Monday, January 22, 2018
Shutdown Over : Trump, McConnell and Ryan Prove to Schumer that Two Generations of Illegals Do not Equal a 'Legal'
THE END OF THE SHUTDOWN PROMPTS ME TO SHARE A NOTE SENT TO ME BY A FRIEND. The nots was about the challenge raised by the influx of illegal immigrants sheltering terrorists, and especially radical imams, in Europe that now seem to be arriving in the US. My friend said : "Here in the States I think the only way possible is to take them on. 1. One leader at a time, but constant 24/7 constant tracking of their actions, their comings and goings. 2. Recognition of the fact that their rights are limited. 3. Public awareness of their intentions. 4. When there is a crack in their questionable religious activity and their terrorist activity swoop in and exonerate our country of their heinous intentions. 5. Follow in Trumps methodology of calling a spade a spade. We can't treat them with respect or any leeway for their disguise and disgusting activity behind a veil of religion/religion leaders like the Pope, Franklin Graham, etc. They are the enemy. NO mistake, thus us a war we win or we lose. No draws qs in WW1,2, Korea, Vietnam, and many before that. As sad as it may be, everything else must be on hold until victory is on our terms." • Our discussion was prompted by articles about a radical imam in Texas who seemed pretty clearly to be preaching jihad in the US. BUT, after this long fruitless weekend of Mitch McConnell's efforts to find a solution as the continuing govenrment shutdown drags on, I thought about my friend's comments about imams again and as I re-read them, they have great application to the current Progressive effort to subvert the intentions of the American people and their duly elected President and Congress. • • • THE SCHUMER SHUTDOWN. On Sunday, President Trump called for Senate Republicans to trigger the so-called "nuclear option" if the government shutdown continues and pass a long-term budget with 51 votes. Trump tweeted : "Great to see how hard Republicans are fighting for our Military and Safety at the Border. The Dems just want illegal immigrants to pour into our nation unchecked....If stalemate continues, Republicans should go to 51% (Nuclear Option) and vote on real, long term budget, no C.R.’s!" he added, referring to a stopgap spending measure known as a continuing resolution. • The nuclear option would change Senate rules so that legislation can pass with a simple majority instead of 60 votes -- it would allow Republicans to pass any spending plan, even a full budget, with 51 votes. But, it would create a dramatic shift in the balance of power in the Senate, and Mitch McConnell is hesitant to change the rule -- it is his prerogative as Majority Leader -- because it could coem back to haunt a Senate GOP minority if Democrats have the majority but not a 60-vote veto-proof majority as is now the case for the GOP with its 51 seats. • A nuclear shift won't be needed since the Democrats on Monday gave up defending their foolish choice of reasons for shutting down the government -- protecting 800,000 illegal immigrants -- the DACA so-called "Dreamers" -- brought to the US as children by illegal immigrant parents. The ProgDem Senators led by Chuch Schumer are beginning to learn about Trump negotiating skills the hard way. • Former GOP Speaker Newt Gingrichgot it right when he told NYC radio host John Catsimatidis on Sunday that President Trump and the Republican Party think they're winning the blame game for shutting down the government, after the Senate failed to reach an agreement on spending Friday night. Gingrich said both Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and the Democratic Party had made a major mistake in opposing the Republican-backed spending bill over a legislative solution to extend amnesty to thousands of young undocumented immigrants facing deportation : "This is not what the Democrats hoped for. And I think President Trump has played this pretty well." Gingrich also applauded Trump for his last minute meeting with Schumer in the White House to try to strike a deal to avoid the shutdown, but said both Trump and White House chief of staff John Kelly are both "determined" not to let Schumer have his way on the issue : "They won't give [Schumer] anything because they think he has made a huge mistake. When the term, the Schumer shutdown, begins to catch on, you don't have any sense of people [in the Administration] who are inclined to back off." Gingrich also told Catsimatidis that he predicted the Democrats would eventually cave in and tell Schumer ‘We can't keep doing this.' " • • • REDUCING THE SCHUMER PLAN TO TALKING POINTS. Here is how Chuck Schumer and his band of wannabe insurrectionists must have planned the Schumer Shutdown plan -- 1. Sound conciliatory and rope the GOP Senate into negotiating about the DACA illegals. 2. At the last minute, shift to confrontation and threaten to shut down the government if full immigration legislation is not included in the budget stopgap proposal. 3. Lull President Trump into a one-on-one at the White House with Schumer who will then attack the President for a lack of good faith and lying. 4. Refuse to negotiate with the Senate GOP, thereby forcing a shutdown. 5. Organize mob street protests, tieing them into the first anniversary of the Trump presidency for a double dip on media effect. 6. Sob-story all over TV about the "innocent" children that the heartless President Trump and his GOP do not "care" about. 7. Sit back and wait for popular opinion to shift overwhelmingly to the Schumer Shutdown side, forcing the GOP and President Trump to cave in and grant the ProgDem demands on immigration. • BUT, a funny thing happened on the way to Point 7. There was no popular uprising. Nobody came to the ProgDem party except for the "usual suuspects," to quote Casablanca. So, Chuck Schumer and his band of wannabe insurrectionists were stuck with explaining to the American public why they think 800,000 illegals are more important than keeping the US government running. That was not a place any politician wants to be. And, it couldn't happen to anyone better than cheap-shot Schumer and his particular brand of lies-and-innuendo "leadership" of the Democrat Party -- this is the same Schumer who said on ABC News in 2013 that his party would never orchestrate a shutdown to push for immigration reform measures. Well, Schumer just lost a big one by refusing to take his own advice. • • • VP PENCE DELIVERED THE MILITARY COUNTERPUNCH TO SCHUMER. Mike Pence was in the Middle East this weekend to tell American soldiers just that. VP Pence told the soldiers : “I’m sure you’re all aware of what’s going on in Washington DC. Despite bipartisan support for a budget resolution, a minority in the Senate has decided to play politics with military pay. But you deserve better. You and your families shouldn’t have to worry for one minute about whether you’re going to get paid because you serve in the uniform of the United States. So know this : Your President, your vice president and the American people are not going to put up with it. We’re going to demand that they reopen the government. In fact, we’re not going to reopen negotiations on illegal immigration until they reopen the government and give you, our soldiers, and your families the benefits and wages you’ve earned. Because each of you will do whatever it takes to defend our country, just know that President Trump and I will do whatever it takes to defend you and your families. That said, you can be confident we’re going to get this fixed. We’re going to meet our obligations to you and your families, and we’re going to make the strongest fighting force in the history of the world stronger still. So I urge you: On behalf of your Commander-in-Chief, set aside any distractions, mind your mission, take care of one another and never doubt that every day, every operation, every decision that you make matters to your country more than you will ever know.” • • • ARE DACA DREAMERS SIMPLY "INNOCENT CHILDREN." The Washington Examiner published an article on January 12 with the title "Report: DACA-age illegals far more likely to commit crimes, be in jail?" In it, Paul Bedard wrote : "A new report about crimes committed by illegals finds that younger undocumented immigrants who were eligible for former President Obama’s DACA amnesty program commit far more crimes than other immigrants or US citizens. In compiling data that details the crimes and sentences of illegals in Arizona, the Crime Prevention Research Center reported that immigrants age 15-35, the general population of the 700,000 in Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, 'commit crime at twice the rate of young US citizens.' ” John R. Lott Jr., president of the center, told Bedard that if the Arizona data were averaged out nationally, the crime numbers would be stunning : “If undocumented immigrants committed crime nationally as they do in Arizona, in 2016 they would have been responsible for over 1,000 more murders, 5,200 rapes, 8,900 robberies, 25,300 aggravated assaults, and 26,900 burglaries.” • Proponents of letting DACA recipients stay in the United States, the topic of shutdown debate in the White House and in Congress, have often portrayed the illegals as law abiding students and workers. But, the Fake ProgDem claims about the "innocent children" have come under fire by groups armed with new statistics like those in Lott’s report. Concerning illegal immigrants of all ages, Lott found that : “Undocumented immigrants are at least 142% more likely to be convicted of a crime than other Arizonans. They also tend to commit more serious crimes and serve 10.5% longer sentences, more likely to be classified as dangerous, and 45% more likely to be gang members than US citizens.” And, Lott told Bedard that it’s worse for DACA-aged illegals. For example, Lott wrote in his report : “while undocumented immigrants from 15 to 35 years of age make up about 0.81% of the Arizona population, they make up almost 8% of the prison population.” According to Lott's estimates in Arizona : "DACA-age immigrants represent 71.2% of the undocumented immigrants in prison. DACA-age eligible undocumented immigrants are 884% more likely to be convicted of crimes than their share of the population." Innocent children??? • American Thinker's Thomas Lifson said back in early January that : "Trump has put Schumer in a no-win situation on DACA. How do Democrats explain to themselves the way they keep getting outsmarted by a man they claim is a moron? President Trump has Democrats exactly where he wants them on the issue of DACA." Lifson quoted PBS, not a Trump supporter by any means : "With a new deadline fast approaching, Democrats in Congress are struggling to adopt a unified strategy to protect hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation. Their inaction has enraged liberal activists across the country, who have shifted their anger in recent days from Republicans who control Congress to Democrats seeking to balance their commitment to a progressive priority with their desire to avoid an explosive government shutdown heading into the 2018 midterm elections. The 'young immigrants' in question are the so-called 'Dreamers,' that group of illegal immigrants purportedly brought to this country by their parents, one quarter of whom are functionally illiterate and half of whom have not bothered to learn English. The Democrats correctly see them as future voters, and hope that chain migration triples or quadruples the 800,000 into millions of new Democrats if they are allowed to gain permanent residence and citizenship." • Those were dire warnings to the ProgDems form a friendly media voice, but they were unheeded. And, 'Shutdown Schumer' found himself facing a general public that is, says Lifson, "far from convinced that legalizing a group of border violators likely to become tax consumers, not tax payers, is the most pressing problem facing the nation, worthy of shutting down the government if Democrats don’t get their way. President Trump already called their bluff when they threatened the continuing resolution over DACA last month and the Dems caved and averted a Christmas season government shutdown." • • • SCHUMER'S HUGE POLITICAL GAMBLE. Progressive and immigration activist groups blamed Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer for not uniting Democrats behind a hardline strategy, and Schumer took the bait. Angel Padilla, policy director for the Trump resistance group "Indivisible," the entity whose members disrupted GOP townhall meetings a year ago and that is accused by Republican representatives of being "paid protesters" working for George Soros, said : “This is on Schumer. His most important job is to keep his caucus together.” A dozen Hispanic House members -- all Democrats -- forced a meeting late last month with Schumer on this issue. Afterward, Representative Darren Soto, a Florida Democrat, said Schumer assured Hispanic lawmakers that Democrats “will lay it all on the line” to protect Dreamers. • President Trump -- the man ProgDems call a moron -- engineered this dilemma for Schumer, according to Lifson, "by rescinding Obama’s executive order creating the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program, but giving Congress until March 2018 to come up with an alternative approach. That trap is now closing in on Schumer. He has 10 Democrat Senators up for re-election in November in states that voted for Trump. Will Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, John Tester of Montana, and Claire McCaskill of Missouri be willing to tell their voters that they think amnesty for a group that includes MS 13 members is so important that the government ought to be shut down? Or, if President Trump and the GOP offer some form of amnesty that does not include chain migration (thereby rewarding the parents that illegally brought their children here) but does include border wall funding, are they willing to vote against it?....This is a no-win situation. Harvard graduate Schumer should be asking himself how he got himself into this situation. But of course, he won’t. Either he alienates his base, or he risks adding to the GOP Senate majority by shutting down the government and having Trump fighting back in ways that never would have occurred to Presidents Bush or any establishment Republicans." • And, as if Chuck Schumer wasn't already up to his neck in Swamp alligators, Democratic National Committee vice chairman Keith Ellison -- the alleged Moslem Brotherhood supporter -- insisted that the national Democrat Party has a litmus test for candidates when it comes to protecting illegal aliens. Ellison told Pennsylvania Democrats assembled in an Allentown church sanctuary that candidates better support a “clean DREAM Act,” or those candidates would run into trouble with the party : “There cannot be one single politician in the state of Pennsylvania who is in a state of confusion about how you feel. We’re going to make it perfectly clear to all of them on a repeated basis. And yes, we have a litmus test. If you are a Democrat who doesn’t like a clean Dream Act, you’re gonna have some problems. And don’t count on me to protect you. You’re on your own with that!” • Why would the DNC vice chairman make support for any group of illegals a "litmus test" for DNC help in being elected? Because its future political success is tied to creating new voters. And, anything Keith Ellison says has got to be a reason for the Trump Deplorables and Republican conservatives in general to rally behind the President on the DACA "Dreamers" issue. This was made a voter issue back in 2009, when then-SEIU Executive Vice President and a leader of the Democratic Socialists of America, Eliseo Medina, addressed the “America’s Future Now!” conference and said : "Now as you know, the negative tone of the immigration debate has created intense interest in the Latino and immigrant community. We in the last election had the largest turnout of Latino voters in our history. And everything tell us these voters fully intend to become engaged into the elections in the future. They have tasted what it is like to participate and win and they are not going to go away....when they voted in November , they voted overwhelmingly for progressive candidates. Barack Obama got 2 out of every 3 voters that showed up and so I think there’s two things, very quickly, that matter for the progressive community : 1. If we are to expect this electorate to win, the Progressive community needs to solidly be on the side of immigrants. That will solidify and expand the Progressive coalition for the future. And let me tell you, when you are in the middle of a fight for your life, you will remember who was there with you....2. We reform the immigration laws, it puts 12 million people on the path to citizenship and eventually voters. Can you imagine if we have even the same ratio -- two out of three -- 8 million new voters that care about our issue and will be voting. We will create a governing coalition for the long-term, not just for an election cycle." • • • THE SHUTDOWN ENDS IN A VOTE "FOR THE GIPPER." The Senate voted Monday to re-open the government, ending a three-day standoff that left federal agencies shuttered and hundreds of thousands of workers furloughed. Democrats caved, agreeing to advance a stopgap spending measure lasting until February 8 after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promised to allow an immigration bill to reach the floor next month. The vote was 81-18. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said of the vote : "After several discussions, offers and counteroffers, the Republican leader and I have come to an arrangement. We will vote today to reopen the government to continue negotiating a global agreement." The three-week funding bill later passed in a final up-or-down vote in the Senate and is expected to pass in the House quickly and be sent to the President for signing. The deal falls short of the Democrats’ initial demand that President Trump and GOP leaders agree to the rough outlines of a deal to replace the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and protect hundreds of thousands of Dreamers facing deportation. Trump and GOP leaders refused to negotiate on immigration while the government remained closed." Schumer said McConnell has committed that if negotiators fail to reach an immigration deal before the stopgap spending measure expires on February 8, “the Senate will immediately proceed to consideration of legislation” to protect Dreamers. He said McConnell has promised that immigration debate “will be neutral and fair to all sides.” The funding measure also includes a six-year funding extension for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, a critical priority for members of both parties. As many as 20 states would have run out of CHIP money affecting millions of children if Congress did not reach a deal by February 1. • But, according to The Hill : "The agreement isn't sitting well with everyone in the Democratic Party. Liberal groups quickly accused Democrats of caving, saying they failed to get a real guarantee that Dreamers will be protected. 'It’s official: Chuck Schumer is the worst negotiator in Washington -- even worse than Trump,' CREDO Political Director Murshed Zaheed said in a statement. 'Any plan to protect Dreamers that relies on the word of serial liars like Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan or Donald Trump is doomed to fail.' " • Serial supporters of the American majority is more like the truth. • Several Senators seen as potential White House candidates for the Democratic Party in 2020 voted against the funding bill -- specifically, Senators Cory Booker, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Kamala Harris. • We might add that Speaker Paul Ryan and his House GOP caucus also got it right -- the three-week stopgap bill is identical to the four-week spending measure the House sent to the Senate last week, except the funding will expire on February 8 instead of February 16. • Democrats blocked the month-long House bill on Friday evening with a filibuster. Only five Democrats voted with Republicans to avoid the In the end, however, says TheHill : "Democrats worried they lacked an endgame for ending the shutdown and were suffering political damage as Republicans hammered them for holding government funding hostage. A nationwide CNN poll conducted by SSR showed the Democrats’ advantage on the generic ballot has shrunk to only a 5-point advantage. The poll was conducted last week before the shutdown began on Friday." • While Democrats can claim a small measure of victory from McConnell’s promise to bring an immigration bill to the floor next month and allow an open amendment process, there is no assurance that the House will take up the immigration legislation, something that caused consternation in the Democratic caucus right up until the vote. Republican Senator Tom Cotton, a central figure in the talks who has urged tougher enforcement against illegal immigration, said McConnell had always been willing to debate the issue on the floor : “Senator McConnell has been perfectly clear since September [that] he will bring an immigration bill to the floor at the right time....He has not changed since Friday.” GOP renegade Senator Susan Collins told reporters before the vote that Democrats wanted stronger assurances : "I do think it would be helpful if the language were a little bit stronger." But GOP leader felt they had the upper hand politically and refused to go any further. Texas Senator John Cornyn, Republican Whip, said before the vote : “I think that’s all they’re going to get.” • Has Mitch McConnell just plzyed Lucy holding the football up for Charlie Brown, 'er Chuck Schumer, to kick before pulling it away while he's in the air?? Naw - Mitch is too straight-laced to do such a thing!!! • • • DEAR READERS, the Progressive Left could rally and shut down the government and demand that the US grant amnesty to DACA "Dreamers" so ProgDems can win elections by legal means or voter fraud. But, that will not change anything as long as Donald Trump is President and the GOP is the majority party in the House and Senate. That is the right, and the only, answer that counts -- getting out the vote for Trump and every Republican running in 2018. • The Independen Journal Review on Monday published an article titled "Lindsey Graham Picked a Fight With Tom Cotton -- It Went Exactly as Well as You'd Think." IJR siad it all started when Illinois Democrat Senator Dick Durbin accused President Donald Trump of referring to African nations as “s**thole countries” -- Graham corroborated Durbin's statement, while Cotton categorically denied it. During a brief interview with MSNBC on Friday, Graham took a swing at Cotton : “The Tom Cotton approach has no viability here. He’s become sort of the Steve King of the Senate.” Cotton's response was hot : "The difference between Steve King and Lindsey Graham is that Steve King can actually win an election in Iowa. We had an election in 2016. Immigration was a major issue there, and the American people -- and especially Republican primary voters -- made it clear that they wanted Donald Trump’s vision of immigration policy, not Lindsey Graham’s. Lindsey didn’t make it to the starting line [of the 2016 election]. He didn’t even make it off the kiddie table in the debates.” Cotton later pointed out on Twitter one of the main reasons that he believes Graham's immigration bill (co-sponsored by Durbin) is unacceptable -- it doesn't just protect the recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, who most agree were not at fault for entering the country illegally as children. Cotton tweeted : "Did you know Flake-Graham-Durbin grants AMNESTY to parents of DACA population? The whole rationale of DACA is kids ought not be responsible for the crimes of the parents. But can't parents be responsible for the crimes of the parents?!" The tweet got 23,095 likes. Cotton took one last jab at Graham with regard to that so-called moderate bill : "When Lindsey Graham and Dick Durbin agree on immigration, that’s not a bipartisan agreement. Lindsey Graham and Dick Durbin are not adversaries in negotiating. They are allies strategizing.” • Chuck Schumer ought to be forced learn at the 2018 voter booths of America the key point about illegal immigrant DACA "Dreamers" and their illegal immigrant parents -- Two "illegals" do not make a "legal."