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Much Ado About Not Much

Posted in Politics and Justice by EloiSVM42 on January 23, 2018

Senate Democrats caved on its plan to shut down the government in order to get a clean DACA vote.  You know it. I know it. Everybody knows it. To say I am unimpressed, understates my mood.

The good news is this illustrates that Democrats really are less mean-spirited and hardhearted than Republicans. The bad news is that they couldn’t hold firm to help innocent Dreamers. If they can’t do that, it begs the question what will they stand firm for?

Schumer “extracted” a “promise,” or at least an “intention” from Majority Leader McConnell to take up a Dreamer bill before the next shut down deadline of February 8. That and a dollar will get you a small cup of coffee at McDonald’s. McConnell’s promises are worthless as tits on a boar hog. His intentions toward Democrats are worse than that and never good. I wouldn’t trust him with my burnt matchsticks.

Actually, there is true good news in this. The continuing resolution legislation extends the CHIP program for six years. I didn’t understand that at first, and this is a really good thing. I thought it was one of two things Democrats were striking for. I can accept a little better now why it was hard to keep Dems together. They had gotten half of what I thought they wanted. The Dreamers bill will succeed eventually. It is the right thing to do. If it doesn’t, there will be that many more Republican seats lost in 2018 and it can be done in the next Congress.

The final loose end to ponder is this: if the CHIP extension was part of the continuing resolution, why did Democrats shut down the government in the first place? It seems like a big, risky gamble for a comparatively small prize, which is likely to be won soon anyway.

Bottom line, though: Democrats looked like Republicans say they are; weak and not able to play hard ball.

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