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Give 1st round to Pelosi in shutdown skirmish

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By ALAN FRAM

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The sole focus of this writer is touting the pyrrhic victory Pelosi achieved as a result of the pointless squabbling between her and Trump. Whether she had “won” or he is ultimately irrelevant. However the result would have turned out, the American economy has taken a $3 billion hit, caused needless stress to federal workers, and put the national credit ratings at risk for a downgrade. Some “victory”.

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However the result would have turned out, the American economy has taken a $3 billion hit, caused needless stress to federal workers, and put the national credit ratings at risk for a downgrade. Some “victory”.

The alternative would have been giving into an ultimatum, going against generations of American policy to not negotiate with hostage takers. Giving into Trump's ultimatum to end Trump's shutdown would have been damaging to democracy in the country as a hole.

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The alternative would have been giving into an ultimatum, going against generations of American policy to not negotiate with hostage takers. Giving into Trump's ultimatum to end Trump's shutdown would have been damaging to democracy in the country as a hole (sic).

American policy against hostage takers has nothing to do with the obligation for politicians to work together with the elected head-of-state in order to find a reasonable compromise for the sake of the people they claim to represent. How giving $5 billion for a wall would have damaged democracy is beyond me, especially given that about half the country voted for this wall in 2016 (an idea which I personally disagree with, but these are the facts).

Much more damaging to democracy, I would say, has been the unchecked military spending of the US post-9/11, which already has tallied a whopping running tab of $6 trillion, and shows no signs of abating anytime soon. As long as Congress is draining the national coffers for military goals of dubious merit, then what is another $5 billion?

This shutdown was a shameful fit of pique on all sides, a pointless exercise in political brinksmanship. Despite what this article or what much of the media claims there were no “victors”, only losers—namely the American public.

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By the time President Donald Trump capitulated Friday, 

There's a big difference between capitulating and regrouping.

Trump and the American people will win the final round.

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By the time President Donald Trump capitulated Friday, 

There's a big difference between capitulating and regrouping.

Thanks for the laugh...there's a big difference between being humiliated and being offered constructive criticism too - but all know Wimpy was supremely dissed by Coulter...

Trump and the American people will win the final round.

Trump already lost - just ask Coulter, or Dobbs, or read the Daily Caller...the right wingers are dissing Trump way more than any Democrats are...

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Pro beats amateur.

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