Sunday, January 21, 2018
Who's to blame?
Our President was not happy to learn he had to cancel his $100,00 per couple party celebrating his first year in office. He sincerely was looking forward to hearing a pack of fat cats tell him how great he is, but alas, that was not to be. Just the same, I'm willing to bet he kept the money.
A major problem with using a partial government shutdown as a political bargaining tool is that most Americans don't notice it happening. The current shutdown has distracted media attention from other matters, like payoffs to porn stars, for example, but given that chaos is what America has come to expect over the past year, a little thing like failure to fund the government for a while is unlikely to have much lasting political impact.
I suppose it's interesting to see the Democrats take a stand on something that resembles principle — even though saving DACA currently is more of an excuse for a fight than an ideological imperative to party leadership. Most important is to demonstrate that Democrats can be just as obstructionist as Republicans were under Obama. What we have now is a political power struggle, pure and simple.
Of course, this particular battle could have been averted had the President displayed any consistency in the positions he took regarding immigration policy over the past week — or any of his self-proclaimed genius for negotiation. Sadly, Tr*mp's pathetic need to please empowers whoever last occupied his brief attention span — and Stephen Miller effectively ensures that those people always will be conservative extremists.