If you awoke this morning feeling off-kilter, annoyed, or as though something was just off, it’s because of the federal government shutdown that went into effect early this morning.
The reason for the shutdown is because President Trump declared he would not sign a spending bill into law unless it included $5.7 billion for a wall between Mexico and our southern border. The Republican-controlled House passed just such a bill, but the Republican-controlled Senate could not muster the 60 votes needed to advance the bill for a final vote. The final vote needs only a majority to pass.
This current government shutdown is the third government shutdown under President Trump’s astute leadership.
Personally, I think this is a stupid reason to shut down the government. Although I think building a wall between the U.S. and Mexico is even more stupid, the big orange man-baby we have as our president did run on building a wall. Elections have consequences. At least they should.
Let Trump begin building his stupid wall
Sadly, some people will not realize just how dumb building a wall on our southern border is unless we begin to build the thing. Let’s spend over $5 billion on a wall and see exactly how much wall we get for that money. Then, people can calculate for themselves how much it will then cost to repeat the process for the entire southern border.
Not capitulating to Trump’s demand for wall money could mean the government is shut down for a very long time. Are Senate Democrats ready for that? Is this something they want to find Trump on?
If the $5.7 billion sounds like a lot of money, remember that both houses of Congress already signed off on a providing the military over $700 billion for 2019. Compare that to Trump’s wall money, it doesn’t sound like a lot. Sure, it’s a waste of money, but so is most of the money going to the military.
If you ever want to see how the military wastes money, enlist in the armed forces.