RT Cunningham


The Latest Federal Government Shutdown is Political Nonsense

government shutdown It seems like a United States federal government shutdown almost happens every year. The latest, as of yesterday, is only the second time I can remember it happening. (I’m told it happened three times but I only remember two.)

I’m not politically motivated about any party but from what I can see and hear, the Democratic Party is a bunch of arrogant assholes. A Reuters article explains the cause of the shutdown.

The Federal Government Shutdown and Military Pay

I don’t read American news every day. It’s depressing. I didn’t know the shutdown happened until my younger son, Jon, mentioned it on Facebook Messenger. He’s in the Army. He told me military pay is furloughed but the military service members are to keep working.

I responded that a lot can happen between now and payday. I also mentioned that military service members can’t be forced to work without pay. Each one has a contract and working without pay is a breach of contract. For that reason alone, I don’t think the shutdown will last until payday.

A Politically Motivated Shutdown

“Tonight, they put politics above our national security, military families, vulnerable children, and our country’s ability to serve all Americans,” the White House said in a statement.

“We will not negotiate the status of unlawful immigrants while Democrats hold our lawful citizens hostage over their reckless demands. This is the behavior of obstructionist losers, not legislators.”

Chuck Schumer, the Senate Minority Leader and a Democrat, pointed the finger at President Trump. According to the article, Democratic leaders demanded protection for illegal immigrants, about 700,000 known as “Dreamers” who entered the United States when they were children.

This is pure political nonsense. The Democratic Party (and a few Republicans) are willing to sacrifice the well-being of legal American citizens and legitimate government workers for the sake of a bunch of illegals. Something is wrong with this picture.

I really wish American citizens could do something immediate about political representatives who won’t do their jobs with them in mind. I don’t care what political party they come from either.

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By RT Cunningham
January 20, 2018
United States