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'Have some integrity': Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez calls for furlough of Congressional pay amid government shutdown

December 23, 2018 in Blogs

By Common Dreams

“Next time we have a gov shutdown, Congressional salaries should be furloughed as well.”


US Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) on Saturday called for congressional salaries to be put on hold during the next government shutdown.

The US government went into a partial shutdown at midnight on Friday after President Trump refused to sign a spending bill that did not include $5 billion for his wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. He had long claimed that Mexico would pay for the wall.

“It’s completely unacceptable that members of Congress can force a government shutdown on partisan lines & then have Congressional salaries exempt from that decision,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter.

“Have some integrity,” she added, calling for salaries to be furloughed for the next shutdown.

Next time we have a gov shutdown, Congressional salaries should be furloughed as well.

It’s completely unacceptable that members of Congress can force a government shutdown on partisan lines & then have Congressional salaries exempt from that decision.

Have some integrity. https://t.co/BgueNNjf0f

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) December 22, 2018

(Spoiler alert: most members of Congress are already wealthy!)

Speaking as a working class member-elect, I think it’s only fair.

It would also cause members who actually depend on their salary to think twice about leadership and take a shutdown vote more seriously. https://t.co/fSAcPAj0Xf

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) December 22, 2018

Members of the House and the Senate are paid $174,000 a year. According to Roll Call, 153 House members and 50 senators are millionaires.

More than 420,000 federal workers who are considered “essential” will continue working — but without pay, according to CBS News. Those employees may eventually receive back pay. However, an additional 380,000 workers will be furloughed and may miss a paycheck depending on how long the shutdown lasts.  

Ocasio-Cortez, who will join Congress in early January  as the new representative for New York’s 14th District, has been a vocal critic of the demand for $5 billion for a border wall. When the House passed a short-term spending bill with $5.7 billion for border security, Ocasio-Cortez challenged the GOP trope that the federal government simply doesn't have the money to implement bold progressive policies such …read more

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‘He. Can’t. Read’: Internet piles on Trump for ‘not being smart enough’ to understand Mattis letter was critical of him

December 23, 2018 in Blogs

By Sarah Burris, Raw Story

Trump allegedly read the letter before praising the secretary’s work and dedication to the United States.


A recent New York Times report revealed that President Donald Trump didn’t seem to comprehend the resignation letter sent by Defense Secretary James Mattis this week.

Trump allegedly read the letter before praising the secretary’s work and dedication to the United States, but once cable news began reporting the letter’s contents, he turned to rage. A Twitter-rant quickly followed.

It’s lead many pundits and activists online to wonder if the president was smart enough to understand what Mattis was saying in his two-page letter.

CNN White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins was among the first to comment it seemed Trump didn’t really read the letter.

“The more you read Mattis’s resignation letter, the clearer it becomes that Trump had not read it before he sent his tweet,” she tweeted Thursday.

The more you read Mattis’s resignation letter, the clearer it becomes that Trump had not read it before he sent his tweet.

— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) December 21, 2018

“Trump is clearly kicking Mattis out early because he’s just now realizing that Mattis’s resignation letter was a rebuke of his Presidency,” tweeted “Draft Beto” chief Nate Lerner. “It took him 3 days to figure that out.

Trump is clearly kicking Mattis out early because he’s just now realizing that Mattis’s resignation letter was a rebuke of his Presidency.

It took him 3 days to figure that out.

— Nate Lerner (@NathanLerner) December 23, 2018

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Republican senator rips Trump's 'unnecessary' and 'juvenile' shutdown: 'This is a made-up fight'

December 23, 2018 in Blogs

By Gwendolyn Smith, The New Civil Rights Movement

“This is something that's unnecessary, it's a spectacle, and candidly, it's juvenile. The whole thing is juvenile,” Corker said


Senator Bob Coker (R-TN) took to CNN's State of the Union today, speaking out against Donald Trump's government shutdown over the President's desire for billions of dollars in border wall funding.

“This is a made-up fight, so the president can look like he's fighting, but even if he wins, our borders are going to be insecure,” said Corker.

The U.S. government is shut down on Friday amid a stalemate orchestrated by President Trump after lawmakers had provided a continuing resolution (CR) to keep essential government functions open over the holidays.

The President, largely spurred on my criticisms over the lack of border wall funding in the CR, dug in his feet, demanding that 5 billion dollars for “border security” be tacked onto the CR. This caused the senate to adjourn on Saturday afternoon without an agreement.

While congress will be back on Monday technically, the next true session won't be until after Christmas, with many predicting the shutdown to last into the new Year without concessions from the administration.

Corker, who is retiring from congress, called the shutdown a “purposefully contrived fight,” citing previous funding battles that could have provided ample border funding.

“This is something that's unnecessary, it's a spectacle, and candidly, it's juvenile. The whole thing is juvenile,” Corker added.

He also attacked the notion of the wall itself, claiming there was better technology that could be used to secure the border.

“It's not unlike going to the Pentagon and saying look, we need to buy fighters, and we have stealth fighters,” said Corker. “They're supersonic and they have precision-guided missiles — but no let's use the Wright Brothers. So, it's not just about the money, but what we're spending it on.”

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Watch: Fox News’ Chris Wallace corners Mick Mulvaney with his own words about Trump’s ‘childish’ border wall

December 23, 2018 in Blogs

By Tom Boggioni, Raw Story

“Why is it worth shutting down the government?”


Fox News host Chris Wallace pointed out to acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney that he had spoken against a border wall before joining President Donald Trump’s administration.

“The fence doesn’t solve the problem,” Mulvaney said in 2015. “Is it necessary to have one? Sure. Would it help? Sure. But just to say build the darn fence and that be the end of immigration discussions is absurd and almost childish for someone running for president to take that simplistic a view.”
 
“If building a wall is childish and simplistic as a solution for the immigration problem, why is it worth shutting down the government?” Wallace asked on Sunday.
 
“It has to be part of a comprehensive [immigration bill],” Mulvaney insisted.
 
“But it isn’t!” Wallace interrupted. “You’re not saying it’s part of any comprehensive immigration plan.”
 
“The border wall is absolutely necessary, which is why we’re having the battle,” Mulvaney declared. “We need a comprehensive solution and a border barrier, steel-slat fence, has to be part of that.”
 
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NYT bombshell: Trump feels 'totally and completely abandoned' — even by Kushner

December 23, 2018 in Blogs

By Aldous Pennyfarthing, Daily Kos

“Longtime associates said Mr. Trump’s relationship with his children has grown more removed and that he feels he does not have a friend in the White House.”


Maggie Haberman and Peter Baker have a new piece in The New York Times today that portrays our pr*sident as a puddle of fondue getting ready to evaporate into God’s blessed ether.

It will unsettle you to your bones (if you’re not already way past that point) and clearly shows that Trump is essentially one giant urine collection away from being Howard Hughes.

He rants at his advisers, calling them “fucking idiots.” He’s obsessed with the media’s criticism of him, wondering, “Why is it like this?” (Uh, because you’re president, and a horrible one at that.)

Oh, but he still loves parts of the job — namely the parts that allow him to inconvenience other Americans who are trying to get to work: “’The roads closed for me!’ he declared to friends earlier this year after a motorcade ride.”

Yeah, that’s what the president’s 6-year-old child is supposed to say — not the president himself.

Overall, you get the impression that if he were the guy changing the oil in the cruller fryer at Dunkin’ Donuts rather than the president of the United States, he would have been quietly removed months ago.

But perhaps most alarming are these two excerpts:

Always impulsive, the president increasingly believes he does not need advisers, according to people close to him. He is on his third chief of staff, third national security adviser, sixth communications director, second secretary of state, second attorney general and soon his second defense secretary. Turnover at the top has reached 65 percent, according to the Brookings Institution.

Um … yeah, ya do need advisers, Biff. You more than anyone. The only thing you don’t really need is a surgeon. Feel free to do that work yourself.

And this:

More recently, the president has told associates he feels “totally and completely abandoned,” as one put it, complaining that no one is on his side and that many around him have ulterior motives. That extends even to his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who was <a target=_blank …read more

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