(BREAKING NEWS, OP-ED) — The commentary expressed here is the opinion of the authors and should not constitute any type of legal or financial advice.
JANUARY 23, 2019 (D.C. and elsewhere) — On Friday, January 25th, for the first time in American history, the federal court system in the United States will run out of money to pay for most of the fundamental services that you’ve come to know and depend on. More staff and court clerks will be furloughed, reducing the speed with which the federal courts deal with ongoing cases.
If you’re looking for the federal system of things to slow down your foreclosure case or pending litigation, this presents you with a great opportunity, as things grind to a snail’s pace. If you’re looking for resolution, what’s happening with the lack of funding will impede your forward progress. Time-sensitive issues, such as statute of limitations, may be affected by the government’s inability to respond.
R.J. Malloy and I will discuss the repercussions of the federal shutdown and what it means for the courts and the economy on our upcoming broadcast on City Spotlight – Special Edition, on WKDW-FM, 97.5 in North Port, Florida! The program airs at 6:00 p.m. Friday night, Eastern time. When you click the foregoing link and get to the home page, click LISTEN NOW and wait for the program to load. It will stream the station live. Then, wait for the program to start. There is more to all of this than you can imagine! R.J. Malloy was a former law clerk to a U.S. District Court judge (for 9 years), so he understands how the system operates and what it means for appropriations to go by the wayside.
I posit here that our government, at this juncture, consists of the worst bunch of congressional misfits, blowhards and stubborn fools this country has ever seen or experienced, yet alone elected. One would think that the responsibility of being an elected leader would warrant taking a stand and getting the job done. After all, isn’t that what you elected them to their congressional position for? To get a job done? It doesn’t appear that anyone’s doing anything now, does it? And Americans are suffering for it.
We have not yet seen the effects of the TSA employees quitting en masse and taking jobs in the private sector. While many despise the TSA and what it stands for, it also pulls the perception of security away from the airports and makes them more vulnerable to terrorists who would take advantage of the slowdown. All of this because President Trump wants to spend a meager amount of money to build a wall to restrict illegal aliens from coming into this country and sponging off of our good nature (not to mention all of the benefits they get).
I don’t care what side of the political fence you are on. That is not what is important here. What is important is to recognize that the people you elected to the DC bunch are getting nothing done … getting nothing done over political issues gives our enemies an opportunity to hurt us. It also gives corporatism an edge in DC, as lobbyists spend more money buying votes than Congress spends running itself. When our government stagnates, it demonstrates how dysfunctional and vulnerable we are as a collective body politic.
The nasty side of this equation (and I don’t support either one) is that if you’re a Democrat, you want the CEO out of the White House. He’s not a politician. He’s a businessman and he’s trying to run the country with the framework that’s been set in place, albeit attempting to “drain the swamp” by exposing the very things that Democrats espouse … all socialist in nature. If you’re a Republican, you’re pro-business. You like having a CEO in the White House and you go about things a very different way because you’re used to seeing the government run as a business and not as a means to entitlements. However, as a Republican, you support corporatism and lately, it’s been bad for America because the elitists then run the country (oligarchy). When the government stagnates, fair markets are impeded. The balance of the economy and the gross domestic product then becomes affected. Our two-party system has significantly failed us and we let it happen.
This government wastes more than the $5-billion dollars that President Trump wants to have appropriated to build a wall on our southern border. If border residents are finding prayer rugs left laying about, then you have to ask yourself WHO left them there and why? If terrorists are flooding into this country in droves, then it’s just a matter of time before they infiltrate secure areas of our infrastructure (like our power grid) and disable it without warning … all the while politicians bicker and fight over putting up a wall to bring us security … or at least the perception of security.
It’s just like the front door to your house. You can make it as impenetrable as you want. But … if someone wants in, they’re going to find a way to get in. If you let them enter your residence, then you let them take your control away. When your personal space is invaded, and you have no more control, then where is your freedom and your security?
If you’ve ever been the victim of a home invasion, you can certainly understand where I’m coming from. This is what I’ve always said about the haves and the have-nots. The have-nots depend on food stamps. If the government does not get its act together soon, the infrastructure will start feeling even more desperation as the money for food stamps will run out in March because the benefits, which run in advance of their actual payment dates (January food stamps work off of March’s appropriations), then when March gets here and the appropriations aren’t there to pay for food stamps … people go hungry. What you do you think will happen when people go hungry? They become angry. They do foolish things, like rob and steal from others. In Kansas City, a man shot another man to death on a street corner … all over a cheeseburger. Is this what is to become of our way of life? And politicians want to take away our right to own a firearm in order to defend ourselves from people who would rape, steal and murder us? You need to realize who the enemy is here.
Tune into the broadcast for the full scoop on where we stand. Be informed.