Competing Strategies In Washington, D.C.
05 July 2017 | Pago Pago, American Samoa
Trump's faux pas, indiscretions and tom foolery continue to accumulate daily, to the dismay of the republican leadership and ridicule of the democrats and the media, but the Republicans in Congress remain focused on the big picture: repealing Obamacare, including hundreds of billions in taxes on the rich, and overhauling the tax code, which would cut taxes by hundreds of billions more.
While Democrats and others strategize on how and when they might impeach Trump, Republicans are holding with Trump—for now, at least. why? The oligarchy is strenuously demanding its big and ultimate payoff for securing control of Congress and the presidency -- repeal of the taxes funding Obamacare and tax reform after that for further tax cuts.
But into this stalled scenario, a mega wrinkle appears. After what will happen does, then what? Will republicans stick with Trump or will democrats, the FBI and the congressional intelligence committees gain ground with impeachment.
Trump's presidency will hang in the balance. Bannon is thinking ahead. He is causing a stir inside the WH by pushing an idea that’s anathema to most Republicans: raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans to pay for steep middle and working-class tax cuts. That is, make taxes much more progressive. This is a potent populist idea that could well return Trump to his populist base, make impeachment much more difficult, and leave republicans frothing at the mouth.
Trump might not be bright enough to understand the strategy, but others are and could persuade him. It would leave republicans with a hollow tax victory, turn republicans back on themselves and cement Trump in with a broad american voting base. But will it happen? That is the question. Bannon is fighting from the edges of power.