By Thom Duda
There is no shortage of idiocy and corruption on Capitol Hill.
It’s politics. It’s the one cliché everyone expects and is usually correct on. However, this past week there was something else present on one side of the aisle, keeping the dereliction of duty and decency company: naiveté.
This came about after the government shutdown on Friday, Jan. 19th following a dispute over the proposed spending bill and its lack of defending DREAMers, while seemingly holding those in our country reliant on CHIP as a bargaining chip.
The shutdown lasted three days. The Democrats, not all, but enough to get a compromise passed, agreed to fund the government on the promise from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that immigration and issues pertaining to DACA would be addressed in the future. The Democrats who believed him are dumb as bricks to trust this promise.
An article by The Washington Post covering the aftermath of the shutdown notes the carefulness of McConnell’s speech regarding this whole issue and how it was his “intention” to look into this entire affair with the DREAMers.
I think we’re all familiar with this type of phrasing. It reeks of someone who you know is playing you for something or trying to weasel their way out of a deal, or some bureaucratic hell spawn that will be very sure to grab your soul over the tiniest technicality – not the straightforward pledge that someone will do something.
There is no commitment in intentions since those can change with circumstance and be pushed to the backburner if an appropriately dire situation comes up.
Priorities are a must.
McConnell had spent the entirety of the Obama administration blocking, conniving and going on about claiming the goal was making Obama a one-term President, all the while dipping into hypocrisy like a fine summer pond.
I doubt I have to remind folks of his dislike of Democrats attempting to block Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court while he had been giddy to keep Obama’s pick, Merrick Garland, from going to a vote. So why the Democrats are trusting of this man at all is absurd.
I mean, would you continue to work with someone who had cried and moaned at you for doing something and then pulled the same stunt without an ounce of shame? No, you’d call that person an ass and be done with it.
Ultimately, the shutdown ending will be good for people, especially those covered by CHIP, though that issue should have – and could have- been taken care back when it expired before the new year. At some point, there will come a time when the Democrats must realize that their counterparts in the Senate are not acting within the bounds of decency.
Stop being fooled because there’s only so much shame you can accumulate before looking like a complete clown.