aside Dear Democrats, This Is My January 2017 Wish List: DACA, CHIP, Help For PR and Obamacare

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Dear Democrats, It is too late to play a hardball game of chicken with your republican colleagues in the US Congress, to where you seriously consider forcing a a government shutdown in January 2018 over the DACA and CHIP programs. When you know that peoples lives are at stake, fold and cut a deal regarding DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program) which need to be resolved or funded by March 2018.

Make no mistake that the republicans have been somehow privy to polls/ research showing that there will be a tsunami wave of wins by democrats in the upcoming November 2018 elections, far surpassing anything that republicans could have ever imagined in their wildest nightmares. There is a reason that a formerly perceived republican statesman, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is now sounding like he had a lobotomy as he now vociferously defends President Trump on the various Sunday talk shows. There is a reason that the president and his republican sycophants in the White House and the US Congress traveled this past weekend, en masse to Camp David to have a pow wow on this subject. This explains the republicans’ schizophrenic reversal of being positive to now becoming downright hostile towards the FBI’s Trump-Russia probe and its leader, the Special Counsel Robert Mueller III. Have the Dems noticed that 30 republicans are retiring from the US Congress. The republicans are attempting to do everything possible to mitigate against the expected losses that are inevitable during the 2018 mid-term elections.

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With President Donald Trump so desperate to improve his approval ratings and his republican cohorts acting in an overly frenzied manner to figure out how they can avoid a wave election (not possible), this is when Democrats should be able to capitalize on the moment and take whatever they can get. Restoring DACA through legislation and funding CHIP without risking a government shut down In January 2018, along with obtaining adequate emergency aid for Puerto Rico where fellow Americans are still without power since September 2017, are worthwhile goals.
This will remain a truism, even after Democrats fight hard to obtain these victories but may have to compromise by allowing funding for a massive border wall ($18 billion dollars), and added monies for border security ($15 billion dollars), and yes, even if President Trump and the congressional Republicans can take these accomplishments on the 2018 campaign trail.
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In short and in my opinion, the democrats are better than republicans in placing the well being of  all Americans before party loyalty. Peoples need to see, feel and smell this difference by the Democratic party leaders fighting like heck to deliver on DACA, CHIP as well as adequate aid for Puerto Rico. Again, not getting this done or to play chicken by allowing for a government shut down when people’s lives are at stake, are to be avoided.

As per a 1/6/18 CNN report, “President Donald Trump reiterated Saturday (1/6/18) that he wants to work with Democrats to find a permanent legislative solution to allow those protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to stay in the country, but only if it comes with a long-promised border wall and changes to the immigration system.”

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“Speaking from Camp David after a meeting with Republican leaders, Trump said he wants the program, which has prevented the deportation of young undocumented immigrants who were brought into the country as children, to remain. The Trump administration announced in September that it was ending the Obama-era program, but gave Congress several months to act before recipients begin to lose their protected status in March (2018).
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Democrats have been trying to push for a permanent DACA solution in exchange for funding the government. Trump has previously said there will be no DACA without paying for the border wall ($18 billion dollars) .” He is also asking $15 billion dollars to pay for additional immigration border security.
 So, democrats if you have to give the president what he is demanding,  let it be known to your constituents that you are taking these actions to save DACA young peoples from being deported; poor children from losing access to the CHIP program for their health needs, and for adequately helping our fellow American brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico as they recover from from 2 major hurricanes.
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But if the president and his crony republicans, make further demands, then stand firm on principle. Let the republicans own the government shutdown and the fact that they can’t even make a reasonable deal to save DACA, CHIP, and to adequately provide aid to Americans in dire need living in Puerto Rico. But make sure to remind the American taxpayers that while these republican scrooges were willing to pay for a major tax cut which costs at least $1 trillion dollars being added to the US deficit over a ten year period, that they are the very same republicans who won’t lift a finger to help young dreamers and poor children as they turned their backs on our fellow American citizens living in Puerto Rico.
During the negotiation process, my wish list would include the priorities of Democrats doing whatever possible to protect the FBI’s Special Counsel Robert Mueller III from being prematurely removed from his lead position regarding the Trump/ Russia probe; and then for taking steps to stabilize the Obamacare marketplace.
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In summary, Not delivering on these two programs of DACA and CHIP along with emergency aid for Puerto Rico are not optional.
Helping the republicans for example, to obtain support for a decent infrastructure plan is optional. But, of course, we all recognize the need for establishing a robust plan for infrastructure improvements in 2018 but this can be done after the November elections.
Take time to remind the republicans that if they don’t adequately subsidize Obamacare that many Americans will be seeing a premium (a TAX) increase before anyone sees any tax cuts benefits, and that this will be reminder of republicans’ greed delivered right before the 2018 midterm elections.
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Of course, there are those pushing for the democrats to take the obstructionist path that the republicans traveled on when President Barack Obama was in power which proved to be effective, and so why shouldn’t democrats do likewise by not allowing the republicans a win that they could use to their advantage during the 2018 mid-term elections.
But what republicans did back then was wrong and shameful. They have been placing loyalty to their party over doing what’s best for the American peoples, while they have also been failing in their duty to protect US national security interests. It’s my belief that by democrats demonstrating that they are somehow as corrupt as republicans, is not a winning strategy. What have republicans won with their hard line stance of obstructionism but the likes of a President Donald Trump as their standard bearer who is an incompetent morally corrupt leader and consequently,  leaving Americans with a more divided country? How are democrats going to prove that by backing their candidates in the future, that there will be a difference that average Joe Americans can take to the bank?
UPDATE REGARDING DACA: In a surprise twist on the DACA dreamers’ situation,  a federal judge in San Francisco on 1/9/18, ruled that President Trump’s administration was wrong to arbitrarily end the program that protects those brought here legally as children by their parents, and  the government must continue to accept renewal applications until lawsuits over the program’s termination are heard.
In short, 800,000 Dreamers appear to be safe for now and beyond the March 2018 deadline set by the White House. The judge said that the US Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ rationale that the program is illegal was based on a flawed legal premise.
 This blog was updated on 1/10/18.

10 comments

  1. Gronda for once I am going to have to disagree with you. We have a huge voting opportunity this year to make true changes and turn things blue so of course the Republicans are going to back track and try to make themselves look like they are willing to cooperate. We can’t fall for it and we can’t lead people to believe that this change is real. This is a politically motivated, “can’t we all just get along” and we are too intelligent to fall for it. Of course they are going to come in and try and save the day with Trump all of the sudden wanting to cooperate with the Democrats. They all met in Camp David and said, “okay, how do we make ourselves look good now that we have literally screwed them” and they came out with, “look at us, we are cooperating”! They will hold DACA and the other issues as bait to win back their seats in the upcoming elections and we cannot allow that to happen. The Democrats by their very nature believe that all opinions matter but in this they should not allow this ploy to be used in the manipulation of the American people in any way, shape or form. We really need to take this opportunity to make real changes in all aspects of the three branches of government in order to make sure that this situation never occurs again.

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    • Dear Droubledagon61,

      Part of me agrees with you. This is a cross-roads where many peoples will be in strong disagreement.

      But here is where I am coming from. In 2016, I left the republican party because of what I perceived to be an unacceptable level of racism, and corruption that had pervaded the republican party. I abhorred how congressional republicans played an obstructionist’s role against anything President Obama proposed even when these same proposals had republican backing in the past. I became disgusted as the vast majority of these republicans (with the exception of Senator McCain ) didn’t censure folks like President Trump who challenged Presidents’s US citizenship and his Christian faith.

      I didn’t leave the republican party to become a democrat to be part of a party repeating the same mean spirited way of doing business. How can the democrats allow the DACA, CHIP, aid needed yesterday to help Puerto Rico to falter, for political expediency when real peoples lives are literally at stake. How does the Democratic Party market itself as being different from the republican party if they can’t stand on principle regarding DACA, CHIP and aid to PR. These are three cases that cannot wait to be addressed, fixed, remedied until after November 2018.. There are other issues that can be remedied after November 2018, like an infrastructure bill or fixing Obamacare.

      It is up to the Dems to do their job to market these differences.

      PS, The real reason republicans are pushing to shut down or neuter the FBI’s Trump/ Russia probe is because they don’t want to deal with the negative news which will be forthcoming in 2018. This is why I am anxious about protecting Mr. Mueller’s independence and his remaining unhindered in any way from doing his job.

      I am convinced that the republicans’ economic rosy forecast for 2018 due to their partisan 2017 tax cuts bill will be lackluster at best. I am realistically expecting similar dismal economic numbers that the State of Kansas has been experiencing ever since their officials put this supply side/ trickle down economic’s theory into practice. By November 2018, Dems should have access to the numbers to amply bury the republicans.

      Here is the economic US report card for 2017…

      As of November 2017 the US unemployment rate is at 4.1%; the U6 Unemployment Rate unemployment rate as of December 2017 is 8.10. It looks like the GDP (Gross Domestic Growth) will be 2.2% for the year 2017.  The US added 2.1 million jobs in 2017. As of December 2017,  labor-force participation rate was still at 62.7 percent which is still well below historical norms.  The US 2017’s overall wage growth ticked up to a whopping 2.5 percent.

      I am actually expecting a down tick on all of these numbers.

      In short, Not only am I convinced that following on the low road path cleared by republicans is a losing strategy but that it is not necessary because there will be other negative forces operating against republicans. More, importantly, Dems will have demonstrated how they are different from republicans.

      I am open to having my reasoning challenged but for now, I am holding firm.

      Hugs, Gronda

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    • @ doubledragon61
      I don’t believe anyone is falling for Repub’s double talk and underhanded tricks. What Gronda pointed out, “The Trump administration announced in September that it was ending the Obama-era program, but gave Congress several months to act before recipients begin to lose their protected status in March (2018).”

      Sometimes we have to lose the battle to win the war. Pick our battles strategically and not lose sight of our overall goals. DACA and CHIP will no doubt survive, but right now Trump is using it as leverage for his idiotic WALL program. What a tremendous waste of taxpayers dollars, just to appease his moronic base. That $18 billion would go a long way toward rebuilding Puerto Rico.

      Also the ACA desperately needed to be shored up with additional funding, so there must be some give and take by both parties to uphold the system.

      My heart goes out to PR b/c I have this sinking feeling that both parties will not do the right thing and provide adequate aid. They will continue stonewalling unless their petty political squabbles are settled. That’s big gov’t for you, irresponsible children behaving badly.

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      • Dear !EarthUnited,

        Thanks for your input.

        I have worries because I care about peoples who will be seriously harmed without fixing DACA, CHIP and providing real help to PR so that they can all have power. That they are used as pawns in a political battle is extremely disheartening.

        Let’s see how the Dems handle these set of circumstances. I’m hoping that they rise to the occasion and do us all proud.

        Hugs, Gronda

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  2. Great post Gronda! The only issue for me is this one: Jake Clapper says the Trump ‘behaves’ like a witting Russian asset and all of the evidence supports a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Vladimir Putin’s government. If Putin successfully subverted the U.S, .election our government is now under the direct influence of an enemy nation. One expects both political parties to unite on threats to National Security but the GOP chooses to spread lies about our own intelligence agencies. I’m not OK with this and I bet I share that opinion with the majority of America. The GOP can’t clean up its image.

    The GOP is the political party that actively protects a Russian asset and a cabinet composed of sociopaths, and sycophants. A vote for the GOP is a vote for treason.

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    • Dear Rob,

      I agree 100% with everything you just said. The president and his ilk deserve to be gone yesterday and I truly believe this will be accomplish mostly around November 2018. when Democrats win the majority of seats in the US Congress. Then the democrats can take steps to act.

      The republicans are well aware of this and have been responding like their life depends on preventing the inevitable. There is plenty that can be used against them in November 2018.

      I am believing that democrats can push through DACA, CHIP and rescue aid to PR without giving up an incredibly strong hand against the republicans.

      It is crucial that we protect legislatively Mr. Mueller and the Trump Russian Inquiry from being hindered in any way.

      Hugs, Gronda

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        • Dear Rob,

          This is my personal opinion which is up for being challenged.

          Have You noticed how the republicans have been effusive in their praise and flattery for their standard bearer? I am suspicious that the president is suffering from early onslaught Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. His Dad was smitten with this illness before he passed away.

          If this suspicion proved to be an accurate assessment, this would make him extremely vulnerable to be taken advantage of by peoples with nefarious objectives.

          He has the capacity to do real harm upon this country if he is being used as a trojan horse because of his mental deficits, by those who want to push forward their own agendas. This is what true evil looks like.

          Hugs, Gronda

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