Today is January 13, 2019. It marks Day 23 of the Trump government shutdown. I began on December 22. It’s now officially the longest government shutdown in United States history.
How did we get here again? Trump wants $5.7 billion to build a 220-mile wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Without funding for such a wall, he will not sign a bill to fund the daily operations of the federal government.
Trump claims this 220-mile wall along the 1,954 miles that separates the United States from Mexico is crucial to our safety and security. That claim is odd considering his shutdown means members of the Coast Guard, TSA agents, and air traffic control officers are not getting paid during the Trump shutdown. They’re still working, they just not getting paid.
Not paying people who work for you is bad
Not paying workers who directly contribute to our nation’s safety and security seems like a terrible way to do things. You know who loves the fact we aren’t paying our TSA agents now? Terrorists wanting to smuggle weapons or bombs on board a commercial airliner, that’s who.
I not only want TSA agents to get paid immediately, but I also want to give them a raise to thank them for their service and to apologize for how badly Trump treated them. The same applies to the Coast Guard and to the air traffic controllers.