Monday, January 22, 2018
Trump Loves Chaos
Let’s get to the bottom of who’s to blame for the shutdown of our government. It won’t take long. It is Donald Trump! He wanted one, he needed one, he manufactured one, he got one! I will offer proof.
THE EARLIEST inkling that Trump wanted a shutdown came just prior to when this same budget bill was set to be voted on in September, 2016, Trump said, “This country needs a good “shutdown” in September to fix this mess.”
TRUMP AWOKE on September 5, 2016, and he decided it was time to abolish another great accomplishment by Obama. He signed an executive order to end the Deferred Action for Children Arrivals (DACA). The program had been working fine. He knew this would cause shock and awe to the Democrats and create a divisive issue. His intent was to end DACA immediately but threats of lawsuits led him to set a six-month deadline for it to end. Trump and the Republicans will tell you he ended DACA because it was unconstitutional. Truth is, no Court or Judge has ever ruled that DACA is unconstitutional. Trump and his right-wing conspirators just did not like it.
AFTER SIGNING two continuing resolutions (CR’s), we arrived at this point in time with an impasse on the budget bill. Even though the DACA program officially ends March 8, DACA protections expire for 122 young people a month and makes them subject to deportation. Thus far, the Republicans have shown no interest in bringing a vote on a clean immigration bill which includes DACA. If this budget bill is passed without addressing DACA, Trump and the Republicans will make sure it is never taken up for a vote.
I BELIEVE that if Congress had been left to their own devices, a deal would have been struck. Trump’s interference, or as he calls it, “making a deal” has been a knife in the backs of the Democrats. First, he got everybody in a room and put the onus on Congress, “Bring me a bill and I will sign it.” He never indicated what he wanted in the Bill. He made a deal with Democrats. Then he reneged. Then he came close to a deal on Friday with Senator Schumer. A deal seemed imminent when Schumer offered him more money than originally requested for the border wall. Trump then upped his request from 18 billion to 33 billion for his wall. There is no way that Democrats or the Congress can trust anything Trump says. As of last Wednesday, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell lamented that Trump has not said what he wants in an immigration bill. Obviously McConnell cannot read the mind of a mad man.
THIS IS all a game to Trump and his administration. Mick Mulvaney, White House Budget Director, told Sean Hannity that he was in charge of the shut down and “that’s kinda cool.” Eric Trump told FOX News on Sunday, “Honestly, it’s a good thing for us.” On Saturday morning, Trump’s campaign released a vile campaign ad stating Democrats were murderers. Ads aren’t made that quickly. It was setting on the shelf ready to go. If you are truly trying to win people over in a negotiation, you do not slap them in the face repeatedly. Trump stirred the pot and disappeared. He is sitting back now enjoying the chaos he has caused.
TRUMP AND all the Republicans have their propaganda machine working overtime to convince you that it is a shutdown manufactured by Minority Leader, Chuck Schumer. Lest we forget. Trump is a Republican President. The Republicans control both the House and Senate. If Trump or Congress really wanted a bill, Schumer could not stop them. What they never mention is that the failure of the vote was bipartisan, with four Republicans voting with the Democrats.
NO, IT IS indeed a Trump Shutdown and Trump is the blame. Trump’s own words when he was a citizen about the 2013 shutdown. “A shutdown falls on the President’s lack of leadership. He can’t even control his party and get people together in a room. A shutdown means the President is weak.” Also, Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren asked Trump in September, 2013, “who gets fired if there is a shut down?” Trump answered, “The President.” There you have it folks. There’s your proof!
I WILL close with this. A Republican on television was rattling off things that would not be funded due to the shutdown. One of the things, garbage collection would be suspended in Washington, D.C. To that I say, “Good! Let them smell their own stench.”
NOTE: My newspaper deadline was before the end of this shutdown drama. Kudos to the Dems for getting a promise of a floor debate on DACA. Thus far in Trump’s reign, the Dems have had no input on issues. Also, the Children's Health Care Program (CHIP) is no longer being held hostage. You may be disappointed, but we must stick with our Democratic leaders to achieve justice for these young dreamers. Keep up the good fight!