Last night the Senate voted against the Continuing Resolution that would have kept the government funded and open. In reality, a majority voted to keep the government running but the Democrats filibustered the bill and so you needed 60 votes to pass. And when it was all done the Minority Leader, Chuck Schumer, took to the Senate floor and blamed it all on President Trump. He said there was a deal on the DACA issue but Trump turned it down and for that reason they, the Democrats, could not vote to keep the government funded. They were casting these votes on principle and wanted to be consistent with the American people.
I want to be clear, there is a little bit of hypocrisy on both sides over government shut downs but the Democrats have egg all over their faces on this one.
In 2013 the Democrats blamed the government shut down on Republicans who would not vote for the funding bill over a couple of issues that were not budget related. They accused the Republicans of playing politics with keeping the government running and said this was unacceptable and should NEVER be done.
President Barrack Obama in 2013
“Right now, House Republicans continue to tie funding of the government to ideological demands like limiting a woman’s access to contraception or delaying the Affordable Care Act, all to save face after making some impossible promises to the extreme right wing of their party.” — Sept. 30, 2013
Chuck Schumer in 2013
The basic line is: No matter how strongly one feels about an issue, you shouldn’t hold millions of people hostage. That’s what the other side is doing. That’s wrong and we can’t give in to that”
This gem from Schumer in 2013 says it all:
“[Former House] Speaker [John] Boehner comes in and he says, basically, it’s sorta like this. Someone goes into your house, takes your wife and children hostage, and then says ‘Let’s negotiate over the price of your house.’ You know, we could do the same thing on immigration. We believe strongly in immigration reform. We could say, ‘We’re shutting down the government, we’re not gonna raise the debt ceiling until you pass immigration reform.’ It would be governmental chaos.”
And then we have that political genius Nancy Pelosi in 2013
“unthinkable tactic.” She told ABC, “I join the American people in their disgust in what happened in terms of the shutdown of government. That’s an unthinkable tactic to use in a political debate.”
And I would be remiss without letting the champion of the far-left chime in. Here is Bernie Sanders in 2013.
Our Republican friends in the House are trying to annul the election that took place last November. Some of them were shocked that Obama won and that he won by 5 million votes.”
He added, “Ultimately, what we are dealing with tonight is an extraordinary anti-democratic act. Every member of the Senate has strong feelings, sometimes we win, sometimes we lose, but when you are in the minority—they do not control the White House, they do not control the United States Senate—they cannot force the American people to give them what they want.”
I mention these things so everyone knows what this is really about. It is about power and trying to find a wedge issue to get power. The Democrats are banking on a belief that the American people care more about fixing DACA for illegal immigrants than having their government open and functioning. I think they are making the wrong bet.
There is a bipartisan group working on a fix for DACA and should have it ready shortly after the State of the Union. That was not good enough for Schumer. He turned down a short-term funding bill to allow this group to finish so he could grandstand.
If you doubt what I have just said take a look at how five key Democrats voted on this bill last night. I am talking about the following:
Joe Manchin (D-WV
Joe Donnelly (D-IN)
Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND)
Doug Jones (D-AL)
Clair McCaskill (D-Mo)
The common denominator for all of these Senators is they have to run for reelection in what are considered Red States. They are not willing to risk the wrath of the voters over some political stunt by Chuck Schumer and the liberals in their party. Make no mistake, at least three of them would have voted with Schumer if they were not up for reelection in 2018. Joe Manchin would have probably voted to keep the government open and Doug Jones will vote more Republican than any other Democrat as he tries to hoodwink the voters in Alabama into thinking he is not as liberal as he really is in life.
So, when Democrats and the liberal media try to tell you this shut down is on Donald Trump and the Republicans you can simply point to the number of Republican votes to keep the government open and the number of Democrat votes to shut it down. And ask them why their “highly principled” comments in 2013 don’t apply now?
The similarity of their comments on the recently passed Tax Reform bill tells you all you need to know about their hypocrisy. Over and over you hear them complain about the “wealthy” not paying their fair share and how the tax bill was a giveaway to the wealthy leaving, as Nancy Pelosi so articulately put it, “crumbs” for the average American. But when they talk about the State and Local Tax (SALT) deduction suddenly they are defending those wealthy. The Joint Tax Committee staff stated during the passage of the tax bill that 85% of Americans will more than likely take the expanded standard deduction which means they will not itemize. The only people claiming the SALT will be the wealthy who are the itemizers. They just happen to be friends of the Democrats and the states with the highest taxes happen to be those that elect Democrats.
In summary, if you have watched this debate on government funding it should be very clear to you what is going on. The Democrats are using this in an attempt to regain power in the Congress and hoping the American people care more about their stand on immigration issues than they do about Children’s Healthcare, paying the military and having the government open and functioning. I suspect they may realize they made a bad bet.