December 24, 2018
We are now into the third day of the “Government Shutdown” — or, as I prefer to call it, the “Trump Filibuster.” So? So did the sky fall? Did the oceans stop or start rising? Did our planet start or stop healing?
’Tis true that the U.S. Postal Service mail will not be delivered this Tuesday or next, but that is not because of the “shutdown.” It is because of Christmas and New Year’s. Otherwise, the mail will be delivered, the TSA and air controllers will be handling air travel as always, ICE will be at the border, government monthly payments ranging from Social Security checks to food stamps will be sent. Our men and women in military service will be funded, as will be their materiel. Seventy-five percent of the Government is funded into most of 2019.
When the Republicans shut down the Government under Obama, he cynically set up barriers to prevent people from visiting the World War II memorial and the Martin Luther King monument. That was consistent with his vicious narcissism that animated so much of the Lost Decade from January 2009 until the Trump inauguration of 2016.
There was no need for Obama to close down those monuments and memorials, just petty cynical politics. Those sites did not require funding to stay open. President Trump can keep them open simply by not going out of his way to shut them down. And many other national treasures also can remain open, only with the Tourist Welcome Centers closed. Inasmuch as the security of the nation is at stake — big deal!
CNN and MSNBC — Fox News, too — will need to fill their programming with “news”.........they will make the Trump Filibuster as ridiculously overblown and dramatic as possible. Someone somewhere will die, and they will blame it on the shutdown. They will blame global warming on the shutdown. Freezing blizzards on the shutdown. They will blame tornadoes, hurricanes, and Kevin Hart’s tweets on the shutdown. They will blame the Trump Filibuster for Michael Moore gaining weight and for Ocasio-Cortez being unable to remember whether she was elected to Congress.........To Read More.....
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