aside Republicans Are Delusional If They Think The Public Will Solely Blame Democrats For Shut down

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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.

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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”

Excerpts:

“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.”

Democrats are holding our Military hostage over their desire to have unchecked illegal immigration. Can’t let that happen!

“But there is a strong case to be made that it’s the president’s actions that at least greatly exacerbated, the shutdown. In other words, Trump shares a sizable chunk of the blame.”

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Here’s why:

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.”

“When you layer on what Trump has said about shutdowns, it is fair to wonder if Trump actually wanted one, or at least is okay with one if it happens. My colleagues reported in November he told confidants a shutdown could be good for him politically; a chance to flex his hard-line muscles on immigration. He’s also tweeted stuff like this:”

either elect more Republican Senators in 2018 or change the rules now to 51%. Our country needs a good “shutdown” in September to fix mess!

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“The president’s aides said Friday that Trump was instrumental in bringing conservative House Republicans on board with the spending bill, and that he was “actively working ” to prevent a shutdown. He invited Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) to the White House on Friday to talk about a deal.”
“But the way Schumer tells it, Trump didn’t really have any intention of making one. Schumer said Saturday he “even put a border wall on the table,” suggesting Trump could get money for the U.S.-Mexico border wall in exchange for keeping the government open. But Schumer said Saturday that Trump rejected that deal, the second bipartisan immigration deal in a week he’s rejected.”
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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.

“Trump also pushed back on his chief of staff‘s statements by suggesting he had not backed off the notion of a border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.”

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?)”

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“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
OR
2) Democrats manufacture a crisis & force a government shutdown over an unrelated issue that we have until at least March to resolve

“Josh Holmes, a former top aide to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), points to recent history to make the case that Democrats are the ones to blame: In 2013, conservative Republicans refused to vote for a spending bill that did not defund Obamacare. The government shut down for 16 days, and polls showed a majority of Americans blamed Republicans.”

“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.”

5 comments

  1. Gronda, while blame can go around, I lay most of it at the President’s feet. He created an unneeded crisis by ending DACA without a legislative fix. He then invited a bipartisan bill to fix it, then caused chaos and distrust by essentially knifing Senators Graham and Durbin in the back. His racist words overshadowed what he did. Then he would not let McConnell know what he wanted. No one trusts this man even people on his side. They need to get in and fix this. By the way, the CHPs argument is foolish as the GOP have delayed funding for months.

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  2. Dear Keith,

    I am thinking that the president basically forced the democrats to go for the shutdown which of course, they didn’t want. I am suspicious that this was a set up. Some idiots actually thought this outcome could be blamed solely on Democrats.

    After I watched a video of Leader Sen.Mitch McConnell shut down Senator Claire McCaskill when she submitted an exception where military would continue to get paid as was the case during the 2013 government shutdown, I no longer trust anything that he claims.

    He needs the military not getting paid as a talking point to be used against democrats.

    This is pure calculated evil and corruption. They can not be allowed to get away with this atrocity.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • Gronda, global leaders have learned they cannot trust this President and the United States as a result. The GOP leaders have learned the same thing. I left messages similar to my first comment with my Congressman. two Senators, McConnell and the White House. It shows clearly that Trump has oversold his deal making as all he did was throw gasoline on a deal. Keith

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