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The Republican No Dream Plan

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: DACA, GOP Hate, racism, Trump, video, white supremacists )

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TomCat S (125)
Friday January 26, 2018, 1:44 pm
The Republican Party donned their sheets and hoods for the official unveiling of the Republican No Dream Plan. It begins with offering a path to citizenship for 1.8 million Dreamers that is too vague and too far in the future to be realistic. That’s the best part. Next, Republicans set their crosses afire.

Kathleen M (208)
Friday January 26, 2018, 1:47 pm
Excellent post! Thx for sharing TC. RESIST!

Nita L (127)
Friday January 26, 2018, 2:03 pm
This looks like a no win situation unless we can take over the house in the midterms.
Thank you TomCat

Pat B (356)
Friday January 26, 2018, 2:17 pm
You know what I say about the dam wall, don't you? Get rid of Miller too!
KEEP our Dreamers here!!
Dreamers shouldn't be held hostage, nor do we need the stupid wall, at the tune of 25 BILLION $$.

Ted W (127)
Friday January 26, 2018, 4:23 pm
Noted, forwarded and shared ultra-liberally across four networks!!RESIST!!Thanks for sharing, TomCat!!

Katie & Bill D (107)
Friday January 26, 2018, 4:46 pm
The Young people are what we need here they are DR's Lawyer's Business people, smart! We need these people!
I can't see how he doesn't think his family ever was Not Immigrants1 He doesn't think or he wouldn't be here today! We all have Families like this!
They should not be separated!
Don't even need a D~~ Wall less and less people are coming into the US
Way too much to Spend needlessly! But he expects the Taxpayer's to pay!
Thank you TomCat

Glennis W (393)
Friday January 26, 2018, 5:52 pm
Very interesting post Great comments just keeps getting worse. Thank you for caring and sharing TomCat

Marco C (31)
Friday January 26, 2018, 5:57 pm
This is what we get for our money. 25% of my income, every pay for an administration of amateurs, endorsed by pirates busily running this country into the ground.

Like a guy who can't see over the steering wheel driving a Maserati with no oil in the engine, too little air in the tires, boasting to his friends, look at me, look at me. Grips the steering wheel with fingers greasy from fried chicken and leaves it parked on the street. Make America great again, he wants to put a racing strip on it and gold plate the wheel covers.....its okay, maybe Putin will send over a tow truck.

Freya H (345)
Friday January 26, 2018, 6:34 pm
Not at all surprised that tRump's offered path to citizenship is not only long and convoluted, but has lots of gotchas. Beware of Republicans bearing gifts!

David C (75)
Friday January 26, 2018, 6:53 pm
thanks as always, interesting as normal, thank you

Colleen L (3)
Friday January 26, 2018, 8:20 pm
Interesting. I pray we can get some sot of control over the house in the midterms too. We must vote and show them who's boss. Thanks TomCat

Animae C (508)
Friday January 26, 2018, 9:37 pm
They are so good at stooping to the lowest lows!!!!!

Lona Goudswaard (66)
Saturday January 27, 2018, 4:13 am
If Democrats give in to these demands, and this would pass The House in some inconceivable way, it’s all too clear what would happen. Most Dreamers will never make it citizen a decade or more from now and the Republicans have a further argument ($25 billion and then some added to the deficit they created with their tax cuts) to cut down on welfare. And guess who Drumpf and the Republicans are going to blame for that? On Democrats AND Dreamers, ripping the country even further apart and undermining Democrats retaking Congress in the midterms. Democrats, I hope you’ve learned your lesson and never ever get complacent again!

Gene Jacobson (287)
Saturday January 27, 2018, 5:22 am
I got a letter from my Senator, up for re-election this year. I knew her father, a long term columnist for the Minneapolis Star Tribune and one of the most liberal men in the state, I watched her grow up in his columns, she was the Hennepin County Attorney (my program contracts with that office for legal services) and I met her there. She prides herself on being able to work across the aisle. In the country I grew up in, that was the norm, we had statespersons in Congress, people able to look down the road 50 years and enact policies that would benefit the country long term. It's how we got our interstate highway system built, many long term project - infrastructure that is now crumbling and in need of repair.

But what we have now are people who will not vote for anything that does not help get them elected in two or four years. People who kick problems down the road for another Congress, or generation, to solve. Working across the aisle with that kind of person is futile. McConnell can be trusted as far as one can throw him. So, since Amy has like 70% approval in this state and couldn't lose an election if she tried, I sent back the form with a notation that when she supported the Dreamers, I'd support her. Until then my limited dollars are going to people that will.

We have a unique situation in my state, Senators (two in each) are never on the same cycle, but our other Senator, Al Franken got caught up in the #MeToo movement. His own fault and I won't go where many have in that he didn't actually assault anyone the way most men who have been accused did, but he did lose his job in the Senate, where he was probably the most efficient of questioners in the body, his grueling of Jeff Sessions was/is legendary. His own party (many of whom now regret it) called for his head, he resigned. Those same people, well, as of yesterday, ONE of them has called for Trump to resign, all were silent on Roy Moore and to this point the allegations (including raping a 13 year old child) against Trump.

So, I'm not happy with the Democratic party right now, they have no cohesive message, they are still consumed with the Bernie/Hillary fight and are still leaning Bernie for 2020 - I am not. I do not want another geriatric old white male president. I want all people past my own age, 68, to sit down and shut up. Pass the torch to the next generations, the generations that are going to live the 21st century should lead the policy discussions about how. All of Bernie's ideas are out there in that younger group, and his are not completely original with him, much of the advanced part of the world already has everything he advocates for - and for the record, I advocate for, I just want old white men to go away. I'm tired of them. I'm tired of the 1%.

So, Al's replacement was made by our Governor, himself a former Senator, Mark Dayton, of the family that owns Target, or began it, enormously wealthy and surprisingly progressive for people of wealth, Mark is very liberal. But he appointed, against advice, his lieutenant Governor, Tina Smith, a former head of Planned Parenthood (in a state that was once 80% blue but is now nearly 50-50), she runs for election this fall with Amy, I think she'll likely lose to a Republican, if she wins, she finishes Al's term and runs again in 2020. We are also electing a Governor this year. We started the year with a Democratic Governor, and two Democratic Senators, we could end it with one Democratic Senator, One Republican Senator and a Republican Governor - they already control both Houses, having taken them both for the first time in 2016.

So, we've quite a mess in what was the most liberal state in the union. I've always considered myself fortunate to have grown up here, we are largely of Scandinavian heritage, though we have a strong group of German ancestry too. The last two decades has seen an influx from red states - we're a highly educated workforce with numerous Fortune 500 companies here which is what attracted those red state republicans. They have transformed Minnesota into what is really now a battle ground state though we have but 8 Congressional seats.

Now, on to the Dreamers. Both Senators voted with the Republicans on this "kick the problem down the road three weeks" resolution. I was unhappy about that here, most of you were not. I did not trust McConnell. I still don't. I published some stats on the Dreamers here yesterday. They are, virtually, uniformly outstanding young people. Demographically by 2043 this country will be less than half white, in the 20's Texas and Arizona flip first, others will follow. This is a desperate attempt by the Republicans to keep this country white, they've been at for four decades, have ramped up the past two. They cannot halt it, they can't even slow it down, not even with their newest tactic of deporting immigrant activists.

In my work capacity I've had to work with ICE (immigration control and enforcement) on occasion, I have found them uniformly cold as their agencies name. They are uncommunicative, unfriendly and cooperate to the barest extent required by law. They have "facilities" where they hold undocumented immigrants, sometime for years, without hearings, without counsel, without access to family or anything else. They ARE this nation's version of Hitler's Gestapo. A friend of mine, long retired, used to say (we played in a golf league that had a team of Minneapolis cops on it, nice guys on the golf course, but infamous for taking arrestees, particularly of color, on a long ride to the jail and providing a tuneup along the way, the reputation was if you are going to commit even a small crime, do it outside of Minneapolis) you have to have a little bit of Nazi in you to be a cop. I agree. Some part of you must enjoy ordering other people around just because you can. It doesn't have to be a big part, your main reason can be service but anyone who has EVER watched an episode of COPS (running for like 40 years) knows EXACTLY what I mean. Those guys perform a public service but they do it in a way that is over the top, in my opinion, they lecture as if they were God in far too many instances. Yes, I know it is a thankless difficult job, dangerous as all hell too, but it can be done with honor, it IS done with honor for the most part, but still, there is that tiny bit of authoritarianism present in every one of them. That's dangerous. ICE agents have that in spades. They raided a public BUS in Florida demanding to see proof of citizenship (most of us do NOT carry such) the other day. This is the doing of Stephen Miller and the Trump Administration.

This is not acceptable in the land of the free. Miller's peon that Emma Lazarus' poem was added AFTER the statue was placed in NY harbor is sickening. The Dreamers are the best of us. I see them on the bus to and from work every day, young people, I smile at them and I think, YOU are the face of this country, not mine, not any longer, you. We NEED them. We need the world to know that America is STILL a beacon of hope for freedom. We are NOT going to lock down our borders as most of the rest of the world has done. We are still going to accept everyone Emma Lazarus eulogized in that beautiful poem.

I watched George Soros' live address in Davos yesterday (he was NOT booed), he said he views the Trump crisis as a temporary problem that will be solved by 2020, perhaps earlier. I agree. It will be 2022 before the Democrats have their best chance to take back the Senate, though it is possible to do before that, 2022 is when McConnell and the 2010 Tea Party idiots are up again, many more republicans than democrats. If we elect a strong popular president in 2020, someone like Kamala Harris (whom I have suggested visit with Barack Obama for tips on public speaking and other things) with perhaps young Joe Kennedy III (his grandfather had the most public political/spiritual conversion I have ever witnessed the year I was 18, his book Profiles in Courage changed my life, I see a lot of Bobby in him and he'll grow more - he's delivering the counterpoint to the State of the Union, which I will not watch, but I will watch Joe ) as her running mate to balance the ticket beautifully could give progressives 16 solid years to remake America. The Dreamers are a big part of that and I want all the Dreamers in other lands to see us again as the beacon of hope we have always been, I want us to accept them, allow them to help us remain the most productive, creative and free nation on earth while we modernize our thinking and our society. It can be done. That's MY dream. I hope I live to see most of it happen.

Gene Jacobson (287)
Saturday January 27, 2018, 5:25 am
Sorry that got so long, it just sort of spilled out. Not sorry I said it, just probably should have edited instead of stream of consciousnessed it. :^)

Edith B (146)
Saturday January 27, 2018, 7:17 am
he Democrats have folded to unreasonable Republican demands too often. They are not much better for us now.

Winn A (179)
Saturday January 27, 2018, 10:33 am
The Democrats have failed America. The Republicans are below pond scum. I'm just not sure where to go from here . . . . . . . . . . :-(

Lynn Squance (235)
Saturday January 27, 2018, 11:28 am
“So far, Republicans are refusing to negotiate in good faith.” — When have Republicans ever negotiated in good faith? As one young dreamer said in the video, so much more could be accomplished with the $25 billion trust fund.

I agree with JD. Tails Republicans win. Heads, Republicans win.

Get out and make a huge difference in the 2018 mid terms.

Resist, Persist and Remove!!!

Silence is Consent!!!

TomCat S (125)
Saturday January 27, 2018, 1:12 pm
Thanks all. Stars abs Hugs. Good night!

Marco C (31)
Saturday January 27, 2018, 2:22 pm
Let me just get this off my chest:

No 25 billion for anything that does not involve clean air, clean water drinking and otherwise, comprehensive health, education that promotes learning, enhances intelligence and applies knowledge, fix the dams, upgrade the electrical grid, railroads, highways, bridges, tunnels, and full scale renewable energy with a steadily increasing standard of living, then maybe some thought can be given to whether or not we need a wall. Until ......thin.....dime.

If he and his base want it that bad, let 'em build one with their own money.

Janet B (0)
Saturday January 27, 2018, 2:45 pm

Mitchell D (82)
Saturday January 27, 2018, 6:18 pm
When tDump says he will negotiate, get your "Bulls**t" detector up and running!!!!
Gene, I am not sorry you let it all hang out!

Richard A (2)
Saturday January 27, 2018, 6:54 pm
It will be helpful to remember that Paul Ryan is a hypocrite.
Paul Ryan gained much of his position in life by availing himself of government programs; Those very programs which he would deny the benefit of to others.

Thank you.

TomCat S (125)
Sunday January 28, 2018, 11:22 am
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