No way to run a railroad – or a country

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"We continue in the winter of discontent. Now Pelosi is trying to cancel the State of the Union address. What? How much worse could Washington get? Stay tuned - it can always get worse. As Franklin said - 'We have a republic, if we can keep it'. These days, I am wondering if we can keep it."

I have been appalled to learn that one of our military forces, who by law, just happens to be stuck under Homeland Security rather than the DOD, is going without pay during the shutdown. I am talking about the Coast Guard. Now true, I have some limited empathy for most government workers who are not getting paid right now. Why? First off, I have worked with many government employees in my career. Some were value added, many were not. The fact our federal government is bloated and inefficient comes as no surprise to most. Many furloughed employees should be put out to pasture or told to look for different opportunities in the private sector.
But the Coast Guard? That is a horse of a different color. These men and women do not make a lot of money, as most service people do not. They work long hours, and often have to deal with some very dangerous and unsavory characters. So then, why are they not getting paid? Because being a part of Homeland Security, that funding is being held up as a bargaining chip. A chip in the biggest game of chicken being played on Planet Earth. I am sure if Ms. Nancy peeled off some funding which would only pay the "Coasties", and send it up to the President, he would sign it. But so far, that has not been done.
Right now, I am so riled up, so fed up, with all these two faced Democrats, I would like to have them all locked up in Gitmo. Why? What is the number one obligation of the federal government? Hint: it is not to supply food stamps to the minions. It is to KEEP THE PEOPLE OF THIS GREAT COUNTRY SAFE. That would be the job of the Department of Defense and Homeland Security. One is funded, the other is not. One has responsibility for border security - like putting a barrier on our southern border. To make that wall, or fence, or barrier, or whatever you want to call it, a pawn in this game, is treasonous.
As a citizen, as a tax payer, I will say this. BUILD THE DAMN WALL! PAY THE COAST GUARD! Good flipping grief people! This is no way to run a railroad, or a government. This is why so many people "check out" when it comes to politics. Our government is so very hosed up, they simply no longer care. So we are stuck with lunatics like Pelosi, Schumer and Cortez who could not screw in a light bulb the right way.
We continue in the winter of discontent. Now Pelosi is trying to cancel the State of the Union address. What? How much worse could Washington get? Stay tuned - it can always get worse. As Franklin said - "We have a republic, if we can keep it". These days, I am wondering if we can keep it.