Democrats threaten government shutdown over border wall

  • 14 March 2017
  • NormanL
Democrats threaten government shutdown over border wall

Once upon a time, Democrats said that Republicans who threatened to shut down the federal government were "legislative arsonists,"who wished to "hold cancer patients hostage." 

That was then. Today, it's Democrats who are threatening to shut down the government if they don't get their way on immigration policy:

A group of prominent Senate Democrats on Monday raised the specter of a shutdown over the funding of President Trump’s proposed wall along the border with Mexico. They also signaled a series of protracted budget battles in Congress over a larger force of immigration officers, what they call a deportation force, and funding for Planned Parenthood. They warned that these would also be “poison pills” that could kill any potential deals to keep the gears of government running normally this year.

In a letter to Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican majority leader, Senator Chuck Schumer and four other Democratic leaders made clear how far they were prepared to go: “We believe it would be inappropriate to insist on the inclusion of such funding in a must-pass appropriations bill that is needed for the Republican majority in control of the Congress to avert a government shutdown so early in President Trump’s administration.”

As the minority party both the House and Senate, Democrats should be expected to throw sand in the majority party's gears. That's politics. But we should not expect the Democrats to acknowledge that what they are doing is little different from what Republicans did in years past. Nor should we expect the media to criticize Democrats for threatening a shutdown. That would require a balanced approach to reporting, and a dash of self awareness -- two things the major media let slide a very long time ago.