Skip to main content

The Government Shutdown Reminds Me of Someone

We are headed for a showdown this week:

Friday marks the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump taking the oath of office, and unless lawmakers can eke out a deal in the coming days, it could also mark the first government shutdown under his watch, and under unified one-party control in Washington.

Trump declared back in May that the country “needs a good shutdown” to “fix mess,” and amid uncertainty that lawmakers and the White House can agree on a path forward on government funding, immigration, or health care, a shutdown is becoming a tangible possibility.

Between now and Friday, Congress and the White House will scramble to cut a deal on DACA, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and a continuing resolution to keep the government open. Should those talks fail, the race will be on to blame the opposing party for the ensuing wreckage.

Over the past few weeks, high hopes for crafting a long-term budget deal have evaporated, and lawmakers are instead cobble together the votes for yet another short-term package to keep the lights on—the fourth continuing resolution in four months. The bill put forward by the House would fund the government until Feb. 16.

“We should have had a budget by October of last year. This is outrageous,” fumed Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) to reporters Tuesday night.

Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) echoed his frustration minutes later, complaining that the Pentagon can’t function on week-by-week or month-by-month budget uncertainty.

“I am tired of making the men and women in the military suffer because of stupid politicians,” he said. “Those who designed sequestration, I think, have blood on their hands.”

Extremists in Congress are driving this fight, and all of them self-identify as Republicans. This week, we will have proof positive that, once again, when you hand the government over to the Republicans and let them control all three branches of government, all you get is chaos and confusion.

When I think back on what happened when then-Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich shut down the government in order to accomplish God-Knows-What, I'm reminded of the fact that Gingrich is a contemporary of Trump and can very easily walk into the the Oval Office and say, "whatever you do, don't shut down the government."

It's an election year. Every indication we have is that there is a Blue Wave of Democrats coming. Virtually every elective office will be contested, even in the reddest of states. We just flipped a Senate seat in Alabama. Democrats are winning all over the map. The dumbest thing that the GOP could do this year is demonstrate that they are unfit to lead and govern. And the Republicans are saying, "hold my beer."

Gingrich was the third most powerful man in America in the mid-1990s, if not as powerful as President Bill Clinton. He was swept into power with the promise of reforming Congress and the entire Federal government. He had a Contract With America. He and his party won a whopping 54 House seats in the 1994 elections. Everything was going his way.

And then, do you know what happened? Newt Gingrich was revealed to be a massive fraud and an ethically-challenged douchebag. Why the Republicans would want to replicate all of this right now is beyond understanding. This whole year has been incomprehensible. What do they think will happen when they start bleating about the ethical improprieties of anyone after Trump and his criminal regime are swept from power? I assume they'll dump the entire Trump era into a massive memory hole. Nothing else would make sense.

I fully expect a certain kind of person to become extinct in a few years. Soon, you won't be able to meet a single individual who remembers voting for and enabling Trump. They simply won't recall, and damn you for bringing up something so rude.


Popular posts from this blog

Democrats Are Trying to Save America

Never forget that Trump is a bum. A cheating, lying, stealing bum. He's the kind of bum that gives actual bums (who are usually down on their luck and doing the best they can) a bad name. He's a bum on purpose, you see, and that's the kind of bum that the American people want to see thrown out of office. He's never going to be presidential because he's just a goddamned bum, you see.

But, sometimes, I think the media is worse:
As Washington braces for this week’s expected vote to impeach President Donald Trump, partisan battle lines hardened on Sunday, with Democrats defending impeachment even if Trump isn’t removed from office and Republicans denouncing the integrity of the constitutional process.The Democratic-controlled House planned to vote Wednesday on two articles of impeachment against the Republican president, and the decision whether to make Trump the third U.S. president in history to be impeached was expected to play out along party lines. There is some d…

Spoiler Alert

Tulsi Gabbard is going to work very, very hard to re-elect Trump:
Tulsi Gabbard has been slowly edging toward leaving the Democratic Party and, it now seems more likely than not, launching a spoiler candidacy to peel disaffected left-wing votes away from the Democrats. Her “present” vote on impeachment, followed by a disavowal of what she called the “zero-sum mind-set the two political parties have trapped America in,” sets the stage for Gabbard to play the role of 2020’s Jill Stein.Left-wing anti-anti-Trumpism played an important role in the bizarre 2016 outcome.Die-hard Bernie activists, fired up with anger at the release of DNC emails stolen by Russians that purportedly showed the party had rigged the primary, demonstrated against the party outside its convention hall and tried to drown out the speakers inside with boos. Stein attacked Hillary Clinton from the left, then audaciously staged a grift-y fundraising scheme supposedly to hold recounts in the states she had labored to flip…

Trump Will Burn it All to the Ground

It is difficult to see how the latest war in the Middle East will end. I don't have any answers, and, really, no one else does, either.

Here's what people should pay attention to--this happened just as evidence of Trump's orders to the Department of Defense landed on the front page. This happened after the major holidays and just as we are beginning the 2020 primary season in earnest on the Democratic side (the GOP has decided to prevent another Pat Buchanan moment, circa 1992, from happening).

Every life that is lost is because of Trump's decisions.

Every penny that this increases the price of gas is a tax on the poor and allows people who regularly have access to Trump to maximize their profits.

Every American traveling overseas is less safe.

Everyone who cares about peace will be shouted down and marginalized because that is the media's job.

Every attempt to hold Trump accountable will probably fail because the GOP is complicit in all of his crimes.

Everyone ch…