The Great American Smoke Out

Trump’s Congress

I have a question. [Now I know it’s New Years Day and I’m not trying to complain, but I want to be more politically involved this year by stepping out of what I’ve been calling “the comfort of silence.”] My question is: Are Congress men and women paid during a government shutdown? If the answer is “yes,” then it adds a deeper layer of meaning to my understanding of political playbooks. If it’s “yes,” then that means to me that this shutdown has nothing to do with a wall, but rather, it has to do with the threat of what Congress can do. And, like smoking animals that burrow out of their homes, sooner or later they will be smoked out.

If no is the answer, then that’s another post. I’m stuck on the primer until further notice.

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