The government has been shutdown for 20+ days now. Yes, it continues. My wee hour humor screeches, “Oh no!” however, if you work for said government it is never fun not to be paid for your work. 800,000 people are currently working for no pay or they have been placed on unpaid furlough. That sucks.
Why did the government shutdown in the first place? Well, there was the request for 5.7 billion dollars for the wall that Trump promised to build. Yeah, the Democrats are not going to allow that to happen. No compromise? Let’s shut down the government then. It doesn’t really bother me too much, I am retired. When it gets around to affecting my paycheck, then I will have a problem.
Trump is not the first President to shutdown the government. Clinton did it, so did Obama, Reagan, Carter and others. All total there have been over twenty shutdowns. Three are under Trump. Shutdowns are costly. I read an article this morning from USA Today concerning the costly nature of shutdowns. It seems hypocritical to write an article about shutdowns when the government spends money operating as well. I view the government as a leaky sponge. They absorb and spend money insanely.
For the sake of the 800,000 government employees, I hope that a compromise is reached soon. We need the wall to be built, but if Congress won’t provide the funding there are other avenues to take. He should do what the last President was so fond of…..use that invincible pen. The pen is mightier than the sword after all. Place the Border Patrol into various law enforcement agencies and put the military on the border. Then declare anyone approaching the border to cross an enemy combatant. That will stop the traffic. It is high time that we take care of America first. If Congress doesn’t want to get on board with that idea, we need to shut it down.
I have never understood why we prop up the governments of so many countries. We are not the world police. They either figure it out, or they fail. Switzerland has figured out how to remain neutral in all conflicts. We need to do the same. Bring our military home, let these unstable areas fall back into their chaotic nature, and seal the borders. Then continue our import/export business as usual. Also, we should remove ourselves from the United Nations. I am tired of seeing our money help fund Iran’s blossoming nuclear program.
As I previously stated, I hope that a compromise can be reached. However, as much as the media and the Democrats hate Trump, there is no end in sight. I am preparing to end my blog, but I will share my theory as to why they hate him so much. Here it is in a nutshell: He is rich therefore, he can’t be bought. He has more money than most of them. If you can’t buy them, you smear them and that is what’s happening. He wasn’t a problem until he stopped giving money to the Democrat platform.
That is going to do it for me this morning (early morning). You guys take care and I will chat with you soon.