The Open Thread for September 6, 2017

Associated Press: “Since the day he launched his presidential campaign, Donald Trump has talked tough on immigration, promising to take the kind of decisive action he accused other politicians of avoiding. This week, he waffled.”

“Trump passed off responsibility for the fate of the 800,000 young immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children to a Congress that has shown little ability to tackle politically fraught issues. He gave lawmakers six months to act, then said in a Tuesday night tweet that he would ‘revisit this issue’ if they didn’t. He sent Attorney General Jeff Sessions out to be the face of the controversial policy, effectively ceding one of the central roles of the presidency: explaining difficult decisions to the American people.”’

He is weak, weak, weak.  The most ineffectual president in all history.   It really is amazing.   And yet, he is still damaging the Republican Party for decades to come.

“President Trump’s decision to rescind a popular program that protected the most sympathetic of immigrants here illegally — those who were brought as children by their parents — poses a huge threat to his party, forcing Republican lawmakers to choose between the party’s nativist wing, which strongly opposes any move resembling amnesty, and those who favor a more flexible approach to minority communities,” the Los Angeles Times reports.

“The worst-case scenario for many GOP lawmakers: If Congress stalls again, next year’s midterm election campaigns could be accompanied by thousands of young people each week being fired from their jobs or kicked out of school, and ultimately by some being deported to countries they have not seen since they were toddlers.”

A White House memo distributed Tuesday guided legislators to stick to the talking points that DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, recipients should prepare for deportation, according to the document obtained by ABC News.

The Department of Justice officially announced Tuesday that it would end DACA in six months. The program, which was created by former President Barack Obama through executive order, protects undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as minors from deportation.

And while the White House and President Donald Trump are urging Congress to come up with a legislative solution for the issue, the talking points from the administration told Congress that DACA recipients should “prepare for and arrange their departure from the United States.”

“The president and White House staff have continued to work with Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) over the summer on their proposal to block grant federal health care funding to the states. And though the bill is being rewritten and Congress faces a brutal September agenda, Trump and his allies on health care are making a last-gasp push,” Politico reports.

Playbook: “There is little chance the Senate will take up an Obamacare repeal vote. McConnell has moved on. Senate Republicans, for the most part, have too.”

Barack Obama bashed President Trump’s decision to rescind an immigration order shielding some children of undocumented immigrants from deportation, calling the move “cruel” and “self-defeating,” CNN reports.

Said Obama: “To target these young people is wrong — because they have done nothing wrong. It is self-defeating — because they want to start new businesses, staff our labs, serve in our military, and otherwise contribute to the country we love. And it is cruel.”

“The lengthy statement is among Obama’s most forceful since departing office. He sharply criticized Trump’s motives and insisted rescinding the program — called DACA — was not legally required.

President Trump “is increasingly fixated on slashing the top corporate tax rate to 15 percent – a level that pretty much no one else working on the issue in the White House or Congress thinks is workable,” Politicoreports.

“In a White House meeting on Tuesday, Trump again expressed his strong desire to hit the 15 percent target, from today’s 35 percent.”

Said one senior official: “You can’t get to 15 percent and anyone who has a back of an envelope can make that calculation. And he may not like that truth, but it’s the truth. It’s just math.”

Politico: “President Trump’s White House will move Wednesday to quash growing GOP opposition to a strategy to raise the debt ceiling as part of a Hurricane Harvey relief package.”

“Administration officials will inform lawmakers that they will not be able to pay FEMA disaster claims for victims without a simultaneous increase of the debt ceiling, the sources said. House lawmakers are also being told by GOP leaders that Trump will give a full-throated endorsement to their plan to pair the two bills and send them to the Oval Office this week — without a penny worth of spending cuts long demanded by conservatives and even Republican leadership allies.”

Playbook: “The Senate plans to amend the Harvey relief bill with a debt-limit increase that will last through the end of 2018. Why? Most lawmakers would rather not have to vote to lift the debt limit more than once this Congress. There is talk of also attaching a continuing resolution, which would keep government open, but aides and lawmakers we spoke to say they do not think they’ll have enough time to get it ready this week.”

David Wasserman: “Almost exactly eight years ago, I argued that Democrats were in deep danger because 2010 could be the ‘Year of the Angry White Senior.’ The premise was simple: Midterm elections had always skewed toward older voters, but never before had there been such a generational divide. In 2008, Barack Obama carried voters 18 to 29 by 34 percentage points but lost seniors by 8 points — a whopping 42-point gulf. Sure enough, Democrats’ young base stayed home in the midterms, and they lost 63 House seats.”

“Eight years later, there’s an analogous dynamic working the opposite way. Midterms have always skewed toward college-educated voters, but never before has there been such an educational divide, particularly among whites. In 2016, exit polls found that Donald Trump carried white voters with a college degree by just 3 percentage points, but won whites without a college degree by 37 points — a massive 34-point gap. By contrast, this gap was just 14 points in 2008.”

A new Politico/Morning Consult poll finds voters overwhelmingly support allowing undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children to stay in the country.

“A majority of voters, 58%, think these undocumented immigrants, also known as Dreamers, should be allowed to stay and become citizens if they meet certain requirements — a sentiment that goes well beyond the existing DACA program. Another 18% think they should be allowed to stay and become legal residents, but not citizens. Only 15% think they should be removed or deported from the country.”

Now here is an interesting twist on Trump’s decision to re-negotiate NAFTA: “Canadian negotiators are demanding the United States roll back so-called “right to work” laws – accused of gutting unions in some U.S. states by starving them of money – as part of the renegotiation of the North American free-trade agreement. The request is part of a push by Ottawa to get the U.S. and Mexico to adopt higher labour standards under the deal.”

Paul Krugman: “So this is a double blow to the U.S. economy; it will make everyone worse off. There is no upside whatever to this cruelty, unless you just want to have fewer people with brown skin and Hispanic surnames around. Which is, of course, what this is really all about.”

A Russian politician has threatened to “hit Donald Trump with our Kompromat” on state television, the Independent reports.  “Speaking on Russia-24, Nikita Isaev, leader of the far-right New Russia Movement, said the compromising material should be released in retaliation over the closure of several Russian diplomatic compounds across the US.”

When asked whether Russia has such material, Mr Isaev replied: “Of course we have it!”

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12 comments on “The Open Thread for September 6, 2017

  1. cassandram

    Canadians! It is genuinely smart of them to push to equalize the playing field. Why should they give up their standard of living just because the US us working on a race to the bottom?

  2. “To target these young people is wrong…” – sez the Deporter-In-Chief

    • I’d point out what a cheap shot this is, but then you’re nothing but cheap shots. Next idea you have will be your first.

  3. cassandram

    Economic Anxiety, my ass:

  4. Your inability to understand the relationship between economic anxiety and demonizing The Other is a real blind spot.

    • the economic anxiety is real. The hatred of brown people allows them to blame someone without having to own their short-comings. That said, if there was no economic anxiety, they would find a channel for their hatred.

    • cassandram

      As you well know, I completely get it. And as you well know, I am not here for it. There are plenty of Americans who are experiencing economic anxiety and certainly do not project that on The Other. Because some of them *are* The Other. Same as it ever was, and some of those who used to be The Other have joined the oppressor class.

      • Then why do you say “economic anxiety my ass,” as if it can’t coexist with and feed into racism?

    • I hope all his listeners stay put. Hell, I hope they show those dumb libs who’s boss, and go to the beach for the next 72 hours.

      • cassandram

        And they need to sign a waiver of an Federal benefits to help get them back on track.

  5. cassandram

    Well look at what mavericky gets you:

    McCain backs Graham-Cassidy ObamaCare repeal effort

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