Trump signs spending bill 6 months before having to sign another one

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  1. LizKat macrumors 601

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    Trump had tweeted he might veto this thing. But that was fake news or someone read him the riot act since Congress had already left town, and he'd own a government shutdown tonight... so he signed it.

    This bill keeps the government open until September... Trump says he'll "never sign another one like this one" though. A sop to supporters who wanted him to veto it, a sop to Rand Paul who may try to stop the next one, a sop to Democrats who will have from September to November to point out what was wrong with it and what's wrong with the next one as well... meanwhile Trump pointed out assorted things wrong with the bill he signed that he naturally insists were all the Democrats' fault.

    All in all just another day in Trump's soap opera version of America.

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    I'm sure the markets would love it if Trump would change his mind about tariffs. But he hasn't said boo about the markets for awhile now because he knows it's the tariff angle spooking investors.

     
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    Dow down -383.59

    Ouch. That makes it down over 1K in the past 2 days.

    I suspect Trump won't take credit for that ;)
     
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    The spending level of the bill has conservatives unhappy. To get the defense budget increase the GOP had to allow social spending levels and allocations for selected infrastructure items they had wanted to slash. Republicans may be more annoyed at some aspects of this bill than are the Democrats, especially since in theory the GOP is running the table at the moment. The overall spending levels, the "only" $1.6 billion on The Wall and the restrictions on even how that can be spent... may turn up in some GOP primary races, stay tuned. Bob Gorrell's cartoon is a clue. But the farther right the GOP ends up in primary races this year, the more risk they run losing to some moderate Dems in the House.


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    It's going to be a lot of fun come August + September when another spending bill has to be signed during crucial primaries. The Dems may yet surprise me.
     
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    His idiot base loves tariffs. He needs his idiot base.
     
  9. LizKat thread starter macrumors 601

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    Right, he's got himself into a corner because he loves to brag about the market but the market wants new tariffs to come off the menu and his core supporters think they will somehow benefit from those tariffs. Waiting for his clever explanation to his base about how tariffs are not the only way to MAGA...

    He should quit talking about tariffs and start bragging about specific back-country improvements in the employment rate. There are some of those here and there, even if he had nothing to do with them (which fact has never bothered him in the past).


    Anyway if he focused on that, then his nationalist-oriented base might shift gears and start bragging on him again instead of harping on how they want China to drop dead.

    His hardcore followers don't seem to realize if we end up making China "dead to us" as a location for offshoring our manufacturing, or engage in a trade war and get ourselves uninvited, those manufacturers are not coming back here when they can move a process to Vietnam or Peru or Bolivia. Maybe the cost will add something to the price of a t-shirt at Walmart, since there's always a cost to moving an operation from one country to another.

    "Dear Donald, thanks for not telling us a trade war would hurt us"... ??? Nah. They're hard core. They'd try to blame it on "the Kenyan" and the Don would happily go there if he thought he could get away with it. But... meanwhile stocks plunged today and the S&P had its worst week in two years. Trump's going to own this mess.
     
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    If this guy was Pinocchio, his nose would extend around the globe, impale his arsehole and require surgery. A **** bill he tried to pass off on dems, then signed. A joke. Seriously, as much as he hated Rosie, this is the conservative version. Except President. And worse.
     
  11. LizKat thread starter macrumors 601

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    The GOP didn't do anything constructive towards healthcare remediation, nor did they manage to repeal the ACA either, since Americans, it turns out, did not want it repealed, they just wanted it fixed. There's not much in this spending bill that properly makes amends for that failure, even though they did fund the National Institutes of Health better by $3 billion, bumping it to $37.5 billion (rejecting Trump's call to cut their budget by $7.5 billion).

    Their inaction on ACA overall and their Medicaid cuts are going to hurt them later on in 2018 because just about a year ago Trump was promising the moon on health care and we all know how that turned out over the summer of 2017. Trump and Congress were at loggerheads with each other on the subject and the Democrats weren't invited to the table on the House side (much less the back rooms of the Senate where 13 men tried to come up with something they could not even get across the finish line with their own party).

    I'm not surprised Trump was annoyed at the bill because a lot of it was Congress saying no to his and his inner circle's ideas on how to (de)fund the federal government. The NY Times has a summary of some of what Trump may have found disappointing.

     
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    You assume they can even explain why they like them other than "America first!" What's odd is that I took a look on Twitter like the cool cat I am and found a lot of his supporters in the stream weren't happy with this prior to the signing and angry post signing.
     
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    We are having a huge run! Too bad it’s in the wrong direction. But he’s a business, man!
     

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