With all the scams thrust upon us via the mainstream media and Nancy Pelosi, where do find the truth? Interestingly enough, I found two articles that blew my mind. So, here goes.
Both were written by Marc Thiessen, a columnist for the Washington Post.
Dem Hypocrisy is Wall to Wall:
Barring some miraculous breakthrough, the current government shutdown is the longest in American history and the stupidest.
In 209, the federal government will spend a whopping $4.407 trillion. Yet Congress and the President are shutting down the government in a dispute between the $1.3 billion the Democrats have approved for border security and the $5.7 billion the President is demanding – precisely 0.0998 percent of the total federal budget. In Washington, that is considered a rounding error.
Worse, Democrats are doing it over a border wall strikingly similar to one that they almost unanimously supported just five years ago.
While House Speaker Pelosi now says that “a wall is an immortality,” back in 2003, she supported a bill that required the construction of 700 miles of border fencing. (Truorder security planmp has called for a wall of “anywhere from 700 to 900 miles” long.)
The bill negotiated by the Gang of eight, which included current Democratic leaders Sens. Charles Schumer, N.Y., and Dick Durbin, ILL., declared that “not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this act, the Secretary of Homeland Security shall establish … the Southern Border Fencing Strategy, to identify where 700 miles of fencing (including double-layer fencing) … should be deployed along the Southern border.”
That’s not all. The bill further said that “the Secretary may not adjust the status of aliens who have been granted registered provisional immigrant status … until 6 months after … (the Secretary submits) … there is in place along the Southern Border no fewer than 700 miles of pedestrian fencing.” In other words, Democrats agreed that no illegal immigrants could get a path to citizenship until all 700 miles of border fencing had been fully completed.
Every Senate Democrat voted for the Gang of Eight bill – including 36 Democratic senators still serving today.
President Barack Obama agreed to sign it. Indeed, he praised the bill for including what he called “the most aggressive plan in our history” and said that “the Senate bill is consistent with the key principles for commonsense reform that I – and many others – have repeatedly laid out.
Pelosi supported the Gang of eight bill, saying at the time that “every piece of this legislation has had bipartisan support.”
But now we are shutting down the government over a wall much like the one that Pelosi and Senate Democrats fully supported just five years ago?
Democrats will object that the Gang of Eight bill did fund a border wall, but is was in exchange for a lot of concessions.
Of course it was. As Obama said at the time, “the bipartisan bill that passed today was a compromise.”
But today, Democrats are refusing to compromise or lay out what concessions they would accept in exchange for wall funding.
When Trump rhetorically backed off the wall and talked about “steel slats” – a fence – Democrats ignored it. When Vice President Mike Pence reportedly offered a deal for $2.5 billion, Democrats dismissed it.
In a White House meeting, Trump asked Pelosi whether, if he agreed to end the shutdown and negotiate separately on border security, she would support wall funding. She said no.
That is ridiculous!
Democrats could not possibly be in a better position to demand concessions from Trump if they had manufactured a crisis. So, put some demands on the table , for crying out loud.
If Democrats think they have Trump cornered, then squeeze him and try to get a lot out of him. But, don’t refuse to negotiate and tell us the wall is an “immortality” – because their voting history shows they don’t believe that.
(Save your frustration explosion until after his next article, which is …)
Pelosi’s Lies Trump Trump’s
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has written President Trump to suggest that he postpone his State of the Union address, citing her “security concerns” over the ability of the Secret Service and Department of Homeland Security to protect government officials during the shutdown.
With all due respect, that is fake news.
Pelosi isn’t worried about security. She invited the president to deliver the State of the Union on Jan.3, 13 days after the partial government shutdown began. She did not ask the Department of Homeland Security and the Secret Service before writing the president whether they had concerns about their ability to provide security.
Indeed, Politico reports that a planning meeting with the Secret Service was scheduled for the day after Pelosi sent her letter, and subsequently cancelled. If Pelosi had bothered to ask, Homeland Security Secretary Kristjen Nielsen would have told her exactly what she said on Twitter: “The Department of Homeland Security and the US Secret Service are fully prepared to support and secure the State of the Union.”
Pelosi is using her fake security concerns as a pretext to do something unprecedented and outrageous: deny a president of the United States the opportunity to come to Congress and deliver his State of the Union address.
Never in the history of our Republic has the House speaker invited, and then disinvites, a sitting president from addressing a joint session of Congress. Yet, all those who constantly decry Trump for shattering of presidential norms seem to be perfectly fine when Pelosi is doing the norm shattering and lying about why she is doing it.
To the contrary, some have praised this as a power move on Pelosi’s part. No, it’s not. Pelosi understands full well the power of a State of the Union address. Trump’s first two addresses of a joint session drew 48 million and 46 million television viewers, respectively, plus millions more online. She knows that, if anything, the drama of Trump addressing Congress in the midst of a shutdown would likely increase interest.
If she follows through on this threat, it could backfire. Right now, Democrats are brimming with confidence because polls show that a majority of Americans blame Trump for the shutdown. But, according to a recent Hill-HarrisXpoll, 70 percent of Americans want both sides to compromise, while Democrats are demanding unilateral surrender.
Then to add more insult to injury, Democratic lawmakers took a junket to Puerto Rico on the very day that federal workers stopped receiving their paychecks. They had time to sun themselves on the beach at an exclusive resort with more than 100 lobbyists and executives and hang out with the cast of “Hamilton,” but they could not be bothered to accept Trump’s invitation to meet with him at the White House to find a way out of the crisis.
And now Pelosi is threatening to cancel the State of the Union address, a move that will be seen by many Americans as petty and vindictive. If Democrats continue with this cavalier attitude and refusal to negotiate, eventually public opinion will turn against them.
Trump should tell Pelosi that, while he appreciates her concerns, the Secret Service has assured him that they can handle security and that he plans to deliver his address in person, as scheduled. Let her withdraw the invitation. If she does, it will be a turning point in our nation’s history – a moment when the last vestiges on comity in Washington were destroyed.
It may also be the moment when Americans finally realized that Pelosi cares more about hurting Trump than she does about finding a compromise solution and doing what is best for the country.
My ending comment: short and sweet –