In his own words.
As these quotes are a matter of public record, they will be featured in our history books. Any memorable speech he gives is going to be overshadowed by his numerous tweets and recordings. Isn’t a shutdown just a sign of failed leadership? What would happen to Bezos is Amazon was forced to shut down, even for just a day?
The world is just going to see this as American incompetence, regardless of how each nation sees our President. We have a government that cannot function. In fact, it’s arguable that it’s trying NOT to function, with entire departments staffed with non-experts and stripped of any real power relating to its duties. We have a Dept of Education that is de-prioritizing public schools and in turn funneling funds to private schools which we barely regulate. The Department of Interior removed federal protections from protected lands and is auctioning them off to corporate interests. Housing and Urban Development is working to make public housing less accessible. ICE is deporting legal immigrants and honorably-discharged combat veterans. The Environmental Protection Agency has been tasked to NOT protect the environment. Every consumer-protection agency has been castrated or removed. All that adds weight to “Let’s have a shutdown. It’s worth it for the country.”
Is it? California is already hard-hit by the immigration exodus, with farms statewide facing critical shortages of workers to manage and harvest crops rotting in the fields.Once again, we didn’t plan ahead to replace the workforce. Once again, crops rot, farmers who already face tough times just surviving a 5-year drought, face greater financial burdens. Here in Sacramento, the Central Valley can potentially lose up to $120 million annual tax revenue generated by undocumented workers, about $3 billion statewide. Alabama cracked down on illegals with HB56, the Beason-Hammon Alabama Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act, in 2011. More than 80,000 Latinos bolted, costing the state up to $10.8 billion in lost income and tax revenue. Georgia enacted legislation, HB 87. As a result, farmers fell 40 percent short of the labor needs that year alone, triggering an estimated $140 million in agricultural losses. And lest we forget, California has already been there back in 1994, with our own Prop 187. Our state has the highest per capita rate of undocumented migrants than any other.
That’s a lot of money. Is it worth it financially? Ask the farmers. Ask us later this year after a trip to the grocery store. As the wine enthusiasts.
Related: California Farms Face Serious Labor Shortage – NBC Nightly News