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Levin on Trump's Threat to Shut Down Gov't: So What If the Gov't Shuts Down?

Jonathan Mizrahi Michael Morris
By Jonathan Mizrahi and Michael Morris | August 1, 2018 | 11:39 AM EDT

Nationally syndicated radio talk show host, TV host, author and American author Mark Levin (Screenshot)

On his nationally syndicated radio show Tuesday, host Mark Levin encouraged President Trump to shut down the government, asking, “So what if the government shuts down?”

“So what if the government shuts down for a day or two or a week or a month?” asked Mark Levin. “How many times have I said, ‘Do you enjoy the weekend? Well the governments shut down over the weekend. Do you enjoy your long holidays, your federal holidays? The government’s shut down on the federal holidays. You like Christmas? Government’s closed. You like Thanksgiving? Government’s closed. Labor day? Government’s closed. Martin Luther King’s birthday? Government’s closed. Presidents’ Day? Government’s closed. Over and over and over again. Meanwhile, essential employees are always on the job. So what’s the problem? Social Security checks go out, Medicare checks go out, Medicaid checks go out, the military’s funded—what’s the problem?’”

Levin’s remarks came after an ongoing debate between Congress and President Donald Trump over securing the border, a showdown Trump has suggested may lead to a government shutdown, which “is a very small price to pay for a safe and Prosperous America!” President Trump wrote in a tweet.

A transcript of Levin’s comments from his show Tuesday can be read below:

“So, The Wall Street Journal editorial page today is absolutely trashing the hell out of the president, Donald Trump, who they never supported—trashes the hell out of Donald Trump. Because Trump is saying that, ‘Look, if I have to shut down the government, I will. I have said that I want that southern border secured.’ And presidents have said that they would secure the southern border for the last 40 years.

“Democrats first blocked them, and now Democrats and Republicans block them. We have people who run for the Senate, people who run for the House who say they’re going to do something about it when they get to Washington, and they are absolute bald-faced liars.

“Now The Wall Street Journal claims to care about the size of government, claims to care about the debt and government spending.

“The only tool that a president has to address spending is the veto. That’s it. And the government’s been shut down approximately 20 times since the Budget Act of 1974. We’ve gone over that in great detail in the past. We’re still here. People still get their checks. Military’s still funded. But that’s the only tool the president has.

“It wasn’t that long ago when he was presented with an outrageous budget, where the Republicans and the Democrats, together, massively increased spending, massively increased borrowing, massively increased the debt. That is a direct assault on your children and grand-children and on generations yet born. The president was persuaded to sign it by the Secretary of Defense, Mattis, because it was increased defense spending.

 

“You remember what we said here: don’t sign it; veto it. Go ahead and shut down the government. You’ll eventually get what you want. Couple of weeks of pain, but we have to do this.  But the president signed it, and what we hear is he regretted it. And he should’ve regretted it because now, budget experts are estimating that we’re soon going to start getting trillion dollar annual deficits.

“When Barak Obama became president of the United States the cumulative fiscal operating debt was slightly over 10 trillion dollars. It is today over 21 trillion dollars, and I’m not even counting unfunded liabilities, which take it to 230 trillion dollars.

“So, the president has tried to claw back some of the spending. McConnell has said, ‘No, we’re not doing that.’ The president now wants to use some of this leverage he has to veto whatever they come up with to get the border secured.

“And The Wall Street Journal has gone insane, and I’ll tell you why. Because The Wall Street Journal editorial board, run by a guy by the name of Paul Gigot, has forever supported open borders. When Gigot’s predecessor Bartley, Bob Bartley, was the editorial page chief, they even wrote an editorial in the 1980’s trashing Ronald Reagan’s amnesty, saying it didn’t go far enough, urging an amendment to the constitution that said simply this: ‘Thou shall have open borders’—five words. That was in their editorial.

“This is where the Koch’s are coming from, by the way. This is where the Democrats are coming from, by the way. They want open borders, and effectively—but for the efforts of the border patrol, but for the efforts of ICE—effectively, we have an open border. If you’re caught, you’re caught, but for millions of people you’re not caught. Absolute lawlessness.

“So The Wall Street Journal is blasting the president of the United States when its editorial page – it’s a scathing editorial.

“So what if the government shuts down for a day or two or a week or a month? How many times have I said, ‘Do you enjoy the weekend? Well the governments shut down over the weekend. Do you enjoy your long holidays, your federal holidays? The government’s shut down on the federal holidays. You like Christmas? Government’s closed. You like Thanksgiving? Government’s closed. Labor day? Government’s closed. Martin Luther King’s birthday? Government’s closed. Presidents’ Day? Government’s closed. Over and over and over again. Meanwhile, essential employees are always on the job. So what’s the problem? Social Security checks go out, Medicare checks go out, Medicaid checks go out, the military’s funded—what’s the problem?”


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