At midnight Friday, the U.S. government shut down. Saturday, January 20, began with no government. Again.
Synchronicity. January 20 also marked the one-year anniversary of the Trump presidency. On January 20, 2017 Donald Trump was sworn-in as president. Now exactly a year later, the government shuts down. At least for a few days. It’s also the first time when the party in control of the White House, the Senate and the House was unable to close the deal on a new budget.
Nevertheless, as expected, Trump called out the Democrats as the source of the problem. It’s an immigration issue. They wouldn’t go along with his border wall, and they wanted the issue resolved with the Dreamers – those who arrived illegally as children and only know this country as their home. Actually, Trump could also blame the Mexicans. They refused to pay for the wall, as Trump said they would. Did he really ever believe that? It’s hard to say what he believes; it changes so often. So here we are with the government shutdown for the first time since 2013.
Meanwhile, Trump plans to fly to Mar del Lago, his winter residence where – unless he cancels – he will host a gala event this evening for his wealthy supporters who will pay $100,000 a couple for dinner. Many of the attendees no doubt could pay for the dinner with their new tax cuts.
With that, we’ll keep this mercifully short, as we hope the shutdown will be.