If you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t seen many headlines lines lately, it will only take a few for you to get the gist of what everyone’s talking about:
“Congress returns Monday with just five days left to keep the government from shutting down, and President Trump is adding to the pressure by demanding money for a Southwest border wall and other controversial programs that threaten a bipartisan deal.
Lawmakers passed a stop-gap spending bill in December to fund federal agencies through midnight next Friday. Congressional leaders are now scrambling to reach a bipartisan compromise on new legislation to keep the money flowing through fiscal 2017, which ends on Sept. 30.”
“White House budget director Mick Mulvaney declined to say Sunday whether President Trump will insist Congress include money for his border wall in a spending bill or risk a government shutdown later this week.”
Government shutdown: What we know so far
“Leaders from both parties in the House and Senate continue to hammer out a funding bill ahead of next week’s deadline, and they say they continue to be optimistic that that the negotiations will yield a deal to avoid a government shutdown.
If for no other reason than that they know it could do lasting political damage to their party, the GOP leaders who control Congress insist they don’t want to see the government close down.”
Republicans Agree on No Shutdown, but Not on How to Avoid One
“Republican leaders from President Trump on down insist they are determined to avoid a shutdown and will be successful in doing so. Failure would put a bizarre exclamation point on the symbolic 100-day marker that the administration coincidentally will reach Saturday.“
Pretty clear where everyone’s focus is, huh? However, what the media outlets are not telling you leading up to the “symbolic 100-day marker” is this: Since President Trump’s Inauguration, the amount of debt owed by the US government has decreased by $100 billion.
That’s right, folks. And just for the sake of
a not-so-subtle dig at his predecessor comparison, the US debt grew by more than $560 billion in Obama’s first 3 months in office.
While, yes, a government shutdown is big news, and worthy of everyone’s attentions, this difference in debt burden should not be overlooked. So…let’s get a new headline entered into the mix, shall we?