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“Second Shutdown” Theatrics: Heads Trump Wins, Tails America Loses

“Second Shutdown” Theatrics: Heads Trump Wins, Tails America Loses

  by Thomas L. Knapp Unless Congress and the Trump administration reach a new spending deal by February 15, the federal government will go back into “partial shutdown” status. As of February 10, congressional negotiators seem to be nearing agreement on a deal that includes about $2 billion in funding for President Trump’s “border wall” […]

A Campaign Finance Proposal: Let’s Do Away with SOTU

A Campaign Finance Proposal: Let’s Do Away with SOTU

  By Thomas L. Knapp Well, Trump blinked. In his standoff with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) over the 2019 State of the Union address, the president finally conceded that he doesn’t get to deliver the speech before a joint session of Congress unless he’s invited to do so — technically by the House and […]

The Fired Next Time: A “Shutdown” Proposal

The Fired Next Time: A “Shutdown” Proposal

  By Thomas L. Knapp The longest partial “government shutdown” in US history ended on January 25. To get Leviathan’s gears turning at full speed again, President Donald Trump said uncle on funding for his pet border wall project in return for a three-week “return to normalcy.” More interesting than the (quite possibly temporary) end […]

Shutdown Theater: Blame? Why Not Credit?

Shutdown Theater: Blame? Why Not Credit?

  By Thomas L. Knapp According to the headline at CNN, “Trump bears most blame for shutdown.” But according to the CNN/SSRS poll the story is based on, the question asked was “Who do you think is MORE RESPONSIBLE for the government shutdown?” (emphasis mine). Those are two entirely different questions. “Blame” is only one […]

Lame Duck Shutdown Theater Time: Pride Goeth Before a Wall?

Lame Duck Shutdown Theater Time: Pride Goeth Before a Wall?

  By Thomas L. Knapp US president Donald Trump says he’d be “proud” to take the blame or credit for a fake government shutdown. At issue: Whether or not a stopgap federal spending deal forces American taxpayers to fund his border wall fetish (he previously promised us Mexico would pick up the check). For me, […]

Trump Vows Government Shutdown to Force for Border Wall

Saagar Enjeti | White House Correspondent President Donald Trump threatened to shut down the government if lawmakers do not fully fund his proposed border wall and enact his immigration priorities. I would be willing to “shut down” government if the Democrats do not give us the votes for Border Security, which includes the Wall! Must […]

Government shutdown: What’s closed and what happens to government checks?

Government shutdown: What’s closed and what happens to government checks?

Update: While the House passed legislation on Thursday to fund government services, the Senate on Friday failed to vote on a continuing resolution that would keep the government up and running. With no bill to fund the government, non-essential services have been shutdown.

Trump is Right: “Shutdowns” Are Good For America

Trump is Right: “Shutdowns” Are Good For America

. By Thomas L. Knapp If he’s remembered for nothing else, Donald Trump will go down in history as the first president to think out his policies in public, 140 characters at a time. That may not be a bad thing. In fact, I think we should strongly consider a constitutional amendment limiting Congress to […]

Dems vow govt. shutdown over Trump border wall

Dems vow govt. shutdown over Trump border wall

Senate Democrats said Monday that they will block any spending bill that includes money for President Trump’s border wall, even if it leads to a government shutdown, saying it’s up to Republicans to resist touchy issues in the looming spending debate. In a letter led by Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, top Democrats also said […]

Welcome to Shutdown Theater, 2015 Edition

Welcome to Shutdown Theater, 2015 Edition

    By Thomas Knapp Well, here we go again. Sample annual headline: “Republicans Threaten Government Shutdown.” This year’s excuse: A feud over whether or not to continue writing an annual $500 million corporate welfare check to Planned Parenthood. With bated breath, the mainstream media informs us that the usual suspects on Capitol Hill are […]

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