Free Trade

Trump's 'Capitulation' on Trade Deal Leaves Republicans in Awkward Position

Will Republicans back a North American trade deal that prioritizes the interests of Democrats, labor unions, and protectionists?

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It's the sort of thing that would have been unthinkable just a few years ago: a Republican president essentially handing complete control over a major trade to a Democratic speaker of the House and Democrats' labor union allies.

Yet that's exactly what has happened with the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA), a pact that is intended to replace the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The USMCA has been a top priority for President Donald Trump, who struck the deal last year with the leaders of Canada and Mexico. In many ways, the USMCA was already a step backward in terms of free trade—it imposes additional rules on how goods flow across North American borders, aims to harm Mexican manufacturing, and includes a sunset provision that means it could expire without explicit action by future governments. And that was before the Trump administration allowed Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D–Calif.) to make a series of changes to tilt the agreement toward even more protectionism.

During an appearance Sunday on NBC's Meet The Press, Sen. Pat Toomey (R–Pa.) described the USMCA as "a complete capitulation to Pelosi."

Last week, Pelosi announced her support for the USMCA after it incorporated a series of changes—many of them apparently implemented at the request of the AFL-CIO, which also endorsed the trade deal. Those changes include stricter enforcement of labor rules imposed on Mexico, including ramped up inspections of factories and increased authority to stop trucks at the border (and, in a rare moment of the revised pact allowing freer rather than less free trade, the elimination of patent protections for some pharmaceuticals).

Toomey had been an outspoken critic of the USMCA since the deal was first announced last year. Specifically, he has disagreed with provisions that will make it more expensive and difficult for auto companies and other large manufacturers to take advantage of cross-border supply chains.

"Unfortunately, USMCA is an exercise through all kinds of new provisions to diminish trade, and that's why I hope Republicans reconsider this," Toomey said on Sunday. "We have historically recognized we're all better off with more open markets."

Politically, Trump appears to be betting that giving in to Democrats' wishes will get the USMCA through the House—and that at that point Senate Republicans won't be willing to derail a political victory for the president.

He may very well be right about that.

"There's rumors out there that have lessened Republican enthusiasm for it, but I don't feel like it's going to be big enough to stop us from getting it passed," Senate Finance Committee Chair Chuck Grassley (R–Iowa) told The Wall Street Journal. The Journal also reports that key staffers for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R–Ky.) have complained to the White House about how the USMCA has been handled, and Sen. John Cornyn (R–Texas) tells the paper that Trump's bargain with Pelosi is "bad practice" and "a lousy way to treat the Senate."

Mexico is ticked off too. Jesús Seade, Mexico's top trade negotiator, has made an unexpected trip to Washington, D.C., to "express his outrage" over the late-breaking changes to the trade deal, Politico reports.

Long gone, apparently, are the days when even the appearance of working with Democrats would send the conservative grassroots into apoplexy.

Assuming the USMCA clear the House and ends up in front of the Senate (likely not until early 2020), Republicans will have a choice to make. Do they value a political victory for Trump over their own principles? But then, that's been the choice confronting the GOP for a while now, and the result of this next showdown is likely to be the same.

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  1. Will Republicans back a North American trade deal that prioritizes the interests of Democrats, labor unions, and protectionists?

    Why not? As politicians, most of them have no principles. They’ll do whatever they perceive as politically popular (like supporting Trump).

  2. Poor Boehm.

    There is also nothing from stopping Trump from renegotiating trade policy again.

    Trump offered free trade to our trading partners at the G-7 Summit and they refused. Now Trump using a masterfully timed strategy has brought all major trading partners to agree to lower trade restrictions.

    This is what we call HAVING HAND.

    1. Those changes include stricter enforcement of labor rules imposed on Mexico, including ramped up inspections of factories and increased authority to stop trucks at the border (and, in a rare moment of the revised pact allowing freer rather than less free trade, the elimination of patent protections for some pharmaceuticals).

      And those rules are still going to be laxer than the US. So, what is the problem here? Isn’t both parties operating under a similar regulatory regime a good thing? It certainly goes a long way towards a more true market with fewer distortions caused by one side being more regulated than the other.

      It seems like reason’s position here is that the US should avoid the regulatory state by trading with nations who don’t have one. That doesn’t seem like a very good idea.

      1. Instead of wasting a bullet shooting Mexico in the foot, we could save two bullets by just not shooting ourselves first.

        Also would you argue the EU is right to put the screws to Britain over Brexit?

        1. If you think our labor laws should be more lax, fine. Then make them more lax. But don’t get around them by just moving everything to Mexico in the name of “free trade”, because that is not free trade in any meaningful way.

          1. So being able to move your business isn’t free trade? Do you think that the location, that a business owners chooses first, gets dibs on that business for the life of the company? Businesses shouldn’t be able to flee Cali for Texas?

            But I agree Congress and the President namely in the first half of his term should have done more for regulatory reform other then the EO he signed. That is one of my biggest complaints of the Republicans.

            1. No, being able to move your business abroad is not free trade. Unilateral dropping of import tariffs is not free trade either.

              1. Unilateral dropping of import tariffs is not free trade either.

                It’s certainly a free market policy–it means taxing your citizens less.

                1. Sorry, no, when certain groups receive special tax breaks, that isn’t a free market policy either, it’s cronyism and corruption.

                  1. NOYB2,
                    Sorry, no, when certain groups receive special tax breaks,

                    TRUMPTARD NOW BELEEBS THAT 100% OF AMERICAN RESIDENTS ARE …. A “CERTAIN GROUP”Today’s GOP: Economically illiterate.

                2. No, it’s empty dogma

                  1. TAXES = DOGMA
                    To Trumptards (and proggies!)

              2. No, being able to move your business abroad is not free trade

                What if a company wants to open a plant in a foreign country because they have increased their market share there but will cost a portion of the domestic jobs that were servicing that foreign market, who gets to make that decision?

                1. This doesn’t relate to the discussion at all.
                  Maybe try some independent thought instead of relying on dogmatic gospel?

                  1. How is that not an example of moving your business abroad? How about you defend your position instead of resorting to ad hominem.

                    1. Nardz is like Trump.

                      When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the losers.
                      -Socrates

              3. +100

              4. If being able to move your business is not free trade, then hate speech isn’t free speech.

    2. It must be amazing to be as deluded as you are in thinking Trump has any grand plan.

      1. So youre saying both the Russia collusion narrative and the quid pro quo claims are nonsense and the fever dreams of the deluded.

        Got it.

        1. The quid pro quo narrative is not a narrative about Trump having a grand plan. It’s about Trump cowboy’ing his way through pursuing an investigation, possibly in service to _Giuliani’s_ plan.

          1. Either Trump has a plan or he doesn’t.

            Someday you people will have to pick one or the other.

            In the meantime we will just make fun of your crying.

            1. I’m not crying you’re crying.

            2. That’s easy. No grand plans. He seems to wing it all the time.

              1. I will take Trump’s random good deeds over anyone you support.

                1. Mike is neutral remember. He doesnt support anybody. But just like the fbi he is always anti trump by accident.

    3. You just can’t bear the thought of thinking honestly about Trump.

      Poor Trumpista, betrayed by his own champion.

      Will lc1789 register as a Democrat for 2020 and write in Trump?

      Will Trump register as a Democrat and win 2020?

      Tune in, same bat channel, same bat time, every time.

      1. Personally, I’ll vote for whoever can beat whatever corrupt socialist Democrats are going to nominate.

        1. I would too, if I lived in a sate where it mattered, and I am glad people do that where it matters. The problem is pretending that keeping Hillary out of office means that everything else he does is also a good deed.

          1. Trump’s demeanor is not traditional, but his politics are those of a traditional middle of the road candidate. If you vehemently disagree with them, that makes you the radical and weirdo, not the people who vote for him. And whatever your politics may be, you’re not going to convince others by insulting them.

            1. Muslim bans, forced child separation and the failure to track which kid belongs to who, getting fined for millions in charity fraud while in office, paying off pornstars and letting your lawyer take the fall for it, running the biggest deficit in US history with no war or market crash to necessitate deficit spending…that is normal to you? Which country are you from?

              1. At least two of those things happened under Obama too. And most of his trade and immigration talk could have come out of Bill’s mouth in the 90’s.

                So yeah, pretty standard for shitty politicians.

              2. Sounds good to me. Thanks Trump!

                You will be getting my vote on 2020.

    4. Trump offered free trade to our trading partners at the G-7 Summit and they refused

      BWAAAAAAAAAAA HAAAAAAAAAAA

      The Conservative NY Post (smirk)
      Trump pushes free trade at G7, days after imposing tariffs

      President Trump said he used some hardball negotiating tactics on America’s top allies behind the scenes of the weekend’s Group of Seven meeting – threatening to cut them off from the massive U.S. market if they don’t lower their trade barriers.“THIS is what I did …. behind closed doors, with no witnesses”

      If Trump said the world is flat ,.. Trumptards would look to see if they’re near the edge. . 🙂

    5. Trump offered free trade to our trading partners at the G-7 Summit and they refused

      BWAAAAAAAAAAA HAAAAAAAAAAA

      The Conservative NY Post (smirk)
      Trump pushes free trade at G7, days after imposing tariffs

      President Trump said he used some hardball negotiating tactics on America’s top allies behind the scenes of the weekend’s Group of Seven meeting – threatening to cut them off from the massive U.S. market if they don’t lower their trade barriers.“THIS is what I did …. behind closed doors, with no witnesses”

      If Trump said the world is flat ,.. Trumptards would look to see if they’re near the edge. . ????

  3. Capitulation? No, I think it was an effort to get this over the finish line – by Team R and by Team D, for completely different political motivations. Let’s see if the changes are acceptable to the Senate, and then to our trading partners before declaring defeat. 🙂

    1. Boehm doesn’t seem to know what is bad about this deal other than it might make Mexico live by similar legal regime as a price for access to American markets. Binion has no idea what that is a bad thing but he is certain it is. It displeases the trade gods and that is enough.

      1. This is going to be a fun election, watching all you Trumpistas bend over backwards, fold, spindle, and mutilate yourselves to pat Trump on his back for every single stupid thing he does.

        If you clowns had stuck to what he actually did right, instead of acting as if everything he did is right, you might get a few converts. But you’d rather look silly.

        2020 is going to be a great year for self-parody.

        1. “Trumpistas”

          I always laugh at how stupid people sound ehen they use this word. It’s like danger hair, a sign that you’re off your meds and intend to stay that way.

          1. I disagree. “Old Mexican” uses it all the time and his comments are consistently level-headed and insightful.

            1. You’ve convinced me.

            2. A++ material.

        2. Yeah, that’s what jerks like you think: it’s “fun” to watch the country narrowly avoiding sliding into socialism. That’s what politics means to you, a spectator sport of no consequence.

          1. This is what Ken’s comments would look like if he understood the concept of brevity.

          2. They don’t actually think it’s fun. It’s just them trying to strike a detached pose than take any sort of substantive opinion on the particulars.

            IOW a tribal display, pure and simple.

        3. Who do you think is going to fuck you by using the word trumpista so much? You’re worse than mike, jeff, and pod.

      2. From a free market standpoint, it’s bad because it further enshrines an overbearing regulatory regime and pushes it on to other countries. We don’t like it in the first place; of course we won’t be happy if it is forced on trading partners as a “price” of doing business with us. It’s bad to begin with!

        1. Ok, but then it is up to Canada and Mexico to choose whether they will accept additional regulations. Before we declare USMCA as a failure like Boehm did, I think I would actually like to see what is actually written, whether our partners will agree to it, and whether the Senate will then ratify it.

          Right now, we just don’t know. Well, Boehm knows, but does that actually matter? 🙂

  4. Trump is desperate. He keeps saying he’s a great deal maker, but he’s failed on virtually everything. Let’s hope he may be wising up on this, His bullying worked in his business, but he needs win-win now, which his ego has not allowed, and he has zero experience with.

    1. Yeah, the economy is booming, his approval rating is the highest it has been since he took office, and impeachment has given him a huge boost among swing voters. He is real desperate all right.

      Don’t you ever get tired of lying and being retarded? Just a little? Maybe if you can’t tell the truth maybe try telling a slightly less stupid lie?

      1. PART TWO: MORE UNDENIABLE VIDEO PROOF

        Initial assault. (Private video found on an alternate news twitter feed)

        TRUMP: Alt-left charged to initiate mass violence.
        PROOF: Alt-right Trumpsters charged to initiate mass violence

        TRUMP: Alt-left wearing “black” helmets.
        PROOF: Alt-right Trumpsters wearing NAZI helmets … Helmets that Trump SAW! OMFG!!

        .
        TRUMP: Alt-LEFT swinging clubs
        PROOF: Alt-RIGHT swinging clubs. Alt-Left, arms locked, hands empty.
        PROOF: Alt-right carrying police-style riot shields. Trumpster’s CAME for violence.

        TRUMP: I watched it all on televisions … So did you!
        PROOF: A clinically PSYCHOPATHIC LIAR

        SHAME ON EVERYONE who LIES about the truth, to defend a morally debased President, over country and honor.
        I’m looking at you John, and Brett, and Sevo, and Red Rocks, Last of the Shitlords, NOBY2, loveconstitution1789 … and your entire pack of wild dogs

        NEXT: The Smoking Gun.

      2. *****JOHN & TRUTHTELLER1 … BRAINWASHED SUCKERS ON THE ECONOMY!

        Yeah, the economy is booming,

        BWAAAA HAAAAA
        Unwitting tool of the political elites.

        Trump is running it all on a debt binge … THE WORST PRESIDENT ON ADDING NEW 8-year DEBT EVER. In only 3 years, he’s added as much 8-year debt than Obama did AFTER 8 years (CBO 2024 forecast) … FAIL … FAIL … FAIL

        ESPECIALLY when he campaigned on PAYING OFF THE ENTIRE DEBT IN 8 YEARS!!!. FAIL, FAIL, FAIL

        AND …
        Obama inherited the 3rd worst economy since the 1930s, and gave Trump the longest recovery EVER for an incoming President. .
        1) **** Current GDP growth is LESS than what Obama gave him, MASSIVE TRUMP FAIL

        2) Trump ridiculed the Labor Force Participation Rate under Obama. Went INSANE, saying the real unemployment rate is … 30-42% (BAT-SHIT CRAZY) … Trump has FAILED to create a meaningful improvement ( From 62.9% to 63.3% vs 66+% before the recession) IS TRUMP’S “REAL” UNEMPLOYMENT RATE 30% (SNORT)

        3) If the economy is “booming,” why have so many STILL given up on even seeking a job?

        Real gross domestic product (GDP) increased at an annual rate of 2.1 percent in the third quarter of 2019, according to the “second” estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the second quarter, real GDP increased 2.0 percent.

        THAT’S LESS THAN THE 2.3% OBAMA HANDED HIM!/b>

        GDP Annual Growth Rate in the United States averaged 3.20 percent from 1948 until 2019. FAIL … FAIL … FAIL

        **** PROBLEM: Trump’s tax cut was … STUPID! The EXACT OPPOSITE of EVERY successful tax cut since WWII!

        There have been only two postwar economic booms … from the two worst postwar economies … KENNEDY (A DEMOCRAT) launched the first one. Reagan launched the second …. BOTH WERE NOT SO STUCKING FUPID ON TAX CUTS AND ECONOMIC GROWTH

        Kennedy and Reagan passed IDENTICAL tax cuts, “across the board, top-to-bottom, business and corporate” (Kennedy’s words, not Reagan’s) … BECAUSE A GROWING ECONOMY IS LIKE A 3-LEGGED STOOL — CONSUMERS, EMPLOYERS AND INVESTORS ALL NEED CONFIDENCE
        *Consumers buying
        *Employers hiring
        *Investors providing the needed capital.

        *This is NOT rocket science. BOTH parties are full of shit ,,, debating supply-side vs demand -side economics … TO BRIBE THEIR CONSTITUENTS

        *In a free society, government takes NO SIDES. (Even establishment libertarians are now suckered by supply-side bullshit.)

        ****Over 60% of Americans think America is HEADING IN THE WRONG DIRECTION ….. …. ….. UNDER TRUMP!

        ****FOX NEWS POLL: 50% want him impeached and removed.

        Reason allows only one link per comment. Tell me WHAT of this you want a link to PROOF.

        You INVITED this CRUSHING, John, by calling ME the liar … LOSER..

    2. Does it make you feel smarter when you make stements completely detached from reality? Because nothing in your mini rant is fact based. Try and keep up.

      1. TWO whiny pussies scream FAKE NEWS … FAIL to give a single example. 🙂

        When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the losers.
        -Socrates

        “Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain, and most fools do.”
        –Benjamin Franklin

        “Wise men speak because they have something to say. Fools speak because they have to say something”
        Plato</i

        MOST AMERICAN SUPPORT IMPEACHMENT – HALF SUPPORT REMOVAL, (Fox News Poll)

        A Fox News host on Monday said he was “stunned” by a poll from Fox News that found more than half of all Americans would prefer to see President Donald Trump impeached … “It says 50 percent of the country want the president impeached,” Kilmeade said. “I was stunned to see that that’s the number, because I thought that things were trending away/b> … (((Trusting Fox can cause such massive ignorance))))

        While 50 percent of those polled favored impeachment and Trump’s removal from office, an additional four percent want the president to be impeached but remain in office.

        Further, the poll found that a slight majority (53 percent) of voters thought Trump abused the power of the presidency. Forty-eight percent believe he obstructed the work of Congress—presumably by refusing to fully comply with the impeachment proceedings—and 45 percent said they believed he committed bribery. None are so blind as those who refuse to see.

    3. WHO’S THE LIAR, JOHN? (smirk) “Mess with a bull, get the horns”

      YOU: Self-righteous Bellowing, Bullshit and Bullying … just like Trump
      ME: Documented FACTS. With links to PROOF …. vs. Snarling and Whining

      PROOF Charlottesville! ???? ????

      PART ONE, UNDENIABLE VIDEO PROOF:: at press conference, Trump lies that alt-LEFT initiated violence, defending Nazis and Racists. Arrogantly bullies and shouts down media

      PART TWO, UNDENIABLE VIDEO PROOF: Trump PROVEN a psycho liar. Mass assaults and murder initiated by Trump’s nazi and racist supporters.

      PART THREE, THE SMOKING GUN: Four white supremacists found guilty and imprisoned for initiating Charlottesville mass assaults and murder
      .

      TRUMP DISGRACES HIMSELF, AND THE PRESIDENCY … shameful lies that alt-LEFT initiated violence, charged with clubs, wearing black helmets 7:25 — 11:00 — 13.15

      “What about the alt left that came charging at, as you say, at the alt right? Do they have any assemblage of guilt? What about the fact that they came charging with clubs in their hands swinging clubs? Do they have any problem? I think they do.”

      NEXT: PROOF Trump is a lying sack of shit.

    4. PART 2: MORE UNDENIABLE PROOF

      Initial assault. (Private video found on an alternate news twitter feed)

      TRUMP: Alt-left charged to initiate mass violence.
      PROOF: Alt-right Trumpsters charged to initiate mass violence

      TRUMP: Alt-left wearing “black” helmets.
      PROOF: Alt-right Trumpsters wearing NAZI helmets … Helmets that Trump SAW! OMFG!!

      .
      TRUMP: Alt-LEFT swinging clubs
      PROOF: Alt-RIGHT swinging clubs. Alt-Left, arms locked, hands empty.
      PROOF: Alt-right carrying police-style riot shields. Trumpster’s CAME for violence.

      TRUMP: I watched it all on televisions … So did you!
      PROOF: A clinically PSYCHOPATHIC LIAR

      SHAME ON EVERYONE who LIES about the truth, to defend a morally debased President, over country and honor.
      I’m looking at you John, and Brett, and Sevo, and Red Rocks, Last of the Shitlords, NOBY2, loveconstitution1789 … and your entire pack of wild dogs

      NEXT: The Smoking Gun.

    5. PART THREE: KAPOW!!

      BY TRUMP’S OWN DOJ … “4 white nationalists, described as ‘serial rioters’ found guilty and imprisoned, for violent Charlottesville rally”

      Three members of a white supremacist group were sentenced to prison Friday for kicking, choking and punching multiple people during the 2017 “United the Right” rally in Charlottesville and other rallies in California. The three were members of the California-based militant white supremacist organization “Rise Above Movement.”

      A fourth defendant, Cole Evan White, will be sentenced at a later date, the attorney’s office said.

      “These defendants, motivated by hateful ideology, incited and committed acts of violence in Charlottesville, as well at other purported political rallies in California,” U.S. Attorney Thomas T. Cullen said.

      “They were not interested in peaceful protest or lawful First Amendment expression; instead, they intended to provoke and engage in street battles with those that they perceived as their enemies.”

      This has been converted to a Press Release, with a single merged and edited video … to be sent to all major media outlets, with all evidence … and to the House impeachment committees … when the timing seems best.

      Now with proof, go back to the press conference video … his arrogance … his bullying … his attitude. TRUMP IS GOING DOWN … HARD.

      MY TURN
      Who do YOU stand with, John and Truthteller1?
      a) Trump, Nazis and Racists?
      b) Or Truth, Justice and the American way?

      (sneer)

      1. ***WHO’S THE LIAR, JOHN AND TRUTHTELLER1?
        ASK FOX NEWS! 🙂

        Fox News’ Neil Cavuto rattles off a long list of Trump’s falsehoods on air. Video onsite. Cavuto’s closing line is … PERFECT!

        Fox News’ Neil Cavuto spent nearly four straight minutes reprimanding President Trump…. ran through a long list of false claims Trump has made over the years, addressing the president directly … “I’m not the one who said tariffs are a wonderful thing, you are,” Cavuto told Trump. “I’m not the one who said Mexico would pay for the wall, you did.” … “I’m not the one who claimed Russia didn’t meddle in the 2016 election, you did.”

        … brutal monologue in response to Trump bashing Fox News … complaining the network isn’t “working for us any-more” and telling his supporters it’s time to find a new news outlet.

        “The president made it clear, to fact check him is to be all but dead to him,” Cavuto said, reminding Trump that “I don’t work for you.”

        After getting to the end of his long list, “Hard as it is to fathom, Mr. President, just because you’re the leader of the free world, does not entitle you to a free pass.

        “Unfortunately, just a free press.”

        KAPOW! THAT is journalism! In closing, Cavuto DISPLAYED the “fair and balanced” he was defending. He acknowledged that Trump does not get a fair deal from the press, too focused on the negative, and under-stands Trump’s frustration .,… BUT … Cavuto WILL BE fair and balanced …. Trump’s truths AND Trump’s lies …. which is WHY Trumptards ignore the news for the OPINION shows …. For the warm comfort of being coddled … with fairy tale delusions, and … Chicken Little hysteria.

        And WHY Fox NEWS anchors are among the very few “fair and balanced” outlets these days. It was FOX polling that stunned Brian Kilmeade … that 50% of Americans want Trump impeached and removal. FAIR AND BALANCED!

        1. Chicken little indeed.

          1. Truthteller1
            Chicken little indeed.YOU’RE A PROVEN LIAR HERE

            AND MASSIVELY HERE
            https://reason.com/2019/12/16/trumps-capitulation-on-trade-deal-leaves-republicans-in-awkward-position/#comment-8053198

            You assault me with bullshit and insults, you get CRUSHED, with PROOF
            SOURCES vs SNEERING, loosertarian.

            “Mess with the bull; get the horns”

          2. Truthteller1 ALSO proven wrong (on the economy) here

            https://reason.com/2019/12/16/trumps-capitulation-on-trade-deal-leaves-republicans-in-awkward-position/#comment-8053737

            “Mess with the bull; get the horns”

        2. Oh my lands…
          Self awareness is not Trump’s strong suit, but you’re not any better.

          1. How does absolute,, documented proof confuse you so?
            Or is it the in-con-veeeeen-yent facts?
            (lol)

  5. Sen. Pat Toomey (R–Pa.) described the USMCA as “a complete capitulation to Pelosi.”

    Well then, he’s not a real Republican.

    Sen. John Cornyn (R–Texas) tells the paper that Trump’s bargain with Pelosi is “bad practice” and “a lousy way to treat the Senate.”

    Neither is he.

    It’s sad that these RINOs can’t support Trump, the one true Republican. In fact, Trump is so Republican he’s Libertarian.

    1. Cry more.

    2. The other day one of the Trump fans here told me that any Republican who has belonged to Bohemian Grove is a RINO. Of course, that is every Republican president except Trump.

      1. Of course they aren’t RINOs. The Republican Party is traditionally pretty much as corrupt as the Democratic Party.

        Hopefully, we can force both parties to be more responsible and honest.

        1. That would be good.

        2. Links fell off with your comparison of Party misdeeds.

    3. If this is parody, then this is a case of Poe’s Law.

      If it’s not parody, then this is a case of No True Scotsman.

      I don’t know which it is though…

    4. TRUMP IS LIBERTARIAN? Libertarians NEVER lie to defend Neo-Nazis and White Supremacists (Charlottesville).

      YES. TRUMP IS THE ONE TRUE REPUBLICAN — IN TODAY’S GOP

  6. “Yeah, the economy is booming”

    LOL

    You need to pay more attention to Boehm articles, Buttplug comments, and the words of AOC. The Drumpf economy is abysmal.

    1. Oops! Supposed to be a reply to John’s 3:54.

  7. if T gives anything to Nancy it will be just enough rope.

    1. Trump might be giving concessions on things that the Democrats used to be concerned about – e.g. union jobs. But today’s democrats have pretty much abandoned those people to Trump. Toomey’s remarks strike me as indication he has not quite realized how the rules of the game have changed,

      1. also how I read “Democrats’ labor union allies” … maybe locally but likely T voters too.

        1. So much Reason criticism of Trump seems to boil down to a dislike of his not falling into politics as usual.

  8. So……. Mexico gets a FREE pass on pharmaceutical patent infringement but NOT the USA. Aren’t we working on fixing that MESS with China RIGHT NOW while Pelosi is working on turning the Mexico trade into the exact same MESS???

    What’s next; FREE shipping for Mexico importers at the cost of US citizens???

    Maybe it’s time to adjust patent law altogether instead of just giving all foreign countries a free-pass at the expense of our own.

  9. Is it really capitulation when he’s been sucking up to the unions since before the nomination?

  10. Trump loses nothing by bi-partisanship. This is him being able to say in a campaign ad that he reached across the isle.
    The republicans have nothing to lose either. If they fight (and they should) they look good to their constituents and are able to refute ‘party of trump’ yet still support trump most of the time. I’m surprised this little piece of strategery is portrayed with such gloom and doom… oh it’s Boehm.

  11. Sᴛᴀʀᴛ ᴡᴏʀᴋɪɴɢ ғʀᴏᴍ ʜᴏᴍᴇ! Gʀᴇᴀᴛ ᴊᴏʙ ғᴏʀ sᴛᴜᴅᴇɴᴛs, sᴛᴀʏ-ᴀᴛ-ʜᴏᴍᴇ ᴍᴏᴍs ᴏʀ ᴀɴʏᴏɴᴇ ɴᴇᴇᴅɪɴɢ ᴀɴ ᴇxᴛʀᴀ ɪɴᴄᴏᴍᴇ… Yᴏᴜ ᴏɴʟʏ ɴᴇᴇᴅ ᴀ ᴄᴏᴍᴘᴜᴛᴇʀ ᴀɴᴅ ᴀ ʀᴇʟɪᴀʙʟᴇ ɪɴᴛᴇʀɴᴇᴛ ᴄᴏɴɴᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴ… Mᴀᴋᴇ $80 ʜᴏᴜʀʟʏ ᴀɴᴅ ᴜᴘ ᴛᴏ $13000 ᴀ ᴍᴏɴᴛʜ ʙʏ ғᴏʟʟᴏᴡɪɴɢ ʟɪɴᴋ ᴀᴛ ᴛʜᴇ ʙᴏᴛᴛᴏᴍ ᴀɴᴅ sɪɢɴɪɴɢ ᴜᴘ… Yᴏᴜ ᴄᴀɴ ʜᴀᴠᴇ ʏᴏᴜʀ ғɪʀsᴛ ᴄʜᴇᴄᴋ ʙʏ ᴛʜᴇ ᴇɴᴅ ᴏғ ᴛʜɪs ᴡᴇᴇᴋ
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  12. MOST AMERICAN SUPPORT IMPEACHMENT – HALF SUPPORT REMOVAL, (Fox News Poll)

    A Fox News host on Monday said he was “stunned” by a poll from Fox News that found more than half of all Americans would prefer to see President Donald Trump impeached … “It says 50 percent of the country want the president impeached,” Kilmeade said. “I was stunned to see that that’s the number, because I thought that things were trending away((LOL – Trusting Fox News is dangerous))

    While 50 percent of those polled favored impeachment and Trump’s removal from office, an additional four percent want the president to be impeached but remain in office.

    Further, the poll found that a slight majority (53 percent) of voters thought Trump abused the power of the presidency. Forty-eight percent believe he obstructed the work of Congress—presumably by refusing to fully comply with the impeachment proceedings—and 45 percent said they believed he committed bribery. None are so blind as those who refuse to see.

  13. including ramped up inspections of factories and increased authority to stop trucks at the border

    That would be cool if we could stop things at the border.

  14. The realignment that is ongoing in the country means for political purposes Trump is representing the people most likely to vote for Republicans. The odd thing is that Pelosi is trying to woo them back by letting Trump take credit for negotiating a deal that helps his voters.

  15. “The realignment that is ongoing in the country means for political purposes Trump is representing the people most likely to vote for Republicans.”

    +1, this is a shrewd political move by Trump that will pay off in the next election assuming he gets past the Senate trial unscathed.

    “The odd thing is that Pelosi is trying to woo them back by letting Trump take credit for negotiating a deal that helps his voters.”

    She is in a tight spot. She can’t completely write off the blue collar unions, because of the upcoming election.

  16. And just when I was thinking that a certain sock puppet had gotten banned, I see it’s back in full glory, hijacking threads with irrational ranting again.

    1. TYPICAL RIGHT-WING AUTHORITARIAN … WHINING LIKE A PUSSY ,… DEMANDING DIFFERING VIEWS BE BANNED. AND ANOTHER UNPROVOKED ASSAULT …. PURE, UNADULTERATED THUGGERY

      ALL BULLIES ARE GUTLESS COWARDS
      TOO CHICKENSHIT TO DESCRIBE WHAT IS IRRATIONAL RANTING ….
      ****IN HIS OWN IRRATIONAL RANT!

      (Nobody could INVENT anything THAT crazy!)

      CALLING YOU OUT. TELL US WHAT YOU SAY IS IRRATIONAL. THEN READERS CAN DECIDE WHO THE DUMMY IS — PRETEND TO BE LIBERTARIAN FOR A MINUTE OR TWO …. THEN RETURN TO YOUR AUTHORITARIAN SAFE ZONE
      DARE YA’

      1. It seems telling that you assumed I was talking about you.

        1. WRONG AGAIN. I CALLED OUT A THUGGISH ASSAULT
          YOU’RE STILL/I> A FUCKING COWARD … NOW WITH A LAME EXCUSE!

  17. Shorter Boehm: HOLY SHIT! TRUMP IS ENGAGING IN POLITICS!

    Isn’t this SUPPOSED to be how things are passed?

    1. Shorter demikesc: CAPITULATION IS VICTORY!!

      War is peace!
      Freedom is slavery!
      Ignorance is strength

      Newspeak = totalitarian mind control in Orwell’s 1984.

      1. Reverend, not understanding that one seldom gets everything they want in a negotiation. Shame it is such a rube bot.

        1. I’m NOT the Rev … you conspiracy psycho. CAPITULATION IS SURRENDER

          Lemme ‘splain it for you, Lucy

          You seem to confuse CAPITULATION ,,, which means Trump FAILED … by NOT understanding YOUR OWN WORDS!!! He DID expect to get everything he wanted … so … CAPITULATED. Hello? Hello?

          He repeats the same fuckup on EVERY negotiation. HE SAYS “being tougher” means WIN-LOSE …. which works when he was a billionaire bullying small vendors.

          DEAL-MAKING means getting the best you can, from a WIN-WIN.
          WHY WOULD ANOTHER HEAD OF STATE AGREE TO A DEAL WHERE THEY LOSE? Hello? Hello?
          (SMIRK)

  18. ”WE ARE REPUBLICANS, AND WE WANT TRUMP DEFEATED”
    The president and his enablers have replaced conservatism with an empty faith led by a bogus prophet

    By George T. Conway III, Steve Schmidt, John Weaver and Rick Wilson
    The authors have worked for and supported Republican campaigns.

    As Americans, we must stem the damage he and his followers are doing to the rule of law, the Constitution and the American character.

    That’s why we are announcing the Lincoln Project, an effort to highlight our country’s story and values, and its people’s sacrifices and obligations. This effort transcends partisanship and is dedicated to nothing less than preservation of the principles that so many have fought for, on battlefields far from home and within their own communities.

    This effort asks all Americans of all places, creeds and ways of life to join in the seminal task of our generation: restoring to this nation leadership and governance that respects the rule of law, recognizes the dignity of all people and defends the Constitution and American values at home and abroad….

    … We look to Lincoln as our guide and inspiration. He understood the necessity of not just saving the Union, but also of knitting the nation back together spiritually as well as politically.(cont’d)
    =============
    George T. Conway III is an attorney in New York. Steve Schmidt is a political strategist who worked for President George W. Bush, Senator John McCain and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. John Weaver is a Republican strategist who worked for President George H.W. Bush, Senator John McCain and Gov. John Kasich. Rick Wilson is a Republican media consultant and author of “Everything Trump Touches Dies” and the forthcoming “Running Against the Devil: A Plot to Save America From Trump and Democrats From Themselves.”

    1. “We are the right wing of the Globalist Uniparty, and are committed to keeping the American people from having any power in American political parties. Long live the #DeepState!”

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