When you wake up this morning, unless the Democrats get some sort of Christmas miracle that would make Clarence the Angel look like a pair of socks under the tree, parts of the federal government are going to be shut down. More’s the pity.
The sad thing is that a government shutdown isn’t really a government shutdown; the mail will still arrive, your entitlement checks will still get there and almost everything will end up being paid for. The only real good news is that 52,000 IRS employees are getting furloughed. Furloughs, of course, are temporary, so even that’s tempered with the knowledge that the good times aren’t going to roll.
The genesis of the shutdown involves funding for the border wall. A funding proposal with the money in it passed the House but neither the president nor the Democrats in the Senate seemed to like it, which means a shutdown — and potentially a long one — is all but a given.
However, if you’re a Trump supporter and despair of whether a shutdown is worth it, the president is working to sure your eyes stay on the prize.
On Friday, as the deadline for the shutdown loomed, the president tweeted a picture showing an artist’s rendition of his “big, beautiful wall.”
“A design of our Steel Slat Barrier which is totally effective while at the same time beautiful!” Trump said in his tweet.
A design of our Steel Slat Barrier which is totally effective while at the same time beautiful! pic.twitter.com/sGltXh0cu9
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 21, 2018
The internet, with a level of predictability usually reserved for the likelihood of a credits cookie at the end of a Marvel film, lost its mind.
— Cuddlefudge (@Cuddlefudge) December 22, 2018
What is beautiful about a bunch of giant nails?
— Star Stuff (@Statistar30) December 22, 2018
— Rich Grant (@RichCareer) December 22, 2018
Even Yashar Ali — a liberal, but one who usually maintains some level of restraint, fairness and decorum — seemed to have one of the more preposterous complaints regarding the fence design — and one which was echoed in other corners of Twitter.
I love the emphasis on the pointy part….don’t worry folks, these aren’t nice slats…you could easily impale yourself! https://t.co/vt0ykU1fZT
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) December 21, 2018
The point of a wall (and of a “pointy part”), last I checked, was deterrence. Is Mr. Ali’s grievance that it’s too hard to scale? I’m somewhat surprised there was no complaint regarding the lack of a ladder. OSHA should really do something about that.
Hilariously, one respondent said that this spiky design should be applied to the White House as a form of turnabout, only to discover it was already there.
That’s already tjere pic.twitter.com/xG4ndLysQ4
— Nick (@NcHawk17) December 22, 2018
Well, that was awkward.
How much funding will be allocated for the wall — if any — remains to be seen. After all, the shutdown is just hours old at this point. Trump has already rejected a continuing resolution to keep the government open from the Senate, given that it didn’t have any money for the wall. The House’s bill, which contains funding for the wall, is essentially dead in the Senate.
So, brace yourselves, small percentage of government employees affected by the shutdown — winter break is coming.
If Trump does manage to come out on top, though, his supporters will have quite the wall to look forward to. Pointy part and all.
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