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Trump Addresses Americans About Government Shutdown

President Trump did the right thing and talked to the American people directly about the government shutdown late Friday night.

Government shutdowns are kind of stupid. They don’t save money. It ends up costing the taxpayers more than normal government operations. Clearly neither Republicans or Democrats really really care about avoiding a government shutdown.

A shutdown, partial or not, does make things inconvenient for people who need to access the services that are offered by the government. (Government housing loans, for one example.) It makes it uncomfortable for government employees that live to paycheck to paycheck. But, in the end, it’s an optics thing and a blame game.

President Trump began his speech referring to “border security,” which included spliced video footage, declaring they need “a wall or a slat fence or whatever you want to call it, but we need a great barrier.”

“We’re going to have a shutdown, there’s nothing we can do about that because we need the Democrats to give us their votes. Call it a Democrat shutdown, call it whatever you want.”

No one will lose their job, everyone will get paid when it ends, only the bureaucrats and the press give a rip. 99.9% of America won’t know or care that there is a shutdown – and they shouldn’t be that dependent upon the government anyway.

It’s easy to see why the Democrat Party is in this position. Their leadership and the pro-Democrat, mainstream media have been telling the Democrat base (and some RINOs) since the 2016 election that “Trump is over”, “Trump is finished”, “The Russians stole the election”, and other bits of propaganda so it’s tough for them to sign on to even $5bn for border security.

As long as Trump does the work to educate the public (over the heads of the media) on what’s happening, I think he has a good shot at gaining funding for improved border security.

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