As a retired Fed, I can feel for those who are either working without pay or who are furloughed without pay. Both sides (Congressional Democrats and President Trump) are continuing this useless stalemate, with some of my former colleagues paying the price.

Trump is known for his vitriol and, frankly, foot-stamping tantrums. His promise of a wall (that Mexico will somehow pay for) is perhaps his biggest. But the responses of Speaker Pelosi and Minority Leader Schumer are no better. They appear to be opposing border security just to stop Trump from fulfilling a campaign promise.

That is beyond a tantrum; that continues to put our nation at greater risk for cheap political purposes. No one comes out looking like any kind of leader. Certainly not if one has some responsibility for the welfare of federal employees. Which ought to be all three: Trump, Pelosi, and Schumer.

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