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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Congratulations Mr. President!

On the very 1-year anniversary of your inauguration and with Washington and all branches of government under full control of your party, the United States Government has shut down due to a disagreement over a spending bill. If anything, it shows the total inability of the GOP to govern. 
You and your cronies have just managed to give-away 1.4trillions to the rich, you have made cuts to social programs serving the poor and the weak and now you are lacking the money to run your country. And to top it off you are asking for billions to build a silly wall along your southern border. 
Congratulations Mr. President, you really made America look ridiculous.
Within only 1 year you have achieved to divide your country more than any President before you. You have shown a total disregard for learning how to lead this formerly great country. Your approval ratings are still between the lowest in the history of the U.S. and your legal battles and scandals are numerous enough that one could fill the Encyclopedia Britannica with it and still run out of paper. 

Shut-downs are specific for the U.S. as
no other country makes its legislature vote to raise the country's borrowing limit, for example, to pay for spending the legislature has already approved.
And no other country shuts down its government in the same way the U.S. does.

That's not to say that other nations don't have budgetary disagreements and worse. They do. But "for most of the world, a government shutdown is very bad news — the result of revolution, invasion, or disaster," says Anthony Zurcher at BBC News. Seriously, "even in the middle of its ongoing civil war, the Syrian government has continued to pay its bills and workers' wages."

Syria's not alone. "Countries like Pakistan and Colombia have had civil wars, coups, financial crises, even defaults but never a government shutdown," says Erik Voeten at The Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog. (and those you call Sh*thole Countries?)

In Belgium, tensions between the Flemish (Dutch speakers) and Walloons (French speakers) got so heated in 2010 and 2011 that the country had no elected government for 589 days — "yet, budgets were passed, government workers were paid, and government services continued to be provided," says Voeten. In fact, Voeten adds, "I cannot think of a single foreign analogy to what is happening in the U.S. today."

And that is true. The U.S. is like a kindergarten, where the kids refuse to play with each other when they disagree about something. But every kindergarten also has a leader. The U.S. has too. But when the leader is a moron and unable to use his position to unify, full disagreements break out and the kids are throwing tantrums. But other than in the kindergarten, there are victims on the American battlefield. Workers are getting no wages, social programs don't make payouts while the shut-down is in effect.

But, strangely, the very men and women who are causing the shut-down are still getting paid - big time. Trump voters, I assume, you are happy with that. You must love the chaos and the destruction.

What a country, eh!

21 comments:

  1. Well said Peter ! I think T-Rumpy needs a time out !

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  2. He did the right thing and 63 million or more of us support him. During my tenure in the government, I lived through the shutdowns--I got paid. DACA is not part of this Bill and the Democrats agreed to the contents of the House Bill. The Democrats and 5 Republicans are trying to showboat using DACA as an excuse. The Democrats had 8 years and did nothing! New sheriff in town. Life is good.

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    1. 63 millions? That's only 20% of the US population. That's good news. He will lose all power in 2018.

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    2. I can't fathom how a former government employee can be so ignorant with regards to his country's international reputation and overall wellbeing.

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    3. Donald Trump to B.Obama in 2013: A shutdown falls on the President's lack of leadership. He can't even control his party and get people together in a room. A shutdown means the President is weak.

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    4. Maybe the new sheriff in town could use some help from old sheriff Joe Arpaio.
      Trump just made history, many ways. First president to preside over a govt shutdown while his party controls the House, Senate and White House AND first president to preside over a shutdown on the first anniversary of his inauguration AND earliest shutdown ever in a presidency. The Art of the Deal !

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    5. Arpaio could dress T-Rumpy in a pink jumpsuit and let him live in a tent in the hot desert of Arizona.

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    6. Arpaio is gone and so is tent city.

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    7. No he's not....he's running for a senate seat....hope he doesn't wear his pink jumpsuit to work. Does OANN not report these things??

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  3. Well it would appear that T=Rumpy did get his time=out,hope it doesn't spoil his golf game this weekend ! Also,wish the rest of the 63 million wake up soon !

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  4. Well. Darn. Hard to debate those that don't tune into OANN and rely on MSM. Trump isn't going anywhere except full speed ahead. My retirement funds have never seen a larger increase. Logging, drilling and mining are getting a boost. Hopefully the Co from my hometown will get the contract for the wall. Life is good.

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    1. You'r right....he's going full speed ahead like a train wreck. Mining in W Virginia,really! Hopefully you'll get to be the cornerstone of that wall you so desperately want. Also,our retirement funds have seen large increases which I would gladly give it back for a USA that cared about all of it's people and the people of the world not just the 1% at Mira Lago ! I'm betting you drive a Prevost !

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    2. Soooo now we are all getting input why you support that orange...thing. You are doing good with your retirement funds. But I guess it never occurred to you that there are millions of your fellow Americans who do not own ANY retirement funds and that these folks also have a right to a decent life. I call that social irresponsibility. And I had that suspicion towards you for some time.Sadly, you share that with those 63 millions of your brethren.

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    3. Really, Peter? Everyone had the same opportunity I did and that was to work (underlined) toward a retirement. Social irresponsibility?? Seriously? I feel for the folks who suffered through a natural crisis and am more than happy to help BUT I'm not willing to support Illegals or those who want to depend on my success because they are unwilling to create their own.

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    4. Yes really, Dee. You just proved my point that the term social responsibiliy does not exist for you. And no, not everybody has the same opportunity as you had. You are probably not a colored person and you did not have the misfortune of being born in East St.Louis or the slums of LA. You have been born to responsible parents who made sure you got some education. Next door to your place of birth was no crime. You don't even know what social responsibility means. Let me tell you what it does NOT mean. It does NOT mean that you can run to church every Sunday and give 10 Bucks to the poor. It does NOT mean that you donate items to the foodbank. What it DOES mean is that you start to acknowledge that poverty in the United States is a staggering 45 million people and that you have to work and act to change the fundamentals in your country. And that takes more than profiting from the latest stock market development, which is not even sustainable. I am sick and tired to read and hear the same lame arguments that you don't want to pay for illegals. The 45 millions previously mentioned are UNITED STATES CITIZENS. The GOP hates to acknowledge that, but it is true. Go visit East St.Louis and ask around. Have a good look at all the crime going on there. Crime in the United States is furthered by a growing inequality in the American society. Social tensons in the U.S. are increasing as a direct result of poverty. And that is a fact valid for every country. You better believe it, Dee, even though you will never find this on your ultra conservative racist network news station.

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  5. Richard--what's wrong with owning a Prevost if you EARNED it?

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    1. Nothing wrong if you earned it honestly however I have my suspicions as you've told us you worked for the government.But as your buddy T-Rump says, Donald Trump proclaimed during the first presidential debate that not paying federal taxes made him "smart,"

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    2. The Donald says this today and something totally different tomorrow. Some times it only takes hours for him to change his mind.

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  6. Dee, Why do you hide behind Blogger....you can tell who I and Peter are and where we live by just clicking on our names.....got something to be ashamed of ???

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  7. First of all, roughly 13% of our population does not create a poverty crisis in our country. Nor is it staggering. Let's stroll through the neighborhoods you chose to mention. You mentioned cities existing in States. States have the responsibility for their population. I have paid and continue to pay my taxes. Federal programs exist to "assist" those in need but they were never meant to be a permanent source of existence. My taxes are my contribution. Trump is dealing with the drug and crime issues--haven't heard anything from Chicago lately.
    By the way, CA was a social experiment that is failing. Our State, ID, is gearing up for an influx of Californians. They've grown weary of the taxes and lack of leadership to protect their interests. The State had plenty of time and money to fix poverty and failed to do so--not the Feds responsibility.

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    1. Maybe Californians have grown weary of devastating fires,mudslides and earthquakes that wreak havoc on their state yearly while T-Rumpy and the boys fail to even acknowledge their suffering or offer disaster relief....ohhhh,they must be saving that money for the WALL.....side note,better hunker down if you truly believe you need to gear up for an influx of Californians....they;re all "Liberals" !

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