Chuck Schumer In 2013: If Dems Shut Down The Government Over Immigration That Would Be ‘A Politics Of Idiocy’

It’s a game they play. With taxpayer money. For money. 

A pox on both their houses. 

Chuck Schumer In 2013: If Dems Shut Down The Government Over Immigration That Would Be ‘A Politics Of Idiocy’

This quote so perfectly sums up Democratic hypocrisy on the shutdown that when I first heard it being quoted by House Speaker Paul Ryan I wondered if it was real. But as you’ll see in a moment, it is real. Back in 2013, Sen. Chuck Schumer was giving an interview to Jake Tapper about the government shutdown which lasted for 16 days in October of that year. Tapper asked whether Democrats in the Senate had taken too hard a line with Republicans.

“It was not a hard line on the substantive issues,” Schumer replied. He continued, “It was a hard line saying, unless I get my way I’m going to shut the government down, I’m going to risk default for the nation. Now anyone can do that.

“I believe in immigration reform. What if I persuaded my caucus to say I’m going to shut the government down, I’m going to not pay our bills unless I get my way. It’s a politics of idiocy, of confrontation, of paralysis.”

Needless to say, what Schumer envisioned as the Democratic equivalent of the 2013 shutdown is exactly what he has done in the 2018 shutdown. By his own definition, he has embraced the politics of idiocy, confrontation, and paralysis. Schumer goes on to say that Senate Democrats and President Obama said, “We’re not going to give in to this kind of brinksmanship, where basically a gun is put to your head…”

Here’s the clip:

Via HotAir

US Government Shuts Down

This gets me. From the AP

The federal government shut down at the stroke of midnight Friday, halting all but the most essential operations and marring the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration in a striking display of Washington dysfunction.

Last-minute negotiations crumbled as Senate Democrats blocked a four-week stopgap extension in a late-night vote, causing the fourth government shutdown in a quarter century. The slide toward closure lacked for high drama: The Senate vote was all but predetermined, and since the shutdown began at the start of a weekend, many of the immediate effects will be muted for most Americans.

Still, it comes with no shortage of embarrassment for the president and political risk for both parties, as they wager that voters will punish the other at the ballot box in November.

When the Republicans shut down the federal government, the AP reported no embarrassment to Obama or the Democrats. 

When the Democrats shut down the federal government, it’s an embarrassment to a Republican president. 


Time: Quotes about the Government Shutdown

NewImageThese quotes are from the politicians during the last (2013) federal shutdown. Riddle me this: why do the partisan Democrats not apply these to themselves now? 

1. “They’ve lost their minds.”

-Harry Reid, Democratic Senate Majority Leader, referring to House Republicans

2. “You know with a bully you cannot let them slap you around, because they slap you around today, they slap you five or six times tomorrow. We are not going to be bullied.”


3. “Lemmings with suicide vests. It’s kind of an insult to lemmings to call them lemmings, so they’d have to be more than just a lemming, because jumping to your death is not enough.”

-California Republican Rep. Devin Nunes describing conservatives in his own party

4. “What was I elected for? … This is a matter of core principle.”

-Texas Republican Rep. John Culberson

5. “It’s very hard from a distance to figure out who has lost their minds. One party, the other party, all of us, the president.”

-Democratic Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill

6. “At times, you must act on principle and not ask what cost, what are the chances of success.”

-New Mexico Republican Rep. Steve Pearce

7. “Keeping the people’s government open is not a concession to me. Keeping vital service running and hundreds of thousands of Americans on the job is not something you ‘give’ to the other side.”

-President Barack Obama

8. “None of this is fair to you. And should it continue, it will make it more difficult to keep attracting the kind of driven, patriotic, idealist Americans to public service that our citizens deserved and that our system of self-government demands.”

-Obama, in a letter to government employees

9. “I would say to the president: This is not about me. This is not about Republicans here in Congress. It’s about fairness for the America people.”

-Republican House Speaker John Boehner

10. “I campaigned in 2012 all over this country for months: ‘Repeal and replace Obamacare.’ That was not the mandate of the voters. If they wanted to repeal Obamacare, the 2012 election would have been probably significantly different.”

-Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain

Senator John McCain

11. “The bottom line is very simple. You negotiate on this, they will up the ante for the debt ceiling.”

-New York Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer

12. “What we see happening with this Republican strategy is a willingness to threaten the very foundation of the world’s greatest economic power. That is a very risky proposition.”

-White House Press Secretary Jay Carney

Via Time 

US Government Shutdowns

I have lived thru the following US government shutdowns: 

  • 1980
  • 1981
  • 1984
  • 1986
  • 1990
  • 1995-1996
  • 2013
  • 2018

One characteristic of each of them: nothing bad happened. Life continued on as normal. No apocalypse. No dogs and cats sleeping together. No one even noticed. 

In the past, the Republicans shut down the government. I’ve got some great quotes from Democrats saying how irresponsible it is for politicians to shut down the government. Now the shoe is on the other foot. 

Finally, I wonder how long it would take for the federal government to be shut down before the federal budget was balanced?