Trump wants to make America great again. This includes everyone, not just his supporters. His compassion for the laid off government workers meant more than self serving politics for one side. He also knew Nancy is a political hack who does not care about anyone but herself, so Trump had to step up.
Beyond that, the fundamental goal, all along, was for something to be done about illegal immigration and border security. The government shut down, was a means to an end. The ends is now being worked on in a more bipartisan way, where people from both sides want a solution. This is the art of the deal.
The rumor is many Democrats want to make a deal which includes a barrier, but they are politically afraid of Nancy Pelosi since she is vindictive and will eat her own if they step out of line. However, she barely got the speaker job by a small margin. Trump has give her a way for her to blink in private, so the job can get done. She can stand firm, while allowing some Democrats to help Trump, so everyone can win in this no win situation.
Being what Trump accepted was the same proposal Senator Graham proposed three weeks ago, I am inclined to say yes. If not a cave, it was most certainly a huge retreat in an attempt to regroup to stop Pelosi's advance. Still, those government departments, agencies covered under the last 7 appropriations bills will be open for three weeks. Another shutdown is three weeks on the horizon.
Pelosi won this battle. She said she wouldn't negotiate until the government was open. It is now for three week. Now we'll see if she spoke the truth. If she'll negotiate in a serious manner or just continuing to say no. Perhaps by retreating, caving if you like, Trump passed the ball to Pelosi and the Democrats. If they don't negotiate in a serious manner working towards a compromise, the democrats could very well own the next shutdown instead of Trump.
He also gets credit for being the one who put government employees back to work.
Mitch will not put his senators through another shutdown three weeks after the first debacle ended, he's learned even if trump hasn't. Negotiating in good faith does not mean handing the R's everything they want. Try to keep that in mind as the negotiations go forward.
if non-Trumpists win in 2020, it's time to end the possibility of using a shutdown as a bargaining tool.
as for the potential shutdown in three weeks, air traffic controllers have learned how to end it quickly : prevent the very rich from conveniently flying in and out of NYC.
My stance on this, compromise at 2.5 billion. Each side gives 2.5 and gets 2.5. This all or nothing stances, more or less give me everything I want and you get nothing isn't a good thing. If this had been in the era of Reagan and Tip O'Neal, there wouldn't have been a shutdown. Almost every year of Reagan's presidency those two worked out a compromise on SDI. The same could have been done on the wall.
This whole thing was utterly stupid, asinine in fact. A battle of 5 billion which comes out to approximately 0.0125% of the 4 trillion this government will spend this year. That is between one one hundredth and two one hundredth of a single percentage point.
Was it worth the shutdown, I suppose Democrats will say yes. That they saved the government 5 billion by remaining firm. But I have to wonder if the shutdown didn't cost us much more than 5 billion. But that is partisan politics at its worst. On both sides. It's one of the main reasons I could never be a Republican or a democrats, each places their party high above country. But this is the era we live in, polarization, deep divides, ideologues entrench on both sides, neither thinking about the country. Just how to advance the R or the D. No wonder both parties are shrinking bit time. From 36% Democratic, 32% Republican and 30% independent to 30% Democratic, 26% Republican and 43% independent today.
For me, the biggest problem is our two party system where even the shrinking two major parties still have all the power and control they did when 80% of the population identified with them. That I suppose is another subject for another thread on another day.
Let's try and spin this so the spoilt brat who stops throwing mud over the living room gets rewarded for stopping his tantrum. Let's take him out for ice cream for being a good boy.