Trump's moment of truth

When a Democrat is in the White House, Congress – if it's controlled by Republicans – no longer has the power of the purse.  If the president wants to spend money on a program like Obamacare, or Planned Parenthood, or executive amnesty, Congress is required to appropriate the funds.  Failure to include such funding in a budget means a presidential veto and a government shutdown.  When a budget is vetoed, and a shutdown ensues, it's the fault of the Republicans in Congress for failing to include the appropriation the president wishes. This is the McConnell Doctrine, announced by the Republican Senate majority leader immediately after last year's election gave him his majority.  It is based purely on political considerations.  The shutdown of October 2013 was a blow to Republican hopes for a Senate majority.  It damaged, briefly, the Republican brand.  It might have cost them the governorship of Virginia.  The year that...(Read Full Post)