Saturday, December 22, 2018

Pre-Christmas Musings

I write this latish Friday night and the federal government is - partially - shut down for lack of funds. Could be worse; if it lasts through Christmas a bunch of government employees who planned to use comp time or vacay to get Monday off to make it a four-day weekend will just not show up as they are - snerk - off the payroll. And the great part is that the Big Hearted Bureaucrats will pay them for the day anyway, as soon as the $$ is approved.

Trump campaigned on border security and that wall. He pretty much has to hang tough or look a complete wimp. Fascinating to see who blinks first, truly great if neither will do so, a really historic event.

On another note, Trump standing up to the military brass who want to continue the overseas deployments in no-win situations like Syria and Afghanistan is good. Is it too much to hope for that the Trump doctrine is “cause us trouble and we’ll come level your country, leave us alone and we’ll ignore you?” That would work for me, and I suspect many others.

Many see chaos, I prefer to interpret the DC flailing about as swamp-dweller death-throes. Hope I’m right.