Xmas in America: Trump's Government Shutdown

It's official. CBS reports (no link due to auto play video):

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced shortly after 3 p.m. Saturday that there is no deal, and the Senate is adjourned until Thursday, Dec. 27.

We are in a partial government shutdown mode which will last through Christmas, at least. Only "essential" workers(shorter version: some law enforcement, including border agents, and military troops at the border) will get paid, the rest of federal workers do not:

More than 420,000 federal employees would have to go to work without pay. More than 380,000 will be furloughed. Those who work will get paid eventually - and those furloughed likely will - but depending how long the shutdown lasts, they could miss a paycheck.

Trump owns this now. It is his Christmas present to America.

As Trump continues to pander to his shrinking base of under-informed and marginalized voters, Dems need to stay firm and refuse to pay a cent for his imaginary wall. As for his "beautiful" Steel Slat Barrier he tweeted about this morning, I hope he's the first to sit on top of it.

The only acceptable outcome for next year: #TrumpResigns.

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    I dont consider Robert Reich (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Dec 22, 2018 at 05:03:10 PM EST
    The ultimate authority on much but this sounds credible to me-

    This morning I phoned my friend, the former Republican member of Congress.

    ME: So, what are you hearing?

    HE: Trump is in deep sh*t.

    ME: Tell me more.

    HE: When it looked like he was backing down on the wall, Rush and the crazies on Fox went ballistic. So he has to do the shutdown to keep the base happy. They're his insurance policy. They stand between him and impeachment.

    ME: Impeachment? No chance. Senate Republicans would never go along.

    HE (laughing): Don't be so sure. Corporate and Wall Street are up in arms. Trade war was bad enough. Now, you've got Mattis resigning in protest. Trump pulling out of Syria, giving Putin a huge win. This dumbass shutdown. The stock market in free-fall. The economy heading for recession.

    ME: But the base loves him.

    HE: Yeah, but the base doesn't pay the bills.

    ME: You mean ...

    HE: Follow the money, friend.

    ME: The GOP's backers have had enough?

    HE: So they'll wait until Mueller's report, which will skewer Trump. Pelosi will wait, too. Then after the Mueller bombshell, she'll get 20, 30, maybe even 40 Republicans to join in an impeachment resolution.

    ME: So you think he'll resign?

    HE (laughing): No chance. He's fu*king out of his mind. He'll rile up his base into a fever. Rallies around the country. Tweet storms. Hannity. Oh, it's gonna be ugly. He'll convince himself he'll survive.

    ME: And then?

    HE: That's when Senate Republicans pull the trigger.

    ME: Really? Two-thirds of the Senate?

    HE: Do the math. 47 Dems will be on board, so you need 19 Republicans. I can name almost that many who are already there. Won't be hard to find the votes.

    I know (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by Ga6thDem on Sat Dec 22, 2018 at 06:59:45 PM EST
    it sounds credible but we always get this kind of thing on background with nobody willing to do anything publicly. Of course, as thorough as Mueller is the report probably WILL BE deadly enough to swing 19 Republicans. We will just have to wait and see.

    True enough (none / 0) (#5)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Dec 22, 2018 at 08:02:23 PM EST
    But I think things are changing.



    link? (none / 0) (#3)
    by leap on Sat Dec 22, 2018 at 07:36:42 PM EST

    Raw (none / 0) (#4)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Dec 22, 2018 at 08:00:00 PM EST