Shut Down the Shutdowns!

Townhall | 1/29/2019 | Staff
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Gee whiz! Didn't we all get a lot out of the shutdown? Whether or not we sought it, we got the cynical attention of a cynical world, wondering what had possessed the crazy Americans this time.

Donald Trump should have known better than to thump his chest over the coming capitulation of Nancy Pelosi, who -- a serious egotist in her own right -- understood the costs of capitulation to the man her constituents like least in the world. Couldn't Trump have figured this out instead of circling the woman who had just merrily knocked the chip off his shoulder? He wanted triumph; he instead got a poke in the nose.

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Not that Pelosi profited more handsomely. She may have to acknowledge at some early point the absence of any Democratic vision for getting a handle on the current immigration problem in all its complexity.

The reality of the shutdown is that neither side was trying to solve a real-world problem. Everything had to do with face and the saving thereof. The upshot: nothing solved, a fresh pot of trouble brewing on the stove.

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A heated debate over building a border wall was the wrong argument at the wrong time, a show purely for the grandstands. But so we live these days. It is small wonder we are always in a foul mood. We assign to rival power brokers the task of untying our toughest knots -- immigration, for instance. Neither side in the immigration wrangle can possibly be 100 percent right -- neither the build-the-wall side nor the let-'em-all-in side. Yet we expect the power brokers to tie up things with a pretty bow.

Getting a handle on immigration means facing unpleasant realities: chiefly, the...
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