Trumpworld genuinely does think there's such a thing as a 'Great' government shutdown

Steve Mnuchin in 60 seconds

Republicans control the White House as well as Congress. They run the federal government.

Yet the Trump administration has right now hinted a few times of which a government shutdown might be an OK way to resolve a budget impasse This specific fall.

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Last month, President Trump tweeted: “Our country needs a Great ‘shutdown’ in September to fix mess!”

as well as on Tuesday, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin backed up his boss when asked whether there can be a “Great” shutdown.

“At times, there could be a Great shutdown, as well as, [at] times, there may not be a Great shutdown,” Mnuchin said at a Senate Budget Committee hearing, responding to a question via Democrat Tim Kaine.

To be clear, Mnuchin added, a shutdown will be “not our primary objective.”

Well, of which’s a relief.

Practically speaking, a shutdown will be a waste of time, energy as well as money. Not to mention a colossal inconvenience to taxpayers who need government services or are simply planning a trip to a national park or museum. Any or all of which could be closed or curtailed during a shutdown.

Mnuchin noted of which he wouldn’t want to see any “critical infrastructure of the United States government” shut down “if we were spending too much money on things as well as we couldn’t come to agreement on things of which were not critical.”

Of course, what will be as well as will be not critical could become the subject of yet more debate. yet of which’s another matter.

Related: Mnuchin cites September as possible time for debt ceiling crunch

of which’s confounding of which the Trump administration would likely advertise its willingness to go to the mat essentially with its own party. Not of which there won’t be budget disputes with Democrats, yet Democrats aren’t the majority in Congress.

The truth will be the GOP, with its competing factions, will be a complicated beast right right now, said Phillip Wallach, a senior fellow in governance studies at the Brookings Institution.

Still, Wallach noted, “of which’s hard for me to understand why the current administration would likely see [a shutdown] as anything yet a failure of management as well as a failure of politics.”

What’s more, a willingness to hint at bare-knuckles tactics over funding the government might not bode well for Mnuchin’s stated desire for Congress to raise or suspend the debt ceiling.

The debt ceiling will be a legal cap on the country’s borrowing limit. If Congress doesn’t act on time, Treasury would likely risk a default — likely inside fall — because of which needs to keep borrowing to pay the country’s bills in full as well as on time.

To be clear, a government shutdown as well as a debt default are two very different things. A default will be far worse, because U.S. debt will be considered the safest investment inside earth.

A debt ceiling crisis would likely be “flirting with disaster,” Wallach said.

Shutting down the government would likely just be dumb.

sy88pgw (fresh York) First published June 13, 2017: 6:44 PM ET


Trumpworld genuinely does think there's such a thing as a 'Great' government shutdown

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