The New Year is almost here.
The government still remains partially closed with little hope of opening before the New Year.
As The Washington Post reported on Thursday the shutdown affects about 800,000 employees with an estimated 350,000 furloughed.
The article notes that both the EPA and Smithsonian museums announced they have exhausted their reserve funds, which means the EPA will close midnight Friday, with the museums, and the National Zoo closing on Wednesday.
FEMA has also announced that the National Flood Insurance program will not be issuing new policies during this shutdown. According to the Post, both parties have demanded the program be reopen.
CNN reported Saturday that this is the third shutdown for 2018 something which has not happened in forty years.
The article does note that before adjournment the Senate did pass a bill that “ensures federal employees,” who have been furloughed will get back pay.
The Office of Personnel Management tweeted out some advice to those affected in the hope of aiding them with negotiating rent deferments and payments to other creditors.
One thing that has not slowed in the government shutdown with no reopen date in sight is President Trump’s Twitter account.
Christmas Eve he tweeted 11 times while he was all alone in the White House.
After Christmas and after his surprise visit to U.S. troops stationed in Iraq, the President has tweeted about his border wall, blamed Democrats for the shutdown, explained that “most of the people not getting paid are Democrats,” and he even agreed with a former President Obama’s tweet which was sent in 2011.
Friday was no exception to President Trump’s tweeting about border wall and security. This time the President explained via tweet that “we” maybe forced to Close the Southern Border “entirely.”
1. We will be forced to close the Southern Border entirely if the Obstructionist Democrats…
As the News Blender reported in a three-part immigration series, some of our first immigration laws date back to the 1800 hundreds.
2. (not including Drug Money which would be many times that amount), that I would consider closing the Southern Border a “profit making operation.”
3. Go back to pre-NAFTA, before so many of our companies and jobs were so foolishly sent to Mexico.
4. We will be cutting off all aid to these 3 countries – taking advantage of U.S. for years!
There are times when I as the author of Trump Tweets struggle to put them into context. Today is one of those days.
It appears that our President is once again seeking his Presidential Briefings from Fox News.
FYI during the shutdown one such department affected is Department of Homeland Security, what that means, is border patrol is also affected.
As to trade: How it works in a simplistic form. I go to the store, I place items in my cart, I pay for said items, I leave the store with a deficit, but do I? Or do I leave the store with things such as food? Things that make you go…hmm.
For what it’s worth: Closing the border is a ridiculous idea.
Wait… you said MEXICO was paying for the wall:— [Redacted] (@jacktomalis) December 28, 2018
"And who's gonna pay for it?"
Don't you remember that?
Why haven't you gotten the check yet?
*loses* pic.twitter.com/9RbgNKHHjt— Christine Ann (@upnorthChrisEO) December 28, 2018
Live look at Trump… pic.twitter.com/QVLW3FZTCC— DukeD (@DukeD1989) December 28, 2018
For a look at all of Trump Tweets @realDonaldTrump
For some editorial thoughts on immigration @ the News Blender