Today Congress returns from their break. They have until Friday night to pass legislation to keep the government funded. As I wrote, it should be a simple thing to do. Simply pass a clean bill that funds the government through the end of the year at current levels.
That is not a hard thing to do. Then, they can finish a new budget plan for next year, and hold their hearings and come to some kind of bi-partisan budget to keep the government being a government.
But, beloved leader and his minions don’t seem to get this simple fact. In typical Republican fashion they are bound to put what are called “poison pills” into the bill that cannot pass both houses of Congress. We have seen this before from Republicans and I am sure we will see it again this time around.
Beloved leader has stepped into the trap as well. He keeps saying that his Berlin Wall must be funded in this bill. According to his own words and those of his minions, he is willing to shut down the government just to get some money for his wall.
This bill is supposed to be a “continuing resolution” that keeps the government running. It is not intended to increase spending beyond what has already been agreed to. But, Republicans always try to increase spending or cut spending for pet projects rather than look out for the overall good of the country.
Except, this time around, they are the party in full control of the government. They are the ones who have been bitching about the deficit, and yet they are apparently willing to raise the deficit in order to build a wall that is not needed.
As a result, beloved leader is starting to walk back from his wall thing. At least, he is willing to play semantics games to make it look like it isn’t for a “wall” but rather for “security”. This administration just doesn’t understand the problems at the border.
They have been arguing that the wall is needed to “stop the flow of illegal drugs into the country”. But, the drugs are not coming into the country through those “holes” in the border. They are coming through at border crossings.
The vast majority of drugs coming into the country are coming in through normal border crossings on the bottom of cars and trucks. These vehicles get “special” tags or passes so they can use special lanes to cross across the border more easily. The drugs are not coming in being carried by undocumented immigrants. So, this “beautiful” wall that beloved leader loves so much would do nothing to even slow down the flow of drugs.
The only way to slow down and stop the flow of drugs is for Americans to stop using the drugs. If there is no demand for them, there won’t be any need to stop the flow. If the administration is really interested in stopping the flow of drugs, they need to support programs that will educate and help people get off of drugs. That way the money will dry up and the cartels will also dry up.
The trump administration has proven over and over that they have no clue about the real world. They have proven their love for the oligarchs and corporation profits, but they don’t have clue about anything else. We have had a drug problem for as long as I can remember. There are ways to cut that problem, but a wall is not the way to do it.
Walls do not stop anything. If walls and fences were so effective, how do you explain the people who managed to get onto the White House grounds? It has gotten so bad that the Secret Service has permanently closed down the sidewalk on the south side of the White House. The Communists built a wall in Berlin and still people were able to escape. So, what is the value of a wall? It is simply a symbol of fear that you are in the wrong and need to show how “strong” you are against your fear.
We are facing a bunch of problems. The Republicans are trying again to pass their Americans Without Health Car Act. Beloved leader wants to cut taxes for corporations and the wealthy. The infrastructure “promise” seems to be on the back burner. The only bill that could possibly help the average person. I say potentially because how that bill is written will determine if it is a real infrastructure bill or another give away to companies.
Beloved leader said he would release his tax reform bill tomorrow. We will see just how much the deficit will explode with his proposed bill. But, more importantly, we wait and watch to see if we will have another Republican caused government shutdown.
Stephan Bannon and his right-wing wackos want trump to “stand firm” on funding for his wall. Even if it means the government will shut down. The funny thing, and not a ha, ha funny thing, is that most of the government doesn’t even have enough workers right now.
The West Wing, the State Department, the Department of Defense, and every single District Attorney office are like ghost towns. This administration hasn’t filled important positions that are necessary for a smoothly running government. They fired all of the District Attorneys but haven’t hired one new one. They haven’t even nominated a single one.
The State Department is missing people who generally advise the president and the Secretary on key issues around the world. No one has even been nominated to fill those positions. Same thing applies at the DOD and just about every single government agency.
A lot of people are wondering what this administration is really up to. Are they deliberately trying to shut down the government for real and permanently? Are they trying to limit the number of people who disagree with their analysis of the world? Or are they trying to establish such a small government that it will be easier to establish an authoritarian government?
We may get our answer by Friday night. If trump and his administration allows the government shutdown over his stupid wall, that could be a signal that he wants total control. Even Chuck Schumer said that a continuing resolution can be reached by Friday if trump stays out of it. But, trump being trump, immediately stepped into it.
The first 100 days of the trump administration has shown us just how bad and how incompetent he really is. He has no clue how to run a country. Rather than setting up a working government with qualified people to fill key roles, he has tried to establish a new Romanov dynasty in America.
Rules mean nothing to him. Laws mean nothing to him. Governing means nothing to him. This mess about a possible government shutdown over a stupid wall that won’t do a damn thing, is just another indication of his incompetence.
So far trump has accomplished absolutely nothing. And, from what he is saying now, he isn’t about to accomplish anything for the foreseeable future either. This clown is making Millard Fillmore look like an accomplished problem solver.
But trump has a lot in common with Fillmore. Fillmore was backed by the Know Nothing Party and finished third in the election of 1852. One can only hope that this version of the Know Nothing Party Candidate faces the same fate.
In the meantime, the shirts keep marching along.