Trump has an unhealthy fixation on making bad campaign performance art into stupid national policy. He's holding government employees and their families hostage to implement an ineffective 15th century solution to an exaggerated 21st century problem.

Congress, well, actually Mitch McConnell, says they can't pass a budget because Trump won't let them without funding for whatever he wants. Wrong. It says right there in the Constitution that Congress is responsible for funding the government. It also says they can override a presidential veto of said funding.

Trump is now suggesting that he can bypass Congress and unilaterally appropriate taxpayer funds for his symbolic wall by making up a "national emergency." Some otherwise rational people are starting to suggest this may be a way out for both sides.

It is time for Congress to act. They can send Trump a message that he does not have the power to shutdown the government. That he does not have the power to appropriate funds. That he does not have the power to dictate policy.

There are Constitutional checks and balances for a reason. Trump is the perfect example. Congress must do its job to rein him in. Pass a budget. Override the veto. End the charade.

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