A GOP Strategy to win the “Shutdown” so simple that only a Stupid Party could Blow it

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A GOP Strategy to win the "Shutdown" so simple that only a Stupid Party could Blow it

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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You can still buy tick­ets for our Pres­i­dent Trump a Year in Review and Look­ing Ahead event Jan 20th 2018 at the Tang Dynasty Restau­rant in Leomin­ster Ma. Click on the image to the left to get tick­ets via eventbrite.The event co-​sponsored by the Worces­ter Tea Party comes with an All you can eat Chi­nese buf­fet served till 2:30 (drinks are on you) and will include an all star panel (mod­er­ated by DaT­e­chGuy) including

Chip Faulkner of Cit­i­zens for Lim­ited Tax­i­a­tion
Dianna Ploss from the Boston Chap­ter of Act for Amer­ica
Christo­pher Maider from the Meat and Pota­toes Radio show
Mike LaChance from the Legal Insur­rec­tion blog

Tick­ets are avail­able at the door or you can get them here. Come on down and join us for a great meal and a great discussion.

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.

Uh oh.


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Finally might I suggest my book  Hail Mary the Perfect Protestant (and Catholic) Prayer makes an excellent Gift.

Get your Tickets today!

You can still buy tickets for our President Trump a Year in Review and Looking Ahead event Jan 20th 2018 at the Tang Dynasty Restaurant in Leominster Ma. Click on the image to the left to get tickets via eventbrite.The event co-sponsored by the Worcester Tea Party comes with an All you can eat Chinese buffet served till 2:30 (drinks are on you) and will include an all star panel (moderated by DaTechGuy) including

Chip Faulkner of Citizens for Limited Taxiation
Dianna Ploss from the Boston Chapter of Act for America
Christopher Maider from the Meat and Potatoes Radio show
Mike LaChance from the Legal Insurrection blog

Tickets are available at the door or you can get them here.  Come on down and join us for a great meal and a great discussion.