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