Chuck Schumer smiles as he walks in the halls of Congress

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., arrive for a news conference after the Senate Policy luncheons in the Capitol on September 6, 2017. Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call | AP Photo

The Democrats are in control of the government.

The Republicans may have the majority in both houses of Congress. They may have the presidency. But make no mistake: It’s Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer who are calling the shots in Washington, D.C., with President Donald J. Trump’s support.

The president’s total capitulation occurred in a Wednesday meeting with congressional leaders from both parties. Earlier, Minority Leaders Pelosi and Schumer proposed a plan to tie Hurricane Harvey relief to a short-term debt ceiling increase until mid-December. Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., slammed the plan as “ridiculous and disgraceful,” accusing the Democrats of playing politics with devastated lives and disaster relief funds.

Over the objections of Ryan and virtually every other top Republican — “Basically everyone with an R behind their name," Axios reports — President Trump agreed to support the Democratic plan. To make matters even worse, the president said Wednesday that his administration will always “automatically” agree on increasing the debt ceiling.

Trump via pool: "Always we’ll agree on debt ceiling automatically because of the importance of it."

The president made a horrendous decision. An unforgivable decision. By agreeing to this plan, he’s ceded the leverage to the Democrats on DACA negotiations, government funding, and every other pet project liberals want to tie to the “must-pass” debt limit in December. By broadcasting that he’ll always support a debt-limit increase, Trump effectively made Chuck Schumer president of the United States.

It works like this: Sen. Schumer declares his intention to tie a no-strings-attached DACA legalization bill to every must-pass bill Congress will consider this fall. These must-pass bills include funding for the government (failing to pass appropriations triggers a government shutdown) and now a mid-December debt-ceiling increase (failing to pass this opens the administration to false accusationsof risking government default).

Schumer will tie DACA legalization and other Democrat priorities to this must-pass legislation and then Democrats will threaten to vote “no” if any conservative policies are attached. And, with Trump’s total capitulation Wednesday, Republicans’ hands will be tied, as GOP leadership refuses to risk a government shutdown.

The Democrats get everything they want, Trump will get nothing. No border wall funding. No RAISE Act. No spending cuts. Nothing.

One aide in GOP leadership described Trump’s decision as “total victory” for the Democrats.

Just spoke to a top Republican close to leadership about Trump's decision. Here's what they said:

House Dem aide on this news: "This is why we didn't get rid of Pelosi. Went into their stadium and kicked their asses up and down the field" 

Pelosi and Schumer released a joint statement:

In the meeting, the President and Congressional leadership agreed to pass aid for Harvey, an extension of the debt limit, and a continuing resolution both to December 15, all together. Both sides have every intention of avoiding default in December and look forward to working together on the many issues before us. As Democratic leaders, we also made it clear that we strongly believe the DREAM Act must come to the floor and pass as soon as possible and we will not rest until we get this done.

This outcome is truly astonishing; the Democrats had no power whatsoever to control the agenda. There is no reason to surrender on the debt limit, because default is never a real possibility. The government takes in far more revenue than the interest payment on the debt, which precludes the possibility of default since the government can make that interest payment.

In a government shutdown, the president holds all the cards; Congress must either acquiesce to the president’s demands on spending or override his veto. If two-thirds of both houses feel confident in banding together, they have that option — and the president can take his case to the American people during the midterm elections.

In spring, President Trump welcomed this fight. “If there’s a shutdown, there’s a shutdown,” the president said during budget negotiations in April. In early May, he repeated his willingness to fight for his agenda this September (i.e. this debt limit and budget fight right now). 

either elect more Republican Senators in 2018 or change the rules now to 51%. Our country needs a good "shutdown" in September to fix mess!

Picture it, if you can: Republicans and Democrats banding together amidst a shutdown to oppose a border wall and spending cuts, and to fight for amnesty for nearly a million illegal immigrants. How would the American people react to both political parties acting in direct contradiction of the agenda that put Donald Trump in office?

We will never know, because President Trump betrayed that agenda — and all its faithful supporters — today.

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....another sad turn of events.

How's it going Frank?  Is it starting to get "breezy" down there?




Political Cartoons by AF Branco

Political Cartoons by AF Branco


Horrible: Democrats Set The Constitution On Fire With Fraudulent Impeachment

House Democrats unveiled two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Tuesday morning after an investigation that violated fundamental provisions of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

The investigation of the president began with the complaint of a so-called “whistleblower” who turned out to be a rogue Central Intelligence Agency employee, protected by a lawyer who had called for a “coup” against Trump in early 2017.

Democrats first demanded that the “whistleblower” be allowed to testify. But after House Intelligence Committee chair Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) was found to have lied about his committee’s contact with the “whistleblower,” and after details of the “whistleblower’s” bias began to leak, Democrats reversed course. In violation of the President Trump’s Sixth Amendment right to confront his accuser, Democrats refused to allow the “whistleblower” to testify. They argue the president’s procedural rights, even if they existed, would not apply until he was tried in the Senate — but they also invented a fraudulent “right to anonymity” that, they hope, might conceal the whistleblower even then.

Schiff began the “impeachment inquiry” in secret, behind the closed doors of the Sensitive Compartmentalized Information Facility (SCIF) in the basement of the U.S. Capitol, even though none of the testimony was deemed classified. Few members of Congress were allowed access. Schiff allowed selective bits of testimony to leak to friendly media, while withholding transcripts of testimony.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), having allowed the secret process to unfold, legitimized it with a party-line vote authorizing the inquiry. The House resolution denied President Trump the procedural rights enjoyed by Presidents Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton, and denied the minority party the traditional right to object to witnesses called by the majority.

Rather than the House Judiciary Committee, which traditionally handles impeachment, Pelosi also deputized the House Intelligence Committee to conduct fact-finding; the Judiciary Committee was turned into a rubber stamp. Schiff held a few public hearings, but often failed to release transcripts containing exculpatory evidence until after they had passed.

In the course of the Intelligence Committee’s investigation, Schiff quietly spied on the telephone records of his Republican counterpart, Ranking Member Devin Nunes (R-CA). He also snooped on the phone records of a journalist, John Solomon; and on the phone records of former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, acting as President Trump’s personal lawyer.

Schiff’s eavesdropping violated both the First Amendment right to press freedom and the Sixth Amendment right to counsel. Yet he proceeded undeterred by constitutional rights, publishing the phone logs in his committee’s report without warning, confirmation, or explanation, alleging that Nunes and the others were part of a conspiracy to assist the president’s allegedly impeachable conduct. When Republicans on the Judiciary Committee asked the Intelligence Committee’s majority counsel, Daniel Goldman, to explain the phone logs, he refused to answer,

Ironically, Schiff had done exactly what Democrats accuse Trump of doing: abused his power to dig up dirt on political opponents, then obstructed a congressional investigation into his party’s and his committee’s misconduct.

Democrats’ articles of impeachment include one for the dubious charge of “abuse of power,” which is not mentioned in the Constitution; and one for “obstruction of Congress,” which in this case is an abuse of power in itself.

Alexander Hamilton, writing about impeachment in Federalist 65, warned that “there will always be the greatest danger that the decision will be regulated more by the comparative strength of parties, than by the real demonstrations of innocence or guilt.” Democrats have fulfilled Hamilton’s worst fears.

The Trump impeachment will soon replace the 1868 impeachment of President Andrew Johnson — which the House Judiciary Committee staff actually cited as a positive precedent — as the worst in American history.

In service of their “coup,” Democrats have trampled the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The Republic has never been in greater danger.

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