Whatever Happened To Republicans' Preference For Federalism And Local Control?

For decades Republicans have been the party of federalism and local control.

So why are they now threatening to shut down the government if police departments all over the country don't bow down before their far-right agenda?

If the government shuts down again, you can probably blame the Trump administration.

According to Politico, Budget director Mick Mulvaney is lobbying Republican lawmakers to insert into a must-pass spending bill language that would strip sanctuary cities of federal funding.

This must-pass spending bill is due at the end of the month - and any measure taking aim at sanctuary cities would be a no-go for Congressional Democrats.

As the Washington Post reports,

"In 2015, the typical sanctuary county in a large metropolitan area experienced 654 fewer crimes per 100,000 residents than the typical non-sanctuary county in a big, metropolitan area. That's an overall crime rate approximately 15 percent lower."

So... whatever happened to federalism and local control? I thought that's what the Republican party was all about.


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Old Kel 6 years 6 weeks ago

Well, it would seem that there is still blackmail in play...that sounds like familiar BS.

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garth2710 6 years 6 weeks ago

Let the Republicans shut the government down again. They will own it with the voters, who will view a shutdown as yet another self-inflicted Trump administration fiasco. (This one occurring right at the 100 day mark of Trump's presidency.) Another shutdown will also be further proof that the GOP Congress is incapable of governing.

Like typical politicians, the Republicans give lip service to federalism when it suits their needs. Otherwise, they don't give a damn about it. Such is the case here. For another example, look at lifelong "states' rights" advocate Jeff Sessions' threat to override the will of the voters in those states, like my home state of Washington, who voted to legalize recreational marijuana.

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Ou812 6 years 6 weeks ago

It won't be the Republicans who shutdown the government, the Democrats will. Local control means just that--local money, NOT Federal money. If the cities don't want local control, all they need to do is accept the Federal money with all the attached strings.

NormaJFHarrison 6 years 6 weeks ago

...hard to believe Hartmann sitting there saying

...hard to believe Hartmann sitting there saying “why" "why" why do the corporations behave!!! that way!! ? Hasn't he read "Capital", to know why how capitalism does what it does? His great allergy to communism drives what he declares as his ignorance, accepting ameliorative - to the profit system, a horridly brutal structure - ameliorative 'explanations'.

PLUS!, his guest - and he, Thom - blame child-like behavior.

This business of demeaning, maligning children - it REALLY has to stop!! Children are mature 3mo. olds , 7 year olds, 16 year olds, largely nicer than Hartmann and other 50 year olds doing governmental things. Is it really all very well to be anti-communist, forgiving Capitalism's murderous, brutal structure - by not calling these by their name - making up the meanings of them.

Communism, socialism allows us to work for us all, no Owners of my labor except me, in unified structure to provide us all the pleasures otherwise available on Earth.

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Riverplunge 6 years 6 weeks ago

NEVER MIND IF THEY SHUT DOWN. The threat of a shutdown costs over 2 billion dollars. The repercussions of doing that stupid stunt, run 26 billion in GDP.. Another calamity brought to you by, "brilliant" Republicans! Proof? Here! https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/federal-eye/wp/2013/10/18/how-much-d...

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2950-10K 6 years 6 weeks ago

Norma is correct.

Extreme concentration of wealth and thus unregulated capitalism/Fascism would not exist in a society where, "We the People," controlled the energy, health, and education sectors. All other labor not cooperative would require at least union representation.

Nobody should have to beg for a god damn job and be at the mercy of another man....ever!

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2950-10K 6 years 6 weeks ago

Our executive branch is under criminal investigation and thus illegitimate. All else including the federal budget is under the same dark shadow. This it what we get for allowing Teapublican election fraud again.

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2950-10K 6 years 6 weeks ago

Word in Eastern Europe.....Trump and Putin have agreed to take out Assad together in order to justify lifting the sanctions!... per Tillerson's meeting.

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ErinRose 6 years 6 weeks ago

Doesn't it concern anyone that this government is demanding the police be as radical as they are? That the police pledge some kind of allegiance to their ever increasing extremism? It seems that they have it planned to take their demands for power to the limit and the wall and they want the police to be in on it and back their power play. What more and other ugly things do they have in store for us? Are they planning to turn the whole US into one big GitMo? What kind of people demand the right to harm others with impunity? Are we dealing with sociopaths or psychopaths in business suits?

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deepspace 6 years 6 weeks ago

Earth truly is a Planet of the Apes dystopian nightmare overrun by insane, violent monkey people lost in self-delusional, self-destructive fantasies. As far as intelligent behavior is concerned, the evolution of Homo sapiens has failed spectacularly. What a waste of a rare and once-hospitable planet!


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stecoop01 6 years 6 weeks ago

Nazism is rearing it's ugly head, again.

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ChristopehrCurrie 6 years 5 weeks ago

Democrats should add an amendment that will REQUIRE Donald Trump to release at least the past ten years of his tax returns. The way he has been acting indicates that most of his alleged "wealth" is actually just borrowed money!

tim1234 6 years 4 weeks ago

This idea was just a talking point one of their think tanks came up with. Whenever they don't like a Federal law they say that power belongs to states, conversely when the states regulate businesses like insurance they say that insurance companies must be free to compete across state lines, Orwellian way of saying they can ignore state regulations. Works both ways, Democrats need to point out this hypocrisy.

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