After Wednesday’s three-ring circus of a press conference and his Twitter firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, what President Trump’s plans for the next two years might be are anyone’s guess. But just an hour before he announced that he had appointed an ex-district attorney and former CNN personality who has been critical of Robert Mueller’s special counsel investigation to replace Sessions, he expressed his interest in working with Democrats on a variety of issues.
What about the new House majority? Many Democratic lawmakers want open war, but Nancy Pelosi does not. The once and likely future House speaker will do everything she can to placate her caucus while stopping short of pursuing Trump’s impeachment. Her hand might well be forced. But she is a wily old fox. If she can find a way to develop some kind of relationship with the White House, here are five issues on which Trump and Democrats could legitimately work together.
This is a no-brainer. Many state-level races across the country are won solely on the basis of what candidates promise to do about roads, albeit with no funding. If Trump really wants to make his much-vaunted economic recovery permanent — and discredit the received wisdom of GOP deficit hawks forever into the process — he should work with Democrats to come up with a massive infrastructure bill. They should shoot for the moon here: nationwide free broadband internet, a massive up-to-date rail network, better transit in urban areas, and above all, a comprehensive water clean-up package for cities struggling with toxic levels of lead. Create good-paying jobs, make life better for everyone. Who could oppose this?
2. Criminal justice reform
This is a rare example of an issue that has quietly brought together politicians from all corners of both parties: …read more
Source:: The Week – Politics