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Crazy fix for the government shutdown, but not by much

Crowds of visitors take pictures of wildlife, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, as they visit Everglades National Park, Fla. Human feces, overflowing garbage, illegal off-roading and other damaging behavior in fragile areas were beginning to overwhelm some of the West's iconic national parks, as a partial government shutdown left the areas open to visitors but with little staff on duty. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

I listened to the evening news last night, trying to figure out how not paying federal workers gets us closer to a building a proper border wall.

Here’s a clip from Major Garrett’s Jan. 2 report: “Laurie McCann, a furloughed IRS program analyst outside of Chicago, is worried about paying her medical bills after a recent surgery.”

So I’m trying to figure this out. How does punishing employees like Laurie McCann, who lives nowhere near the border and has nothing to do with the wall, help get a wall built?

Then Major talked about the national parks, which are also shut down, but…

“But some are getting unsupervised use, like Yosemite, where trash piles up for lack of funds to haul it away.”

That certainly sounds disgusting but is it somehow going to inspire unhappy campers to rise up and demand … a border wall?   I can see how they might rise up and demand biodegradable packaging.

We have to keep our eye on the real problem, which is that Mexico refuses to pay for the wall! If Mexico was paying, you wouldn’t need to ask Congress for a dime.

So what the president needs to do is Tweet that he’s going to invade Mexico. But that he would  call it off if they wire $5 billion to the US Treasury by close of business Friday.

Yes, it sounds crazy. But not by much.

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