Can Donald Trump Rely On His Shrinking Base To Carry Him Through The 2018 Mid Terms?

by Richard Cameron   National Compass has been periodically examining the health of Donald Trump’s presidency, by looking at the ‘medical charts’ – a variety of national polls revealing approval ratings.  What we have discovered here in January 2018, a full year into Trump’s first term, should be ringing warning alarms for his party. Here, we will review some comparable numbers ranging from election day 2016 and contrasting them with what Americans think at the moment. The top line numbers are disconcerting to any administration that is witnessing them. In…

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Trump’s Stance on Immigration Turns the GOP into an Ill-Eagle

  By Janice Barlow THERE HAS BEEN MUCH ADO about immigration reform since, well, since I can remember. But now, more than ever, people want to see a solution to this ever-expanding issue. And many of them are not advocating amnesty. Amnesty, for the purposes of this article, is allowing anyone who is in the United States illegally, to remain in the United States pemanently, whether citizenship becomes the result or not. To its credit, the Trump administration has stepped up the number of undocumented alien arrests, but to its…

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Donald Trump and Barack Obama’s Dreamer’s Act: Is DACA Splitting Voters Once Again?

  By Janice Barlow LONG BEFORE DONALD TRUMP ANNOUNCED HIS CANDIDACY, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), also called the “Dreamer’s Act“, was a hotly contested issue. Most conservatives did not want a free ticket to amnesty for anyone. People who have struggled to become U.S. citizens the legal way would be cheated by those who would be given a pass, simply by nature of their arrival here illegally under the age of 31 in June 2012. Also, if parents were illegals, their birth here would not automatically make them…

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How Obama’s Giant Ball of Twine Got Trumped in the Budget Contest

By Janice Barlow On my way back from an appointment today, I cringed, but put Rush Limbaugh on the radio as nothing else was on. I wanted to see what he was addressing in his latest ratings grabbing excuse while trying to justify the presidency of Donald J. Trump. Yes, Rush, we know Hillary Clinton is a liberal, a liar, and has a uranium problem. Yes, we know Barack Obama was a huge deficit spending, big government pushing progressive socialist enabler in the form of welfare programs and government controlled…

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Danger Ahead! The Runaway Tractor Trailer Rig – Trump’s Presidency

by Richard Cameron Trump’s Runaway Presidency The standard metaphor for anything that is going “south”, that is to say, badly wrong, is a speeding train hopping the rails – an impending train wreck. Since it is so overworked and such a cliché, perhaps we should opt for another analogy to the Donald Trump presidency – the runaway semi-tractor trailer. In this one, the president is the owner-operator of the bigly rig and the rig is the Office of the Presidency and the contents of the trailer is the stability and…

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Trump’s Disordered & Opportunistic DACA Messaging & The Scapegoating Of Dreamers

photo of DACA participant ("dreamer") who is a teacher's assistant in her office

by Richard Cameron Trump’s DACA Messaging I’m seeing a lot of heated discussions about the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA) program and Trump’s handling of it.  If you’re following DACA at all, you are aware that it came into existence through an executive order signed by President Barack Obama in 2012.   The program provided for the children of illegal migrants that were brought to the US as children, to register with immigration authorities and remain for 2 year periods, then apply again at the end of the term…

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Six GOP Senators Still Stand Strong Against The “Mean” Senate Health Care Draft

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By Janice Barlow As the clock ticks rapidly toward a vote on the Senate health care reform bill, (Yes, that’s right, it’s no repeal, it’s a reform), another Senator has jumped into the No vote column, Susan Collins (R-ME). The real concern is that the general public has no idea about several issues regarding the bill and why some Republicans do not support it. Some are firm in what they refuse to vote for. Others are wavering. Let’s examine who the fairly certain No voters are, their most recent sentiments…

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Senate GOP Leaves Large Openings For Non Citizen Residents In Obamacare Replacement Bill

by Richard Cameron The Senate’s version of the Obamacare replacement bill maintains a considerable degree of eligibility for non-citizens, including beneficiaries of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). Existing law – “Obamacare” includes provisions for immigrants with “Temporary Protected Status”, (TPS).  By definition, “Temporary Protected Status” involves (according to Wiki) “immigrants in the United States who are temporarily unable to safely return to their home country because of ongoing armed conflict, an environmental disaster, or other extraordinary and temporary conditions.”  The full list of present eligibility includes the following classifications: Lawful Permanent…

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Trump Administration Policy Confusion on DACA – Dreamers Now Not Being Targeted

by Richard Cameron A shift in policy regarding the status of childhood immigrants popularly known as “dreamers” has been disclosed Sunday by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The department’s Secretary, John Kelly told interviewers on the Sunday morning talk shows that his department will not target immigrants brought to the United States as children for deportation, saying, “These people are caught between the law. We’re not targeting them. The President obviously is sympathetic. But I just wish these kind of issues were dealt with legally by the United States…

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