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Author Bryan Crabtree: Trump Must Hold His Ground on Wall

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By    |   Friday, 18 January 2019 07:43 AM

The government shutdown drags on with no immediate end in sight. It’s approaching four weeks since the non-essential portion of the government closed its doors.

In that time, not a single day goes by without the mainstream media railing against the Trump administration for refusing to budge on funding for the wall. The Left accuses him of heartlessness, savagery, of holding the nation hostage, as well as a myriad of other aspersions.

President Donald Trump, for his part, remains steadfast.

At least so far, he hasn’t abandoned his goal build the wall, a campaign promise that won’t soon be forgotten.

Unfortunately for the president, the mainstream media has caught him in somewhat of a double bind.

If Trump withholds government funding and continues to fight, the media will maintain their assault against him, coming up with new and creative insults to hurl his way.

Similarly, if Trump were to acquiesce to the Democrats’ wishes and fund the government without any provision for a southern border wall, the media will still attack him. They will accuse him of wasting everyone’s time and putting furloughed government workers through unnecessary hardship.

At first glance, neither option appears particularly palatable, but only one allows Trump to uphold his promise to the American people.

There’s no doubt that the mainstream media (read: The Left) wants Trump to give up on his promise to erect a border wall. Then, not only do the Democrats have a notch in their belts for successfully facing down the president, the media has a new narrative with which to run: Trump doesn’t keep his promises.

When it comes to the government shutdown, Trump must remain resolute. But in truth, this issue extends far beyond just the funding of the border wall. If Trump were to break any of his prominent campaign promises, it would be political suicide.

Unlike President Barack Obama, Trump doesn’t have the media in his pocket to provide him with political cover-fire.

Do you remember the wall-to-wall media coverage when it was revealed that Obama lied when he promised, “if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor?” Yeah, me either.

True to form, the media would prefer to revel in the opportunity to attack Republicans for electing a man who couldn’t keep his word. The president shouldn’t give them that chance.

Like with the border wall, Trump can’t afford to renege on the issue of taxes. Amidst the 2016 election, then-candidate Trump made a salient promise to the American people: he would simplify and streamline the tax code.

And despite the media’s overwhelmingly negative coverage of the legislation, the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act did just that. The tax reform package that Trump signed has boosted the economy, produced across-the-board tax cuts, and simplified the tax code.

So far, the Trump administration has made good on its promise to streamline the tax code.

But the battle isn’t over yet.

Now, lobbyists are attempting to worm their exemptions and loopholes back into the tax system in an effort to benefit special interests at the expense of the American people.

Perhaps the most pertinent example of this practice is the concerted effort to reinstitute the insurance tax haven loophole. This loophole, often referred to as the “Bermuda” tax loophole, allowed foreign insurance companies to out-compete domestic insurers by permitting the former to avoid taxes that the latter was forced to pay.

The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act eliminated this loophole, saving the federal government a whopping $9 billion. Recently though, federal lobbyists declared their intent to resurrect this monstrosity of a loophole, which over 12 years, forced 36 U.S. insurance companies to move their headquarters overseas just to compete with their foreign counterparts.

Trump cannot allow this Bermuda tax loophole, or any other exemption for that matter, to wriggle its way back into our tax code. If Trump did, he would be eviscerated by the media, excoriated for failing to uphold a promise he so proudly proclaimed. And perhaps rightly so. Americans elected Trump on the basis of the promises that he made, and it is up to his administration to keep them. Anything less is political suicide.

Bryan Crabtree, is author of new book, "The Trump in You: Acting Like Trump Is Actually a Good Thing." Crabtree is a radio host on AM 920 The ANSWER in Atlanta, GA and the publisher of Talk40.com

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Not a single day goes by without the mainstream media railing against the Trump administration for refusing to budge on funding for the wall. The Left accuses him of heartlessness, savagery, of holding the nation hostage, as well as a myriad of other aspersions.
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