By J. D. Heyes, editor-in-chief
(NationalSentinel) The Obstructionists:Â Remember when Democratic lawmakers accused Republicans of being heartless in allowing parts of the government to be shut downÂ because they -Â gasp! - feigned to spare the country from an ensuing financial collapse caused by spiraling, out-of-control debt?
But now, because Democrats lack the hypocrisy gene,Â they are angling to get the government shut down over disagreements with Republicans regarding many of President Donald J. Trump’s budget priorities.
Let us repeat that:Â Democrats are angling to get the government shut down, not Republicans, despite the fact that the disgusting, discredited hacks in the “mainstream media” are attempting to spin it as the GOP’s “shutdown.”
ThisÂ report inÂ Politico makes it plain, however, which party will be at fault if a shutdown actually occurs at the end of this month, when current funding levels for much of the government runs out:
Mick Mulvaney, Trumpâ€™s director of the Office of Management and Budget, is pressing lawmakers to include language to restrict federal funding grants for cities that do not enforce federal immigration policies. The goal is to bring the House Freedom Caucus on board with a government funding bill, according to Capitol Hill Republicans â€” or at least show that the administration is courting the support of the hard-right and pushing GOP leaders to adopt Trump’s priorities.
But the effort by Mulvaney, a former conservative congressman from South Carolina, threatens to disrupt bipartisan negotiations on funding the government. Democrats are already calling a request for border wall money a â€œpoison pillâ€ that would shut down the government. An attempt to block liberal cities from receiving federal funds if they ignore immigration guidance would similarly cause Democrats to flee.Â
The talks between congressional leaders are already delicate: Trump wants $1.4 billion for a border wall and security in the spending bill, but Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) says his caucus wonâ€™t support it. The Democratic leader reiterated his caucusâ€™ stance during a conference call with reporters on Tuesday.
Senior Republicans and members of the Appropriations Committee are trying to keep Mulvaneyâ€™s proposal out of the bill, sources said. The fear is that Senate Democrats will filibuster any bill with the sanctuary cities language and put Washington on a path toward a shutdown.
So to be clear, if a government shutdown occurs,Â Democrats will be responsible for it, because in an age when most of the country has rejected their Marxist-Left agenda, all they have to remain relevant is to be the party of “not just no butÂ hell no.”
By comparison, DemocratsÂ would be on board if a) we continued to fund the federal government at unsustainable levels that have led to an explosion of the national debt; and b) continue to reward illegal behavior by immigrants and Democrat-run cities.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: If Democrats want to govern, they should win more elections. Most of the country supports the issues thatÂ Trump ran on and those that gave the GOP majorities in both houses of Congress. It’s the Democratic Party that hasn’t gotten the message it’s out of step with most of the country.
It’s likely that the GOP leadership is too timid to allow the opposition party to fall on its sword over these funding priorities of the president, but they should because frankly, most of the country would understand that this time around, any “shutdown” comes at the behest of the Party of No and its merry band of obstructionists.