What is the ‘perfect storm’ you ask?
The ‘perfect storm’ – a particularly bad or critical state of affairs, arising from a number of negative and unpredictable factors. – wikipedia.org
Donald Trump is most definitely a most negative and unpredictable factor which is why we are in the midst of a particularly bad, critical state of affairs.
So in other words, we are ALL about to die! Not two years from now, not one year from now, but this year because we are ALL going to be homeless, hungry, sick and destitute. Trump has managed, in just two years, to bring damn near everyone in America to their knees.
His own government workers are calling in sick as in TSA personnel at the airport because they have been working without pay and have decided to apply for other ‘temporary jobs’ in order to tide them over. You know, those people who were put in place to keep you safe from terrorists by feeling you up real good and x-raying you before you board a flight and dispensing with your unopened toothpaste because, well…that could be a bomb. Apparently, people often brush their teeth with bombs. Soon, no one will be concerned about your toothpaste or will they just make you wait in even longer lines before you are allowed to board that plane? Does this give you a clue to the fact that you are not being felt up or x-rayed because of terrorists, you are being felt up and x-rayed because the government can get away with doing this since you have been frightened into believing in some non-existent shadowy bogeyman even as your own government is more of an enemy to you than any other entity or ‘human’ on this planet could ever be since if the government refuses to pay the TSA agents, then that must mean that they are non-essential personnel. Just because they were ordered to report to work means nothing especially seeing as how it should have been expected that those workers would eventually have to do something to keep their lives from exploding into homelessness and hunger and no one gives a flying fart about that who are sitting all up in the White House and in the halls of congress.
But nevertheless, word is that some of you, because Trump demands a border wall, will not have to be felt up because there are not enough TSA workers to feel you up because they are calling in sick since they are not getting paid and can you believe it? The mortgage is still due, the gas and electric bills are still due and food needs to be put on the table for their families to eat. There are medical bills that need to be paid, car insurance, home owner’s and renter’s insurance need to be paid and the list is endless. But everything must grind to a halt because we need a border wall! Another sad fact is that government employees are maxing out their credit cards to keep afloat and when those are maxed out, they cannot even apply for food stamps, nor are they going to get their tax refund checks. Ain’t that something? Meanwhile, we all just wail and moan and gnash our teeth and max out the credit cards. It’s ALL good!
Millions face delayed tax refunds, cuts to food stamps as White House scrambles to deal with shutdown’s consequences
Food stamps for 38 million low-income Americans would face severe reductions and more than $140 billion in tax refunds are at risk of being frozen or delayed if the government shutdown stretches into February, widespread disruptions that threaten to hurt the economy.
The partial shutdown has cut off new funding to the Treasury Department and the USDA, leaving them largely unstaffed and crippling both departments’ ability to fulfill core functions.
To those of you who qualify for food stamps, I am so very sorry for your upcoming situation, because you won’t be able to put food on the table for your children since a border wall is much more important and as Trump tries to blame the Democrats for the ‘stonewalling’, (no pun intended), he owns this. This shutdown is his baby. The Democrats were not even in power in the House when the shutdown commenced and so how Trump can get away with blaming this fiasco on the Democrats is just beyond me. But then, he always blames his fuck ups on someone or something else. So, I guess he is staying true to form. But as usual, I digress.
Most of HUD’s routine enforcement activities have been suspended, including mandatory health and safety inspections of housing for low-income families, the elderly and people with disabilities, according to the shutdown contingency plan that HUD posted on its website. Public housing officials say they don’t know how long rental assistance payments will keep coming from the government, and a suspension could put millions of tenants at risk if the shutdown drags on into February. And if there are any problems in providing affordable housing grants to local and state governments, as well as nonprofit groups, there are few people on hand to resolve them, according to one furloughed staffer.
We already knew that the poor would be impacted first. Those who rely on food stamps and those who rely on HUD to help with rent subsidies are going to feel the pinch along with federal workers. The article also goes on to state that the shutdown will most likely make it difficult for HUD to acquire new landlords for the program because they will be unwilling to rely on what has proven to be unreliable; rent subsidies from the federal government.
This is just too horrible for words because I started blogging to bring attention to the plight of the homeless and I had to throw HUD under the bus, multiple times for their failure to maintain adequate, decent, safe and sanitary housing for mostly poor and disabled people. HUD has also failed tremendously in even putting a dent in eliminating homelessness which was supposed to have been its mission. And yet, homelessness is skyrocketing. Tent cities have formed all across America and now add to that, the folks who are housed, but who are now finding that they are sitting on a branch that’s about to break and send them spiraling back down into homelessness again. All over a border wall.
And all Trump can say to what he set in motion is:
Trump “said he’d keep the government closed for a very long period of time — months or even years,” according to Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, who spoke to reporters in the White House driveway.“Absolutely I said that,” Trump affirmed from the Rose Garden shortly afterward. “I don’t think it will, but I’m prepared.”