WaPo 1/4/18: Millions face delayed tax refunds, cuts to food stamps as White House scrambles to deal with shutdown’s consequences
In an earlier post I defined a Republican member of Congress as someone who so wants conservative Supreme Court justices and tax cuts that they are willing to destroy a country in order to get conservative Supreme Court justices and tax cuts. Their ignoble leader in the White House apparently is willing to destroy a country in order to get minimal funding for a border wall, the lack of which will not threaten the nation’s security but will make him look bad. That is ALL he cares about. TSA people can’t afford to go to work. Don’t care. People can’t eat. Don’t care. People are shitting (literally) all over national parks. Don’t care. People won’t get tax refunds as expected. Don’t care. I said there would be a wall, and if there is no wall, then I look bad.
If you find this completely insane, you are not alone. But if you think this insanity will move Donnie’s “base” off its adulation of him, you are wrong. They see something in him that you don’t see. This disparity is not political, it’s existential. A political perfect storm brought Donnie into the White House on a wave of existential chaos. The political goal is to get Donnie outta there; the existential one is to give the base reasons to feel less shitty about their existence. When I figure out what that is, I’ll be sure to let y’all know.
© Joseph Galligan 2019