While the president is spiraling out of control and Republicans are hellbent on passing a tax bill that they know will harm millions of low-income people, there’s some serious shit coming down the line which none of them are capable of staving off.
Failure to act in the coming days could bring a partial shutdown of government operations, jeopardize health-care services for 9 million children and 370,000 pregnant women nationwide, and further complicate the fate of hundreds of thousands of children of illegal immigrants, known as dreamers, who could start facing deportation in early March.
“We have a lot differences,” Trump said in the White House’s Roosevelt Room, flanked by two empty chairs meant for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), calling Democrats weak on crime, immigration and the military. Asked about the possibility of a government shutdown this month, the president said: “If that happens, I would absolutely blame the Democrats.” […]
Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.), a close ally of Trump, called it “irresponsible” of the Democrats to pull out of the White House meeting Tuesday. He also decried the larger pattern of fiscal brinkmanship in which both parties have engaged.
“This is ridiculous that here we are in December trying to fund the government for this year,” he said. He added: “Why in the hell didn’t we have this budget done and the funding done before the end of the fiscal year, back in September?”
Why, Sen. Perdue? Because the majority party, Trump’s party, spent pretty much the whole of the legislative calendar on repealing Obamacare. Because you collectively chose to spend your time doing everything in your power to destroy any and everything that had President Barack Obama’s fingerprints on it. That is why we’re here. And guess what—you’re still doing that! Look what you’re doing now, this week. Tax cuts for the filthy rich, blowing up the deficit you supposedly care about.