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JOHN BRUMMETT: The art of compromise

By John Brummett

This article was published January 11, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

We desperately need negotiated compromise. But they've been out of that business in Washington so long they must have forgotten how.

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BoudinMan says... January 11, 2018 at 7:14 a.m.

Tom Cotton putting heads together with Cheetolini? Boy, are we doomed.

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RBear says... January 11, 2018 at 7:30 a.m.

Good column John on many fronts and unlike those on the right who just applaud Gitz, I'll provide my reasons.
As you point out about the Obama administration's views on this issue it was one based more on fact and rational thought rather than political hyperbole. Under Obama, the focus was more on removals rather than returns, primarily because border crossings had actually decreased significantly during his administration. To take that a step further, a prioritized system where true criminals were the top priority for removal. It didn't require a wall because it really wasn't needed and it focused on getting the violent criminal element out of our nation.
To another point you make, dreamers were not on the priority list because, quite honestly, they are productive citizens and were brought here not by their own choice. In light of that situation, removing them does no good for anyone. It's just a "get tough" position by Republicans with no real strategy or impact analysis.
Trump is going into this "negotiation" against the American people who a) strongly support DACA (maybe he's starting to realize that) and b) oppose the wall realizing how wasteful and worthless it is. It's time to just deal with DACA and quit trying to pad the pockets of contractors who contributed heavily to Republicans. Let's solve the DACA problem and move on.

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DoubleBlind says... January 11, 2018 at 8:13 a.m.

While I agree with the conclusion I think it sadly naive. Trump didn’t even know what a ‘clean’ bill meant. He has Dems right where he wants them - over a barrel. If they don’t agree to his terms, they lose DACA and could be blamed for a shutdown. If they do agree to wall funding in exchange for DACA, they’ll be called sellouts. They have zero leverage to de-couple DACA from Trump’s wall.

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mozarky2 says... January 11, 2018 at 8:29 a.m.

Ah, yes, DB, the genius of Trump- he'll always be several steps ahead of you "progs".

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Rightside says... January 11, 2018 at 8:36 a.m.

No the President wasn't confuse only Brummett and some media. Democrats, media and Brummett want it their way, sort of like universities with their liberal policies we are right and everybody else shutup we don't want to hear your ideals.
Brummett says "Republicans' nonsensical insistence on negotiation" it's only Brummett and the Dems way or it's no way. Sorry Dems your not getting a Daca bill your way.

Two-thirds of voters polled, 66 percent, said in a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday they would characterize the economy as “excellent” or “good.” Quinnipiac noted that figure is the highest rating since it began asking the question in 2001. Dems and Brummett sad.

Toyota and Mazda will build a new final assembly plant in Huntsville, Alabama.
The plant will employ 4,000 workers and crank out up to 300,000 vehicles annually.

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drs01 says... January 11, 2018 at 8:43 a.m.

I can have compassion for these DACA kids, although I must ask why many of them haven't sought legal status in the years they have been here illegally. They are the product of a broken immigration system that has been ignored by countless presidents and congress. Give Trump some love for forcing the issue. It's about time we had someone with balls addressing this.
We are still a nation of laws. Not wink and nod as we look the other way.

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mozarky2 says... January 11, 2018 at 9:01 a.m.

Meanwhile, people are getting fatter paychecks and smaller utility bills, and the dims OPPOSE this!
Yeah, run on that, "progs"!
The liberals will continue to bleat with their blinders on.
The insane left will continue to scream about the President’s sanity.
The media will continue to promulgate their propaganda.
And President Donald J. Trump will continue to MAGA!

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DoubleBlind says... January 11, 2018 at 9:15 a.m.

Will someone please explain how my utility bills are lower? I see no change, even though many utilities in other states HAVE lowered rates since the tax cuts. I’ve seen no indication that that will happen in AR.

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GeneralMac says... January 11, 2018 at 10:21 a.m.

sometimes a "negotiated compromise" is not the best solution.

Some say FDR should have sought a " negotiated compromise" with Japan midway thru WWII.

He and Harry Truman did not and Japan has caused us no trouble in 70+ years.

"negotiated compromise"......a married couple in frigid Minnesota wants to get away for a couple weeks. He says Arizona, she says Florida.
They then follow the advice of Arkansas Democrat Gazette columnist John Brummett and " hold their nose" and compromise on Nebraska ?
JB seems to think that a deal that neither side likes is a good compromise.

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mozarky2 says... January 11, 2018 at 10:31 a.m.

Things you should have learned in school:
DB, corporate taxes are a pass-through from the utilities to the consumer. Corporate taxes have gone down.
Meanwhile, when President Trump tweets a question, you can bet your a** he already knows the answer!
Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump · 4h Disproven and paid for by Democrats “Dossier used to spy on Trump Campaign. Did FBI use Intel tool to influence the Election?” @foxandfriends Did Dems or Clinton also pay Russians? Where are hidden and smashed DNC servers? Where are Crooked Hillary Emails? What a mess!

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