Sen. John Cornyn (R, TX) last night put it bluntly:
“The senator from Kentucky by objecting to the unanimous consent requests will effectively shut down the federal government, for no real reason,”
He was referring to Sen. Rand Paul, a self-proclaimed Libertarian like his daddy, Ron Paul. For those who may not know, libertarians occupy the extreme clown end of the political spectrum like the Constitution Party. They are all hard core ideologues who have no clue how to pick their battles, and mostly like grand standing on the themes that "taxes are theft" and "no deficit is good enough to tolerate."
Cornyn went on to add that Paul’s actions were “grossly irresponsible” and said he would not make concessions to the Kentucky Republican. “Why reward bad behavior?” asked Cornyn.
Why indeed? Fortunately for all concerned Paul's mini-shutdown ended early this morning, approved by a bipartisan Senate majority of 71-28. Make no mistake this is a rare episode given the nation's extreme polarization. But bottom line, the Dems had no stomach for another shutdown - even to defend the Dreamers. Their own camp being split - with the centrists in Trump states refusing to come aboard - they chose discretion over valor, especially with the midterm elections 10 months away.
"Without more Republicans in Congress, we were forced to increase spending on things we do not like or want in order to finally, after many years of depletion, take care of our Military"
Aw, boo hoo hoo. They had to "take care of the military". The same military that now enjoys more gov't spending than the next twelve nations combined, including China and Russia. Cry me a river, do. But we all know the Repukes' deficit game and have since the Reagan era: run up all the deficits you can on "defense" and then if and when Dems get into power, cry and whine 'Deficits!' if they try to increase domestic spending.