May 2, 2017
At this point, it doesn’t really look like Kushner has any plan at all beyond destroying Trump’s Presidency.
If there was a plan to use him for some more complex agenda, they wouldn’t have simply handed over any ability for him to do anything to the Democrats just now.
He’s not building a wall and he’s not defunding Planned Parenthood, which pretty much kicks his entire base – nationalists and Christians – down the stairs.
If you want to know the details, WaPo has a pretty good rundown of what’s in the bill. The GOP has control of both houses and the White House, but they didn’t get anything they wanted. This is more insane than the Syria strike.
The GOP is going to get slaughtered in the midterms.
And he’s done it why?
He gained absolutely nothing by refusing to allow a shutdown. Zero.
At least with the Syrian strike – the original sin – he obviously gained something.
This is like Christmas for Jews.
Democrats think they have set the stage to block President Trump’s legislative priorities for years to come by winning major concessions in a spending bill to keep the government open.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) secured nearly $5 billion in new domestic spending by exploiting disagreements between Trump and GOP lawmakers over spending priorities.
Democrats’ lopsided victory on the five-month deal, which is likely to be approved this week, means it will be very difficult — if not impossible — for the GOP to exert its will in future budget negotiations, including when it comes to Trump’s 2018 budget blueprint.
“Lopsided” doesn’t even begin to describe their victory.
This was a Holocaust.
If they’d been asked to, Republicans would have piled up their shoes on the stairs outside the Senate, had their heads shaved and gotten number tattoos on their forearms.
“GOP infighting” is just a canard that the media is running with.
Trump had the power to force negotiations and he just said “nah, I’m cool – just give everything to the Democrats. Like, literally – just do exactly everything they want.”
That’s because Republicans are hopelessly divided over how much to spend on government programs, with a small but vocal minority unwilling to support such measures at all. That has forced Republicans to work with Democrats to avoid politically damaging government shutdowns.
Damaging to who?
Trump easily could have said “I’m not signing a bill that doesn’t include a wall.”
tfw no wall
No one could have argued with that.
This was his signature campaign promise.
And that means Democrats are in the driver’s seat when it comes to budget battles, even with Trump in the White House.
“I think we had a strategy and it worked,” Schumer said in an interview with The Washington Post. “Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate were closer to one another than Republicans were to Donald Trump.”
>I think we had a Kushner and it worked
Fixed that for you, Chuck.
The extra money for domestic programs will now be that much harder to strip out of future budgets, and Trump’s priorities, such as money for a wall along the border with Mexico, could be more difficult to include.
“We can’t pass anything without them,” Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.), a top deputy to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), said of Democrats recently.
In addition to the $5 billion in domestic spending, the bipartisan agreement released early Monday morning is packed with Democratic priorities, such as protection for funding for Planned Parenthood, a permanent extension of health care for coal miners and money to help Puerto Rico make up a projected shortfall in Medicaid.
Pelosi celebrated in a letter to House Democrats on Monday, saying that the measure “reflects significant progress defeating dangerous Republican riders and securing key victories for Democratic priorities.”
“In a defeat for President Trump, the [deal] does not fund the immoral and unwise border wall or create a cruel new deportation force,” Pelosi wrote.
You are immoral and unwise, Nancy.
And your rape and murder drug dealing drunk driving spic squad is cruel. The deportation force wasn’t going to be raping children or forming heroin gangs.
Basically, the Democrats couldn’t have gotten a bill this perfect through if Hillary had won.
tfw Trump accomplishes your agenda better than you could have.
Republicans argue they were able to wrest several wins in the legislation, including a greater increase in defense than domestic spending and an agreement to provide money for Puerto Rico if it was shifted from elsewhere and not new money. House and Senate leaders also believe that key changes to environmental policy were taken care of through the administrative process and that they can further antiabortion goals through other budget proceedings.
Nonetheless, Democrats are counting on GOP infighting over spending to guarantee that those parts of Trump’s agenda won’t be funded in the next spending deal, either.
It is just fake news that Trump didn’t have the ability to force both Democrats and the infighting GOP to do what he wanted.
And it is fake news designed to support Trump. That’s the funny thing here.
If they wanted to really destroy Trump, they would simply tell the truth: that he sold out his base on purpose.
But they would then have to explain why.
And “it’s because Trump got jealous when TIME Magazine put Steve Bannon on the cover” just doesn’t really cut it.
The only conceivable explanation is that Trump is being held hostage.
Republicans could try to craft a new agreement to govern spending after Sept. 30, with domestic cuts and funding for Trump’s wall. But such a measure would probably fail in the Senate, where Republicans hold a slim 52 to 48 majority, short of the 60 votes needed to pass most legislation.
I think the word you are looking for is “definitely.”
This was the last chance for a wall.
And Trump gave it up for no reason. And the media is backing him up with some gibberish about “oh well, Republicans were arguing with each other.”
Or, as they have often done in the past, lawmakers could abandon broad ambitions and decide to simply extend current spending levels, locking in Democrats’ policy victories for another year.
Which is obviously what they are going to do. And the entire media will run cover for them.
In fact, at this point, the media attacking Trump does more to help him with his base than anything he can do himself.
Republicans in Congress were unusually quiet about the deal. But White House aides sought to put a positive spin on areas where Trump fell short, including the wall.
“Make no mistake, the wall is going to be built,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer said at his daily briefing, adding that there is plenty the administration can do to plan for construction between now and when Trump gets his next opportunity to secure funding.
Spicer, you should stick to historical revisionism, as you clearly have no concept of the way modern politics work.
But wall construction was one of several areas where GOP lawmakers’ decision to punt this week could doom the president’s priorities for the future.
Language in the deal explicitly prohibits money for border security from being used for building the wall, for instance. Trump has said he plans to revive the push this fall.
Both Spicer and Vice President Pence said they considered the $21 billion in additional military spending — $15 billion from an off-budget war fund and $6 billion in budget increases — to be their biggest victory, even though it was about two-thirds of what Trump had sought.
But Democrats supported that.
So how is it a victory?
In addition, there were no reductions in funding to “sanctuary cities”; a federal judge said last week that the Justice Department needed congressional approval to follow through on its threats to cut money for such places, which don’t comply with federal immigration authorities. Nor was there money to fulfill Trump’s promise of a hiring spree to build a deportation force at Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Every single thing, Republicans “lost.”
Or you know – threw the fight.
Trump also agreed to continue paying Affordable Care Act subsidies after his aides threatened last week to use that issue as a bargaining chip. The subsidies, which go to insurance companies, reduce out-of-pocket expenses for low-income people who get coverage under President Barack Obama’s signature domestic initiative.
Pence celebrated the deal Monday, saying Trump himself played a key role in reaching it.
“I think this morning’s announcement about reaching a bipartisan deal on the budget says that the American people can be encouraged that Washington is working again, thanks to the strong leadership of President Donald Trump,” Pence said on “CBS This Morning.” “Thanks to his direct engagement with members of Congress, we’re seeing real progress.”
How can this even be called a deal?
This is the metaphor here:
Someone comes up to you, tells you to give them your wallet, your cellphone, your cigarettes and everything else in your pockets. You’re a foot taller than them, you’ve got a loaded fully-automatic rifle in your hand, you’re wearing military-grade body armor. They have no weapon.
With noting more than a muttered complaint, you give them everything they ask for, including your weapon and body armor, and all of the rest of your clothing. They tell you to keep your stinky socks and sweaty underwear.
Then you walk away, in your socks and underwear, and say “wow, I just made a great deal!”
Then your friends go out around the neighborhood describing what happened and saying “can you believe the deal this guy made???? He’s a genius and a hero!”
That is what happened with this bill.
Theater of the absurd.