For Trump to actually make a proposal, no matter how bad, means he is under extreme pressure to make a deal, any deal. He was expecting that Democrats with be throwing offers at him and he would ultimately break them, getting more than they originally offered before the shut down. He was calculating that Democrats were dumber than his own base.
Well Trump made his teleprompter speech today from the White House. The media expected it to be about ending the shutdown, but he never said a word about it or the grief it is causing so many people. Instead he made another pitch for his $5.7 billion wall in exchange for extending to three years the temporary protection to the Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Temporary Protected Status immigrants. That and a whole bunch of the usual Trump propaganda on the reasons the wall was so urgently needed.
Speaker Pelosi has already said this is a non-starter. So I guess the shutdown continues because Trump has no empathy for the affected workers.
None of that speech was written by trump, but it did have some of his finger prints on it. He sounds like a maniacal drone that has no understanding of what he reading off the teleprompter (and good skit idea for SNL). There were words such has "Humanitarian" that are not part of his vocabulary. Parts of the speech truly could have been written by SNL writers, like the part of shipping people back to their own countries so they can apply for asylum there. That sounds like Trump and\or SNL. Or offering dreamers an extended stay after he took protections already granted to them. A move of true con man, steal something, then sell it back to the original owner, or in this case, Trump revoked protection from Dreamers, then states he is willing to give them far less protection at a much higher price.... And all of BS is at a high level perspective, we do not know what is in the details, such as "Dreamers are protected for 3 years, but they must rat out everyone they know who does not have full legal status" crap like is very likely hidden away in the fine print.
So yes indeed the shutdown will continue until McConnell takes back his power. I wonder though what Trump has over McConnell. Is there a McConnell dossier?
One, of many theories, is that this shuddown fight is a win-win for McConnell. If the Democrats come out on top, then Trump takes all the blame for not being able to make a deal. If Trump wins by getting his $5.7 billion wall, then McConnell is fully on board with Trump and celebrates a great Trump and Republican victory.
In reading about narcissistic behavior, one of the traits is having control over other people's lives. With the government shutdown McConnell has yielded his power to Trump, and as long as the shutdown continues and the spotlight is on Trump, he will revel in having that power.
He could be compared to a chronic alcoholic for the past 50yrs, and no matter how bad the spotlight might be, he wants it to be bigger and brighter. It would be like asking chronic alcoholic when he has had enough to drink. And it appears Trump even loves sleeping in his tanning bed.
My best guess now is that Trump rides this spotlight all the way to a veto over-ride so he can claim he never caved. I think McConnell will be forced to put a passable veto-proof bill on senate floor, trump will then veto it, and finally an over-ride by congress.
There are other options, such as Trump issuing an executive order, but as you pointed out, he loves the spotlight, so why would he cave now when he can milk it for several more weeks. At this point I think he is all in, all 5.7 billion for the Great Wall of Trump, or burst.
Great political cartoon
It is pretty clear by now that Trump is Star-Struck by Putin. If I could draw, I would draw picture of Trump's bedroom, and it would look like obsessed fan with wall to wall pictures Putin and toy Putin collectibles.
On Trump's top 10 list of most important people in the world, he ranks Putin as #1, and then Trump would rank himself in all positions 1-9 because he couldn't come up with any other names.
Schmidt Wrote: Four years ago on Martin Luther King Day (January 19, 2015) I wrote a blog article on this website, When Fear and Hate Rules Our Minds. It was largely directed at the white racist hate and fear of President Obama at the time, but four years later little has changed. With Donald Trump as president, hate and fear have become more exasperated and more overt.
By being elected he has been empowering racists and homophobic attitudes.
To be clear and fair, every normal person have some bigoted attitudes. What is bad is that Trump openly suggests that it is acceptable to be a bigot . Trump would say it this way: "There is nothing wrong with being a racist, just don't be a bad racist" or "There are good racists and there are bad racists".
And according to trump, Noboby loves minorities more he does. He even hires them to clean his toilets in Trump Tower.
"'If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads."
In my discussions with strong Christians they swear by the Bible as "being God's word." Yet they are okay to dismiss certain passages like the part of the verse above -- the part that deals with putting gay behavior to death -- but adhere rigidly to other parts and verses.
Put any two experts on the bible in the same room, and within 5 minutes they will disagree on some aspect of The Bible. Leave them in the room long enough, they will begin to hate each other for other's individual perspective on the bible.
Someone explained to me that "Being a christian is about faith, not facts. Facts don't matter because faith takes president over facts"
I will check out Idiocracy if I can find a copy. It's directed by Mike Judge who directed Office Space, an outrageously funny movie about typical f'ed up dysfunction in Corp America.
Pence is a 1950s Republican pretty much on everything. Would not surprise me if he and his wife have separate bedrooms or separate beds to maintain the illusion that they've only had sex enough times to conceive children because "Real Christians don't have sexual desires" and "sex is pure evil"
All of us here understand that Abortion is really about controlling women, just like Rape is about violence against women. Right wing men successfully were able to turn the real issue of "controlling of woman" into a political issue through Abortion. Trump's wall is the same thing, its not about boarder security, it really about building a symbolic racist structure along the southern board that means: "If you are poor and have brown skin, F*** Off"
... And about Pence, nobody prays more every single day that Trump screws up so bad that he is forced out of office. You can easily imagine Pence doing happy dances in the privacy of his bathroom every time Trump talks to the press or sends out a tweet. Pence knows Trump is a con man and completely incompetent to be president. Pence thinks he going to be president because Trump is a total screw up.
She definitely not being too tough on Trump. Hardball is the only thing that will be effective with him.
It's an oxymoron to think its possible to make a deal with Trump. I am dead serious, nobody makes deals with Trump. Trump is a con man, its in his DNA, and any deals made with him are void the moment they are made. I am confident the Pelosi knows that.