aside 32 Yr. Old Mr. Miller Is Leading President By The Nose On Immigration/ Sen Duckworth Responds

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How can Democrats in the US Congress deal with the republican leaders when they lie without a second thought and when there is a video proving their lie. I am a C-Span lover. Thanks to C-Span 2, a video has gone viral where the Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill can be seen to be  presenting an amendment to make sure our military troops continued to be paid without interruption but she was shut down faster than a speeding bullet by none other than the US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. She did this because this was what was done for our men and women serving in the Armed Forces at the last 2013 government shut down.

Yet, the lower House Speaker Paul Ryan went on the Sunday TV News shoe, “Face the Nation” to deliberately lie about this and to say that the Democratic President Barack Obama had deferred the pay for the military when he knew better. He was one of the republicans who voted in favor of a motion to make sure the military did not have their pay interrupted.

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Vice President Mike Pence in front of troops on the front line in the Middle East, complained about how the democrats were responsible for the them missing any pay. Instead of talking to the troops to lift them up and letting them know that America appreciates their service, the Vice President was using this time to share a pre-planned talking point. Little did he know that every military media outlet including the “Stars and Stripes”had been reporting the entire story.  It is not possible to go much lower than this.

The public have not been fully informed that the Senate Leader Mitch McConnell shut down Democrat from Montana, Senator Jon Tester’s efforts to offer an amendment to keep the government open for 3 days.


Then there are all the multiple attempts by folks from both sides of the aisle to negotiate a deal with the president on immigration issues including DACA (program to prevent deportation of young peoples who came to the US as children with undocumented parents and who know no other country) to where they thought there was an agreement only to be told later, that this was not the case.

It seems that a 32 year old staunch anti-immigrant advocate, Stephen Miller has been the one leading the president by the nose when it comes to any immigration issue.

See (below) how Iraq War veteran, Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) addresses these issues.


Here’s the rest of the story…

On January 21, 2018, Elena Schor of Politico penned the following article,  “Graham tees off on Stephen Miller over immigration”


“Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Sunday (1/21/18) renewed his criticism of White House aides’ handling of immigration, portraying them as having undercut President Donald Trump’s ability to cut a deal as the government shutdown entered its second day.”

“Graham singled out White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller, a pugnacious conservative who has a keen focus on restrictive immigration policy.”


“As long as Stephen Miller is in charge of negotiating immigration, we are going nowhere. He’s been an outlier for years,” Graham told reporters as he entered a meeting of more than a dozen senators from both parties who have worked since the shutdown began to carve out space for a compromise.”

“”The South Carolina Republican appeared earlier this month to have forged a détente with Miller, who fought bipartisan attempts at an immigration deal in 2013 as an aide to then-Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.). But Graham, who has recently also tangled with fellow GOP Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, gave specific examples on Sunday of Trump aides leaving the president ill-served in immigration talks.”


“I’ve talked with the president — his heart is right on this issue,” Graham said. “He’s got a good understanding of what will sell, and every time we have a proposal it is only yanked back by staff members.”

“Graham pointed to a handout that was distributed to lawmakers in both parties last week. It detailed a White House request for $18 billion in border security spending as part of an immigration deal. But Trump quickly disavowed the proposed compromise.”

“Trump responded to his own staff’s proposal by saying “I could do it for less” than $18 billion, Graham recalled. “So what does the White House staff do a couple of days later? They pitch a proposal for $33 billion. That’s just not credible.”


“The bipartisan Senate group met Sunday afternoon with the goal of crafting a proposal to set up an immigration vote in that chamber, as well as an agreement to reopen the government until Feb. 8.”

“After leaving the meeting, Graham praised White House chief of staff John Kelly for having “brought order to chaos.” While Miller has “evolved on a pathway to citizenship,” Graham added, “his view of immigration has never been in the mainstream in the Senate.”

“He also praised another occasional sparring partner within his own party, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), for going on CNN on Sunday to propose that the “Senate work its will” on immigration despite lingering uncertainty as to what agreement Trump would back.”

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On January 20, 2018, Caroline Orr of Shareblue Media penned the following report, “Senator Duckworth Slams President.” (“Iraq War vet Tammy Duckworth nails Trump: I will not be lectured by a draft dodger”)


“I have a message for Cadet Bone Spurs: If you cared about our military, you’d stop baiting Kim Jong Un into a war that could put 85,000 American troops … in danger.”

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 “Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), a U.S. Army veteran who lost both her legs while serving in the Iraq War, is no stranger to calling out Donald Trump for his horrid treatment of our military and veterans.”

“And on (1/20/18), she delivered another fiery take-down of ostensible commander in chief.” 

“I will not be lectured about what our military needs by a five deferment draft dodger,” she declared on the Senate floor.

“Duckworth’s remarks came one day after Trump and his Republican allies in the Senate presided over a government shutdown that put political brinkmanship ahead of national security and the well-being of U.S. service members.”

“Trump, who led the charge, started the day Saturday by accusing Democrats of “holding our Military hostage over their desire to have unchecked illegal immigration.”

Citing Trump’s tweet, she slammed Trump for his baseless accusations and delivered a scorching retort to his bluster.

“I spent my adult life looking out for the wellbeing, the training, the equipping of the troops for whom I was responsible,” Duckworth said. “Sadly, this is something the current occupant of the Oval Office does not seem to care to do.”

“I will not be lectured about what our military needs by a five deferment draft dodger,” she said, referring to Trump’s five deferments from the draft during the Vietnam War.”

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“And I have a message for Cadet Bone Spurs: If you cared about our military, you’d stop baiting Kim Jong-un into a war that could put 85,000 American troops and millions of innocent civilians in danger.”

 As they so often do, Republicans have used the military as a political pawn this weekend, turning the shutdown into a blame game and accusing Democrats of not caring about our men and women in uniform — despite the fact that it was Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell who rejected a Democratic resolution to ensure that members of the military would continue to get paid, even during a government shutdown.

“As Duckworth noted on Friday, the Pentagon actually warned this week that a short-term spending bill like the one offered by the GOP could have “wasteful and destructive” national security ramifications.”


    • Dear Suze,

      Amen! Each side wants to win the spinning game instead of getting down to business. The Republicans by lying, are not winning at this game, so they may as well do their job.

      Thanks a million times over for your support and for this reblog.

      Hugs, Gronda

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  1. This seems to be a case “He who shouts loudest wins!”, at least in the min of Dominator, The. The words are not important, who cares if there if any truth in them, “Just keep raising your voices louder and louder until no one can hear anyone but us.” Apparently this it how DT plans to take over the world. Hopefully the military WILL NOT back his play, especially since they will have to do that without pay!

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    • Dear Rawgod,

      I am appalled about how the norms of decency have just been thrown out the window. I want advertisements showing VP Pence in front of military men and women on the front lines, using them as military props. This is just NOT done except in this administration.

      Then he lied to them that democrats were at fault for their pay being delayed when there is a video (gone viral) showing the democratic Senator Claire McCaskill offering an amendment not to interrupt the pay of our military like was done in the 2013 government shut down, but she was shut down faster than a speeding bullet by the republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell.

      The military have access to military papers like the “Stars and Stripes” which reported on Senator Claire McCaskill’s story. They all knew that the VP Mike Pence was lying to them.

      Never worry about typos.

      Hugs, Gronda

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      • DT knows nothing from decency, or at least he doesn’t care. But why would he care when decency is not the issue.? Decent human beings are losers in the game of life. Liars and cheats are winners. That is a license to lie and cheat. I wish I believed in karma, as least I could pretend to know he will get his in the end. But in my philosophy the only order in the universe comes from chaos, not from karma. And it will be a long time before chaos evolves itself into order… And therein lies the hope (no punctuation possible)

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  2. The President did not invent lying, he just is more prolific at it and showed you can do so with impunity for the most part. McConnell, Ryan, Cotton, Perdue, Pence et al are lying as well and people need to know they are. Duckworth’s putdoe N is staggering and should be seen. One of the best lines from the series about “Vietnam” came from a North Vietnamese soldier who said people who never fought in war don’t know no one wins in war. Keith

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    • Dear Keith,

      It looks like the lying bug is contagious. We cannot continue to operate this way where politicians foolishly think they can lie at will without any consequences.

      We have seen the following presidential republican sycophants lie to where democrats can cut ads for the Senators Cotton and Perdue, Rep. Paul Ryan and VP Mike Pence caught in the act.

      I concur that there are the trio of General Kelly, Stephen Miller, and President Trump. But there are two other republicans that the president likes, Senator Tom Cotton and Rep Mark Meadows from your beautiful state of NC.

      Time ought to do us all a favor by putting Mr. Miller on one of its covers.

      Hugs, Gronda


      • Meadows is a Freedom Caucus extremist. So, the fact you highlighted him is not a surprise. It is interesting how the lies about the military pay are not getting the press they deserve. I read in a poll that 38% faulted Trump for the shutdown and 39% faulted the Democrats in Congress. Independents gave Trump the nod overwhelmingly while Republicans are still blinded by the man. 18% of Republicans said the man showed strong leadership with 62% of Independents saying he did not. This President screwed people over, was unprepared, demeaned and lied – I guess that is strong leadership to some.

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  3. Gronda, The Guardian is reporting that Schumer and Trump had a deal on Friday (wall for DACA), but Kelly called him later and said the deal was off. Pundits are citing Republican sources as calling the Kelly, Miller and Trump trio as the Hardass, the Natvist Racist and the Crazy Uncle in the Attic. One conservative publication says to get rid of Miller, people should refer to him as the acting President. The article notes Miller had a hand in derailing the 2013 immigration deal. Keith

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    • Dear Keith,

      I’ve been wondering when the senators were simply going to cut the president out of the negotiations as he is so unreliable in making commitments. The US Senate was already so dysfunctional thanks to Senator Mitch McConnell.

      Thank goodness a few are getting together in the Sen. Collins’ office with her talking stick.Hopefully the Dreamers will be taking care of by Feb 8.

      Hugs, Gronda


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