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The BBC reports that Trump is ready for US shutdown to last ‘for years’:

US President Donald Trump has said he is prepared for a partial shutdown of the US government – now entering its third week – to last years.

After meeting top Democrats, he also said he could declare a national emergency to bypass Congress and build a US-Mexico border wall.

Mr Trump insisted he would not sign any bill without wall funding, which Democrats adamantly oppose.

Around 800,000 federal workers have been without pay since 22 December.

Hello, I have a question from the real world: How will the border be secured or the undocumented be deported when all of the people who work for DHS leave to find jobs where they get paid? If the rank and file miss two paychecks, they are at risk of their utilities being turned off, being evicted or having their houses foreclosed on, losing their cars, not to mention the problem of buying food. Any actual officer of a union who advocated for this shut down should be impeached [preferably before the tar and feathers].

As for bypassing Congress on spending money: US Constitution Article I, Section 9, Paragraph 7

No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law; and a regular Statement and Account of the Receipts and Expenditures of all public Money shall be published from time to time.

The ignorance and arrogance burns. Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib’s call is justified by Trump’s action. People should remember that she is a Palestinian-American and has watched what Trump and his son-in-law have allowed to be done to the Palestinian people.


1 Badtux { 01.06.19 at 6:34 pm }

Looks like TSA agents are already having a sick-out because they’re not being paid, which shortly is going to shut down air travel….

2 Bryan { 01.06.19 at 7:12 pm }

The line people checking baggage are not making much money for the cities they work in, and they need to get some cash flow. No one thought this through. Trump has had two years with Republicans in control of both houses of Congress and he didn’t get his ‘wall’, so why should the Democrats give it to him?

This won’t go on for months, because the Senate is going to have to get to work and pass the bills before them. If this goes beyond a month, the GOP can kiss 2020 goodbye.