A few days ago, my 19-month-old son, Nelson, threw a tantrum because his baby sister was holding a toy he wanted.

Any parent knows that if you give in to a toddler every time he pitches a fit, he’ll keep pitching fits to get whatever he wants. Sadly, House and Senate Republicans don’t understand that about our president.

The Senate on Dec. 19 voted unanimously — and how often does that happen?!? — to keep our government open; the House was poised to do the same. Then came the president’s tantrum over funding for his wall, and just as he had promised days earlier, he chose to shut down the government.

On Thursday, House Democrats’ first act in the majority was to pass responsible legislation reopening government. But suddenly what GOP leader Mitch McConnell deemed perfectly acceptable two weeks ago is no longer so, and President Trump’s tantrum continues.

It’s not even remotely reasonable; demanding a solid wall along the entire U.S.-Mexico border is foolish.

The president doesn’t embrace reality, but maybe some Republicans in Congress still do. Most undocumented immigrants are people who have overstayed their visas. Most drugs entering the U.S. are smuggled in through legal points of entry. And undocumented immigrants are less likely to commit crime than native-born citizens.

Those aren’t opinions. They’re facts supported by data. But squalling toddlers don’t listen to facts — they just keep demanding their toys.

So as the president demands his toy, Americans have been made to suffer. Federal law enforcement agents have been forced to work without pay. Small business loans have been halted. Home mortgage applications have been slowed. Critical services have been stopped for farmers as they plan for the planting season. Our national parks stink of garbage and overflowing toilets.

Read the full article at https://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/article/Why-the-GOP-shouldn-t-give-in-to-the-13525280

Photo credit: President Donald Trump looks up during the prayer before a roundtable discussion of border security policy on Day 21 of the government shutdown, at the White House in Washington, Jan. 11, 2019. The stalemate over funding the president’s wall suggests that reaching any agreement on security arrangements at the border is more elusive than ever before. (Sarah Silbiger/The New York Times)