Today makes Comrade Trump’s lockout the second-longest government shutdown in U.S. history. If the lockout goes to Saturday, Prznint Stupid will be the owner of the longest government shutdown ever.
Przninit Stupid sent a letter to the Hill, detailing that it wants $5.7 billion for a “steel barrier.”
President Trump says he wants a steel border wall, and a reporter asks why Democrats would support that.
Trump: “They don’t like concrete, so we’ll give them steel. Steel is fine. Steel is actually more expensive than concrete, but it will look beautiful” pic.twitter.com/46F5OBtuYT
— CBS News (@CBSNews) January 6, 2019
“I informed my folks to say that we’ll build a steel barrier. Steel. It’ll be made out of steel. It’ll be less obtrusive, and it’ll be stronger. But it’ll be less obtrusive, stronger, and we’re able to use our great companies to make it, by using steel. … They don’t like concrete, so we’ll give them steel. Steel is fine. Steel is actually — steel is actually more expensive than concrete, but it will look beautiful and it’s very strong. It’s actually stronger.”
Shorter Comrade Prznint Stupid: “The peasants have no bread, so let them eat cake.”
Axios morning email thingie (all the weird formatting and inexplicable bullet point usage is theirs):
- White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney told Chuck Todd on “Meet the Press”: “If we don’t have an agreement — I think by midnight on the 8th, which is Tuesday — then payroll will not go out as originally planned on Friday night.”
The administration is “scrambling to mitigate its effects on Americans expecting to get a tax refund next month, those who rely on federal assistance for their housing, and vulnerable national monuments,” the WashPost reports on A1:
- HUD “sent letters to 1,500 landlords … as part of a last-minute effort to prevent the eviction of thousands of tenants. A lot of those tenants live in units covered by a HUD program that many agency officials didn’t realize had expired on Jan. 1 and that they are now unable to renew.”
The HUD bit is alarming and inexcusable. The 4th Reich will be responsible for people being kicked out of low-income housing, the waiting lists for housing are long. That will get ugly fast.
Not to be outdone, Tiger Beat on the Potomac BOTH SIDES the hell out of it:
IT BEARS REPEATING … THIS IS A BIT OF A PHONY FIGHT and it is mostly a political problem at the moment, if you ask almost anyone involved. America has a physical barrier in places, and Congress has funded versions of a physical barrier for years. If you put Republicans and Democrats on truth serum and we took a step outside this political vortex we’re in, lawmakers would concede that there are places that a wall-like structure is needed, and other places where technology would suffice. The wall has become a symbol for both parties.
And I think that brings us up to speed with where we are today.