As President Trump tries to figure out a way to keep the government from shutting down this week, it’s looking more and more like the border wall could be a casualty of Democratic intransigence. A “non-starter” with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Dems are willing to sacrifice everything else they care about to ensure an uninterrupted flow of illegal immigration, and future Democratic party voters, to this country.
But the king of conservative talk radio himself, Rush Limbaugh, has another take, and it doesn’t have anything to do with worrying about a government “shutdown.”
On his Tuesday radio program, Rush told his audience that he is “troubled” by the notion that Trump could be “caving” on his request for a “measly $1 billion” to finance part of the border wall with Mexico.
The reason for the “caving,” according to Rush:
The Democrats are threatening a government shutdown. It’s the same old same old, and I was hoping that Trump would throw this shutdown thing right back in their face and have everybody realize they’re the ones engineering these shutdowns that nobody would notice anyway unless a big hullabaloo was made about it. The Democrats seem to have successfully used this stupid, silly threat of a government shutdown to get their way. What Trump is saying is if we need to get this done, then I’ll delay the spending on the wall until September. And it’s just a measly billion dollars.
But the problem here, folks, is one of politics. If this happens, if Trump does cave — and I use the word “cave” guardedly. Trump, I’m sure, does not ever think he caves on anything. But outward appearances are what they are. And the bottom line is that, if he is willing to withdraw a demand of his for a measly billion dollars for the wall because the Democrats are threatening a shutdown, then the Democrats will have just learned that this threat works on Trump, too, not just all the other Republicans.
As history attests, even the threat of a shutdown “paralyzes the Republican Party.” And yet, Democrats, from their minority position, will keep wielding that bludgeon as long as it works.
“You know, once they get away with it, they’re gonna keep trying. And if they get away with it once, they’re just going to keep using it,” Rush said.
The key here is the filibuster again, the 60-vote thing, as it was Supreme Court nominations. If they want to nuke the filibuster in this sense, and certain elements of the budget, you can use reconciliation because the budget, by law, has to be done on a date certain, and so it is exempt from the 60-vote rule in some instances, but not all. But I’d like to see somebody take this on and reverse this and so that if the government gets shut down, that the Democrats get blamed for it.
As for who to blame…
I know, I know, you’re saying, “But Rush, the media will never blame the Democrats.” That’s okay. We’re here. We can blame the Democrats. The country’s ready to blame the Democrats, for crying out loud, look at the election results. The country blamed Obama. The country blamed Democrats. That’s why Trump was elected. But look, we have until Friday for this to play out. This is only Tuesday. So we’ll bide our time and be patient on this.
Later in the broadcast, Rush contended that it’s not too late for Trump to “nix all this.”
We’ll see how this all shapes out. This is Tuesday and this looming deadline is on Friday. And I’m telling you it is a golden opportunity for President Trump to nix all of this. It’s a golden opportunity for Trump to giant foot stomp these people and end this crap of a perennial, never-ending government shutdown paralyzing anything sensible being done with our budget and our economy, wipe it out.
The Democrat Party’s in the process of being wiped out now, wipe out this premise that the government shutdown shuts down life. Show people that life goes on and everybody prospers fine if the government shut down for a couple days. It’s never totally shut down anyway.
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