Posts Tagged ‘hostage situation’

Trump Tantrum Prolongs His Government Shutdown

December 29, 2018

Trump Tantrum Prolongs His Government Shutdown
As the end of the year approaches, President Donald Trump has thrown a temper tantrum, shutting down the federal government, and barricaded himself in the White House until his extortionate demands are met. If congress wants to reopen the government, he wants $5 billion for a border wall of undetermined design. No wall, no government.

Seeking new threat targets, Mr. Trump now says he’ll shut down the southern border if he doesn’t get his way, a move that would violate international law and cost U.S. businesses billions of dollars.

The chief executive continues to sulk in the White House, foregoing a planned Mar-a-Lago New Year’s party.

More:

“Trump struggles to make a coherent case for his border wall,” Steve Benen, MSNBC

“More Americans blame Trump for government shutdown: Reuters/Ipsos poll,” Chris Kahn and Ginger Gibson, Reuters

“Most Americans would rather spend the $5 billion Trump is demanding for the border wall on infrastructure, education, or healthcare,” Bob Bryan and Walt Hickey, Business Insider

“About That Wall Trump Said Mexico Would Be Paying For: QuickTake,” Mark Niquette, Bloomberg, via Washington Post

“No Deal in Sight: Shutdown Here to Stay Amid Border Wall Stalemate,” John T. Bennett, Roll Call

“Trump: Give Me a Wall or I’ll Engineer a Recession,” Eric Levitz, New York Magazine

Related:

“Trump admin to unpaid federal workers who can’t make rent: beg, barter, and get a lawyer.” Boing Boing

“Taxpayers Are Subsidizing Mar-a-Lago’s New Year’s Eve Party Despite Trump’s Shutdown,” Ryan Bort, New York Post

“Five lessons that never seem to be learned from shutting down the government,” Leon Panetta, Washington Post

“The Border Wall Is a Symbol of Our Symbolic Politics,” Jonah Goldberg, National Review

Update:

“Trump Gripes About Lonely Xmas With No One But ‘Machine Gunners’ Who Don’t Smile,” Nicole Lafond, TPM Livewire

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GOP Extortionists Take Americans Hostage

October 1, 2013

GOP Extortionists Take Americans Hostage

“Obama Says No Talks While GOP ‘Threatening To Harm Women and Children,’”  Noah Rayman, TIME Magazine blog

“Obama: GOP tactics hold middle class ‘hostage,'” David Jackson, USA Today

“Five Reasons Not To Hold Obamacare Hostage In The Government Shutdown,” Carolyn McClanahan, Forbes

“Republicans Aren’t Hostage Takers, They’re Political Terrorists,” Michael Tomasky, Daily Beast

“Carney: Republicans are ‘irresponsible and reckless,’ using ‘threat and extortion,'” Jennifer Epstein, Politico

“Stocks drop amid fears of federal government shutdown,” Andrew Tangel, Los Angeles Times

“The GOP flunks Hostage Taking 101,” Marc A. Thiessen, Washington Post

“The GOP’s Suicide Squeeze,” John Dickerson, Slate

“GOP’s ‘Mass psychosis’ holds country hostage, says Dem congressman,” Jessica Taylor, MSNBC

“Dumbest extortion attempt ever: Republican scheme’s perverse logic,” Brian Beutler, Salon

“The Anti-Obamacare Hostage Taking Will Damage Future Policymaking,” Keith Humphreys, Washington Monthly blog

“Governing by Blackmail,” Nicholas Kristoff, New York Times

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GOP Declares Christmas Truce, Releases Hostages

December 22, 2011

GOP Declares Christmas Truce, Releases Hostages

House Republican leaders have finally agreed to a short-term extension of the payroll-tax break that saves working Americans money in these hard times. They had been holding middle-class families hostage on behalf of billionaire oil barons who want to build a huge multi-state pipeline without real review.

Don’t spend your savings too fast, wage-slaves. Like in the Christmas Truce of World War I, it will be back to the trenches in the New Year. Expect more extortionate demands from Congressional Republicans.

Happy Holidays.

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The Onion Gets Flack for Getting it Right

September 29, 2011

The Onion Gets Flack for Getting it Right

“WASHINGTON—Brandishing shotguns and semiautomatic pistols, members of the 112th U.S. Congress took a class of visiting schoolchildren hostage today, barricading themselves inside the Capitol rotunda and demanding $12 trillion dollars in cash.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), who has emerged as spokesman for the bipartisan group, informed FBI negotiators this morning that the ransom was to be placed in stainless-steel suitcases and left on the Capitol steps by 4 p.m. sharp. If their demands are not met in full, the 11-term representative announced, ‘all the kids will die.'”

“Congress Takes Group Of Schoolchildren Hostage,” The Onion

Twitter: #CongressHostage

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