Government Shutdown: Much Ado About Nothing

By Lawrence Lease on January 23, 2018

Last weekend saw the start of the government shutdown and it seemed like the Democrats were going to run the shutdown into the ground. Their clear goal was to make sure that President Trump was in the middle of a government shutdown on the first anniversary of his inauguration. Their outside goal may have been to make this thing last beyond the inauguration and even beyond the State of the Union Address. This would have forced Trump to speak about the State of the Union in the middle of a government shutdown.

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In the blink of an eye, President Trump signed the legislation, opening the government back up for business. The government was shut down for a mere three days. It came as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell offered the Democrats virtually nothing. He said he will have a short-term continuing resolution that funds the government through February 8th, which would take us past the State of the Union address. He also said before we get there we will have a vote on DACA. So they’re going to try within the next three weeks to come up with a vote on DACA. If not, then we’ll have another government shutdown on February 8th, when Democrats try to attach DACA legislation to the government budget and the continuing resolution.

That is how this whole thing started: we needed to fund the government and so the Democrats said we’re not going to fund the government unless you give us DACA, which is Obama’s executive amnesty order. Republicans said we’re not going to do that unless you give us some concessions. Democrats said “no” and then we went into the government shutdown that started Friday night and was over by Monday night. Senator Chuck Schumer last week blamed Trump for the shutdown saying it was all his fault. CNN was even featuring a shutdown clock.

On Saturday, nothing really had changed. Everything was the same. Nobody’s check had not gone out, since the shutdown didn’t happen over the first of the month which would cause people’s checks to not go out. People were still going to receive their social security. The government was still going to collect all of its revenue. The government was going to continue to function. During any shutdown, 90 percent of the government continues to function as essential services, and yet, CNN wanted us to believe that this was the end of the world. It’s just like “Oh my god, we’re counting down to Armageddon, the asteroid is finally going to hit.” Schumer blamed Trump, thinking he was going to get a victory out of the shutdown, though he may still get a win, depending on if Mitch McConnell makes a bad DACA deal.

Born and raised in Wasilla, Alaska. I am citizen journalist and looking to find a official paying journalism job somewhere in the country. I enjoy watching TV, reading books and traveling.

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