Saturday, January 05, 2019

Trump's government shut-down sounds more dangerous than previous ones, because he is able to throw "the elites" under the bus, almost like a Bolshevik in 1917




The most disturbing part of President Donald Trump’s outdoor press conference Friday afternoon is his willingness to sacrifice the normally legitimate interests of others (right now some federal workers and especially contractors) to please his “aggrieved” base. The Washington Post has a sobering piece by Damian Paletta and Erica Werner. 

He made the hyperbolic threat that the shutdown could go “months” or “years”.  OK, here is Vox’s take on it (by Li Zhou)  While you’re at it, check Vox’s supplementary story about how to prevent future shutdowns.
  
And OPM last weekend had the temerity to suggest to federal workers to become “proles” and offer their barter manual labor to landlords, right out of Karl Marx.  I wrote about this on Wordpress.  That shows he is willing to force the “privileged” to experience subservience and sacrifice for his idea of a supposed public good. 

I do agree, as I wrote on the International Issue blog last night, that a Wall or translucent fence in some areas is necessary. Democrats on the far Left must stop screaming “That’s not what we stand for”.

And if you want to talk about sacrifice (remember how Perot talked about “shared sacrifice” in 1992), yes, when someone in the US (like the policeman in LA) is murdered by an illegal immigrant that person is a sacrifice, not just a victim. That would go for MS-13.  And, yes, a trojan horse threat at the border is possible.  It’s also true that in the aggregate, immigrants (even when illegal) have lower violent crime rates than native born Americans. But it still can be said that a crime committed by someone here illegally is a crime that could have been prevented.

Other Americans have to look for more disruption than expected.  TSA agents call in sick.  Amtrak seems OK for now, but may not be forever. 
  
So, let’s hope that Mike Pence reaches for his Christian faith and comes up with a way out of this.  Senate and House Republicans could support a veto (2/3 vote) but would only do so if Democrats give in somewhat on "The Wall". 

Should ordinary Americans be expected to use crowdfunding to support the affected workers?  I indirectly addressed this on my main blog Thursday.  If someone starts one, how do you know it is valid?
  
There is a way where my trust could become involved, by declaring a federal worker or contractor “special needs” through one of three beneficiary non-profits.  I can’t go into details here, but this can affect me if this goes on a long time.
   
 There are reports on CNN Saturday that federal employee unions will file suit this weekend to get paid, claiming FLSA violations. 
  
  Can Trump reasonably get the Wall built under national emergency provisions (even if local)?  If Trump could do this, could he shut down social media as a national security threat?  Maybe that sounds improbable because that's how he got elected, but don't count on it.   NBC News has a discussion of the emergency powers, with a link to an Atlantic article about implications for the Internet.  The New York Times has a counter op-ed by Bruce Ackerman, here.
    
 A lot is said about the influence of Ann Coulter, who, amazingly, suddenly supported extreme income and wealth taxes on the rich, as if she really wants an ethno-socialist state? 

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