp from all of the special interest legislation, driven by special interest groups that supported her campaign, that would be flowing to her desk.

Why?

Simply because the authors of the legislation, the originating special interest and lobbying groups, were spending millions to fund her campaign. 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…. In early 2017 the modern legislative machine was frozen in place.

The “America First” policies represented by candidate Donald Trump were not within the legislative constructs coming from the K-Street authors of the legislation. There were no MAGA lobbyists waiting on Trump ideology to advance legislation based on America First objectives.

As a result of an empty feeder system, in early 2017 congress had no bills to advance because all of the myriad of bills and briefs written were not in line with President Trump policy. There was simply no entity within DC writing legislation that was in-line with President Trump’s America-First’ economic and foreign policy agenda.

Exactly the opposite was true. All of the DC legislative briefs and constructs were/are antithetical to Trump policy. There were 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 were just sitting there piled up in boxes under desks and in closets amid K-Street and the congressional offices. Legislation needed to be in-line with an entire new political perspective, and there was 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 was/is so much opposition.

No legislation provided 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.

Politicians were not happy without their indulgences, but the issue was actually bigger. No K-Street expenditures also means no personal benefit; and no opportunity to advance financial benefit from the insider trading system.  Republicans and democrats hate the presidency of Donald Trump because it is hurting them financially.

President Trump is not figuratively hurting the financial livelihoods of DC politicians; he’s literally doing it.  President Trump is not an esoteric problem for them; his impact is very real, very direct, and hits almost every politician in the most painful place imaginable, the bank account.

In the pre-Trump process there were millions upon millions, even billions that could be made by DC politicians and their families. Thousands of very indulgent and exclusive livelihoods attached to the DC business model.  At the center of this operation is the lobbying and legislative purchase network.  The Big Club.

Without the ability to position personal wealth and benefit from the system, why would a politician stay in office?  It is a fact the income of many long-term politicians on both wings of the uniparty bird were completely disrupted by Trump winning the 2016 election. That is one of the key reason why so many politicians retired in 2018.

When we understand the business of DC, we understand the difference between legislation with a traditional purpose and modern legislation with a financial and political agenda.

When we understand the business of DC we understand why the entire network hates President Donald Trump.

Lastly, this is why -when signing legislation- President Trump often says “they’ve been trying to get this through for a long time” etc. Most of the legislation that is passed by congress, and signed by President Trump in his first term; is older legislative proposals, with little indulgent value that were shelved in years past.

Example: Criminal justice reform did not carry a financial benefit to the legislative bodies, and there was no financial interest funding the politicians to pass the bill. If you look at most of the bills President Trump has signed, with the exception of a few economic bills, they stem from congressional construction many years, even decades, ago.

Think about it carefully and you’ll see it.  The “First step act”, “Right to Try”, etc. were all shelved by Boehner, Pelosi, Ryan, McConnell, Reid and others before them.  When the value of legislation is measured by the financial underwriting and payoffs behind it, what type of legislative calendar does that require?….

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134 Responses to The Key Reason DC Hates President Trump – It’s a Big Club, and He Ain’t in It…

  1. cheering4america says:

    How I wish the American citizen who desires to preserve the Constitutional Republic, respect for our borders, and respect for “Blind Justice” could be a “special interest group.” How much would that cost us do you think?

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    • mifouf says:

      Cheering4America, there IS a “special interest group” that focuses on respect for borders as well as all other immigration-related issues that are in the best interests of the general American citizenship. This is the organization “NumbersUSA”. It’s membership is the largest of the single-issue non-profits in the US, and it advocates for immigration solutions to problems that are at the base of so many of our most pressing national dilemmas. Such as environmental degradation…deeply related to rising population pressures, which is entirely driven by our destructive immigration laws and policies. The fact is that laws and policies WERE ready for action the day that President Trump took office, but our own legislature (Ryan, etc) was unwilling to address them. Please look into this organization. It is a great home for activists on these issues.

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  2. wtd says:

    From Diana West, the author of several books such as “The Red Thread: A Search for Ideological Drivers Inside the Anti-Trump Conspiracy”, “American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation’s Character”, and “Death Of The Grown-Up” come the following related tweet:

    This is a sensational news story, not just a tweet:
    BREAKING: “Longtime Fox Senior Correspondent Reports `the Agencies’ (IC?) Have Fully Penetrated All News Majors With Persons `On Payroll By Choice, Or not.”
    ===>Before I left Fox, I was told the agencies…depending on which one…”have someone at every major news outlet.” Either on payroll by choice, or not. Makes sense whether you agree or not. It wasn’t a surprise to me, but a surprise that someone admitted it to me.
    https://twitter.com/realmajordan/status/1264252518621745155

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    • carthoris says:

      The “Intelligence Community” is of the spices Vampyroteuthis Infernalis, lit. “Vampire Squid from Hell” sending its tentacles out to any and everything that even sounds like freedom of information or smells like justice and won’t be satisfied until it strangles it all to death.

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      • Pale rider says:

        IMHO, voting will not remove this tyranny. And from the posts of dissatisfaction I believe people are expecting our government to police itself (I laughed on that idea). They lie, and leave it at that!

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    • farmerren says:

      Thanks WTD and Diana West is brilliant.
      Interesting tweet, looks like Adam Housley was the guy at Fox.

      I’d never considered this before but after reading the tweet and the comments that followed, I started to wonder if some of the the influential men who were let go over at FNC/News Corp fell prey to the ‘charms of others’. I’ll leave it at that.

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      • lieutenantm says:

        “the guy at FOX”……….so grossly UNDERSTATES the scale of our problem with major media that I want to pound my desk and scream. THE AGENCIES ……..AND THE PEOPLE THAT THEY SERVE own and operate all of mainstream media……..did you get that? YOU MUST UNDERSTAND THIS. And all of the caballized and lock-step media ownership MUST BE BUSTED….NOW…RIGHT NOW. Bust them all and put their licenses out for public bids.

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    • Diana West books should be read by all.

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  3. regitiger says:

    excellent overview!

    bravo!

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    • John Bosley says:

      This George Carlin skit should be shown to every school age child at the beginning of every school year and in all higher learning centre’s.
      It should be like the pledge of allegiance, recited early in the morning while doing your stretch exercises.
      Trouble with the audience was they were laughing, Carlin was dead serious.
      Wonder what he would think of today’s madness , I have an idea.

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      • vikingmom says:

        The best “comedians” are the ones who are able to take truths that everyone subconsciously knows but are afraid to voice and make a joke about them, thereby confirming that we are not, in fact, crazy! That is why they are so popular – they say the things that would get us in “trouble” with the PC thought police but that we so desperately want to scream at the top of our lungs!

        I feel like more and more of us are past the point where we are willing to just “be quiet” and not rock the boat. I, for one, am a pretty confident swimmer and I am getting very close to flipping over the whole thing and taking my chances…

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        • regitiger says:

          the water isn’t that deep….that’s the point of draining the swamp…they corruptors have filled the kiddie pool with waste…..

          the point of trump, his call to order was to drain the swamp.

          that’s still in progress.

          what we do next after that is what counts. WHAT fills the pool after a good cleaning, is just as important.

          this is truly the proper description that one must contemplate:

          each generation has the challenge to defend against concentrated corrupt power in main government.

          as we all begin to resume some level of normalcy from this pandemic….it’s really important we pay attention to all of the small details that have gone unreported as the deep state has focused exclusively on virus.

          for example: it’s maddening that mcccnnel and company was capable of expanding the secret police spy powers that NOW include the unchecked surveillance of EVERYONES (US CITIZENS) browsing history!

          that went unreported! No one is paying attention.

          we need pool guard at each corner and a few scuba people with the courage to dive into the mess and see what is being added, as it is being “drained”.

          we ain’t there yet…

          but….do not have fear..let it not control your anger and righteous conviction to desire and effect change.

          one of biggest lies is that this corruption is too enormous, too entrenched, that there just isn’t enough time or energy to solve it.

          that’s the BIG LIE.

          one CAN eat an elephant. It’s possible. One just needs to start and see the long game.

          this pool isn’t that deep…we will be able to touch bottom when it has been drained..

          keep this in mind.

          God Bless

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  4. carthoris says:

    To the Big Club, there is nothing more dangerous than a man who can not be bought.

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    • cart- that is an EXCELLENT point.
      I would like to know just who is benefiting the most from this insane Lock Down besides the Chinese and Demon Rats. I imagine Big Pharma, but there’s got to be a lot more out there who are making millions and billions.
      As always, many thanks to Sundance for the ongoing Civics lessons.

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      • Rileytrips says:

        Looks like big Tech is making out like a bandit – Google, Apple (contact tracing), Facebook, Twitter, youtube, zoom, bluejean, online education, etc…

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        • Kiddno1 says:

          Also making out like bandits – Walmart, Home Depot, and the giant grocery chains (so many restaurants are closed – so most all food must be bought at the grocery stores)

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          • fixintostand says:

            Not making out are America’s Small Business Community of mom and pop stores that make up Main Street America in every town across the nation. Quilt shops, paint shops, antique shops, jewelry stores, bell makers, small ethnic restaurants, farmers markets, gyms, clothing stores, sports stores, computer repair shops and hundreds of thousands more who employ 55% of Americans. All of the mom and pop variety. It makes me sick to see business owners lives destroyed when they can’t begin to compete with the Big box stores you mentioned above. It’s just more murder of the middle class. This disease has eliminated many of the elderly and the small business entrepreneur looking for their piece of the American Dream. Funny that Wuhan Flu has affected what President Trump has tried so hard to build on a basic level, Main Street. Funny that and so many other things President Trump has fought so hard for. Here’s hoping we can pull together and piece it back better than it was. Churches need to open soon.

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        • Renee H says:

          AMAZON!!!

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      • Federal funding of privileged scientists, perennial “Principal Investigators”, who are in fact cloistered, incompetent academics obsessively masturbating an incompetent “consensus”. Peer review is just as corrupt as the FBI, CIA, etc.. There is a general scientific incompetence behind “global warming/climate change”, “vaccine immunology” (versus individual immune system protection and support), etc..

        The corruption is MUCH wider and deeper than mere politics, or ideological warfare. The intellectual climate is tattered throughout all fields. Wherever the corruption in any field impacts upon power over people, the problem is critical, requiring immediate rethinking and confronting the objective truth (rather than one’s dogmatic desires).

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      • technoaesthete says:

        And don’t forget Amazon!

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    • cantcforest says:

      It must be WP***s time of day.

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    • vikingmom says:

      “You only have power over people so long as you don’t take everything away from them. But when you’ve robbed a man of everything, he’s no longer in your power – he’s free again.” Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

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  5. Shark24 says:

    Yes and it is getting to the point where we meet under the Liberty Tree. God bless all….

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  6. Bubby says:

    Professional career politicians who spend their entire working life in politics never solve anything, never improve anything, never negotiate the end of anything. Their sole goal once elected is to get reelected. They know if they stay in Washington DC long enough they will become multimillionaires. As a result K Street lobbyists and the Chamber who make large reelection donations to politicians control them. Not so with President Trump who they can´t control because he didn’t take their bribe money. President Trump is at least he is representing WTP and not K Street, lobbyists and the Chamber and their clients. What President Trump has won are the hearts of any clear thinking, America loving, citizens who have longed for a President who puts America ahead of the world globalist euroweanie cabal and China!!! Godspeed President Trump! Having said that what is needed is legislation that all legislation must be written by members of the House and Senate only! No input from any third party. This legislation would have two immediate effects first it slow down the number of bills and the size dramatically, no more 1,500 page bills, second it would require the members of Congress to actually do some work other than hold their hands out for kickbacks! This legislation will pass at the same time as term limits!

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    • carthoris says:

      Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing everything incorrectly and then misapplying all the wrong remedies.
      – Groucho

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  7. Harlan says:

    So, what’s the solution? Trump only gets another four years. Half the country is STILL voting for dimocrat lawbreakers. A good portion of the g.o.p. is in on the scam. Is there any hope for a system where justice is applied unequally and haphazardly?

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    • Tl Howard says:

      What Sundance wrote, the reality of it has to be explained to everyone.

      The questions are 1) Will a vast majority of the public KNOW it IS the truth when they hear the truth? (I really do think they’ll say, “Aha, that makes sense, makes sense why my life rarely is made better by politicians, no matter their party”)

      2) Who best to tell them? One person? An onslaught of folks with the same message? People who are from all walks of life, both major parties?

      3) When to tell them?

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      • 4sure says:

        The last 30 years of liberal public education and higher education and the fake media has brainwashed the masses. Add in the 40 million illegals, plus the 10 million here on work visas who stayed, and no assimilation, and you have a brainwashed socialist/commie population. You do not change that culture with a few speeches, a few articles, a few conservative talk show hosts, or one term of a PTrump.

        It is going to take decades and until we cast out all the commies in all the cultural hot spots and in all levels of gov’t. who drive the narrative and brainwash our yutes, it is not going to be a winning fight.

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        • T Carroll says:

          You are absolutely right. We should be very worried about what happens after Trump. They are going to go after us with a vengeance.

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        • Most of the teachers in today’s public education are bound by leashes held by the Marxist Unions. Their indoctrination regurgitates into the classroom. The last few decades have infected the youth in America with leftist whisky dreams.

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      • budklatsch says:

        The people in on the take are enormous in numbers. Consider ALL government employees are in, all POLs are in, all union workers are in, all major Corps are in, all hi-tech are in! That leaves the rest without voices on the out. A huge disadvantage.

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    • billrla says:

      Harlan: One solution is a return to family. The family is probably the strongest of special interest groups. Getting kids out of public schools during the COVID shutdowns has been a good thing. Public education is now a giant social conditioning operation. With kids at home, have you noticed families taking walks together? How about kids playing outside, on the sidewalks, and in the streets of residential neighborhoods, under the watchful eyes of parents? This is far better than kids sitting inside indoctrination centers, under the glazed-over eyes of union members.

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    • cantcforest says:

      I was interested at a superficial lever in politics in the seventies. I don’t remember the year(s) when PAC’s became a big thing and enabled corporations to fund politicians in a really big way. I haven’t attempted to document how the political process evolved from then, but as a start I would try to pass legislation that NO corporation could donate to a party or canidate. At least try to get candidates talking to their constituents.

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  8. BoreMole says:

    Spot on – and why I think it so critical that Trump continue, and even heighten, his impression that he is not a DC person, and be ever more explicit about it when running in 2020. It is very easy for the LIV to simply shrug off the chaos and noise going on right now as just as much his fault as any others – the classic “everyone is to blame.” Its lazy but to most who just live normal lives and don’t pay close attention to events such as us, it makes perfect sense.

    He is no more republican than Bernie was Democrat, and he needs to drive it home every day, IMO, that the reason DC is burning down is because the two parties screwed us, and he is there to shut it down. His bomb throwing is the main FEATURE of his presidency, not a bug or defect.

    If he can make that case successfully, he wins a landslide.

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    • FrankieZee says:

      What he needs to do and do it ASAP is to tell us that everyone is an ESSENTIAL WORKER. Half the population declared as non essential will not move us forward. Say it loud and say it often Mr. President: Everyone is Essential.

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  9. Nightshade says:

    Big Club = British Crown

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  10. VoteAllIncumbantsOut says:

    Monetary) Federal Reserve is very busy trying to manipulate or control the (Fiscal) irresponsibility of congresses spending us into oblivion that they never plan on paying back that we are in very bad shape.

    No amount of stimulus is going to save us. Brick and mortar has been replaced with the Amazon’s of the world, the Green New Deal is now forcing fund’s management to switch to a climate agenda. Take a look around, they are going after Auto, Airline and or anything fossil Fuel they don’t like.
    It doesn’t matter if it hurts their own future generation’s, they live paycheck to paycheck so to speak.

    President Trump is in their way.
    And here we thought the 2nd Amendment was going to save us from a tyrannical government while everyone let their guard down with all these safety first politicians.

    They have accomplished what they set out to do, destroy our sovereignty. Digital currency is coming and it’s something they’ve been planning for a long time. One money, One religion!

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    • Tyshab says:

      The have pretty effectively taken trump down. As noted repeatedly, most do not pay attention to politics, only what impacts them personally. Right now many hurting, trump will be blamed b4 their own politicians, easier on their consciences for voting the tyrants in. Few are willing to hold themselves accountable, even fewer willing to give up comfortable illusion and put everything on the line to fight for our country. I know so many who think European he’ll holes are so much better. They have no idea how valuable our country’s resources are or how much a triumph it would be to take us down. People who risked all and left everything to come here for freedom are the exception.
      We blame too much on voter fraud. These egomaniacs are in power because we put them there, by voting or through apathy.

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  11. VandalizeDuhMastuhsAlgorithms says:

    Here’s another reason a lot of DC hates him…

    “If it keeps going the way it’s going, I have a chance to break the deep state. It’s a vicious group of people.”

    President Trump on “Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson”

    https://sharylattkisson.com/2020/05/president-trump-i-have-a-chance-to-break-the-deep-state-an-exclusive-interview-on-full-measure-with-sharyl-attkisson/

    We The People sent him to fight for us…

    If *they* hate him, maybe it’s because *they* hate those who sent him.

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  12. Gary Lacey says:

    That really is the rub….Trump isn’t a part.
    It reminds me of “The Ten Commandments”, Moses is on Mt Sianai and some Israelites are erecting a molten calf to worship…..good grief, the Democrats are GODLESS!

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  13. Mike in a Truck says:

    Do not forget that every politician that President Trump surrounded himself with or calls an ally is also part of this system, special interest writing legislation and K Street selling it to Congress. Pence, Nunes, Collins, Meadows,etc.etc.etc. When I see people here proclaim: “X” ( fill in blank with whomever bedazzles you at this particular time) for president 2024! I cringe.Do you really think in 4 years they will not revert back to their old ways? If you do I have a beautiful bridge over the Hudson I will sell to you cheap and the toll booths are already installed for you.Its called the TappenZee.

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    • free1 says:

      WOW! Someone else notices that too. It amazes me how fast they jump up when someone does something good. I do pray that checking peoples voting records gets done by more people before the elections. If not we will continue being duped.

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  14. History Teaches says:

    Cynical realism would question what happens after Trump?

    He personally was/is immune to the lure of money. And able to disrupt this cycle. At least while in office. And never waver from his idealistic, ethical MAGA philosophy.

    Can a sucessor keep up the intensity and uncompromising war against the Big Club?

    Certainly possible with a well informed dedicated MAGA patriot. But even so, we see the enormous pressure and unlimited resources at play. And the demonic willpower to bring things back to the ‘normal’ of the corrupt system.

    When push comes to shove, the uniparty will have an easier time with anybody but Trump. No matter how honorable or patriotic. And very doubtful a successor will be the outsider that Trump was. Hence, not as much an existential threat or unknown.

    All we can do is hope for a second term and a chance to derail the pipeline as much as possible. And hope for a worthy successor.

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  15. TradeBait says:

    The key is the education of the masses, who educate their families and social/work environments. That takes time. The seed has been planted with MAGA. It’s up to We the People to keep it watered.

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  16. dwpender says:

    I would add to Sundance’s excellent analysis that over 90% (perhaps as much as 99%) of our “laws” are not even passed, let alone written, by Congress.

    With few exceptions of consequence, our “laws” are called regulations, and they are “approved/enacted” by unelected alleged “experts” running their little fiefdoms (alphabet soup agencies, departments, commissions, boards, corporations, administrations, bureaus, etc). Congress (in most cases long ago) unconstitutionally delegated lawmaking power to these distinguished amalgamations of “public” servants.

    The law-writing process is exactly as Sundance describes it, but the bulk of the lobbying, influence-peddling, etc is directed at our “expert” government entities, rather than at Congressmen and Senators.

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    • petey7066 says:

      Some of the K Street legislation is already written. It is sitting there waiting for a crisis. Sorta like 9/11 brought us the Patriot Act and sharing more info between agencies. The American public would generally go along with this legislation and would reasonably think it was a good thing protecting us from terror attacks. We were mislead big time.

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    • Renee H says:

      So, is there ANY part of the Constitution that is still alive and functional, or has the entire sacred document been rendered null and void? Anyone? Anyone?

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  17. Publius2016 says:

    I used to believe it was about money then I learned there is no money…ideas shape our world!

    45 says dream the biggest dreams for they will come true if you work pray and keep your eyes on the prize!

    These Demons want total control and this preplanned Deep State Think Tank Black Op with EcoHealth Alliance and the Consortium for Conservation Medicine on point has UnMasked the Globalists to the world!

    45 tweeted “We will not go quietly into the night! We will not vanish without a fight! We’re going to live on! We’re going to survive!” Today, we celebrate our Independence Day!”

    and on July 4, I believe all of USA will be reopened and on our “Transition to Greatness”

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  18. T2020 says:

    Unfortunately, we would need an American Revolution 2.0 to start over. And the left has emasculated many males in America with their gender bending curriculum. So, any suggestions on how to fix this or should we just say “gimme cancer now”?

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  19. Atomic says:

    Well said.

    And let’s not forget the whole mechanism of regulation that’s also been — to some degree — disrupted. The importance of “capturing” executive branch agencies and maintaining a revolving door of influence has been another powerful source of influence, power and wealth — at all levels, including individuals.

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  20. Colonel Sanders says:

    Sadly, I couldn’t even read this whole article. Disturbing is the nicest thing I can say. Back when I worked on the Hill, first for a Congressman and then as counsel to a subcommittee, WE “bothered” with writing bills, with help from the Legislative Counsel’s office. Now, that process seems so antiquated. WE had ideas. Lobbyists contributed to our “understanding” but they weren’t writing bills, at least that I knew of. This article pretty much wrecks my memories of working there. How sad that we have handed off the People’s Business to fat fat lobbyists. I’m hard-presses to want to think of what the future of the legislative process holds.

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    • DeWalt says:

      Congress has also handed off their authority to petty unelected bureaucrats that strangle the nation with regulatory authority. They handed off oversight to corrupt IG’s and act surprised when the kids tear up the house. The only thing Congress Critters do is enlarge their bank accounts.

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  21. mtg50 says:

    This “Big Club”, D.C. centric explanation of Trump hatred is off the mark. Most people in America who hate President Trump are not even aware of this K street dynamic. The left hates him because he is America first, because he is pro-capitalism, because he is anti-globalism, because he is anti-Obama, because he is anti-illegal immigration, because he is anti-abortion and because he stands up for his beliefs and fights back. The never-Trump right hate him from an elitist perspective and because they initially thought he was not a conservative and they have been shown to be wrong. He has accomplished things on the world stage (e.g., China) the right did not think possible. In short, every Trump hater hates Trump in a different way, but the reasons are primarily cultural and political. President Trump is an historical figure and to use this inside baseball description as to why he is hated does an injustice to President Trump and his significance.

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  22. VoteAllIncumbantsOut says:

    Unfortunately, it’s takes a crash and burn before society ever changes its way of thinking.

    I’m sure most of you have known or still knows someone who has a job but hates it and always says they’ll find another job but never do until they lose the one they have. That’s the crash and burn. Most people are not proactive, they are reactive! Logical thought (gone) emotional thought (current).

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    • Publius2016 says:

      well Covid 19 has definitely kick up a storm now…if not now, when?

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      • VoteAllIncumbantsOut says:

        Everything is connected globally, we are moving into a age of technology. Just look what has happened in the past, Digital Meters, Digital water controls, Smart everything, online shopping, online banking and the list goes on and on.

        Now, think about all those jobs lost over the years, it’s only going to get worse the more we lose ourselves in technology and gadgets. When governments start to raise taxes to compensate for the lifetime pensions and people finally realize that as of right now, more than 40% are employed by city, state and fed governments employees and that their taxes go to support a bloated system, that is when we will crash and burn.

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        • Publius2016 says:

          I’ve researched the pension issue and can say with confidence that 10 salary freeze would more than cover pension obligations as long as healthcare continues innovation practices…

          The key is stopping the public spending on big salaries…a recent report showed California with lots of people making 200k without benefits!!!

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          • Publius2016 says:

            10 year freeze (reminder state and local workers get bumps based on longevity so the freeze would only be for new raises…in other words, they would continue to see bumps in their salary each year)

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  23. Comrade Mope says:

    Milton Friedman described this issue in 1978. Perhaps it was not as pronounced as it is today, but there it is. Those that don’t have time for the whole 14:28 can get to the point at 5:05 or so.

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  24. old sneakers says:

    Its a big club, and its about to get its doors locked from the outside

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  26. Sporty says:

    Pardon my ignorance but isn’t the Fed being under treasury a huge deal now?

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    • VoteAllIncumbantsOut says:

      If the Federal Reserve returns to it original act of 1913 where they lent out short term to corporations to keep Employment leveled, then that’s a good start. But where it changed was WWI when congress told them to buy Government Bonds to support the war. They never stopped.

      You can’t give money away without someone eventually paying the price. 1200 and SBA is not going to help.

      If we lowered the corporate tax rate, followed the Constitution on income taxes, and placed these in lock for 50+ years, then you’d see a boom like no other.

      But because of the constant change of taxes every election cycle no one has a clue whether they’ll be up or down. This has nothing to do with cheap labor overseas, it has everything to to do with a taxes system that is everywhere on the map in this country.

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  27. Judiciary says:

    Congress was not originally intended to be a year round sitting body. Senators and Representatives held real jobs, owned businesses or estates. Like Trump, they had knowledge of the world, including the business world. Profrssional career politicians of today have none of that so they would naturally be dependent on others. The financial perks are a nasty temptation for corruption. There is a desperate need to overhaul, perhaps ban, the preparation of legislation by anyone but elected officials and staff. Also badly needed is a complete redo of charitable exemption rules and I dont mean as to churches. Billions of dollars flow to and from so-called non-profits for political activism and intrigues. It needs to stop.

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    • TwoLaine says:

      I am with you all the way. And WE MUST HAVE TERM LIMITS!

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      • We can never again risk a Constitutional Convention.

        Plan B: Release all NSA recordings of Members of Congress.
        • They work for US and we PAY for everything they “do”.
        • NOTHING should be secret between a Member and any non-Member.

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        • TwoLaine says:

          I agree and I think they each have way too many employees. He didn’t hire an army, if they can’t do the job, the whole job, then quit so we can find someone who can.

          Also, they must live by the same laws as everyone else. That includes healthcare. What they did for themselves and are still doing is illegal, not to mention immoral. Read it next time B-yatches.

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    • cantcforest says:

      One like is not enough. Repost until admin says uncle.

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  28. ezgoer says:

    So who wrote the Trump tax cut law? I doubt K Street had any interest in passing that.

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  29. I like having a president that does not need money….and can not be bought.

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  30. Sherri Young says:

    Matt Gaetz struck at least a glancing blow with this clip from his podcast.

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    • regitiger says:

      I know this isn’t fair, but everytime I see this photo of matt gaetz, I flash to that movie, Dead Zone. He looks AND ACTS just like martin sheen’s character.

      I am still a big fan of stephen king…he writes great story…but wow, what a piece of work this guy is on the political dementia.

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  31. jus wundrin says:

    Its not just in DC, but at every state level also.

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  32. Serpentor says:

    LOL at judge Sullivan for hiring an attorney to argue on his behalf to the court of appeals.

    ha ha ha ha

    You couldn’t make this up. Is there a single media company other than controlled opposition Fox that will mention it?

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  33. RobInPA says:

    “TrumpTheEstablishment” is always a good watch (along with Thunderstruck!) –

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  34. VoteAllIncumbantsOut says:

    Here is something most have no idea about.

    Velocity of M2 Money Stock – The velocity of money is the frequency at which one unit of currency is used to purchase domestically- produced goods and services within a given time period. In other words, it is the number of times one dollar is spent to buy goods and services per unit of time. If the velocity of money is increasing, then more transactions are occurring between individuals in an economy.

    Very telling…

    https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/M2V

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  35. mtnforge says:

    Patrick Henry was right, about voting for ratifying this thing they called The Constitution, when it was the very centralized administrative power they had all just fought bled and died for, never mind there was this thing called The Compact of Confederation of the 13 individual, separately sovereign states, who had a really awesome thing going, and only went to Philadelphia to sort out a few issues the compact collectively needed to take care of, that was all. Patrick Henry said “I smell a rat”, but not only that, he foretold what the Constitution was underneath it’s public selling points and the image its writers where presenting, Patrick said: “It is this beautiful butterfly with poison under it’s wings”
    Bet you never read that in history class.

    We are screwed. Seriously. I’m not being defeatist, being realistic, you can not fix what was never right from the get go.
    I’m all for 1000% voting for Mr. Trump. The guy is one of us who are fed up, want our country, our civilization, and culture back. But, just how is voting going to get us out of all this. Its not a swamp, its the direct hole down to Hell and faustian madness. All to squeeze the last freakin’ buck out of us and herd us into ever more controlled job slave pens. These people never stop. Till they are.
    Voting is what got us into it to begin with.
    We are gonna need a lot of rope.

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  36. Chewbarkah says:

    There’s two kinds of people in this world. Those who are in the Big Club, and those who carry one.

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  37. T2020 says:

    Thank you, SD!! Love that video compilation almost as the one from Election night Nov 2016!! And the meltdowns continue.👍🏻🇺🇸

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  38. SD’s posting should be MANDATORY reading for every high school civics class as well as for anyone to graduate from college….of course, AFTER they have successfully passed a written test on the contents. Then they can see Carlin’s Big Club tape.

    MAGA

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  39. Pokey says:

    So, Sundance, you are saying that the quid pro quo is an old term used to describe the usual process of getting things done in Government. Wouldn’t that mean everybody in Washington DC is on the take? I see why Obama always talks down when he calls us ‘the folks’. 🙂

    I have known since my adolescence that an idealist is a member of the smallest minority group in the world. Everybody can be bought, and almost everyone is. Now we see how irrational fear of COVID-19 is actually poorly disguised greed.

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  40. They still don’t get it …
    President Trump IS the club.
    🤔 🤣

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  41. Galahad says:

    And remember the club are not actually suckers. A sucker might actually wake up and fight for American prosperity. No, this was done on purpose as matter of policy. A slow boil sell out of american wealth for the benefit of asia. This is the reality and here is our only and last chance to stop it.

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  42. RE: No legislation provided 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.

    POTUS just threw them a bone: Deductibility of Travel & Entertainment.

    Wonder what he’ll get in return. 😎

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  43. Deplorable_Vespucciland says:

    Mass media jackals are always stalking President Trump. The commander in chief was playing a round of golf with several partners on Saturday when CNN photojournalist Khalil Abdallah tracked down the group at Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia. Photographs were shared on Twitter with a note about how no one appeared to be wearing masks.

    “CNN photojournalist @abdallahcnn got a shot of President Trump golfing today,” tweeted CNN’s Jason Hoffman. “He says the president is moving around the course in a golf cart alone but is golfing with three partners. None of the men are wearing masks.”

    Funny but in 8 long years of Obama hanging out on the links smoking Salems not once did cameramen happen to get a picture of him puffing away.

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  44. Marshall says:

    Fellow Treepers,
    If you only share ONE article from the Tree House, this is it. It represents Sundance’s best work and explains the present system perfectly. I will be sharing it with select friends who are red-pilled but still foggy as to why things are as they are. This article is the lighthouse in that fog.
    Happy sharing!

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  45. Johnny Andrew says:

    Well our “SMART” president was played by Faux Fuaci, Gates and Soros and lost. He let them destroy our country without firing a shot from the best trillion $ military money can buy. He may understand that he destroyed our grandchildren’s future!

    Anyone who thinks that government can possibly stimulate its way out of this or create hyperinflation by spending even $10 trillion are not taking into consideration the full scope of this economic collapse.

    The damage to the global economy is far beyond what can be repaired and no amount of stimulus will matter. Total damage exceeds more than $10 trillion in the United States and more than $30 trillion on a global scale.

    Playing games with $1 to $3 trillion stimulus packages will not in the least overcome the contraction no less actually create inflation. The traditional idea that some $3 trillion will create hyperinflation is really juvenile to say the least. This is like you lost $100,000 and they offer you $1200. You are certainly not going to go out and party!

    They all will never put “Humpty Dumpty” back together again!

    Think about it – “The Kid from Brooklyn” was right!

    Good night Ms Calabash wherever you are because – you can fuggetiboutit!

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    • zorrorides says:

      You aren’t up on what Obama put in to regulate the next president ‘surprised’ by a pandemic. FauXi and Birx were the reincarnation of ‘obstruction of justice’ gotcha found in the Mueller SC investigation.

      Trump is still here to fight for us! In other words, we are still in the game and we can win.

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  46. mcfyre2012 says:

    I’ve always said DC is like “Caddytshack.”

    Trump is the wacky, super-rich Al Czervik…who is not welcome at the hoity-toity Bushwood Country Club.

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  47. spren says:

    Not only don’t the congresspeople write the proposed legislation; very few of them ever actually even read it before voting on it. Imagine, a 2000 page bill is dumped on your desk the night before you vote on it? You most likely only read a brief Cliff Notes version of it. That’s why you don’t know what’s in it until you pass it. Ridiculous!

    These fools get paid huge salaries, benefits, and perks. They should be required to vote on proposed legislation line by line. No more of these corrupt Omnibus Bills where everybody gets a little of what they want and hold their noses on the rest just so they can get that little bit.

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