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Trump Shutdown

President Trump said he's Proud to Shutdown stating yesterday,  "If we don’t get what we want one way or the other, whether it’s through you, through military, through anything you want to call — I will shut down the government. I am proud to shut down the government. I will take the mantle.”

President Trump's infamous border wall promised during his presidential campaign in 2016 is becoming a public farce. In an attempt to prevent a government shutdown on Dec. 21, Democrats offered $1.3 billion in exchange for a deal on DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. He declined that offer, unwilling to compromise. Trump wants $5 billion with no restrictions. Unfortunately, for President Trump, this battle doesn't seem to be over the wall at all since the Department of Homeland Security estimates it will cost $70 billion, far more than the President is asking for.

To be clear, the $5 billion that President Trump is willing to shut the government down over is only 7% of the cost to actually build a wall. Not to mention this does not include the cost of acquiring the land from American citizens who currently own the majority of the land.

So why is President Trump proud to shut down the government over an amount of funding that will barely cover the southern border of California alone? What is this really about?

Clearly, our current President is not looking out for the best interest of the American people.  Trump, supposedly the master dealmaker, has no intention of making a deal. He literally stormed out of his own office during the meeting with House Leader Pelosi and Chuck Schumer.

President Trump has already backed down from his campaign promise that he would make Mexico pay for the wall. That's not happening, so now, he had pinned it on the American people. Rather than focusing on running the country, President trump is using this embarrassing spectacle as an attempt to drum up support amongst his base for the upcoming 2020 election.  Clearly, the President is willing to shut down the government simply for a small win in the eyes of his base.

Most extraordinary of all of this is the President's willingness to bring the military in  if he does not get his way. I would like to know exactly how the President intends to do this. What kind of country are we becoming that the President of the United States is proud to hold his country hostage and is willing to use military force to do it?  It looks like he may actually be considering using his position as Commander in Chief to try to unilaterally order the Department of Defense to build the wall if he doesn't get the votes needed in Congress. Is this a dictatorship or is it a democracy?

Fortunately, Democrats take over a majority in the House of Representatives in January, having gained 40 seats in the November midterm elections - which I believe was American's response to Trump and his continued shenanigans with our country. As far as Democrats are concerned, we don't negotiate with terrorists, and this is one of many examples of President Trump attempting to bully the American people like a petulant child rather than running this great country as the dignified leader of the free world. Even if the President attempts to use the military budget and resources to build the wall, the would still need congressional approval. And that's simply not going to happen once the new Representatives are sworn in in 2019.

The Republicans, including the President, simply need to stop shutting down the government as a political leverage point and do their jobs.  The President and Congress have until Dec. 21 to fix this situation to keep the government functional for the American people.

This is exactly why Americans are losing faith in the federal government.

What do you think Trump is up to here?


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