Donald Trump decided to forego his planned 16 day vacation to Mar-a-Lago because of his refusal to sign a spending bill that did not include billions of taxpayer money being allocated to his stupid wall, which a large majority of the country doesn’t want, a refusal that predictably resulted in a government shutdown that is resulting in nearly a million federal workers going unpaid over the holidays. As a result, Donald Trump has been stewing in the White House, sending out an incredible amount of whiny tweets and speaking to reporters, casting the blame for the government shutdown on everyone but himself, and per usual Trump style: throwing in a bunch of lies while he’s at it.
One of those probable lies involved a claim Trump made that he had heard from federal workers, and that they supported Trump’s choice to shut down the government, which has resulted in these same federal workers going unpaid over the holidays:
Trump claims that “many” federal workers want the government to stay closed: "Many of those workers have said to me, communicated, stay out until you get the funding for the wall. These federal workers want the wall."
— Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) December 25, 2018
Just when did Donald Trump speak to these federal workers? He has been in the White House since the government shut down. Has he been calling random federal workers at their homes? Has he been answering phone calls from federal workers who are going unpaid? The White House keeps a record of all Presidential phone calls. Maybe Donald Trump could show us all which phone calls he was on when he heard federal workers tell him to keep the government shut down so they could remain unpaid.
Of course, Donald Trump is likely lying. And once again, his lying illustrates his complete lack of respect for a group of people, in this case federal workers. Donald Trump not only doesn’t care that federal workers are going unpaid over the holidays, he is willing to lie about those same federal workers, and make up a story about how they told him that they want to continue to go unpaid.
Donald Trump’s lack of respect for federal workers is not new. In August of 2018, Donald Trump announced that he was cancelling the cost of living increase for federal workers, citing the budget deficit which his tax cut caused as the reason, and the same day he voiced support for another tax cut that would almost exclusively benefit the wealthiest Americans:
If anyone still thought Donald Trump was looking out for the little guy, they should really take a look at these two pieces of news from today.
President Donald Trump says he plans to freeze automatic pay raises for civilian federal employees in 2019, citing the need for government belt-tightening.
In a letter to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, Trump said he is zeroing out both across-the-board pay increases as well as locality pay raises that are based on where federal employees live. The scheduled pay raises were set to go into effect in January 2019.
“We must maintain efforts to put our nation on a fiscally sustainable course, and federal agency budgets cannot sustain such increases,” Trump said in the letter.
President Donald Trump said he’s considering a capital gains tax break by issuing a regulation that would index gains to inflation.
“There are a lot of people that love it and some people that don’t,” Trump said Thursday in an Oval Office interview with Bloomberg News. “But I’m thinking about it very strongly.”
More than 63 percent of the benefit would go to the top 0.1 percent of taxpayers — and the tab would be $102 billion over the next decade, according to estimates by the Penn Wharton Budget Model.
By the way, Trump is calling it a pay raise that is being cut for federal employees. It is not. It is a cost of living pay increase. So cutting that cost of living pay increase is essentially a pay cut.
Of course, Donald Trump is a Republican, so perhaps this should not be surprising. Republican politicians have been growing increasingly comfortable with publicly displaying their disdain for people who work for a living.
Mark Meadows, a Republican Congressman from North Carolina, had a Christmas message for federal workers who will not be paid for the work they do: it’s what you signed up for.
To the hundreds of thousands of federal employees who will work without pay or be furloughed over the holidays if there is a government shutdown, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) says it is just part of the risk of working in public service.
Meadows, the chairman of the House Freedom Caucus and a leading conservative voice urging President Trump not to accept a short-term spending bill absent funding for a border wall, was responding to reporters who asked about Transportation Security Administration and Border Patrol agents who would be required to continue working on Christmas without getting a paycheck.
“It’s actually part of what you do when you sign up for any public service position,” Meadows said. “And it’s not lost on me in terms of, you know, the potential hardship. At the same time, they know they would be required to work and even in preparation for a potential shutdown those groups within the agencies have been instructed to show up.”
And in an attempt to downplay the impact of the federal government shutdown, Scott Perry, a Republican Congressman from Pennsylvania, showed his complete ignorance of the real world most people live in:
Tonight, I asked Scott Perry (R-Pa.) about effect of fed employees being furloughed. He argued it had no real impact since employees eventually get paid back.
"Who’s living that they’re not going to make it to the next paycheck?"
— Sarah Ferris (@sarahnferris) December 21, 2018
Republicans like Donald Trump, Mark Meadows, and Scott Perry are willing to lie about, lecture, and disregard federal workers who are affected by the government shutdown. As a result, many federal workers have been going on twitter to share their own reality, using the hashtag #ShutdownStories.
After reading a few, it becomes clear that these federal workers do not want the shutdown to continue as Trump claimed, they did not sign up for a government that keeps constantly shutting down (this is the 3rd time of Trump’s Presidency), and yes, they need their paychecks.
#ShutdownStories I have a lower paying job in govt service &, yes, I live paycheck to paycheck. I know which check will pay bills so I’m not late to avoid late fees. With the furlough I won’t be able to pay on time so it costs more $$ when I do get paid. #TrumpShutdown hurts!
— Susan (@newsysusie2) December 24, 2018
@TeaPainUSA whenever I talk about my air traffic control husband working without pay on Twitter, all I get is hateful remarks about how he WILL & won’t lose a dime. Um YEAH I KNOW that, but what are we supposed to do about Christmas & bills in the meantime? #ShutdownStories
— LMGray (@psychomamma) December 24, 2018
#ShutdownStories I have family and friends that took back Christmas presents so they can afford rent and food once the paychecks stop. It’s hella expensive to live in the dc area. Everyone I know lives paycheck to paycheck. Missed pay will decimate them.
— Susan🌈🌈🌈 (@SusanJustSusan) December 23, 2018
Crossing my fingers that this gets resolved soon. My sister and brother in law work for USFWS and at caregivers for my disabled brother. They cannot afford to go long without pay. #ShutdownStories #TrumpNotFit
— America, you in danger girl (@fabmar2018) December 23, 2018
I'm a contracted employee for the federal government and the difference is that there is no chance of compensation for the shutdown days for me and others in my position. #ShutdownStories
— NPSF (@Newstent1) December 25, 2018
#ShutdownStories single mom, single income. If my pay from last two weeks shows up I have enough to pay bills, but not buy food. We live direct deposit to direct deposit, & something vital is always breaking – car brakes, stove, furnace.🤞 nothing goes until this is over.
— Oceans of Hope (@Freya_Cerridwen) December 24, 2018
#ShutdownStories thankfully my auto loan was able to defer my truck payment in Jan so I won't default on it an other bills this month. If no backpay, I'll likely be evicted Feb 1.
— Ernie Johnson (@SciFiCowboy_v2) December 25, 2018
My husband is active duty Coast Guard. Everyone thinks the military is getting paid during the shutdown, but the Coast Guard is facing no pay on the 1st due to being DHS and not DoD. We live in NYC, pay over $2K/month in rent, have a toddler and one on the way.#ShutdownStories
— Katy⚓ (@katyjb88) December 24, 2018
Day 1 of the #Shutdown:
Got my furlough papers. Had brunch with fellow feds.
Obsessively checked news and bank accounts.
Contemplated a “#shutdownbeard
— Sharon Stiteler (@birdchick) December 24, 2018
My daughter is furloughed. Sole breadwinner. I have enough cash to get her family through January. If it goes longer, I will dip into retirement savings. Whatever it takes to protect my daughter and my grandkids #ShutdownStories
— Mississippi 1962 (@mississippi1962) December 24, 2018
I am a single mother of 3 with no help. Not knowing if I can pay rent or feed my family next week is hard and all that’s on my mind this day of Christmas when I should be happy. My kids feel my anxiety too 😔 #ShutdownStories
— mj4ever (@mj4ever) December 25, 2018
We were relying on that paycheck to pay the car payment because I was too sick to work most of the month. Thank you, Mr. President. #ShutdownStories
— Grace Franke (@eskimita01) December 24, 2018
Broke my lease to accept new fed job for which I have to attend 7 months of training in another state. Training canceled with shutdown. Homeless. Can’t afford short(?)-term housing/have to work full-time for no pay/returning Xmas presents #ShutdownStories
— Daniel (@Ancient_Scout) December 25, 2018
Work for the FAA. I'll have to work but I won't get paid. Now last minute gifts and food and celebration will have to be paused. This one might last awhile. On top of that insurance will go up 140a month and we might not get a raise. #tiredofwinning #ShutdownStories
— Chris (@Leftistpenguin) December 24, 2018
My wife loses the holiday POTUS gave fed employees today and possibly another day off she must take in Dec. On top of the $ she would have made during the shutdowns if POTUS doesn’t sign the retro payment bill. #MakeChristmasSadAgain #ShutdownStories #TrumpChristmasShutdown
— Julie Chiron (@chirony) December 24, 2018
For those counting, this marks the 3rd time the @GOP has thrown my family under the bus with their ridiculous games of chicken. And no, they don't get to disown this one. They elected the clown, they're responsible for the circus. #shutdownstories
— So. Tired. (@Farrell01) December 23, 2018
Furlough exempt, all leave canceled and must report to work. Will be paid but no idea when if this drags out. If we don't report we're placed in furlough for the duration, no guarantee of pay. No, @MarkMeadows, we didn't "sign up" for this. #ShutdownStories
— phallo (@phallock) December 24, 2018