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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Pollak: Trump Should Champion Bipartisan Compromises — and Dare Democrats to Refuse

President Donald Trump described his border wall policy last Thursday, derided by Democrats today as “racist” — by noting his opponents once embraced it: “The fact is they have always supported fences and walls and partitions, but you know what? They only don’t want to do it because of me,” he said.

Trump has discovered a winning strategy for the next two years: he can embrace areas of bipartisan agreement, and dare Democrats to disagree.

Prison reform is one example. And there are many similar issues. One is trade, where Trump’s U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement is the kind of deal that labor unions demanded but never dreamed was possible. Democrats are threatening to oppose it, but they will only hurt working-class voters by doing so.

Another area of potential bipartisan cooperation is infrastructure. President Barack Obama talked endlessly about building roads and bridges, even if he wasted his “stimulus” on pet projects and government salaries. Trump’s plan targets actual infrastructure needs while bringing in the private sector and spending less federal money. Democrats would find it difficult to reject.


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