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Schumer Calls for Chaos

You may recall that back in 2013, a Republican attempt to defund ObamaCare in a federal spending bill resulted in a 16-day shutdown of the federal government. Democrats were self-righteously irate, especially New York's Senator Chuck Schumer, who proclaimed far and wide that his party was above the fray.

“You know, we could do the same thing on immigration reform," he said on ABC's "This Week", "We believe strongly in immigration reform. We could say, ‘We’re shutting down the government, we’re not gonna raise the debt ceiling, until you pass immigration reform.’”

The Empire State’s senior senator can't abide the fact that Republicans mean to insert provisions for border-wall funding and deportation of illegal immigrants into a must-pass bill to keep the government funded past April 28.

But, he cautioned, “it would be government chaos.”

That was then. This is now.

Now that it's 2017 and his party is in the minority, Chuck Schumer is threatening to shut down the federal government over, among other issues, immigration reform.

The Empire State’s senior senator can't abide the fact that Republicans mean to insert provisions for border-wall funding and deportation of illegal immigrants into a must-pass bill to keep the government funded past April 28. So he’s threatening a filibuster to block passage — which would lead to the furloughing of government employees. Just like last time.

Of course back then, Democrats said that would be “hostage-taking.” Now they’re blaming Republicans for leaving the party of the little man no option but to take hostages themselves. Or, as Schumer put it: “They will be shutting down the government and delivering a severe blow to our economy.” Meaning: When THEY do it, it’s reckless; when WE do it, it’s principled.

Schumer was right the first time — as was Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.), who said, “Hostage-taking is not governing.”