Government shut down shows the president’s true priorities


By Ali Qazi

“I would build a great wall—and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me—and I’ll build them very inexpensively; I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will have Mexico pay for that wall,” Donald Trump said in 2015 during his presidential announcement.

Trump has decided  the American people will pay for his wall. By shutting down the government four days away from Christmas, the president has proved he cares about himself more than anything.


If America was a business, then the ‘greatest business in the world’ would be in trouble. The boss is under ethics investigations, cutting ties off with partners, losing top board of directors with some either going to jail or resigning and let’s not forget the stock prices are falling in record numbers. This isn’t the best week for any of America. While going back and forth many times, it seems Democrats have got the president right where they want him. It was a clear game of how mad the president can get.


“I will take the mantle and shut [the government] it down,” Trump said Dec. 11 at the White House.  This would mean about 400,000 non-critical employees of nine agencies will be sent home without pay.

Chuck Schumer a Democratic United states Senator, clearly won the battle while Vice President Mike Pence didn’t say a word, not even to calm the president down. The game of politics is to make the other side to look bad. Schumer was seen overjoyed when the president said the blame wasn’t on the Democrats.


“Democrats supported that measure because we do not want to see the government shut down. We have no demands other than that. We had every indication that the president would sign that legislation, as did our friends, Republicans on the other side of the aisle in the Senate,” Schumer said Dec. 21.


Democrats and Republicans have come together in good faith to work with the president to keep the government from shutting down; however, according to Trump, it wasn’t good enough. It seems like a child having a meltdown, except this time ruining hundreds of thousands lives on Christmas. No one should ever be happy to say, “I’m proud to shut it down.” This big decision affects hundreds of thousands of people. They are expected to work without pay.