Monday, January 21, 2019
We Don't "Negotiate" With Terrorists
Wasn't Mexico going to pay? How did we get here?
December 19th -- The Senate overwhelmingly passed a short-term spending bill to keep the government open. It included $1.6 billion for existing border security, but not $5.7 billion for Trumpty Dumpty's wall. The House was expected to pass the Senate measure the next day, then move it on to Trump for his signature on the 21st, the deadline. Trump said he wouldn't sign anything unless it contained $5.7 billion for a wall.
December 20th -- The still GOP-dominated House added $5.7 billion for a wall to the Senate's spending bill, meaning the Senate needed to vote on it again. There were not enough votes in the Senate (they needed 60) to pass the House-revised bill.
December 21st -- The government shutdown began at midnight.
January 3rd -- The new Congress was sworn in, with a Democratic majority in the House. The House passed two symbolic bills to re-open the government now and delay border funding for later. Mitch McConnell said he won't allow anything to come to the Senate floor unless he knows Trump will sign it.
January 4th -- Trump threatens to prolong the shutdown for "months even years" and also threatens to declare a national emergency as a means to bypass Congress and get his wall money without their approval.
January 9th -- In another White House meeting with Democratic leaders, Trump's idea of negotiation continued to be: "Gimme $5.7 billion for a wall and I'll open the government." Appropriately, the Dems refused and Trump stormed out of the room. "Bye-bye."
January 19th -- Trump made a "major announcement" on the shutdown and border wall funding. His offer to Democrats: "Gimme $5.7 billion for a wall and I'll give you three more years of temporary protection for some immigrants (DACA and TPS)" -- a temporary reprieve for some refugees in exchange for very expensive, very ineffective and very permanent wall. Dems were unimpressed. Trump said McConnell would bring this proposal to a vote and called his plan a bipartisan package. No Democrats were consulted.
January 21st -- McConnell said he'll bring Trump's proposal to the Senate floor sometime this week. Such a show-vote is a waste of time. It'll need 60 votes in the Senate, which is highly unlikely. Even if it got 60, it would still need to pass the D-controlled House, which is impossible.
So here we are, one month into the longest government shutdown in history, with no end in sight. As the timeline demonstrates, the responsibility lies, without a doubt, with one lone gobshite, Dolt 45 the fake president. By his blundering, heartless, tomfool tactics, he is holding 800,000 government workers and their families hostage to his fuck-witted whims. Hostage-taking is a form of terrorism, and as you know, we don't negotiate with terrorists.
Everyone has great sympathy for Trump's hostages and the financial hardships he has created for them. But as much as we feel for them, we cannot "negotiate" with Trump the terrorist. We must not pay his $5.7 billion ransom, nor give him any money first.
Trump is a notorious liar. There's no negotiating with him, no reason to believe he'll keep his word about anything. So we can't let Little Donny Two-Scoops get his wall, or he'll be encouraged to take hostages again and again to get his way. We must make him re-open the government first, and then we'll go back to square one.
Stay strong and keep the faith.