Donald Trump thinks the best way to get funding for his border wall is by keeping the national emergency option and another government shutdown on the table as bargaining chips during his negotiating talks with Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats.
Trump said this to the people on the day he signed a bill to end the longest government shutdown, 36 days, in the history of the United States: “So let me be very clear: We really have no choice but to build a powerful wall or steel barrier. If we don’t get a fair deal from Congress, the government will either shutdown on February 15th, again, or I will use the power afforded to me under the laws and the Constitution of the United States to address this emergency.”
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that Trump is stuck on this whole border wall, which Mexico was suppose to pay for, bit because his version of the “Great Wall of China” built along four states is what Trump’s whole strongman shtick of the “Make America Great Again” candidate who was going to take the country back to the good ol’ days of Leave it to Beaver
and Mr. Ed
is based on.
The only problem is that 36 days without a paycheck, going to food pantries, and worrying over paying their rents is leading to more Americans admitting that Mexico is never going to pay for that “Great Wall of China” built along four states (California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas).
A recent CNN poll
shows that greater than a majority of Americans are not in favor of another government shutdown and that even more, almost two-thirds, are against Trump using the national emergency option in order to get funding for his border wall that Mexico is never going to pay for.
Republicans have warned Trump that using the national emergency option and/or shutting down the government again will not be good for him politically.
folks quoted Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley as saying about the Trump Shutdown, “There’s a lot of lessons learned. Just like I learned in 1995 when I thought it was a good thing to shut down the government. Government’s a service for people of this country and they can’t be served when government’s not functioning.”
Ol’ Chuck there is right. You can’t do the people’s business if you are shutting down the people’s business. And the government is the people’s business.
Trump, though, thinks the government is his business. That’s why he told ol’ Chuck, Schumer that is, “I will shutdown the government. I will take credit for it…I will do it right.”
And if by “do it right,” Trump means costing the country $11 billion
, then yeah he did “do it right.”
In fact, Trump shutdown the government so “right” that the cost of the partial government shutdown cost us, the American
people, $6 billion more than it would have cost Mexico to build that “Great Wall of China” along four states.