As we went to press with this weekend edition of "Notations" the United States Federal Government is shut down. Women have marched throughout the United States on the first anniversary of President Trump's inauguration as the blame game is ever so on-going on Social Media with the hashtags #TrumpShutdown; #SchummerPelosiShutdown; #SchummerShutdown. The Wall with Mexico has been central in the issue--that's why what Vincente Fox, the Former President of Mexico, said in an interview with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation earlier this week was telling which we have noted here.
As we have been assessing the state of affairs, what we picked up from Orange County Congresswoman Mimi Walters was interesting as she sent out this Tweet :
The #SchumerPelosiShutdown is causing dangerous harm to our military, and needless uncertainty to nine million American children that rely on #CHIP for health care coverage. Until the government is reopened and providing full resources, I will forgo any and all compensation. pic.twitter.com/Kfq4Xse5Og— Mimi Walters (@RepMimiWalters) January 20, 2018
One of the most notable absences is that of Senator John McCain. We here at the Daily Outsider are grateful to the team at the Washington Examiner as they reflected upon this with the pivotal role he has played at not only the Armed Services Committee but also the US Senate:
Sen. John McCain, 81, the fiery and seemingly tireless Armed Services chairman who is now battling brain cancer, was still at home in Arizona and absent from his committee’s first hearing of 2018.
The hearing was remarkable partly because of his absence. McCain, who was diagnosed with glioblastoma in July, has been a driving force on the committee since he took the gavel three years ago.
Read the full story here.
As we went to press and as he was in treatment for his Cancer, he issued a statement lamenting the State of Affairs. He and his family continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.