By now many of us know what a declined detainer is, but how you define what it means depends on how you feel about law enforcement. Democrats might say that a declined detainer is how cities prevent federal authorities from persecuting immigrants. Republicans would more likely call it a dangerous sanctuary city policy of letting the bad guys go before ICE can nab them.
The RNC Make America Great Again survey showed up in my mailbox one day after the Republican Party repealed its self-proclaimed mission to replace Obamacare. The appeal to greatness was printed in big, bold letters. The survey asked about optimism. It talked about being proud. The RNC asked for a donation to help get the job done.
There are many different opinions on why America is a better place to live and work than anywhere else. Some of us are disillusioned and don’t believe there is anything better about it. Opinions can be sliced up and down the income, gender, and color scales. The kinder life has been, the more likely you probably are to think that this is the best place on earth.
We should be frustrated and disturbed by questions asked during a recent White House press conference. The issue was whether a deported woman was a threat:
Q I know you’re familiar with the case in Arizona of the mother, Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos. Is she a threat to this country?
MR. SPICER: I’m going to leave that up to ICE.
Income tax is one of those painful things that should happen to other people. There will always be reasons we should pay less and others should pay more. As taxpayers we don’t have much say one way or the other. Washington will spend our money as it sees fit, though despite what we like to think much of that spending is mandatory, not discretionary.
With the nation at their mercy Republicans are about to blow the mission they staked their reputation to the instant Democrats passed the Affordable Care Act. We’ve heard the buzzwords: repeal, replace, dismantle. We might as well add destroy. The press isn’t great, but how could it be? Republicans will be lucky to make this sale to themselves not because their ideas are bad, but because their campaign to make this overhaul palatable is all wrong.
Stop complaining. Surviving Trump and the Republicans isn’t hard. If you read this post you will get some valuable tips to get you through the next eight years. You were hoping it would only be four? Then you really need to take these survival tips to heart.
Hot Tips on Surviving Republican Rule
Tip 1: Grow the hell up.
Like many ordinary people there is nothing different or special about me. I’m white. My parents aren’t immigrants. Neither am I. The gender I was born with is the one I’ll stick to. I’m straight. My job does not make me rich but I don’t make minimum wage, either. I work and pay taxes. Since my home is in Illinois that means lots of taxes that are never enough.