President Donald J. Trump simultaneously can advance his policy agenda, fortify the rule of law, and paint vulnerable Democrats into a corner.
Rather than kill Obama’s legacy projects unilaterally, Trump should invite Congress to help him expunge the Iran-nuclear deal, the Paris agreement on so-called "global warming," and the related Clean Power Plan (CPP).
This will force vulnerable Democrats to vote on these calamitous measures.
Trump should send the Senate the Iran-nuke accord and the Paris "climate" pact. He should ask the upper body to vote on these international measures as treaties, as Obama should have, requiring 67 votes for passage.
Neither will reach that threshold, and both will fail. But not before roll-call votes on each proposal.
This is how these international items should have been handled.
Instead, Obama dubbed the Iran deal an "executive agreement," which automatically went into effect — unless Congress killed it — subject to his veto.
Obama’s attacks on the rule of law aside, these deals are dreadful on the merits.
Rather than tame Iran, the nuke deal has unleashed an even more aggressive power. Under Obama's blessed deal, Iran has tested missiles (including one on Wednesday), harassed U.S. Navy ships in the Straits of Hormuz, and even held American sailors hostage at gunpoint and on their knees.
In the final days of his reign of error, Obama approved Russia’s delivery of 130 tons of natural uranium to Tehran — enough to fuel 10 atomic bombs. This atop some $1.7 billion in cash that the U.S. jetted to the Iranians, plus at least $50 billion unfrozen assets.
The Paris treaty sets non-binding CO2 limits. America most likely would abide by these restrictions and pay the price in economic stagnation. Brazil, China, India, Russia, and other nations probably would regard the deal as a list of suggestions, leaving America at a disadvantage.
The CPP is not a treaty. Thus, the Senate and House both should vote on it. GOP lawmakers will see that it dies a well-deserved death. And Democrats will have to decide if they join Republicans in this merciful deed, or if they stand with the kite-sailor-in-chief and his nearly $1 trillion anti-warming symbol.
Indeed, Obama's Department of Energy determined that, between 2015 and 2040, the CPP would cost the U.S. economy $993 billion in foregone, real GDP and $382 billion in squandered disposable income. In exchange, CPP would do virtually nothing about so-called "global warming," even if one worries about such things.
CPP would reduce expected warming by 0.02 degrees Fahrenheit in 2050.
This is like cranking a thermostat from 72 degrees down to 71.98 degrees.
All of this should spread anxiety among Senate Democrats from states that Trump won, such as Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. Deeper worry should infuse Democrats from Indiana, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, and West Virginia — states that Trump and Mitt Romney both secured.
If these Democrats help Trump bury these unpopular, foolish, and destructive policies, they will serve as bipartisan pallbearers at the funerals of these abominations. It will be tough for Trump's seething critics to call him an environment-hating war monger if at least some Democrats join him and the GOP in excising these horrid policies.
This will boost Trump's political capital and please conservatives, but it will enrage the already volcanic Democratic base.
If these non-rabid Democrats take a jump to the left and vote to hand billions to the world's biggest state sponsor of terrorism and to cremate the U.S. economy on the altar of so-called "global warming," George Soros will be thrilled.
And moderate Democrats and independent voters will be appalled.
Either way, Trump wins, and already endangered Democrats will find themselves on ice as thin as contact lenses.
Rarely have good policy and good politics walked so tightly hand in hand. President Trump can trigger all of this simply by sending these three measures to Capitol Hill and calling for the yeas and nays.
Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News contributor and a contributing editor with National Review Online. He is also a media fellow with the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace at Stanford University. Read more reports from Deroy Murdock — Click Here Now.
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