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Big Events Demand Big (Cooperative) Responses

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At key turning points in history, dramatic events seem to come together to force cooperation between even the most reluctant partisans. In the face of devastation from Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, for instance, even a brief government shutdown became unthinkable, so Republicans and Democrats worked together to provide disaster relief and raise the debt ceiling.

Meanwhile, the H-bomb explosion by North Korea means that all sides should rally behind the president in his strong economic or military response to the brutal regime in Pyongyang, and to build-up our armed forces.

Finally, there’s the new six-month deadline for so-called “Dreamers”. The prospect of deporting 800,000 gainfully employed young Americans, who’ve been raised since childhood in the US, would do major economic and social damage. Liberals must, therefore, work with conservatives, rather than trying to score partisan political points, to achieve meaningful immigration reform and enhanced border security.

Big challenges require big and bi-partisan responses, including better coordination between Congress and the President.

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  1. Ty  •  Sep 7, 2017 at 4:12 am

    I heard that a potential move by Trump would be to use those DACA people as hostages for getting funding for a border wall.

    If that ever happened, all I ask is that on that big beautiful wall that large chunks of conservatives want to built, we place a giant GOP elephant on both sides of the wall/fence. I want it to be crystal clear who it was that desired that symbol to mexicans that they are not wanted and are not welcome. A great many conservatives are not merely content to step up enforcement with border control agents, oh no, we need a wall to keep out the "rabble" like they use against the undead/white walkers from game of thrones. Refuse to crash against concrete barricades, not people that deserve the same consideration of non Mexicans.

    Next to the GOP elephant, I'd like the words MAGA, and this gem from an older video game that captures the spirit of attitude of large swaths of the conservative movement.

    https://www.wired.com/images_blogs/gamelife/2010/08/Chaff.jpg

    • d  •  Sep 7, 2017 at 5:09 pm

      Next to your words, and the GOP elephant should be the Democratic symbol, along with the symbols of every country where people illegally cross our border. We should write an apology to them for the negative feelings it will conjure in their hearts and minds, but also note that none of these governments were able to either enact/enforce sound and compassionate immigration laws, or enact laws or set up a country that help their own people have the opportunity to live a life of freedom, safety, prosperity, etc. Therefore, the wrong people are also entering and making life miserable for us or killing us altogether. Unfortunately, a wall was supported to reduce such people from entering. As is the case in life, the good ones endure the consequences of the bad.

    • Rizzo  •  Sep 8, 2017 at 9:47 am

      And Tatooed to Ty's forehead, I want the words OPEN BORDERS, LAWLESSNESS, AND A PICTURE OF THE DEMOCRAT JACKASS.

      Are you really this stupid?

      • Jim Bird  •  Sep 8, 2017 at 11:36 am

        Rizzo,
        You always have the perfect reply for Ty! He can write (regurgitate lib bullet points) a 3-page commentary saying nothing and you perfectly counter his gibberish in 3 sentences or less! Please let us know when you run for congress.

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