Over the last eight years we’ve had the MSM tell us how horrible government shutdowns were and excoriate the GOP each time they brought up the prospect of one.
Now that Donald Trump is President and Democrats no longer control either house of congress the media is as you might have already guessed, ready to blame you guessed it republicans.
People blame whoever they think is in charge. And although in the past two shutdowns that was somewhat up for debate, it isn’t this time around. Which is why tweets from President Donald Trump insisting that “Democrats want to shut down the Government over Amnesty for all and Border Security” won’t work. Sure, the base of the GOP will respond to that red-meat-throwing. But, there is no amount of Trump tweets that can overcome the fact that Republicans totally control Washington at the moment.
Given President Trump’s willingness to push back against this nonsense there is a real question if this meme will sell however there is a much simpler solution to the problem and it’s one I suggested during both of the last two shutdowns first in 2013 with Ted Cruz leading the fight until Mitch McConnell was bought off with some dam locks and the Democrat/Media left got what it wanted.
Two years later it happened again and the GOP this time had both the Senate and the House but not the White House
All the GOP has to do is wait till the MSM starts screaming about food stamps, or government workers or any other thing the left cares about
As soon as they do the House can pass funding for that piece, the senate using reconciliation can force a vote causing Democrats in the senate to choose between voting for spending for their constituents or not.
And Unlike 2013 these spending bills can’t be stopped from getting to the President’s desk.
Let the president veto funding for food stamps and unemployment, let him veto veterans spending and if he does wait a couple of week and pass the spending again and let him veto it again, and again and again until Obama voters scream.
Well it’s 2018 and this time the GOP has not only a president anxious to sign funding bills for vets, for tax refunds and national parks but a loud enough bully pulpit to clobber the Democrats and the media for blocking that funding. So there are two alternatives:
PLAN A: Pass spending bills for each priority from the Vet to the National parks and use reconciliation to allow them to be approved by the senate with 50 votes vs 60. These bills will get signed by the President and the net effect will be the only parts of government left unfunded are parts will be unnecessary stuff (which leads to the question as to why they were funded in the first place).
PLAN B: If for whatever reason reconciliation can’t be used pass the bills in the house and force the Democrats in the Senate into a REAL filibuster, with senators actually staying up all night, holding the floor and giving speech after speech as to why veterans hospitals, or tax refunds etc shouldn’t be funded. The GOP can have even more fun with this by passing bills that fund BOTH democrat and GOP priorities (such as food stamps and government workers along with the VA) and let POTUS go long on twitter hitting Democrats from blocking relief to the poor and the vets.
If the party stays on message and shows half the guts this president does in fighting back they can use this issue to completely turn around the election season. I’d even make sure to pass priorities that fund things in swing district that the Democrats want to hold and allow their candidates to explain to voters why they blocked funding for the very districts they want to win.
This plan is so basic and so obvious that only a stupid party could fail to pull this off.
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