Typical: Bette Midler wishes for VIOLENCE against Sen. Rand Paul for DOING his job

(National SentinelFilibuster: Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., took to the floor of his chamber Thursday evening to rail against a two-year budget deal being negotiated between members of both parties because it substantially raises spending and will likely add to the national debt.

“When the Democrats are in power, Republicans appear to be the conservative party,” Paul said at one point on the Senate floor, during a speech that slowed down the budget approval process ahead of a midnight government shutdown deadline.

“But when Republicans are in power, it seems there is no conservative party. The hypocrisy hangs in the air and chokes anyone with a sense of decency or intellectual honesty,” he added.

Republicans were critical of Paul because his effort led to the government being shut down — at least temporarily. At this hour it remains shut down until President Donald J. Trump signs budget legislation that passed both chambers of Congress.

Despite what anyone may think of Paul’s efforts and statements, that is what his constituents elected him to do — fight for the principles upon which he ran, say supporters.

But should disagreement invoke violence? Actress Bette Midler thinks so, according to a tweet she sent Thursday evening referencing a recent violent attack upon Paul by a neighbor that left him with six broken ribs.

“Where’s Rand Paul’s neighbor when we need him?” she said.

A spokesman for the senator was blunt in his response.

“I guess some people think felony assault, six broken ribs and other internal injuries are funny. That makes them pretty disturbed,” Chief Strategist Doug Stafford told the Gateway Pundit in response to the tweet.

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Once again, Democrats WON’T VOTE to fund the MILITARY

(National SentinelAiding the Enemy: The House on Tuesday voted along party lines to pass another continuing resolution rather than a full-on budget, though the measure did include $700 billion for the Defense Department for the remaining fiscal year that ends Sept. 30.

However, Democratic leaders in the Senate have already proclaimed the bill “dead on arrival” because it doesn’t contain funding increases for domestic spending programs.

“House Republicans continue marching down a very partisan road, proposing a [bill] that will raise defense spending but leave everything else behind,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said, “and as I have said many times before, a CRomnibus will not pass the Senate. Speaker [Paul] Ryan and House Republicans keep running into the same brick wall.”

“Republicans must stop governing from manufactured crisis to crisis, and work with Democrats to pass the many urgent, long overdue priorities of the American people,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said, blaming Ryan as well.

Republicans have been working towards passage of full budget, but have gotten no help at all from Democrats. That much is evident by the party line votes.

And while Republicans in the House can pass a fully funded federal budgeting legislation, they need Democratic support in the Senate where a 60-vote majority is required to approve legislation.

Republicans currently hold a slight 51-49 majority in the upper chamber; Democrats repeatedly refused to support fully funded annual spending bills throughout the Obama administration and continuing their obstinance in the Trump presidency.

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Continuing resolutions keep government bureaucracies open, but they have dramatically harmed military readiness, as the Pentagon and top service chiefs have repeatedly testified before various congressional committees for years.

Defense officials say the services cannot plan ahead to develop and buy new and upgraded weapons systems without reliable annual funding. They also note that it is difficult to retain the defense industrial base because contractors leave the sector to find other forms of revenue.

As such, the service chiefs and top defense officials have argued that the CRs are hurting national security, but Democrats don’t seem to be getting the message.

The point was made again Tuesday during an appearance before the House Armed Services Committee by Secretary of Defense James Mattis, who said that without reliable funding for the Pentagon, Congress was “abrogating its responsibility to provide reliable funding” to the military.

“Our military remains capable, but our competitive edge has eroded in every domain of warfare—air, land, sea, space, and cyber. Under frequent continuing resolutions and sequester’s budget caps, our advantages continue to shrink. The combination of rapidly changing technology, the negative impact on military readiness resulting from the longest continuous stretch of combat in our nation’s history, and insufficient funding have created an overstretched and under-resourced military,” he said.

“Let me be clear: as hard as the last 16 years of war have been, no enemy in the field has done more to harm the readiness of the U.S. military than the combined impact of the Budget Control Act’s defense spending caps, worsened by operating in 10 of the last 11 years under continuing resolutions of varied and unpredictable duration,” Mattis added.

Added Speaker Ryan: “The only reason we do not have a full budget agreement is because Democrats continue to hold funding for our government hostage over an unrelated issue.”

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White House on #SchumerShutdown: DEMS holding Americans, U.S. military, hostage over ILLEGAL aliens

(National SentinelShutting Down: The White House on Friday issued a blistering statement following the expiration of government funding, leading to a partial shutdown of the government, blaming it squarely on Democrats and their Senate leader, Charles Schumer of New York.

In the statement, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders made it clear that President Donald J. Trump was putting American citizens first and foremost in any budget and related negotiations, but that Democrats were more interested in gaining protections for people in the country illegally, no matter when or how they came.

“Senate Democrats own the Schumer Shutdown,” Sanders said.

“Tonight, they put politics above our national security, military families, vulnerable children, and our country’s ability to serve all Americans. We will not negotiate the status of unlawful immigrants while Democrats hold our lawful citizens hostage over their reckless demands,” she continued.

“This is the behavior of obstructionist losers, not legislators. When Democrats start paying our armed forces and first responders we will reopen negotiations on immigration reform,” Sanders added.

“During this politically manufactured Schumer Shutdown, the President and his Administration will fight for and protect the American people.”

The House continuing budget resolution to fund the government through February 16 (and the Children’s Health Insurance Program for six years) failed a cloture vote in the Senate on a largely party line vote, 50 to 49.

All Democrats voted against cloture except Senators Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Doug Jones of Alabama, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia.

All Republicans voted for cloture except Jeff Flake of Arizona, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Mike Lee of Utah. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky voted no for procedural reasons.

An absent John McCain of Arizona did not vote.

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CNN whiner Jim Acosta completely SCHOOLED at White House presser by Budget Director Mulvaney (Video)

(National SentinelPartisan: As a government shutdown loomed closer on Friday, White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney took to the dais in the briefing room to take reporters’ questions about the most recent developments in negotiations.

During his opening statements, Mulvaney dubbed the impasse over budget agreement the “Schumer Shutdown,” a reference to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., who is believed to be purposefully tanking negotiations and angling for the government to be shut down over political demands such as citizenship for illegal aliens.

When Mulvaney called on CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta, who is frequently combative with Trump administration officials, he questioned why the budget director blamed the shutdown on Schumer and Democrats.

“At the comments beginning this you said it was the Schumer shutdown. How could it be the Schumer Shutdown when Republicans control the White House, the House and the Senate?”

At that, Mulvaney took a mocking, disciplinary tone.

“Come on. You know the answer to that as well as anybody. I have to laugh when people say that. ‘Oh we control the House, the Senate, the White House, why can’t you get this done?'” he said.

“You know as well as anybody that it takes 60 votes in the Senate to pass an appropriations bill. Right? You know that?”

“I know that,” Acosta admitted.

“So when you only have 51 votes in the senate you have to have Democrat support in order to keep the government to fund the government. So that’s the answer to your question,” Mulvaney said.

Watch the exchange:

Republicans have lashed out at Democrats over their refusal to agree to a long-term budget which they say is detrimental to military readiness, a position that Defense Secretary James Mattis, a former four-star Marine general, agrees with.

In the short term, Republicans blame Democrats for holding the U.S. military hostage and putting illegal aliens ahead of troops, including those deployed in combat zones.

A government shutdown means U.S. military personnel don’t get paid, even those forward-deployed.

The last time the government shut down was in 2013. Democrats again blamed Republicans for the shutdown and many think it will harm the GOP in this year’s elections like they believed it would harm Republicans then.

The GOP won commanding majorities in the House and Senate the following year.

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Trump NAILS Democrats over BUDGET, GOVT. SHUTDOWN with this SIMPLE statement to the press (Video)

(National SentinelPresidential: President Donald J. Trump used his bully pulpit to push for a long-term budget deal in Congress and to avoid a government shutdown during a visit to the Pentagon on Thursday.

As lawmakers from both parties rush to find a compromise, most Democrats have dug in their heels and have said they would not support any budget deal that did not include a pathway to citizenship for so-called DACA “Dreamers” — illegal aliens currently in the U.S. who were brought in by their parents.

No deal before Friday by midnight means that all non-essential government functions would shut down. However, other federal employees would still have to report to work, though they would not be getting paid until the budget impasse is over and government funding is resumed.

The active-duty military is part of that group of “essential” federal employees, and that includes troops that are currently deployed overseas in war zones.

Trump addressed this with reporters.

“But again, the group that loses big would be the military, and we’re never letting our military lose at any point,” he said.

“We’re going to fund our military, we’re going to have a military that we’ve never had before because we’ve just about…just about never needed our military more than now. Thank you very much,” the president added.

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Their turn: Top DEM threatens govt. shutdown if illegal alien DACA recipients aren’t given PATH to citizenship

(National SentinelThreat: During President Obama’s tenure, Democrats once chastised Republicans for allegedly being responsible for a government shutdown over their refusal to agree to spending increases.

GOP lawmakers were widely criticized by Democrats and the establishment media over the 16-day shutdown, receiving the lion’s share of the blame.

Now, a top Democrat is threatening another government closure if an immigration reform bill lawmakers are debating does not contain a provision to legalize some 800,000-1 million illegal aliens protected from deportation under an Obama-era executive order.

Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., told ABC News‘ “This Week” on Sunday, “I, for one, will not vote on government funding until we get a deal for DACA,” the acronym for the Obama program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

In September, President Donald J. Trump rescinded the order and gave Congress six months to fix it.

Last week, a federal court in the U.S. Ninth District issued a temporary order barring Trump’s rescinding order from taking effect, but that decision is widely expected to be overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court at some point.

Here is Lewis on yesterday’s This Week program:

DACA was initiated via executive order by Obama in June 2012. At the time it was heavily criticized by Republicans and a number of state attorneys general as an unconstitutional move by the Executive Branch to unilaterally change immigration law.

But several Democrat-run states sued the administration over its lifting of DACA, and last week, U.S. District Judge William Alsup in San Francisco, part of the oft-overturned Ninth Circuit, blocked the order.

A recently leaked memo from the Democratic Party indicates that party strategy moving forward is to ensure that as many illegal aliens as possible receive citizenship because it is believed most of them will vote for Democratic candidates.

The memo, co-written by former Clinton communications director Jennifer Palmieri, was distributed to allies who are calling on congressional Democrats to “refuse to offer any votes for Republican spending bills that do not offer a fix for Dreamers and instead appropriate funds to deport them.”

“The fight to protect Dreamers is not only a moral imperative, it is also a critical component of the Democratic Party’s future electoral success,” reads Palmieri’s memo.

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We’re officially broke: Debt surpasses $20 trillion

(National SentinelBudget Blues: Well, we did it, America. We allowed our elected leaders to officially spend the country into oblivion, and the really good news is, it comes at a time when we’re going to have to spend billions more we don’t have to clean up from two of the worst storms in a century.

As reported by CNS News:

The federal debt officially surpassed $20 trillion for the first time on Friday, as the debt subject to the legal limit set by Congress jumped $317,645,000,000 in one day–following President Donald Trump’s signing of a spending-and-debt-limit deal that will fund the government through Dec. 8.

At the close of business on Thursday, Sept. 7, according to the Daily Treasury Statement for Friday, the total debt of the federal government was $19,844,587,000,000 and the portion of it subject to the legal limit set by Congress was $19,808,747,000. After President Trump signed the legislation suspending the debt limit, the total debt immediately jumped to $20,162,177,000,000 and the portion of it subject to the limit jumped to $20,126,392,000,000, according to the Daily Treasury Statement for Sept. 8, 2017.

That’s a lot of numbers, but you get the idea: We’re broke, and getting broker.

In case you were wondering, this is why dozens of Republicans — including four congressmen from Texas — voted against last week’s debt ceiling package; it wasn’t because they didn’t want to help their fellow residents and other Americans, it’s because we as a nation are so heavily in debt there isn’t any realistic way to pay it off.

Like, ever.

What are we supposed to do if we get into a major world war? Where’s the money going to come from to pay for our defense? Can you imagine having to finance another Herculean war effort like that one it took to win World War II?

Congress would either have to raise taxes on everyone by high double digits, or impose some kind of war tax on purchases, goods and services just to break even.

Here’s another thought. Sure, the Treasury can just print money and viola, we have the “funds” to pay off the debt. What the hell, right? The U.S. dollar is the world’s reserve currency.

Yes, the dollar is the world’s reserve. For now. What happens when that changes (and China is attempting to do just that, by the way)?

Also, if it were true that the Treasury could simply print the money to pay off the debt, why hasn’t that happened yet? Simple; because fiat money — paper money and coins — have to be based on something of value in order to be any good. In this case, we don’t print just enough dollars to cover the amount of gold we have at Fort Knox, but rather the dollar is based on “confidence” among investors and on Wall Street that it’s “good” and “sound.”

What happens when that confidence dissipates, for whatever reason, as it has from time to time through the years?

The national debt may seem like some abstract thing to most people, but it’s just as real for a country as it is for a country’s citizens who struggle every day to balance their personal budgets.

When individuals accumulate too much debt, they go to court, declare bankruptcy and start over.

When countries go broke, they collapse.

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Establishment resistance to Trump continues, as GOP leaders thwart the president over proposed cuts to Left-wing govt. media

(National SentinelCongress: After completely botching Obamacare repeal-and-replace measures, the GOP-controlled Congress is now continuing to go out of its way to thwart President Donald J. Trump’s agenda and that of the electoral majority who put him in office, proving once again that the Republican Establishment is no different to the Democratic Establishment.

As reported by LifeZette, in his first spending budget the president has proposed deep spending cuts to virtually all programs, departments and agencies, but Republicans who control Congress – and who used to be advocates for smaller government and less spending – are proving to be his biggest obstacle, even as the national debt explodes towards $20 trillion.

LifeZette noted:

The GOP-led Congress appears to be completely ignoring President Donald Trump’s budget request to eliminate funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, three of the most reviled government programs among conservatives.

For example, the House Appropriations Committee unveiled its funding measures for the 2018 fiscal year, showing that although Trump zeroed out money for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), the committee put back $445 million – the same funding level as for the current fiscal year.

The corporation is a government-funded entity operating National Public Radio, the Public Broadcasting System and public radio stations all around the country; all of these entities publish or broadcast content that is overwhelmingly Left-wing in nature, so there isn’t even a semblance of ideological balance.

Trump believes, as have other critics of the CPB in the past, that the entities should exist on their own like similar private-sector broadcasters and publishers must, and that taxpayers should not have to fund yet another lopsided media organization.

Congressional Republicans who used to criticize such entities are no longer panning them, as they remain hyper-focused on doing all they can to deny Trump any legislative victories at all on his agenda priorities.

In this case, that means they’d rather see the country lapse further into debt and edge closer to collapse than do the right thing and help the president cut wasteful needless spending.

Rick Manning, with the organization Americans for Limited Government, said it was “incredibly disappointing” that the GOP Congress would still fund the CPB, describing it as “welfare for the wealthy.”

NCAA College Football - Tailgate Time“They’ll wrap their arms around Big Bird. But they’re really just appeasing their wealthy constituents back home,” he said.

Something like that. Others have different opinions about what’s going on – and frankly, they are more realistic.

Talk radio legend Rush Limbaugh told his listeners Tuesday that something else is at work: the establishment.

Comparing the GOP majority’s inability to deliver on an Obamacare repeal-and-replace measure, as the party had promised it would do for seven years, Limbaugh said that what’s really at work is the Washington establishment – Republicans included – teaming up to thwart Trump’s agenda.

“The fight is not Republican versus Democrat,” the conservative host said. “The fight is Donald Trump and his cadre and you, the Trump base, versus the Washington establishment. It has always been that and nothing more. And, frankly, I think one of the problems has been that there aren’t enough people in the Trump White House who understand that that’s the way the table’s set.”

He further noted that the goal here is preservation of the establishment, not doing the business a majority of Americans sent Republican lawmakers there to do. [RELATED: Voters souring on GOP leaders who continually FAIL to enact Trump’s agenda.]

“This is the elite membership of the establishment unifying to get rid of Donald Trump and make sure that nothing of his announced agenda happens,” Limbaugh said. “No wall, no tax reform, no immigration reform of substance, and certainly no repealing of Obamacare. Not all members of the establishment are equally powerful. There are those who run it. You don’t know who they are. They don’t seek office. They’re not officeholders. They are the chess players, the puppeteers.”

That’s a much more accurate telling of what’s going on than anything else.

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Trump budget seeks to ‘put taxpayers first’ by cutting abused welfare programs

(National SentinelExecutive Branch: Most Americans are generous by nature and like to help those in need, but they also know that the nation’s always-expanding and vastly expensive system of social welfare programs are rife with waste, fraud and abuse.

So to them, it seems perfectly logical that President Donald J. Trump’s first budget would seek to cut billions in waste from such programs – and so it does.

But the political careers of too many members of Congress – Democrats especially – depend on their ability to deliver those benefits unscathed by budget cutting presidents, so for them, Trump’s budget will be DOA.

That said, there will also be too many Republicans who used to tout principles of smaller, less expensive government opposed to any substantial budget cuts to social welfare programs, fearing backlash from an Establishment media that doesn’t like them anyway.

And so, we’re not getting too excited about Trump’s ability to actually pass a skinny budget, despite the fact that our country – thanks to many of the same buffoons in Congress, as well as the last two presidents especially – is addled with debt, now approaching $20 trillion$20 trillion.

Nevertheless, what Trump’s budget will do, hopefully, is spark a conversation among the electorate about waste, fraud and abuse of the system, as well as recognition of the massive debt facing our children and grandchildren, perhaps leading to a groundswell of support for trimming costs where they can be trimmed and refocusing – as Trump pledged – on taxpayers first.

As Fox News reported, the Trump administration’s approach, honestly, will appeal to a yuuuge number of Americans:

President Trump is calling for major cuts to Medicaid and food stamps — alongside increases for national and border security — as part of what administration officials call a “taxpayer-first budget” set to be released Tuesday.

White House budget director Mick Mulvaney drew up the blueprint, which he said would balance the budget by 2027. 

“This is the first time that an administration has written a budget through the perspective of the people paying the taxes,” Mulvaney told reporters Monday night. 

The White House plan leaves Social Security and Medicare untouched, but calls for $800 billion in cuts to Medicaid and a $193 billion reduction in food stamps over the next ten years. 

“We are no longer going to measure compassion by the number of people on those programs. We’re going to measure compassion by how many people we can get off those programs,” said Mulvaney, who added that there would be a work requirement for some Americans to continue receiving food stamps. 

“If you’re on food stamps and you’re able-bodied, then we need you to go to work,” Mulvaney said.

Critics Left and Right will hammer Mulvaney and Trump over this proposal, of that we have no doubt. But we ask these critics to remember a time in American history, not really that long ago, when such social safety programs did not exist at all or were bare-bones minimum, and Americans were expected to largely fend for themselves – values which taught us self-reliance and self-sufficiency, as well as perseverance and accomplishment.

In the age of the snowflake, safe spaces, and nihilism, though, we need statesmen and stateswomen who can reignite our passion for liberty and freedom, not enabling cowards who can’t see past their next election.

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Mulvaney: Govt. shutdown a ‘good’ thing if it fixes broken congressional budget process

(NationalSentinel) CongressOffice of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said Tuesday that President Donald J. Trump does not see a government shutdown as good thing generally speaking, but it could be if it results in correcting Congress’ broken budgeting and appropriations process.

As noted by Breitbart News, Mulvaney told reporters a government shutdown could be “good” if it “fixes Washington, D.C. permanently.”

A clearly frustrated Trump Trump tweeted out on Tuesday, “either elect more Republican Senators in 2010 or change the rules now to 51%. Our country needs a good “shutdown” in September to fix mess!”

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Mulvaney was asked to explain Trump’s text about a shutdown being “good.”

“It’s not desirable … But you asked me what a good one would look like, and a good one would be something that fixes Washington, D.C. permanently,” he responded.

He stated further that the reason there is a discussion about a shutdown every few months “is because the appropriations process is broken.” He said the “the way it’s supposed to work, and it used to work” is when “the House passes an appropriations bill on a topic, the Senate then passes a bill on the same issue, before it goes to the conference committee, before that bill is placed on the president’s desk.”

Mulvaney said that, since he has worked in the government, this process has “never worked” the way it’s supposed to.

He noted further:

I don’t think it has functioned for the last decade. I’ve been here since 2011 and it has never worked. We want to get back to that process. But the reason we can’t get back to that process is because the Senate is requiring 60 votes on every single appropriations bill and that is forcing this discussion on continuing resolutions — which is a bad way to run the government — and forcing a discussion on shutdowns which is simply not productive.

The president wants to see Washington better, get better, get fixed, change the way it does business.

He’s right, of course. The Senate’s arcane rules are out of step with the modern political processes. Thanks to the hyper-partisanship heaped on the country largely by the Left, the 60-vote threshold in the upper chamber is unrealistic and has become an impediment to getting the important things done – like getting rid of a health care scheme that is destroying the system and passing a budget.

Some see the threshold as a necessary check on the majority, but why does there have to be another check on the majority? That’s what the House, the Executive Branch and the Judicial Branch are for. If the minority wants to govern, they need to figure out how to win more elections.

Meantime, the American people are stuck with this lousy process – and a majority party that loses even when it wins elections.

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Trump’s biggest opponents to the border wall are (ahem) going to be Republicans

(NationalSentinelPolitics: We’ll make a prediction right now: If Republicans in the House and Senate continue to behave like Democrats in working to thwart President Donald J. Trump’s agenda, they’ll be ex-congressional Republicans in the coming election cycles.

Trump continues to face opposition to his most ardent campaign promises – repealing Obamacare, reforming the tax code, and now, building the promised border wall – from Republicans who, like Democrats, apparently don’t want Trump to succeed.

As reported by Breitbart, some GOP leaders plan to thwart Trump’s initial border wall funding request of a measly $3.8 billion to get the ball rolling, ostensibly because they’re so afraid of being blamed for a potential government shutdown that the Democrats have already owned:

Amid Democratic opposition, Republican leaders are retreating from President Donald Trump’s very popular campaign promise to build a border fence to block illegal immigration, drug smugglers, and criminals.

A top GOP leader, Sen. Roy Blunt, told reporters on Tuesday that GOP leaders do not want to include Trump’s spending for the border wall in the spring budget, which is due by April 28. “All of the committees, the leaderships of the House and Senate, are working together to try to finalize the rest of the FY17 [budget spending] bill,” he added. “My guess is that comes together better without the [border] supplemental,” he told The Hill. But GOP leaders may include some border spending in a separate 2017 budget for the military, Blunt suggested.

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Top Democrats are hoping to wreck Trump’s presidency by blocking any funding for his key campaign promise. “The wall is a poison-pill rider,” Schumer said in an interview with Politico. “They’ll do it at their peril.”

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Schumer’s threats aside – like he’s going to give sound political advice to Republicans – Trump supporters, who stuck with him through successive political and media onslaughts, are not going to take this continued opposition from their own party lightly. There will be a day of reckoning for the Republican members of the House and Senate who, for selfish political reasons, continue to hold a vendetta against the one president who can actually make all of them look like saviors of the nation.

Count on it.

Times have changed. Americans are in no mood for this BS ‘politics as usual’ stuff. That’s why Trump’s in the Oval Office in the first place.

The GOP ignores that “at their peril.”

No, Trump and GOP should not ‘reach across the aisle’ to pass their agenda

(NationalSentinel) Politics: Respected columnist Peggy Noonan, writing in The Wall Street Journal on Friday, suggested that President Donald J. Trump (and, to a lesser degree, Republican leaders) “reach across the aisle” in an attempt to bring Democrats on board with the passage of key GOP agenda items, beginning with a repeal-and-replace plan for Obamacare.

In addition, Noonan took Trump and Republicans to task for (gasp!) daring to propose a budget that actually cut huge portions of federal spending – something that Republicans have been promising to do for decades and something Trump ran on as a candidate.

All the emphasis seems to be on cutting. We will cut CPB, NPR, NEA. 

Why aren’t we talking about growing and building and knocking down barriers? Why aren’t we talking about jobs and a boom and reforming regulation and taxes so people can build and invest?

Is cutting the absolute No. 1 priority right now? In a country that is, in Pope Francis’ famous characterization of the modern world, “a field hospital after battle”? Is that what the Republican party wants to lead with? Why isn’t the priority unleashing, getting past limits, pushing toward dynamism and expansion?

How about a little prudence and patience? The priorities should be jobs, growth, social cohesion and an atmosphere, in Washington, of constructiveness. We don’t need any new culture wars—we’ve got enough, thanks! Is the worst thing that could happen in the world right now that a kid from New Jersey can come into Manhattan and see an off-Broadway show seeded with a $30,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts? No, that’s not the worst thing that could happen! 

The worst that could happen is that Congress is so exhausted as an institution, everyone’s ideologies so played out, that they’re all just playing a part, going through the motions, mindlessly replicating past battles in hope of some new reward.

Really, this week, that’s how it looks to me.

Well, that may be Ms. Noonan’s view of how this week has gone – she’s no doubt sincere in her criticism – but to say that’s really what’s gone on is a bit of a stretch. The president has been doing good things, including submitting his first budget and working on details of health care reform, even though the media has not reported fairly or accurately on any of it. They’re too busy focusing on Trump’s allegation that the Obama administration had him “wire tapped,” which he promises to reveal more details about in a couple weeks.

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But the most troubling aspect of Noonan’s “advice” is for the president to reach across the aisle to Democrats – as though somehow members of that party have changed their political goal of trashing Trump’s presidency in any way, shape and form possible, and at every juncture.

As astute as Noonan is, she seems completely tone deaf in making such a suggestion. Because as she should recall, when it came time to pass Obamacare in the first place, the Democrats could not have cared less if the Republicans were on board or not; in fact, the got most of the legislation through without any GOP support whatsoever.

Democrats, who had won control of the Legislative and Executive Branches, came together to push their own agenda. And now that Republicans are in control, she wants bipartisanship?

Frankly, that’s just dumb. What’s more, it’s not possible. The Democrats have already announced they would be the Opposition Party. They will work with their ideological soulmates in the Washington establishment press to thwart Trump and the GOP early and often.

The budget needs to be cut. Obamacare repeal-and-replace needs to happen. These things need to happen in order for job and opportunity growth to occur, along with other Trump priorities like reducing corporate taxes and slashing regulations.

These things need to happen and will happen if the GOP pushes its agenda without regard to what opposition Democrats think, say or do. They won’t happen if Republicans and President Trump waste time “reaching across the aisle” in some pathetic, pointless attempt to win “bipartisanship.”

For Noonan to even suggest such a thing is just mind-numbingly absent-minded.

Trump’s ‘skinny budget’ being opposed – by Republicans?

(NationalSentinel) Budget: President Donald J. Trump could become one of the greatest presidents ever, but he’ll need some help from his own party.

Trump submitted his first budget this week and already he’s getting pushback…from Republicans who have told us for decades they are the party of smaller, cheaper government. What gives?

Per Breitbart:

Kentucky Republican congressman Hal Rogers, who has spent more than three decades on the House Appropriations Committee, including six years as the chairman, rejected President Donald Trump’s fiscal year 2018 budget as Congress begins consideration of the president’s rearrangement of priorities.

“While we have a responsibility to reduce our federal deficit, I am disappointed that many of the reductions and eliminations proposed in the President’s skinny budget are draconian, careless and counterproductive,” said Rogers,  one of the so-called “cardinals,” the nickname for the lawmakers controlling how federal money is spent.

Rogers said he was concerned about cuts to programs in Kentucky.

“In particular, the Appalachian Regional Commission has a long-standing history of bipartisan support in Congress because of its proven ability to help reduce poverty rates and extend basic necessities to communities across the Appalachian region,” he said. “Today, nearly everyone in the region has access to clean water and sewer, the workforce is diversifying, educational opportunities are improving, and rural technology is finally advancing to 21st Century standards.

“We will certainly review this budget proposal, but Congress ultimately has the power of the purse. As the full budget picture emerges in the coming weeks, I am optimistic that we can work with the Administration to responsibly fund the federal government, including those agencies which serve as vital economic lifelines in rural parts of the country that are still working to overcome substantial challenges.

Another top House Republican and the chairman of the House Agriculture CommitteeRep. Mike Conaway, took shots at the president’s cuts to the agriculture programs.

“At first blush, I am pleased that the administration is working to restore the strength of our nation’s armed forces to make sure that our men and women in uniform have the equipment that they need to defend our country and our interests around the world,” said Conaway, a Texas Republican who also sits on both the Intelligence and Armed Services Committee.

“On the USDA budget, I am concerned that the cuts, while relatively small in the context of the total federal budget, could hamper some vital work of the department,” he said. 

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Another Republican taking on the president’s budget cuts is Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio).

“The Great Lakes are an invaluable resource to Ohio, and The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative has been a successful public-private partnership that helps protect both our environment and our economy,” Portman said.

“The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative has been a critical tool in our efforts to help protect and restore Lake Erie, and when the Obama administration proposed cuts to the program, I helped lead the effort to restore full funding,” he said. “I have long championed this program, and I’m committed to continuing to do everything I can to protect and preserve Lake Erie, including preserving this critical program and its funding.”

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This is unbelievable. What’s really out-of-the-park outrageous is that Henry suddenly remembered that the House has the power of the purse – something he and most other Republicans conveniently forgot during the Obama years, when they were helping the former president tack on $10 trillion to the national debt.

Trump promised skinny budgets; Trump delivered a skinny budget, and even though it still spends trillions of dollars, that’s apparently not enough for the new party of big government, the Republican Party.

 

Too many Republicans remain hopelessly tone deaf to the mandates voters sent them to D.C. to enact. They should be repealed and replaced at the next election with Republicans of the small-government conservative kind we were promised last November.

Trump cutting the fat: First budget axes funding for NPR, PBS, the Arts

(NationalSentinel) Budget: Conservative #nevertrump types who were just certain that Donald J. Trump was not the right kind of conservative for the Republican Party should be on their second or third helping of crow by now. Every day the president proves he’s more conservative than any GOP president or presidential nominee since Ronald Reagan.

His Cabinet has been called the most conservative in decades. Like a good conservative, Trump wants to slash and burn most federal regulations. And now, his first budget is all a conservative can love.

As reported by The Wrap, Trump is proposing to end all funding for National Public Radio, the Public Broadcasting System, the National Endowment for the Arts, and much more as he tries to reverse the nation’s skyrocketing national debt:

Trump’s budget would zero out the $445 million budget for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a relatively small source of funding for programming and broadcast operations on public TV stations and NPR radio stations nationwide… 

The budget would also eliminate the budgets for both national endowments, which stood at $148 million each in 2016, as well as $230 million for the Institute of Museum and Library Services, which supports libraries and museums. Additional cuts would affect two tourist mainstays in Washington, D.C., the Smithsonian Institution and the National Gallery of Art.

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Granted, these are funding drops in the bucket in a $4.6 trillion budget, but the president is just getting started. His budget also includes major cuts to federal employees, as he seeks to downsize and even eliminate as much of the federal bureaucracy as possible.

“This is the ‘America First’ budget,” Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said. “In fact, we wrote it using the president’s own words—we went through his speeches, articles that have been written about his policies, we talked to him, and we wanted to know what his policies were, and we turned those policies into numbers.”

Wasteful spending is targeted, while spending on the military and homeland security is increased, Mulvaney said.

“We’ve worked very closely with the Defense Department to make sure, a couple of things, that this funds their needs but does so in a responsible fashion in terms of what they can actually spend this year,” Mulvaney explained. “The Defense Department has told us this is the amount of money they need and can spend effectively this year. We are not throwing money after a problem and claiming that we have fixed it.”

As for the NEA, NPR and PBS, these entities have long been taken over by the Alt-Left, which uses them to support far-Left causes and ideology. Good riddance.

Democrats, who once bashed GOP for ‘shutting down government,’ pledge to do so over Trump border wall, Planned Parenthood funding

(NationalSentinelPolitics: Republicans were savaged by Democrats and their propaganda wing, the establishment media, in 2013 for “shutting down the government” over Obamacare funding. But because Democrats lack the hypocrisy gene, they now say they intend to do that very thing when it comes to blocking funding for President Donald J. Trump’s border wall.

As reported by the Washington Times:

Senate Democrats said Monday that they will block any spending bill that includes money for President Trump’s border wall, even if it leads to a government shutdown, saying it’s up to Republicans to resist touchy issues in the looming spending debate.

In a letter led by Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, top Democrats also said they will insist that bills allow Planned Parenthood to collect taxpayer money.

But though Democrats are in the minority and would have to filibuster to block the bills, they insisted it’s Republicans who will be blamed for a government shutdown.

“If Republicans insist on inserting poison pill riders such as defunding Planned Parenthood, building a border wall, or starting a deportation force, they will be shutting down the government and delivering a severe blow to our economy,” the Democrats said in a letter to top Republicans.

Of course Republicans will be blamed for any shutdown by the Washington establishment media; that’s not hard to figure out. But that will only play to Democratic supporters, not the vast majority of the country, which gave Congress and the presidency to the GOP in successive elections beginning in 2010.

But wait – weren’t we told most Americans were angry at the GOP when they were blamed for shutting down the government?

And isn’t Mexico going to pay for the wall?

And don’t most voters in states where Senate Democrats must defend in 2018 also support defending Planned Parenthood?

Under the “leadership” of Schumer and Pelosi, look for Democrats to regularly demonstrate they are among the most tone-deaf political leaders in generations.