government shutdown

The Shutdown and the Border Openers

L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, CNS News

The media will tell you it's ridiculous for Trump to tweet that "radical Democrats" are taking over their party; that they are not interested in policing the border; that they want open borders; and that they are so radical they don't want anyone to talk about MS-13 or other groups of violent criminal immigrants. But the truth remains and confirms all these statements. This is why they hate conservative media outlets: They can't win policy arguments by relentlessly demonizing the other side as inhumane racists.

It’s time to blow up the bureaucracy that’s killing America

Phillip K. Howard, New York Post

It’s time to bite the bullet: Washington can’t be repaired, it must be replaced. Creating a coherent governing framework is not so daunting. Most bureaucratic detail is irrelevant when people are allowed to take responsibility again. What’s missing is not public demand for change, but a coherent vision of how Washington can work again. My proposal is basic: Replace the dense bureaucracy, and put humans in charge again. Empower Americans, at all levels of responsibility, to make practical and moral daily choices. Then hold them accountable for how they do. Let Americans be American again.

Now Nancy Pelosi Owns the Shutdown

Stephen Moore, CNS News

Many Latino voters will see that she is more interested in political power than in taking positive steps to actually help prevent a family member from facing deportation. If Trump can win 10 percent more of the Hispanic vote, no Democrat could defeat him. The political chaos from the government shutdown isn't working in the president's favor. He needs an exit strategy. DACA for the wall turns the politics of the government shutdown upside down and Trump will come out a big winner — at Pelosi's expense. Well done, Mr. President.

Trump Clips Pelosi’s Wings

Can you imagine the late President George H.W. Bush, former President George W. Bush, the late John McCain or failed presidential candidate Mitt Romney sending that letter to Nancy Pelosi? What conservatives of all stripes having been waiting for for decades is a leader who will fight the Uniparty consensus in Washington, and Donald Trump has proven to be that leader.

The State of the Shutdown

David Catron, The American Spectator

Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer might as well face it. President Trump has spent most of his life negotiating with real estate developers, unionized construction companies, and New York zoning officials. He comes from a business environment that makes the Beltway look like a chapter of Habitat for Humanity. So, to put it bluntly, they have already lost. Trump has them in a deep hole, chained to the wall, and is busy with brick and mortar cutting off their only source of political oxygen. The country is with him on this and he knows it. Border security “trumps” bureaucratic comfort.

Marines Hoist White Flag To Social Justice Warriors

Our friend Elaine Donnelly, founder and president of the Center for Military Readiness, gave us the heads-up that Marine Corps Commandant General Robert B. Neller quietly announced on a Friday afternoon that for the first time in history, a platoon of fifty enlisted female recruits would be housed and trained alongside five male platoons.

May the Shutdown Go On Forever

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

The shutdown should be about much more than the wall and border security. Serious as they may be, they are what the shrinks call the "presenting complaint." The real issue is the function of government itself -- what's important and what's not. A shutdown can serve as a living laboratory for examining the question of what is actually worthwhile that is missing because of that event. I daresay that most outside the Beltway would be hard pressed to find anything.

Trump's shudown trap?

Thomas Lifson, American Thinker

In only a few more days of the already "longest government shutdown in history" (26 days and counting, as of today), a heretofore obscure threshold will be reached, enabling permanent layoffs of bureaucrats furloughed 30 days or more. Don't believe me that federal bureaucrats can be laid off?  Well, in bureaucratese, a layoff is called a RIF – a Reduction in Force – and of course, it comes with a slew of civil service protections.  But, if the guidelines are followed, bureaucrats can be laid off – as in no more job.

A Bold Plan for a Trump Victory

Conrad Black, American Greatness

Palsied and pompous and generally over-stuffed with undeserved deference though the constitutional American system is (and blustery and sometimes inelegant though the president sometimes is), this is the showdown the nation needs. Let the Democrats stop creeping around in the dark, feeding malicious falsehoods to the jackal media. Let the president address the illegal immigration issue squarely. Let those who would try to undo the electoral verdict of 2016 with spurious legal casuistry and media manipulation come out from the dark and try to make their case.

Mandatory Pay To Not Do Imaginary Government Work

The partial government shutdown has highlighted that we have a border crisis and a spending and debt crisis that are the creation of politicians of both parties in Congress who are living in imaginary worlds where neither a spending crisis, nor a border crisis exist.

Border security is a fight we must not lose

Rep. Ralph Norman, Washington Examiner

Congress has a real opportunity to come together and address the challenges at our border. We do this by implementing sound policies that discourage illegal immigration such as ending catch-and-release, ending chain migration, and building a wall. At what point do politicians agree that we need change and that we need it now? I am absolutely dismayed that the sovereignty of our nation has become the subject of political theater. This is a fight for our country, and this is a fight I am willing to keep up as long as I am in Washington.

Sorry, I Don’t Feel Sorry For Furloughed Feds

David Catron, The American Spectator

As to the media and their propaganda campaign, the voters have Trump’s back on this. Illegal immigration is the issue that got him elected and he’ll win this fight over “the wall.” Given a choice between border security and pampered feds, the voters will choose the former over the latter every time. No amount of propaganda about the plight of “dedicated public servants” will change that reality. There are many good people in the government, but a number are overpaid and underworked.

How about a taxpayer shutdown?

Charles Hurt, Washington Times

The biggest outrage in the whole sordid mess is that even though nobody seems to notice that the government has been shut down for three weeks, innocent taxpayers are still paying all the bills. You know, if Republicans in Washington were actually serious about winning one of these government shutdowns, they should immediately introduce legislation to bar the federal government from collecting any taxes while the government is closed. No work, no pay. Now, that is a fight that even Republicans could win.

Senator Lindsey Graham Makes A Great Point

Sen. Lindsey Graham said Sunday, “We’ll have offers on the table when we find somebody that’s not crazy to deal with…” judging by what the Democrats’ leaders are saying it looks like it is going to be a long shutdown, if it can’t end until someone who is not crazy represents them at the negotiating table.

Democrats Keep Their Promises

Much as we dislike the substance of the Democrats’ promises, as Republican Rep. Tom Reed’s flirtation with voting for the Democratic rules package demonstrates, it is hard to argue with the appeal of politicians who actually do what they say they will do, even if what they promise is a disaster waiting to happen.

Democrats Killed California Police Corporal Ron Singh

Stanislaus County, California Sheriff Adam Christianson got it right when he blamed California's sanctuary law for preventing local authorities from reporting alleged cop killer Gustavo Arriaga to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency for his previous arrests. Christianson said if he had been deported, Newton, California police Corporal Ron Singh would still be alive.

Which bits of the federal government are essential?

Editors, Washington Examiner

Government shutdowns are not very terrible. Federal workers get paid afterward. Citizens and residents mostly don’t notice. It is not without irony that one hears during a shutdown that "nonessential" workers will be furloughed. To which the obvious glib reply is, "Oh really? You mean not all the jobs done on the taxpayer dime are essential?" It makes you think. Taxpayers shouldn't want government shutdowns to become the norm or a frequent habit. But once every five to 10 years, perhaps, they remind people that most federal functions aren't really that important. Which can't be all bad.

Should Conservatives Thank Mitch McConnell For Doing His Job?

The President’s call for Border Security legislation was not on Mitch McConnell’s list of planned items to complete during the work days recovered by cancelling the August recess. The toll-free Capitol Switchboard is (1-866-220-0044) we urge CHQ readers and friends to call Mitch McConnell today to demand that the border wall and border security be part of the Senate’s agenda during its August session.

Steve Bannon Reminds Us What Trumpism Is All About

Steve Bannon to CNN's Fareed Zakaria: Economic nationalism doesn't care about race, ethnicity, religion. It doesn't care about gender, doesn't care about religion, it doesn't care what your sexual preference is. It cares about if you're a United States citizen.

Trump Won the Schumer Shutdown, Time to Do It Again

Ned Ryun, American Greatness

Since Mitch McConnell has seemingly decided that Chuck Schumer is his joint majority leader, it’s time for Donald Trump to lay down the law with Schumer. Here’s how: Later this week, the president should announce that for every day his nominees fail to be consolidated on an appropriate Senate bill and brought up for a vote, the executive office of the president, working with cabinet secretaries, will shut down department offices of importance to Senator Schumer and his Democratic leadership.