February 27, 2015

So what if the Department of Homeland Security runs out of money?

Other than the invidious, but theoretically necessary-to-fly screenings by the TSA, I think it would be kind of cool if the Department of Homeland Security runs out of money Friday. "No big gummint" Republicans are always talking about "let's close this cabinet department"; they could get the chance to see it play out. Civil libertarians will breathe a small bit easier. Hispanics seeking unauthorized entry from our southern border will love it. Schadenfreude lovers will love it, because those uninvited trekkers, and President Obama's attempt to deal with them, are why House GOP wingnuts have put riders on Homeland Security funding bills. What's to lose?

Now, because Dear Leader likes to spy on people as much as do the Rethuglicans, of course, something like this would never happen in reality. But, we can always dream, can't we?

Anyway, Democrats, tell the national security wingnut division of the GOP and the suaver White House version to take a hike, and call the bluff on all GOP wingnutters who want to "shut down" Obama's executive action on illegal immigrants. Don't even try to struggle to pass any stopgap bill that gives in one iota.

In reality, the Border Patrol will be expected to come in and work, even if they don't get paid, if there is a shutdown.

Dudes and dudettes, I got one word for you: "Strike." Or, if you want two words, "blue flu," or "khaki flu," or whatever you call it.

If you pay attention to politics, you've seen how wingnut the current GOP is. What if there's no bill for 2, 3, 4, weeks? Are you still going to work without pay?

Unfortunately, Dems ultimately caved for a week of kicking the can down the road, even as Havana Ted Cruz says:

I "did not spend enough time explaining the specific strategy to elite opinion makers.”

Of course, maybe a few Democrats, in the next seven days, will learn the strategy of "growing a pair," with the backup strategy of "holding on to a pair."

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