We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
All of Trump's "deals" with congress seem to consist of Trump caving to the liberals on everything and not getting anything in return.
National debt? he caved, and now spending is allowed to grow unrestricted.
Border security? he caved, and now spending for border security is slashed while illegals flood the country in larger numbers than ever.
Etc. etc. etc.
What you fail to understand is the budget and the national debt is 100% congresses responsibility and within congress it is the House's responsibility to create it and the senate ONLY votes on it. The president cannot write the budget or increase or decrease the debt; only the House can. What the president CAN do is not sign a bill (as a protest) or veto it, which then requires a revote in congress to pass it. BUT everything after a veto requires congress to act and they simply refused to act AND our MSM worked with the Democrats in the House to make it all look like Trump's fault. IF you want Trump to succeed you must support him not disrespect or blame him for things out of his control.
As for the border security issue again this is congress AND activist left wing judges who are at fault not Trump. Trump is standing alone against the politicians, NGOs and special interests to defend our country from illegal immigration and to blame him shows ignorance.
Wake up America, your country is being stolen from you.
It's the paradox of negotiation: in order to get what you want, you have to be willing to not get what you want.
The deal is controlled by the person most willing to walk away from the table.
Another Guy named Dan
In the 7th grade, 1954, my best friend offered to sell his lunch to one of the other kids at the table. He had a sandwich and although I don't remember what it was the other kid wanted to buy it rather than buy the school lunch. The asking price was $.10 and the bid was $.05. After a brief negotiation my friend said no deal, got up and took his sandwich and tossed it in the trash. I said that was stupid, why not just take the $.05? Now you get nothing. His reply was simply that in the future the other kid would know he wasn't going to back down so it was worth it.
As Ben Snyder, above.
The House is the Dems' only bully pulpit. Why waste chips and time on them? He is working media, ministerial decisions, and the Senate to paint them as loons and elitists - and show hesitant voters what could be.
The best parallel for this period is Early Glasnost. Free speech was allowed, and suddenly millions realized that their neighbors were also thinking what each one had dared not say. The Soviet Union fell apart very quickly after that spell was broken. Same thing here. I think Dalrymple first used this analogy.
I am unconcerned by lack of progress on the wall and other policy specifics. The hypnotic cultural authority of the PC left has been broken. Many still are too nervous to say "reparations for slavery is a crock" or "obviously we have a right to control our border" or "affirmative action is unfair and even racist" - they're still saying the "smart" thing at cocktail parties, but the election of DJT showed them that millions of normal Americans hold these opinions.
Things once known cannot be unknown. And the House's obstruction of Kavanaugh, the wall, and other shenanigans basically keeps hammering US voters with this knowledge. They are probably more effective at it than any conservative could be.
Devolution of the ruling Left hegemony is now inevitable.