Why do Democrats not trust republican leaders when they say they will support DACA (a program to prevent the deportation of young adults who came to the US as children of undocumented parents and who know no other country) in a month, and so why, shouldn’t democrats sign on to the House’s short term one month spending bill which included the Sophie’s choice option with it, funding for CHIP (healthcare for children of working parents).
The reason that democrats lack trust in Republican leaders honoring their commitments, is that they just witnessed how republicans had mistreated one of their own, Senator Susan Collins of Maine. They have reneged on their word to support her legislation to help lower health insurance premiums, if she voted in favor of their partisan “trickle down economics 2017 tax cuts bill. She made a major error to trust in their promises to where she has suffered from the backlash of her constituents.
Based on how the republican leadership just contemptuously treated one of their own, why on earth, would any competent democratic legislator do likewise.
I just commented on the below Washington Post report in its comment’s sections, that there was never any good faith effort on the part of republicans to negotiate a compromise bill.:
The Democrats were cornered. The President and his fellow republicans in the US Congress never negotiated in good faith with Democrats who were willing to deal.
But what happened is that republicans decided to flex their muscles by passing the House’s short term one month spending bill which included a Sophie’s choice option with it, funding for CHIP (healthcare for children of working parents) without including a fix/ or funding for DACA, emergency aid to PR; funding for rural community health centers, funds to aid in treatment for those victims of the Opioid crisis.
The republicans make its sound like Democrats were turning their back on poor children when what Democrats wanted at a minimum was Chip, DACA and aid to PR. The Democrats were being forced to choose as to which children were more deserving of help now. Of course Democrats refused.
It is my opinion, that this set up of a “Sophie’s Choice” was a deliberate, calculated tactic deployed by republicans. While the Senate Majority Leader McConnell cries over the poor children, other republicans were celebrating with memes, like an Eagle landing on a mouse.
No one with an ounce of decency wants this government shut down. But Democrats shouldn’t be maneuvered into having to choose which children should be saved first. This is not what a real compromise looks like. Make no mistake, lives are at stake here. No one should be celebrating.
Here is the rest of the story…
On January 20, 2018, Amber Phillips of the Washington Post penned the following report, “There’s a strong case to make that Trump is a big reason why the government just shut down”
“The government is shutting down for the first time in more than four years, and President Trump has spent days trying to lay the blame on the Democrats.”
1. “All of this is happening on his watch: This is the first shutdown with one party controlling all of Washington. (The first that leads to federal government employee furloughs.) To put that another way: Republicans control both chambers of Congress and the White House, so how could Trump not get some of the blame for a shutdown? He’s (ostensibly) in control of his party.”
“A politically potent symbol to drive home that point: The government shut down on the first anniversary of his presidency.”
2. No one in Washington seems to know what he wants: So, wait, if the president said in private he would be okay with a shutdown, but in public decried one, what did he actually want?
That is a mystery to even his allies in Congress. This week, Trump cast doubt on whether he would sign a short-term spending bill to keep the government’s lights on for another month, hours after his spokeswoman said he would. Hours before a precarious vote in the House of Representatives to avoid such a scenario, Trump pulled the rug out from under GOP leaders by seeming to take away their only leverage to get Democrats on board: funding the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
The Wall is the Wall, it has never changed or evolved from the first day I conceived of it. Parts will be, of necessity, see through and it was never intended to be built in areas where there is natural protection such as mountains, wastelands or tough rivers or water…..
3. “He torpedoed a deal on immigration right when it mattered most: Trump has also been extraordinarily inconsistent on what he wants on an issue that is impossible to separate from this shutdown: preventing the deportation of immigrants who were brought to the country illegally as children, known as “dreamers.”
“He ended the Obama-era dreamer protections in September, tossing it to Congress to fix. Then he switched his position several times on whether he wanted Congress to find a permanent solution and/or what he wanted in exchange for it. (A border wall? Would a fence be okay? Ending the visa lottery program?)”
“Senators came up with a bipartisan deal they thought he could support. It included some money for a barrier on the border. In phone calls earlier in the day, these senators thought he was on board. When they went to the White House to present the deal, Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) told the New York Times he found Trump almost automatically opposed to any deal.”
“Then the president reportedly asked why the deal had to let in people from “shithole countries” like Haiti, El Salvador and African nations, and then you-know-what really hit the fan.” (See:Inside the tense, profane White House meeting on immigration)
4. “Shithole countries”: “With two words, Trump caused an international stir and made it much more difficult for Democrats to negotiate with the president on even the shortest of spending deals.”
“And here we are Saturday morning, nearly 12 hours into a shutdown. My Capitol Hill colleagues report that Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) has been trying to secure a deal on a vote for dreamers and a vote to keep the government open through February, but he’s doing all of it by working around Trump rather than with him.”
“At this point, we agree we can’t wait for the White House anymore,” Flake said.”
“This isn’t to say Trump is the only one who will get blamed for this shutdown. Republicans have spent the past few days casting Democrats as the villains. They are willing to vote against a spending bill over an unrelated issue, immigration.”
The choice to fund the government by Friday is simple.
1) pass a noncontroversial, bipartisan bill to keep the government open
2) Democrats manufacture a crisis & force a government shutdown over an unrelated issue that we have until at least March to resolve
“You take the party label off and watch how that’s played out,” Holmes said. “It’s never been good for the party that’s blocking the funding for reasons irrelevant to the funding.”
“For right now, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll showed the opposite. On the eve of this shutdown, Americans say they’ll blame Republicans and Trump over Democrats. The reasons Trump is to blame are pretty clear.”