Washington Post comments:
"Mr. Trump is absolutely right that any talks on shutting the government down over lack of funding for his wall is a "total waste of time" - and taxpayer money.
This is nothing but a totally manufactured, fake crisis initiated to get all the bigots in our country to salivate over sticking it to desperate refugees fleeing violence in their home countries. If our southern border were ever in a crisis, it would have been in the early 2000s when there were an average of more than 1 million arrests per year. For the past 8 years, the average number of arrests has been around 350,000 per year. Plus, the net migration (of those coming & those leaving) actually has been negative.
Yes, border security is an issue. However, most experts claim a "wall" is not the pivotal solution. More important is addressing visa overstays and improving our immigration process."
"This is the problem when you lie all the time and do not think ahead.
Trump created a situation that backing down by either side will be seen as a major loss. Not such a great way to make a deal. Put both sides into a position that neither can back down.
IMHO the problem is not only is Trump reactive he zero sums everything. Trade is a good example. Trump is offering nothing in return. No citizenship for DACA, no immigration reform or anything. He wants $5B and sees a compromise as losing."
"The take-home message from this is that Trump doesn't understand how the government works and never has. I doubt he has ever read the Constitution, and if he has, he didn't understand it. He hasn't the slightest idea what 'checks and balances' means, nor does he understand that Congress has the power of the purse. He still assumes his wish is everyone's command, just like it was in his businesses, and it hasn't begun to sink in that as long as the Democrats don't cave, he simply cannot win this battle. He can threaten anything he wants; but the Congress is a co-equal branch and they have the Constitutional authority to say no. The voters handed the Democrats the necessary power to do this via an electoral landslide. Trump is so damned dense and narcissistic that he still believes he can bully his way to a 'win.'
He was pounding the table today, and threatening to withhold disaster funds from California. What will he do when it becomes clear he's going to lose this fight? This is going to get far uglier before it's over."
"Trump said he was going to try to negotiate with Democrats first, and if that didn't work, then he'd think about using emergency powers. So, Trump has already made clear that he's using a state of emergency strategically to get what he can't get through normal political means. That's not an emergency, that's just extremely bad politics in a democratic country."
— Donald Jay Trump and Silent Bob Mueller
COMMENTS THAT CAUGHT OUR EYE THIS WEEK
Analysis | Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s very bad defense of her falsehoods
"Progressives do not need our own Kellyanne Conway or Sarah Huckabee Sanders who defend factually incorrect statements by saying that it is okay to be wrong if you convey the point you intend.
Conway and Sanders are no doubt lying; Ocasio-Cortez is likely just making a mistake. But you do not defend a misstatement of fact by saying your wording was clumsy, and the moral point takes priority over exactitude.
We finally have powerful voices in Congress. We do not need them to join conservatives in degrading the importance of factual truth."
— mikeo3 • Read more »
Perspective | Campaign journalism needs an overhaul. Here’s one radical idea.
"Could we maybe just get rid of the whole concept of the 'news cycle'? I know it's important to reporters who have stories to file and deadlines to meet, but just like 'horse race' coverage (with which it goes hand-in-hand) it has no relevance to actual citizens. I guess the bottom line is that media coverage is designed to serve the needs and tastes of the media, not the people they supposedly serve."
— RobLewis51 • Read more »
At this year’s Golden Globes, a lot of agreement but not a lot of fun
"The humor was thin and flat. The acceptance speeches were mostly boring and over-wrought. ... Two things that really stood out to us was, first, Hollywood in the tradition of anything worth doing at all is worth over-doing, bent over backwards to push the diversity stuff only a year or so after getting a well-deserved beating for being the domain of middle-aged white guys.
Second, it was clear to us that the broadcast networks are finished as content providers. Despite some good TV that is on the broadcast networks such as the Chicago series, This Is Us, and others, the broadcast networks have largely surrendered their prime-time programming to crap such as The Voice and The Titan Games. I didn't notice a single broadcast program getting even a nomination, much less winning an award. Perhaps that is because the cable channels don't censor bad language like NBC did last night."
— Darius6 •