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The Legacy Of Andrew Jackson And President Trump

Many have compared Trump with Andrew Jackson. I can see some similarities. They were both populists and men of the people. However Trump can never hope to be the badass that Jackson was. Jackson was off the scales badass. Trump is not a racist like Jackson but Jackson was the product of his day. There are two areas in which I wish Trump would be more like Jackson. In regard to the issue of sanctuary cities for illegal immigrants and the abuse of power by Federal courts. In 1828 Congress passed a Tariff bill designed to protect Northern manufacturers. Since the South was primarily agricultural and a consumer region it had to import much of the items needed to survive. Such as farm equipment for example. A tariff is on foreign goods and this was called the Tariff of Abominations because the tax was so high. In 1832 congress passed a compromise tariff but the South complained that it was still too high. In 1798 Thomas Jefferson and James Madison argued in the Kentucky and Virginia Res…

Setting Priorities

In the early 1960's John Kennedy had a very ambitious legislative agenda which included everything from tax cuts to a Civil Rights bill. The master of the senate, Lyndon Johnson, was Kennedy's vice president. Kennedy asked Johnson for advice on what would be the best approach to getting his legislative agenda passed through Congress. Johnson knew that the Civil Rights bill was the crown jewel of Kennedy's agenda but his advice was to leave that for last. If he started out with Civil Rights the Southern Democrats would filibuster the bill and hold everything else up. In the end Kennedy would accomplish very little. Kennedy rejected Johnson's advice and as expected the Civil Rights bill was filibustered. Not until the assassination of Kennedy and Johnson's ascendancy to the presidency was he able to pass Kennedy's agenda. I was reminded of Lyndon Johnson's advice to Kennedy after the failure of Trump's attempt to repeal Obamacare. Trump should have waite…

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