Sunday, January 14, 2018

Stephen Miller orchestrated meeting that prompted ‘shithole’ remark

Stephen Miller orchestrated meeting that prompted ‘shithole’ remark

I seems that Lindsey Graham and Dick Durbin were ambushed. They thought they were showing up for some face time with the President, only to be bombarded with anti-immigration propaganda from the hardliners.

Trump changes his mind on DACA about every few hours, depending on the last person to catch his ear, but he's now saying that he won't agree to DACA without a crackdown on sanctuary cities and the funding for the border wall. The Dems are not willing to cut a deal on either of those.

If I were advising the Dems, I'd say make the deal. Not on sanctuary cities. Debate that separately. Get it off the table altogether. But give Trump his freakin' wall. Frankly, the only argument against the wall is that it is a giant boondoggle. We spend a bunch of money for no real gain, so it's a waste of money. I get that. But the damned thing doesn't do any harm, and it puts some Americans to work. The only real reason the Dems oppose it is that they are pandering to their base, exactly what they always accuse Trump of doing. So let's cut the bloviating on both sides, and create a compromise. If the Dems want to play hard ball on the wall, do it this way: make sure the trade-off is a GOOD program for the Dreamers, not one that leaves them in legal limbo, or hamstrung by red tape, or with all kinds of hoops to jump through to establish citizenship. Give them a status that allows them to become citizens if they have spent their time in America acting like good citizens.

Oh, yeah, and if I were Lindsey Graham, I'd tell Trump one more thing: "If I ever see Stephen Miller again ... if he is even anywhere near my range of vision, even on television, I will personally drag him onto the steps of the Capitol and beat him senseless with my cane, as President Andrew Jackson did with Richard Lawrence. If you want your border wall, you need to make that guy our new ambassador to Tuvalu." Well, OK, I guess Lindsey would use a parasol rather than a cane, but same general idea.

Of course, as Dennis Miller would say, that's just my opinion, and I could be wrong.

8 comments:

  1. The DACA deal was already made. A DACA fix was promised to a few holdouts to push the gravytrain tax cut over the line. Trump should deliver on this, a simple "Oh that was just a lie" isn't good enough. That or fuck it, shut down the government again.

    If the stupid fucking wall has a logical place in the negotiation (and I'm not saying it does) that would be as part of an infrastructure bill. Since long before Trump, we've needed to put some serious work into roads, the grid, and laying optical fiber in rural areas. This should be funded as a project, not a tax dodge for contractors. Throw in $18 billion for the wall - total, no overruns, no mission creep. Then at the last minute change it to $18 million, Trump won't know the difference.

    And while it would be entertaining to see something bad happen to Stephen Miller, it's more important to find a good replacement for him. Like Steve "The Gangster of Love" Miller. He could Make America Fly Like an Eagle. The State of the Union could include him rocking out to "Livin' in the USA". People might even watch.

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  2. Ha ha ha, poor Dennis Miller, what happened to that guy? Even before he became an unfunny right winger everyone hated him.

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    1. He's never been more successful. Has a radio show, does huge comedy tours (often with David spade) and generally runs his own life.

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    2. He was always tolerable on MNF, I don't hate him, but you can't consider "traveling with David Spade" anyone's idea of success.

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    3. It'll surprise you, but they aren't playing clubs. They're doing larger theaters and venues. Played here in Dallas at a civic center in a suburb, something like 2000 people. Big turnout, if not a sellout.

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  3. Listen to yourself... comedy tours with David Spade does not equal hugely successful.

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    1. See above. Big venues, lots of people, likely a big payday. And his day job on radio is doing fine, I guess. He's not playing dinner theaters or Slappy's Laugh Outpost in rural Canada like many other snl alumni.

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    2. So we're talking a better-than-Tom-Green level of success.

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