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Outsiders vs. Insiders: Plenty of good reasons why compromise is a dirty word in America today

Talk will continue on possible ways to fix the shattered American political system but in today’s highly divided culture and society, a workable solution doesn’t appear evident. If neither side seems willing to compromise, there are good reasons for it. Conservatives won’t get their hopes up.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Trump’s choice to pull out of Syria a Christmas gift to all Americans

President Trump’s decision to withdraw from Syria will certainly draw more than its share of comment even at this calm (from a news standpoint) time of year. Christmas presents a chance to ponder the concept of peace on earth, goodwill towards men -- never more so than in 2018.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Yes, SNL liberals, It’s a Wonderful Life with President Donald Trump

Life without Donald Trump as president wouldn’t be as clear cut wonderful as liberals would have you think. Saturday Night Live can do all the ridiculous skits in the world and it still doesn’t change the fact we’re living in a complex place and it requires capable people to lead. Trump fits the bill.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Weekly Standard demise a lesson for Trump on what NOT to do on wall

Few conservatives will miss Bill Kristol’s The Weekly Standard now that it’s gone. The defunct publication was a glaring example of how not to conduct a successful enterprise; by alienating those inclined to support them, the magazine guaranteed its own demise. Let’s hope the same fate doesn’t befall Trump.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Democrat oversteps on Trump impeachment will stir populist uprising

When government oversteps its bounds there’s invariably a popular uprising to combat it. Be it the Boston Tea Party in 1773, the modern-day Tea Party movement or this year’s anti-gas tax protests in Paris, the people don’t take it kindly when political elites dictate and condescend.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Shutdown the Democrats’ inane talk and just fund the wall, Republicans

If Republican ruling elites are truly terrified over Trump’s threat to shutdown the government, they must accept it’s their own inactions that brought on the confrontation. They can use the coming days to salvage a little dignity and give Americans a Christmas gift -- a big beautiful wall protecting them.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Obamacare’s demise is the goose that laid the golden egg for GOP

With the downing of Obamacare last week Republicans now have a golden opportunity to make something worthwhile out of the last days of this lame duck session. With budget talks stalled over the border wall there’s something new to talk about and accomplish if they’ll only take advantage.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Instead of autopsies on the dead, Republicans could use new leaders

If you look close enough Republicans don’t need an “autopsy” or excessive soul-searching to indicate what party candidates should do ahead of the next election. A thorough reexamination of conservative principles and proposals would do the trick nicely…and while they’re at it, select new leaders too.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Trump corners Chucky & Nancy on border wall, wins bout by knockout

President Trump’s orchestrated negotiation session with Democrat leaders the other day was a stroke of brilliance. Politically speaking, Trump can’t lose here: if he gets money for the wall it’s another campaign promise fulfilled. If he doesn’t, he can run against the stagnant DC swamp again in 2020.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Liberal Democrats to discover bigger isn’t necessarily better in 2020

Trump will need to work harder than ever to steal media attention away from the certain-to-be-fascinating Democrat presidential primary race in 2020. The crazy and eclectic cast of Democrats are destined to provide entertainment of the highest order. Will Americans tune in or tune out?

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Show off Sen. Jeff Flake gives bad name to rotten apples everywhere

It's unfortunate that one bad apple like Jeff Flake can spoil the whole bunch (in this case, President Trump’s judicial nominees). Even worse, there are tons of equally sour fruits in the nation’s capital, begging for a swamp draining mission of epic proportions. Is Trump up to the task?

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Do staff critiques and turnover indicate chaos in Trump’s West Wing?

The list of Donald Trump’s former staffers is growing by the day and his swampy establishment enemies swear the body count is a sign of instability and danger. But the sun will rise tomorrow and the administration forges on, another non-boring day in the life of the Trump presidency.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: How Trump can avoid a ‘Day of Infamy’ on the economic front in 2020

President Trump could face a struggling economy in 2020, but there are ways to ensure things run smoothly when the moment arrives. Keeping interest rates low, encouraging clean natural gas production and repealing federal control of the legal drinking age might help the GOP.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Cultural change is as inevitable as the tides. Embrace it or fight it?

There’s little doubt cultural changes in the past half century have made a significant difference in all of our lives. Some changes are good, others not so much. But time doesn’t wait and it’s in everyone’s best interest to accept that tomorrow will not look like today. For many, it’s a blessing.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Will Trump avoid Bush’s one-term fate if he gets busy cutting spending?

Donald Trump would do well to remember George H.W. Bush’s example but stay true to himself and what got him elected president. Trump could make it all his own by pounding the fiscal responsibility angle ahead of the 2020 election -- and he’d likely avoid Bush’s one-term fate.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Wall funding debate shows DC elites fiddle while the nation burns

The one-week rhetorical ceasefire in the battle over border wall funding will make little difference in the scheme of things. Both parties’ leaders have treated illegal immigration as a political hot potato for decades. Sooner or later something must be done -- or migrant caravans will keep coming.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: George H.W. Bush’s death leaves conservatives reminiscing and wondering

Political scholars are only starting to decipher the lasting political legacy of George H.W. Bush. His death may speed deliberations but it will be years before Bush’s full impact is appreciated (or condemned). For now, it’s enough to say Bush was a fine man and dedicated public servant.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: The only useful climate change solution is to ban alarmist Democrats

Trusting anyone on a complex issue such as climate change is a difficult proposition. Liberal big government proponents don’t care about the environment as much as they desire to manipulate and control human behavior. Don’t be fooled; never surrender your common sense to anyone.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Mia Love and Trump are both right: Republicans could stand to talk more

Perhaps Mia Love was right – Trump would do better to establish relationships rather than offering “convenient transactions.” One can only hope the next two years contains a lot less mutual criticism and a lot more cooperation and teamwork from Republicans. Something to learn for everyone.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Don’t cave, Republicans, America can’t afford new federal entitlement$!

The last thing Republicans should do ahead of 2020 is make hasty decisions about changing course midstream and then start acting like Democrats to pass another big federal entitlement program (like paid family leave). Will Democrats help by pushing the needle a little too far? Time will tell.