Monday, January 28, 2019

What Trump's pointless shutdown will cost America

“I will shut down the government. I am proud to shut down the government. I will be the one to shut it down. I am not going to blame you for it. I will take the mantle of shutting it down.” -DonaldTrump 12/21/18 (via Dave Fitzsimmons)

And, no surprise, he lied. Almost immediately he began blaming the Democrats.

The effects of the pointless shutdown will continue long after its putative end. Here’s a case in point from the 538 significant digits email.

At least 1 year
Thanks to the recently-ended, record-long government shutdown, the Internal Revenue Service will need 12 to 18 months to recover. At least, that’s what the National Taxpayer Advocate, a government watchdog group, reported to lawmakers, an anonymous House aide told The Washington Post. The IRS is apparently buried in millions of unanswered taxpayer letters, is weeks behind on training workers, and needs to hire thousands of new workers for tax season. [The Washington Post]

And in that year or so, I suspect that revenue will be lessened. The longer story is at the Post’s report: IRS will need at least a year to recover from government shutdown, watchdog tells Congress. “The watchdog group told House staffers that the recovery would take between 12 and 18 months, one House aide said. These numbers assume the government does not shut down again in three weeks.” As Trump has threatened to do.

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