A single lie discovered is enough to create doubt in every truth expressed. –Anonymous
In a perfect world, Republican President Donald Trump would say he wanted $5.7 billion for a border wall and Democrats Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi would counter with a $3 billion offer. They would then find a compromise somewhere in between and we’d all live happily ever after.
But that is not the case across the fruited plains in today’s reality TV approach. The three stooges go on television in primetime and state their cases to the American people while interrupting their TV shows.
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Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” In case you’re a first-time visitor, this is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes sprinkled with sarcasm.
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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D) told reporters that negotiating with President Donald Trump and the White House leading up to the government shutdown “is like negotiating with Jell-O.”
It looks like Jell-O won.
Sure there’s plenty of blame to go around and if past shutdowns are any indication, the Republicans don’t do well in the shutdown game in the polls. In a poll here at The Western Word, Trump was blamed for the shutdown by 75% of those responding. Just 16% blamed Schumer and 9% blamed others.
Part of the blame has to start with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R), who in my opinion is a poor excuse for a leader. McConnell knew he needed 60 votes in the Senate to pass the funding bill, and that would mean he would need Democrat support. He failed to get it.