Well, the government (or certain non-essential parts of it) is shut down after Senate Democrats refused to pass a temporary funding bill because it included $5.7 billion to build a security wall on our Southern border. If you needed any explanation to make it clear why the government is shut down, here is a direct quote from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer:
"It will never pass the Senate, not today, not next week, not next year. So President Trump, if you want to open the government, you must abandon the wall, plain and simple."
So in short, the government is shut down because Democrats absolutely, positively refuse to fund a border wall – something that Presidents and Congress members of both parties have repeatedly claimed to back for about 30 years, up until Trump actually wanted to keep their promise and now they’re outraged (it’s the “move our Embassy to Jerusalem” story all over again.)
Also to be clear, the Democrats’ argument that they oppose a border wall because it’s a waste of tax money is funnier than anything any poor cowed comedian has dared to say all year. The last time Democrats were fully in charge of the federal budget, they went for years without even writing one, and gave us trillion-dollar-plus deficits for the first time in history. As one analyst put it, $5.7 billion in a $4.22 trillion budget is a “rounding error.” I’d say that to Democrats, it’s sofa cushion change.
The Democrats are trying to shift blame by claiming that “President Trump got what he wants: a government shutdown.”
Please! Are they that stupid or do they assume we are? They know what Trump wants, we know what Trump wants, and if there are people on Mars, they know what Trump wants: he wants a border wall! He’s only been saying it for about three years now. No, the truly shocking revelation here is on the Democratic side. Mark this down for the history books:
ON DECEMBER 22, 2018, THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY OFFICIALLY DECLARED PRESERVING ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION TO BE MORE IMPORTANT TO THEM THAN GOVERNMENT.
As a kid growing up in Arkansas, I was surrounded by Democrats. As a Governor, I had to deal with a heavily-Democratic legislature. As a media figure, I’ve had to scrutinize, analyze and interview Democrats. And through all that time, and the many changes in that party’s views, from electing former KKK leaders to insisting that men be allowed to use women’s toilets, one thing has remained constant: Democrats were the “Tax and Spend Party” of big government. There was no aspect of life so personal or trivial that they thought it could not be improved by adding a big, stinking pile of government.
But on this date, that has officially changed. They've now taken a stand to declare something more important to them than keeping the government open or spending money: protecting open borders and illegal immigration. They can deny it all they like, but you don’t abandon your wife of 50 years for your mistress unless you really prefer the mistress. Democrats would now prefer to see the government shut down than spend what to them is a pittance on a measure to increase border security that they have claimed to support for years when they never imagined they’d actually have to do it.
As for me, I am going to ponder this new political paradigm as I take time off to enjoy Christmas. And I’m going to put on some Christmas music and ignore the liberal talking heads who are trying to convince us all to panic because non-essential government offices will be closed on Sunday, Christmas Eve and Christmas. Really bad timing there for the Liberal Media Panic-Generating Machine.