President Donald Trump didn’t show ‘compassion’ by ending DACA. He was a coward. Trump started a countdown to deportation as soon as next year for nearly 800,000 Dreamers, including as many as 242,000 in California. Not only that, but Trump didn’t have the guts to face the cameras himself to make the announcement. Instead, he sent out Attorney General Jeff Sessions to toss red meat to Trump’s base.
Modesto Bee: Rep. Jeff Denham has a laudable history of protecting Dreamers. But again on Tuesday he refused to blame the man responsible for making them targets – Donald Trump.
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Jack Ohman sees that there’s a difference between DACA dreams and nightmares. Check out the distinctions here.
Andrew Malcolm, McClatchyDC: President Trump has clearly invested a vast amount of time and effort convincing Americans that as their chief executive, he is clearly on top of properly managing the government response to Hurricane Harvey’s desolation.
Sen. Steve Glazer: Feds should put Confederate monuments in their proper places: museums.
Geoffrey Fattig: Regarding North Korea as a threat to the United States profoundly misjudges the nature of the regime. Rather, it is driven by a singular goal of reunifying the Korean peninsula, a goal that cannot be achieved while the American military remains stationed in South Korea.
Sasha Abramsky: Whipping up his base with lies and outrage, Trump the demagogue has turned news into reality TV. Every time he speaks, the president brings us a little closer to mob rule, and it’s threatening democracy.
David Ulin: Lately, I’ve been thinking that I want to start a movement. I want to be the creator – the Bill W., if you will – of a new recovery program. My 12-step fantasy would be called: Donald J. Trump Anonymous.
Erwin Chemerinsky: California still lets debt collectors empty the bank accounts of poor people. Why?
David Mas Masumoto: Does anyone still know how to listen? Humans may be ever more distracted, but yes, someone is still paying attention. Faithfully.
Good morning. On behalf of The Sacramento Bee’s editorial board, welcome to The Take, your opinion-politics newsletter.
Take a number: 12 cents
There’s a good chance Republicans won’t have a strong gubernatorial or U.S. Senate candidate at the top of the 2018 ticket who will excite their base and help drive Republican turn-out for down-ballot candidates. The next best thing: an initiative that would get Republican voters excited. Sacramento campaign consultant Dave Gilliard, who represents a half-dozen California Republican congressional incumbents, offered The Take this prediction: There will be an initiative on the November 2018 ballot to repeal the 12-cent per gallon gas tax hike approved by the Legislature in April to fund road maintenance. “And that will pass, hands down,” Gilliard said, sounding like someone who has polled the issue. He wouldn’t say who would fund the effort. But Gilliard’s clients include Rep. Darrell Issa, the wealthy San Diego County Republican who eked out a victory in 2016. Issa has experience with statewide measures, having funded the 2003 petition drive that led to the recall of Gov. Gray Davis.
Takes on DACA
Miami Herald: President Trump didn’t even have the decency to do his own dirty work. The president left it up to Attorney General Jeff Sessions to break the shameful news to the nation.
Raleigh News & Observer: For Trump to phase out the “Dreamers” program is nothing more than a play to the right-wing, xenophobic base that helped bring him to office.
Charlotte Observer: No state may have more on the line than North Carolina as Trump erases America’s policy on so-called Dreamers. North Carolina had the nation’s highest application rate in the program’s first two years.
Kansas City Star: President Trump is 100 percent correct about one aspect of the program that provided a tenuous legal foothold to immigrant young people: Congress needs to fix it.
Denver Post: Congress has been granted an opportunity to undo a decade of failure. To squander this chance now would only validate Obama’s decision to act on this issue through executive order.
Houston Chronicle: Phew! Don’t you feel better? And safer? And more principled? No, we’re not talking about this community’s heroic response to Harvey. We’re responding, sarcastically, to President Trump’s hypocritical decision regarding the Obama-era executive order known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.
National Review: Trading a permanent amnesty for a one-time appropriation for a border wall that is mostly symbolism would be deal-making that conforms to the worst stereotype of feckless congressional Republicans. Unfortunately, the White House might be willing to go along with such a deal because the wall is Trump’s idée fixe, even though it is considerably less important than other enforcement measures.
Los Angeles Times: Is California’s commitment to school accountability dead? Probably not, but it’s certainly withering. The days of California’s Academic Performance Index and the federal No Child Left Behind Act are over, and they won’t be missed. But there are distressing signs that instead of returning to a common-sense middle ground on accountability, the education pendulum is swinging as far as possible in the other direction.
Orange County Register: The California Supreme Court has upheld most of Proposition 66, the initiative to speed up the death penalty, but in doing so may have made an even more tangled mess of it. Associate Justice Carol Corrigan, writing for the majority, said voters were presented with ballot materials promising a five-year time limit on death penalty appeals in state courts, but there is “no workable means of enforcing the five-year review limit.”
San Diego Union Tribune: It’s now clear that creating a single-payer health care system is the top priority of the Democratic Party and millions of Americans. But it’s time that Republicans started thinking big about health care as well – and stop equating any expanded government role with socialism.
David Leonhardt: In the early 1960s, the typical chief executive at a large American company made only 20 times as much as the average worker, rather than the current 271-1 ratio. Today, some CEOs make $2 million in a single month. The old culture of restraint had multiple causes, but one of them was the tax code.
Ruben Navarrette: If the White House wants to champion American workers, it can find other ways to do it besides trying to kick out of the country undocumented young people who are working, producing and going to college.
Kathleen Parker: We seem to be on the brink of a nuclear confrontation with North Korea. When the other antagonist is North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un, the nightmare can’t be dismissed as the twisted hankie of the persistently worried.
Leonard Pitts Jr.: The head of Cleveland’s police union is upset that members of the NFL’s Cleveland Browns refused to stand for the national anthem during a recent preseason game. One can’t escape a suspicion that the real offense here is ungrateful black men acting uppity, forgetting their place.
“Free college? By all means. And let’s have free food and clothes, too.” – Martin Owens, Sacramento
Tweet of the day
“Brought by parents, these children had no choice in coming here. Now they’ll be sent to countries they’ve never known. Cruel. Not America.” – Joe Biden @JoeBiden