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Sunday, January 13, 2019

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has the constitutional authority to call for a vote to reopen the government but refuses to do so. He should be at the center of the shutdown coverage. Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution charges Congress with using tax revenue to "provide for the general welfare." In other words, the legislative branch decides how the government spends its money.



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Here's the thing: government shutdowns have real human consequences. For low-wage government workers who earn around $30,000 per year, a pay stub of $0.00, which is what they got last Thursday, is devastating. Many of those workers will now struggle to pay for childcare, utilities, and groceries. Food banks in the D.C. area are now expanding their offerings to serve this population, according to the Washington Post, but federal rental assistance contracts have expired, which means that 1.2 million low-income families could face eviction if the shutdown drags on.

But since Congress is the ultimate arbiter of whether the government is funded, there was never a way for Trump to maintain a shutdown without McConnell's complicity. If the Senate leader had used his negotiation skills, supported purple-state Republicans, and worked proactively with Senate Democrats, the government could be open right now.

I've wondered why Schumer and Pelosi have allowed McConnell to remain silent and mostly invisible on the sidelines of their 'negotiations' with President Trump. Both the reality (already passed clean budget resolutions) and the optics of impotence should be devastating indictments on the Senate Majority Leader's fecklessness. But so far, very little has been made of his abrogation of the Senate's Article 1 powers in deference to the media-inspired flip-flopping now turned to intransigence of this President.

McConnell has the power to bring about the end of the shutdown but the political costs to Trump would be tremendous. As each day's troubling revelations of Trump's possible compromised position are added into the mix, it shouldn't be long before Congress does its job and ignores the chaos their President obviously prefers over comity and compromise. All the Democrats (and most Republicans) want is normalcy while Trump wants to break his repeated campaign promise and to charge American taxpayers for what he incessantly bragged that Mexico would pay for. One is not like the other.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2019-01-13 08:22 AM | Reply

Mitch is a cynical coward helping to lead a Party of cynical cowards.

#2 | Posted by Zed at 2019-01-13 10:24 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Tooter Turtle wants the Wizard to bring him home!


#3 | Posted by john47 at 2019-01-13 11:16 AM | Reply

"McConnell has the power to bring about the end of the shutdown but the political costs to Trump would be tremendous."

McConnell has more to lose than Trump. If he plays a role in ending the shutdown without funding the wall Trump will immediately cast him as a weak leader or worse, a RINO swampmonster and people in his home state will be the only Republicans who stop for even a moment to ask themselves if Trump is accurately describing him. And most of those will agree that McConnell is the problem in the final calculus. .

#4 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2019-01-13 11:37 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Sen McConnell is up for reelection in 2020 in a home state whose Republican voters solidly support Pres Trump. One tweet from Pres Trump during the campaign for that election, and Sen McConnell's chances are greatly reduced.

Republicans in Primaries Absorb Lesson: Cross Trump at Their Peril

...As Representative Mark Sanford of South Carolina found out the hard way, in his surprise primary defeat, having a conservative voting record is less important than demonstrating total loyalty to Mr. Trump, who now enjoys higher approval ratings in his own party than any modern president except George W. Bush following the attacks of Sept. 11. And in Virginia, a far-right candidate, Corey Stewart, won the Republican Senate nomination after waging an incendiary campaign and portraying himself as a disciple of Mr. Trump.

The president's transformation of the G.O.P. -- its policies, its tone, even the fate of its candidates -- has never been so evident. ...

#5 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-01-13 12:25 PM | Reply

Ridiculous. it Trumps ...

We waste more money than Trump is asking for, we could build two proper walls with it.

BP apprehends ~500,000 illegal immigrants a year .... the wall would pay for itself in just BP, and court costs.

To say it is ineffective is to call Acosta a liar

Acosta has been the best advertiser of why Walls work.

Trump has even tied it to a possible DACA compromise, but Democrats want nothing to do with it

Democrat politicians are hoping people like Lamp, and Roma talk the party line .... while they are out partying.

Have a nice day :-)

#6 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-01-13 12:58 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Link Lizard Mackris raids the bin again for anything that might plausibly be connected to the story.

#7 | Posted by DirkStruan at 2019-01-13 01:08 PM | Reply

The Wall is a waste of money, why trade waste for waste. Fix bridges instead.
BP apprehends illegal immigrants because they can fly over the wall, tunnel under the wall, sail around the wall. BP is still needed, the wall will save nothing.
Acosta didn't pay someone to get him over the wall, under the wall, around the wall of sneak through a border crossing.

The wall is a waste, BP is necessary, the problem is illegal employment and possibly anchor baby citizenship. The wall does nothing to fix those.

#8 | Posted by bored at 2019-01-13 01:17 PM | Reply

Comrade Fat Andy Matress white knighting for Moscow Mitch..... anyone surprised?

#9 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2019-01-13 01:35 PM | Reply

Mitch McConnell is one of America's all-time great villians to 'We The People'.

#10 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2019-01-13 05:52 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Hey, folks, all this talk about whether this is a Dem Shutdown, or a Trump Shutdown is Bull Crap.

Allow me...
The Dems and Repubs came to a bi-partisan agreement on funding the govt, with partial funding for the wall, which was OKed by The White House. They did their job.

The House, Senate and POTUS were all in agreement. The agreement of those parties used to be enough to pass legislation, way back in the old days, pre 2016. Today, passing a law requires the consent of the House, the Senate, the POTUS and FOXTALK.

As we all know, FOXTALK along with Right Wing Radio, exercised their constitutional Veto power and pantsed and spanked the POTUS in public for his compromise agreement to accept a less than full funding dollar amount, keep the Government running, and try to get a larger funding number through negotiating.

Yes, that's right, FOXTALK vetoed the legislation. They did this by commanding POTUS to withdraw his support for the temporary Funding bill. When the Bill was vetoed by FOXTALK, the Government had to be shut down.

Since Trump relies on FOXTALK to keep his base of Deplorables angry and agitated, and for 'Policy' input, (cause he doesnt know a gawdamn thing, and his 'C minus' list of talent in his skeleton staff in his Administration are near as dumb as he is) so he meekly obeyed his direct reports, the Right-wing talking heads, and had no choice but to renege on his agreement for the Temp Funding Bill, and proceeded to Shut down the Govt. He told us all it made him proud, and that he doesnt care if it stays closed for many months or years.

Shawn and Rush will make the determination as to when it is OK to let American President accept a compromise and reopen the Government for the Peoples Business.

This isnt McConnel's shutdown.

This isnt Trump's Shutdown.

It isnt a Democratic Shutdown.


The New Co-equal Branch of the Government, FOXTALK. demanded the shutdown. Trump followed their orders.

How long it lasts is up Rush and Shawn.

They actually should have an Office in the White House; so the Directors of FOXTALK could more easily, summon the Dems, Repubs and POTUS to a mandatory meeting, where Rush, Shawn, and Ann Coulter could present their demands to the POTUS, Dem and Repub leaders.

This process should be seen as the 'new normal'.

It's Totally Normal!

And, the Shutdown, like every other flaming bag of dog poo Trump leaves at our front door, serves Putin's interest, not America's

#11 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2019-01-13 05:55 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

If Mitch McConnell were to drop dead today.

America's future would be brighter.

#12 | Posted by ClownShack at 2019-01-13 06:02 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

If Mitch McConnell were to drop dead today.

America's future would be brighter.


I'd prefer Moscow Mitch perish in prison after a long and painful stay there after being convicted for his traitorous crimes against the American people.

#13 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2019-01-13 06:11 PM | Reply

Speaking of whom, Mitch McConnell has been MIA since Trump returned from Camp David. You don't supposed Trump tied him to a bedpost so he couldn't come back, get cold feet and introduce those House bill?

#14 | Posted by Twinpac at 2019-01-14 09:17 AM | Reply

And where's Melania? We haven't seen hide nor hair of her since the news broke about those fake immigration papers and green cards she (or rather her spokesperson) was passing around at Mar-a-Lago.

Curiouser and curiouser.

#15 | Posted by Twinpac at 2019-01-14 09:24 AM | Reply

"And where's Melania?"


I don't really care do u?

#16 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2019-01-14 01:05 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

Good one, Jonsie.

#17 | Posted by Twinpac at 2019-01-14 02:05 PM | Reply

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