It goes without saying that Trump is completely oblivious to what the hell he’s doing with this government shutdown. He has no concept of the nature and extent of the wheels that he has put in motion so that he can have his trophy wall in the desert — a vision of pure delusion, about which commentator Don Lemon quipped, “it’s got everything except a mote with alligators to bite immigrants in the butt.” Nevertheless, this madness is now going into it’s third week and the bottom line is that if the shutdown continues into February, federal food stamp programs are going to be seriously cut, and people will literally be starving. Additionally, income tax returns will not go out on time, and brother, when that happens, you watch for the shit to hit the fan, totally. Washington Post:
Congress has not allocated funding for SNAP beyond January, and the program’s emergency reserves would not cover even two-thirds of February’s payments, according to past disbursements. Last September, the most recent month for which data is available, SNAP disbursed $4.7 billion in benefits to recipients across every U.S. state.
If the shutdown continues through March, there would be no remaining money for benefits.
“People in this country will go hungry,” said Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro (D-Conn.). “It’s simple. They go hungry. . . . These are working people. We’re not talking about people who are dogging it.”
Without wanting to sound cruel, maybe this is the wake up call that some of the 63,000,000 dummies that voted for this charlatan need. And here’s the icing on the cake. The IRS has sent home 90% of its work force. And that means that tax returns are not going to get processed and that is when, in my estimation, it is going to hit the fan.
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-Mass.) sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Friday asking him to detail the impact of job cuts at the IRS and how the tax filing season will be handled during the shutdown.
“Please confirm whether the IRS will issue federal tax refunds at any time during government shutdown,” the letter said. “If so, please provide the anticipated date when the IRS will be issuing refunds.”
This could have an immediate impact on the economy, as well as on the finances of millions of Americans who frequently spend their tax refunds soon after receiving them.
A lot of middle class households patiently wait for their income tax returns, and they need them.
As Harry Reid said a few days ago, Donald Trump is oblivious to the real world. He’s never lived in it. He has no concept of a budget, or living paycheck to paycheck, or running out of necessities for a few days or even longer. He has no idea of what it is to live on food stamps, and depend upon them. He doesn’t know that people wait for their tax return to buy the kid’s shoes or get the new tires on the car. He’s clueless.
We have a cruel despot in the Oval Office. If he pushes this government shutdown much further, he might find not only with his mythical wall not being funded, he might find himself being run out of town on a rail. I don’t think Americans are going to stand for this.