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      Democrats didn't just blink in the budget negotiations, they fell completely asleep! Trust McConnell and republicans??? Yeah, right!

      Trump issued the executive order to repeal DACA in September 2017, and gave Congress until March 2018 to enact a law, or Dreamers would be deported. Today is January 23, 2018, and there is no law. All there is, is a PROMISE from LIARS that they will DISCUSS a DACA fix along with comprehensive immigration legislation that they have not been able to pass in thirty years.

      So the spin senate Democrats used to support that Trump and republicans shut the government down because they refused to honor previous PROMISES about fixing DACA, and Democrats would not agree to a CR until republicans honored previous PROMISES, terribly missed the mark when Democrats agreed to even a short term agreement to reopen the government without a DACA fix.

      McConnell only said he would "address" issues related to immigration and other issues, AS LONG AS THE GOVERNMNET REMAINS OPEN. So the current spin is that since a group of so-called moderate republicans PROMISED to hold McConnell to his PROMISE, we can now trust republicans. If that actually happens, it is a huge step in the right direction. If they actually intended to honor that PROMISE though, they would begin TODAY, not next month or even next week.

      Those who say Democrats won because they got republicans to extend funding for CHIP for six years, IMHO are chasing windmills. Republicans had already agreed to extend CHIP for six years. What they had refused to fix was DACA, and they STILL refuse to fix DACA.

      I heard one congressman say that shutting the government down to address DACA was wrong because there is no urgency for DACA. That they have three weeks to fix DACA. Well, they have had forty years to issue a federal budget and they haven't done that.

      I posted a comment the other day about a true story of a young man who had grown up in the USA after being brought here as a child. The young man was found dead in the Texas Rio Grande Valley after being deported for trivial reasons, trying to get back to the family he knew and loved. This story is not unique to this young man. To people like him and his family and friends, DACA is urgent.

      https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/democrat-cave-shutdown-immigration_us_5a665efbe4b002283005c4ca?section=us_politics

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          Here is something I find deeply disturbing. This Senator, Tom Cotton (R), has taken it upon himself to send cease and desist letters to his constituents to shut them up. Seriously, this is not a joke. This just goes to show just how corrupt and dysfunctional our lawmakers like Cotton have become.

          This is the same Cotton who went behind President Obama's back and along with signatures from 47 Republican colleagues, all Senators, sent a letter to Iran to disrupt the peace process. I am surprised Cotton wasn't tried for treason, blindfolded and placed against a wall and shot. Being that under Trump the worst possible people for top jobs within his administration are being placed this "traitor" Cotton is Trumps first choice to head the CIA. This is what I truly find not only disturbing but just plain wrong on so many levels. This cannot be allowed to happen. Cotton is an enemy of our Nation and shouldn't even be sitting in Congress.


          https://trofire.com/2018/01/20/republican-senator-...

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          Hostage Taking: Behind The Trump/GOP Shutdown

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              Why have the GOP dragged their feet, muddied the waters, fogged up the landscape, over the fate of the "Dreamers", and the "CHPers". We keep hearing that they want nothing more than to "compassionately, lovingly" provide for those in the DACA program and for those who depend on the CHP for their health care. Why?????? And when I say "The GOP" I mean both Houses of Congresses and the White House. What's in it for them?


              Hostages. Those two programs are vital to the Dems. The are Identity Programs. They are a test of progressive credentials.


              Passing them before a crisis where the GOP needs leverage would be throwing away great hostage opportunities.


              "Pass our Continuing Resolution and we'll let the kids go to the doctor."

              "Give us our 'wall' and the DACA Dreamers can stay."


              BUT SOMETHING HAPPENED YESTERDAY THAT I SUSPECT THE GOP DID NOT EXPECT.....The Dems took the Government hostage!


              Stay tuned. The hostage negotiations have just begun.

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              The Warriors In The Shadows

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                  When the US Government shut down last week it had its very own countdown clock to that shut down which cleverly changed to count the hours since the shutdown because things like that really matter, right?

                  As Trump's negotiating skills are seen in the light of day for just how worthless they actually are as a result of having to negotiate in public. His little 'show' he put on with a bipartisan meeting where he clearly didn't have the first clue of what he was banging on about.....and after the cameras left we all learned of the 'Shithole' comments, the ''too hot for TV'' part of the meeting blew the whole damn thing up.

                  Since then Republican control has been anything but. They have shown the deep fissures within their own party that are always ready to blow only this time they are on a mission to self destruct as their own political schizophrenia eats them alive. Their approach of the entirety of the Obama Presidency and their opposition was to use this chaos which is fine and whether anyone likes it or not it was effective. But when that opposition becomes control of government, it's a different ball game.


                  Given this the GOP have tried to do something that on one hand would seem sincere were it not so damned hypocritical. All of a sudden Mitch McConnell seems to care about all those poor sick children who are recipients of CHIP.


                  You'd almost swear Mitch had finally righted his often skew whiff moral compass and decided his debt to his backers wasn't worth sight of millions of poor children going without life saving care.......but of course Mitch won't lose any sleep over those sick children. I mean it wasn't as if Mitch and his band of poor hating republicans tried to fight tooth and nail over the ACA....one of those provisions being the Preexisting conditions.

                  'How could those evil 'demon' crats even consider not helping poor kids who can't stand up for themselves'........

                  Like a Kentuckian version of wise King Solomon he's happy to play human being off human being. Whilst Solomon offered to cut the baby in half McConnell found it easier to play the DACA people off against those who receive CHIP.

                  Then the Republican default.........''This will hurt the Military''

                  It already is. Over the past 24 hours two American soldiers were KIA. Their families will not receive the $100,000 that is promised should a Service Member die whilst on active duty. Protections put in place during the 2013 shutdown saw Obama protect all Military payments.......But not this time.

                  Missouri's Claire McCaskill wanted to make sure that this would be in place but the man that stated it would hurt the Military going out of his way to make sure that impact was felt by blocking McCaskill's amendment.

                  Maybe Mitch should have said...........''I'll make damn sure this hurts the Military only because I love the troops and have no spine''

                  TRUMP AND DACA: DON’T FORGET ABOUT IMMIGRANT VETERANS BEING DEPORTED

                  http://www.newsweek.com/daca-trump-immigrants-mili...

                  Once again the GOP drag their favourite props out in the guise of Military men and women and their children.

                  Families that include those very people who Mitch and Trump would want to fuel a division between the needs of two groups, both not at fault for their situations and both pawns like those in the Military.


                  Pawns like Military veteran Army Private 1st class Miguel Perez.


                  An American

                  His circumstances not of his own doing

                  A Veteran of two Afghan tours.

                  A dreamer.

                  Like many who fight for country the battle scars are sometime worn on the body many of those scars aren't visible. The mind is a scary place and subject it to the horrors of war in the sacrifice of others, thoughts, sounds, smells and images are all grenades in the mind with a malfunctioning pin and any of that mentioned among many other everyday things that we mere mortals are oblivious to are those very things that can see a Veteran go off the edge.

                  Miguel Perez had those very scars in the mind. A dreamer born in Mexico brought to the US as a child with no say faces deportation as a result of his service to country and the disservice that country gives in return. He had his demons follow him from the battlefield and like most he sought the escape of alcohol and some hard drugs. Another forgotten patriot left like a tattered flag limp in the breeze long after his war ended.


                  Like so many Perez found himself imprisoned for a drug offence and despite his service he may well be sent back to Mexico a country he does not know. Yes Perez committed a crime a drug offence. Before his service he had never had a days trouble in his life and joined the military not just for the training but also the prospect of being able to call himself an American legally.

                  Thanks to America's attitude of the disposable soldier of all backgrounds it is particularly galling to here Mitch McConnell and his equally cowardly boss are happy to play those under the cloud of DACA and those under the cloud of ill health.

                  One fact is clear whether you are a veteran, a poor sick child or a dreamer....These Republicans and this President care little for you......

                  You are the true warriors fighting against American Ideals that are Un-American and bordering on Anti-American....Your battle is fought in the shadows.

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                  "I Will Not Be Lectured To By A Five Deferment Draft-dodger."

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                      Paul Ryan Collected $500,000 In Koch Contributions Days After House Passed Tax Law

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                          Nope, nothing wrong with this picture. Just the usual graft and corruption our law makers are well known for these days. So, we now know what it costs to buy Ryan today.

                          https://a.msn.com/r/2/AAuWW6J?m=en-us

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                              Let's try and get this right. The white supremacists who march under Nazi and Confederate flags get to tell us that immigrants and brown people are worthless scum and should be discriminated against. The Nazis and KKKers have their guns and bibles and they want to use them to change America into a theologic tyranny. Meanwhile they wrap themselves with the American flag, then use the Constitution as toilet paper.

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                              Shutdown After Senate Blocks Funding Bill

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                                  What happened to Donnie the wheeler dealer - did he lose his "art" abilities?

                                  Government shutdown begins, Senators still negotiating . . . .


                                  The chamber votes down a four-week extension of government funding at midnight deadline

                                  The Senate failed to advance legislation to keep the government funded,as a midnight shutdown is set to take effect.

                                  Original story:
                                  Washington is barreling toward a government shutdown at midnight Friday, with no apparent sign of a last-minute breakthrough and each party blaming the other for causing the crisis.

                                  https://www.politico.com/story/2018/01/19/governme...

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