Whenever you hear the media bray about how terrible it is to have a government shutdown, understand that they are always, always lying to you about what a government shutdown even means.
This week, Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) slammed the media and warned his constituents not to be all caught up in the lies from the fake news media on all this “government shutdown” business.
Massie jumped to his Twitter account to warn America not to get fooled.
“If Congress doesn’t pass an Omnibus by Dec. 21st, we won’t have a government #shutdown,” Massie noted. “It’d be hard to even characterize it as a government slowdown! I made this graphic to show what shuts down (less than 10%) and what keeps going (over 90%!). The media isn’t telling you this!”
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) December 14, 2018
As Conservative Review noted:
Vital functions of the U.S. government including Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, and the military are funded and will remain operational if the government “shuts down.”
In other words, a “government shutdown” really won’t shutdown much of anything.
So, what is Trump threatening?
President Trump has threatened to veto a spending bill from Congress that doesn’t appropriate $5 billion towards the construction of a border wall. Democrats have balked at this request and House Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has indicated she would rather keep the “government closed forever” than give in to Trump’s wall request.
The truth is, there really is no such thing as a “government shutdown.”
The so-called vital stuff will get funded no matter what political moves the president or Congress try.
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