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HORIST: Trump proposes … Pelosi and Schumer go AWOL

HORIST: Trump proposes … Pelosi and Schumer go AWOL

Before one considers the proposals made by President Trump to open negotiations to get the government back in business, it is important to understand that the Democrats, under the leadership of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, do not want to end the government shutdown.

Yeah!  Yeah!  They claim that Trump and the Senate Republicans are prolonging the shutdown,  but Pelosi could end it just as fast as Trump.  All she has to do is give Trump some border barrier funding, take the things Democrats have been demanding, and the shutdown is over.  But Pelosi believes that the longer the shutdown continues, the more Democrats will benefit in 2020.

That is why Democrats are proffering a rather unique and irrational argument – at least irrational if you sincerely want to end the shutdown.  They say that they will not even negotiate until Trump caves and opens the government on their terms … period.  Their suggestion that there can be no talks until the government is open is as ridiculous as a school board saying they will not engage in any talks until the union ends a strike.  You need talks … negotiations … on the critical issues to end a work shutdown, whether federal employees or school teachers.

No sooner had Trump’s speech ended than Pelosi called his proposal a non-starter.  Senate Democrat Minority Whip Dick Durbin of Illinois demanded that Trump open the government TODAY!  Virtually every Democrat member of Congress has echoed the same demand and promise – open the government and we will negotiate immigration.

Anyone with an I.Q, higher than a hockey score understands that without the leverage of the shutdown there is no chance in Hell that the Democrats will negotiate immigration in good faith – or even bad faith.   Trump’s border protection plan — the wall — would be less likely than a return to Prohibition.  We have seen that old movie before – a number of times.  President Reagan granted amnesty, and the Democrat reneged on the promised immigration reform.

The Trump proposal has some old elements and some new offerings.  They are a mix of his demands, Democrats demands and areas of actual past agreement.

On Trump’s side is the all-important $5.7 billion for border security, including some physical barriers.  That is the President’s only non-negotiable demand for openers.  It would provide for 230 miles of border barrier in the coming year in places designated by the border enforcement community.  It would most likely be composed of steel slat fencing and other barrier systems.  In other places, it would deploy technology and natural barriers, such as mountains and rivers with steep cliffs alongside.

The Pelosi Democrats want a reinstatement of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) which allows for a special TEMPORARY residency for temporary asylum seekers – which Democrats construe as PERMANENT residency, of course.  This involved people like the Haitians who were homeless after a major earthquake ravaged their island nation.  Trump will give it another three years while they negotiate a more comprehensive reform measure, but he believes temporary asylum should mean temporary.

Trump wants to add 2750 border control agents, and use new technologies, such as drones, to patrol the border.  He also proposes a program for asylum seeker to apply in their home nation through the American  embassy or consulates.

In terms of Democrat demands, Trump would support legislation to give the DACA “Dreamers” a three-year protection from deportation as comprehensive reform was being negotiated.  This would be done by legislation since both Trump and Obama said the President does not have the authority to deal with the issue by Executive Order – although Obama rejected his own legal counsel and did it by EO anyway.

Responding to Democrat public requests, Trump would add 75 judges to process asylum seekers in a more expeditious manner.  He would also provide $800 million in “humanitarian funding” for a range of border programs and practices.  Separation of children would be held to a minimum.

One of the scripted Democrat complaints was that Trump made his proposal without any input from the Democrat leadership – although he did host a serious of meetings with Democrat legislators.  The Democrat complaint, however, is more nonsense.  In a negotiated situation, it is common and proper for one side or the other to make a proposal – to which the other side responds.  The can agree or disagree to certain points or present their own proposal.  The only unacceptable response is no response.

The fact that the Democrat position is a refusal to negotiate until the government shutdown is ended can only ensure that it will be a long time before the federal workers are back on the job.  There will come a day when the federal workers, the contractors, the Dreamers, the American public and a critical number of congressional Democrats will realize that the government shutdown will not end until there is an immigration deal that includes the $5.7 billion funding for border barriers and protection.

What is remarkable about this standoff is that virtually everything Trump laid out in his speech has been endorsed, supported and voted for by most congressional Democrats – including billions of dollars for a wall.  If Democrats truly had empathy for the furloughed workers, they would see that $5.7 billion dollars as a very small price to pay to get the federal workers back on the job, provide protection for the Dreamers and those currently here under the temporary asylum program, and to enhance border security – which they claim to support.

Congressional Democrats and their allies in the major media are working hard to get the Republicans in the Senate to break with Trump, but so far, the GOP and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are holding firm.  It is more likely to take break-away Democrats in the House and Senate to end the shutdown – and that means giving Trump his wall, like it or not.  The only question is how much suffering and damage Pelosi is willing to make the nation endure for her narrow and petty political agenda.

So, there ‘tis.

About The Author

Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.

12 Comments

  1. George Gerster

    Pelosi and the rest of the socialist/communist/liberal media do not care about the USA, they only want power so they can destroy our constitution

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  2. Sid drain

    Chuck Schumer on the day after Trump was scorn in , he said “ now it’s our job to make this administration fails” That’s their only goal, the hell with the American people. It’s power they want nothing more.

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  3. Carole ANNE Quinn

    YOU DON’T NEGOTIATE WITH RATTLESNAKES. THE HUMAN ONES DESERVE THE LEAD SHOT IN THE BUTT.

    PELOSI’S REFUSAL TO FUND THE WALL IS THE REASON FOR THE GOV’T. SHUTDOWN. PERIOD.

    PRES. TRUMP EXERCISED THE CORRECT STRATEGY. HE IS WORKING FOR US…DOING HIS JOB.

    HE SHOULD NOT HAVE TO MAKE ANY CONCESSIONS TO TODDLERS TO CAJOLE THEM INTO DOING THE RIGHT THING.

    THE MESSAGE TO THE PELOSI-SCHUMER “DESTRUCTIVE-OBSTRUCTIVE DELEGATION” SHOULD BE THIS: “FUND THE WALL OR RESIGN YOUR GOV’T. JOBS THAT YOU’VE DESERTED.”

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  4. Robert J. Nowakowski

    Of course, the Democrats want open borders to increase the Democrat vote. I don’t know
    how many illegals vote but if only one votes,
    it cancels out my vote, and my right to a fair and legal election. Some Democrats see this as a way to illegally increase their numbers.
    As to President Trump’s good faith proposal that was well thought out and fair, I feel it is almost treasonous to hurt the country in this manner. I believe it will back fire on the Democrats if they
    think it will help them in 2020. I also agree that the proposal should be accepted BEFORE terminating the shutdown.

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  5. STEVE FLOWERS

    PRESIDENT TRUMP, DO NOT GIVE IN TO THESE SCHOUNDRELS, THEY ARE NOT TRUSTWORTHY! REMEMBER PRESIDENT H. BUSH, HE GAVE IN TO THEM AND THEY TURNED AROUND AND SCREWED HIM. THESE DISHONEST PEOPLE, YOU SEEN WHAT THEY HAVE DONE BY TRYING TO LEAVE THE COUNTRY, PELOSI GOES TO HAWAII FOR A WEEK OR MORE, SHE THEN TRIES TO LEAVE THE COUNTRY AGAIN FOR A WEEK. I SALUTE YOU SIR FOR STOPPING HER FLIGHT. SHE SHOWED HER TRUE COLORS WHEN SHE DID NOT WANT YOU TO GIVE THE STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS, BLAMMING IT OF THE LACK OF SECURITY WHEN SHE ‘NEVER TALKED TO ANY SECRET SERVICE PEOPLE. PRESIDENT, ‘NO MATTER’ YOU TRY TO A[PEASE THEM, THEY WILL NEVER STOP TRYING TO GET YOU OUT OF THE PRESIDENCY.

    THE PEOPLE SEE WHAT IS GOING ON AND WE THE PEOPLE WILL DO OUR DAMNEST TO GET YOU RE ELECTED. THE BALL WILL BE IN OUR COURT THEN.
    STAY TOUGH, STASDY STRONG AND NEVER FORGET ABOUT US SILENT MAJORITY!

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  6. madmemere

    That’s the way the dimwit commies operate – -all kinds of promises, till they get what they want and then “fuggedaboutit}!

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  7. Mathew Mok

    Blow-see and her pig wallow of NWO Marxist useless(sic) idiots want the President to just lay down and approve of every single thing they want to do and intend to give nothing in return. How they think this stupidity will help them with anything but being kicked out of office is beyond me,,,,but unlike them I can tie mu own shoes.,

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  8. CAROL

    Stop paying all the houses until they come together and work for the people !

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  9. Paul B

    Go Larry,Go!!!!

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  10. David Teiwes

    “Pig” losi is nothing more then a spoiled brat throwing a temper tantrum with soiled diapers on!

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  11. Pedro Estrada

    Trump needs to stand strong. pig losi has shown her true colors. The Democrets are going to suffer for this and the DACA people will now blame her for not helping them out. I hope The POTUS calls an emergency on the border and starts the wall. leaving the Dumcrats with nothing. We are with him.

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  12. Katee

    The longer the demos keep saying no, the more ALL the people, are beginning to realize who the real twits are and it isn’t Trump. This could have been over after the first few days, but the big spenders left town, then the country. It is so evident that these blood suckers are willing to do only what benefits them and the illegals. We want safety, which means we want a wall. Won’t stop everything, but will stop a huge amount of it!

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