Trump and his representatives had been labeling the event the “Schumer shutdown” after Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, but the New York Democrat was quick to call it “the Trump shutdown.”
“It’s almost as if you were rooting for a shutdown,” Schumer said from the Senate floor. “And now we will have one. And the blame should crash entirely on President Trump’s shoulders. This will be called the Trump shutdown. This will be called the Trump shutdown because there is no one, no one, who deserves the blame for the position we find ourselves in than President Trump.”
The federal government shut down at midnight Friday as senators continued to scramble to reach a deal to fund the government.
“Tonight, on the eve of the first anniversary of his inauguration, President Trump earned an ‘F’ for failure in leadership,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California, said in a statement just after midnight.
It’s the first shutdown since 2013 when a Democrat, Barack Obama, was the president and Republicans controlled Congress.
The Senate failed to pass a key vote on a short-term government funding bill as a midnight deadline to keep the federal government open came and went.
When they do it for Negro and poor people they call it ‘welfare.’
The fact is that everybody in this country lives on welfare. Suburbia was built with federally subsidized credit. And highways that take our white brothers out to the suburbs were built with federally subsidized money to the tune of ninety percent. Everybody is on welfare in this country.
The problem is that we all too often have socialism for the rich and rugged free enterprise capitalism for the poor.
That’s the problem.”
–Martin Luther King Jr.
This quote is from talk that King gave to a group of fellow clergy in Miami in late ’67 or ’68. The title of the address is “To Minister to the Valley.”
$21 trillion in unaccounted spending by the war profiteers. That’s funny, we are currently “in” $20.6 trillion debt as a nation. Wonder where the debt came from….must be all those poor people…
“They found documents indicating a total $21 trillion in undocumented adjustments over the 1998-2015 period. (The original government documents and a report describing the issue can be found here.)”
Earlier this year, an MSU economist and his team found $21 trillion in unauthorized spending in the departments of Defense and Housing and Urban Development. Now, the Defense Department has announced it will conduct the first department-wide, independent financial audit in its history.
Most corrupt president in our history.
“A leaked document revealing the $300 million no-bid contract awarded to a tiny energy company from the hometown of Trump Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke shows that both Puerto Rico and the federal government are banned from reviewing any of the costs or profits associated with the job.”
A deal reached between the government and a small Montana energy company located in Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s home town prohibits the government from reviewing labor costs or profits related to the company’s relief efforts in Puerto Rico, ac
It is time for America to forgive Puerto Rican government debt and make it a State.
The colonial travesty has failed the people, all Americans deserve representation – not exploitation!
“The federal government has long treated Puerto Rico like a vestigial organ, despite the fact that its 3.4 million residents are U.S. citizens. Puerto Rico needs aid, but it needs more than that; it needs equal recognition. It should be recognized as a state and funded accordingly—and if Congress isn’t willing to do that, it should end over a century of colonial rule and recognize the island’s independence.”
Days after Hurricane Maria slammed Puerto Rico, 10 people are dead, the island will be without power for months, and a major dam could burst and displace thousands. Farms are flattened, The New York Times reports, placing the island’s food supply in jeopardy. About 15,000 Puerto Ricans are still in…
Fascism flourishes when inequality soars and government ceases to function for the average person. The economic and societal break down in America over the past two decades has created fertile ground for fascism.