Listen, just because the outcome of a given action is bound to be bad, doesn’t mean it’s not fun to be the guy who literally gets to bring that outcome to bear.
Take nuclear war, for example. Yes, nuking a country would instantaneously vaporize hundreds of thousands of people and reduce anything in the blast radius to smoldering ash, but that doesn’t make it any less fun to push that nuclear desk “button“.
Given that, you’ll understand why Office of Management and Budget director Mick Mulvaney was, by his own admission, super excited when he found out that he’s the man who “technically” gets to shut down the U.S. government if say, his boss decides to use a government shutdown as leverage to extract $18 billion in taxpayer money in order to build an insane, 700-mile-long, 31-foot-tall monument to xenophobia along the entire southern border.
You know Mick by now. He’s a moron. And he’s done all manner of moronic things lately including commandeering Elizabeth Warren’s CFPB on the way to effectively ensuring that it no longer functions because you know, fuck consumers, right?
Well Mick did a radio interview with Sean Hannity on Friday and in the course of chatting about the shutdown, Mick said this:
Got that? If not, here’s the transcript:
Sean Hannity: All of the important aspects involving the government continue, and those people that are furloughed usually get their money back, because Congress will give them back pay and a free vacation.
Mick Mulvaney: Yeah, I mean…here’s how I explained it to people. I explained it this — obviously, I’m — the reason that, obviously, I’m heavily involved in this, Sean, is that the Office of Management and Budget is charged with, you know, sort of implementing running a shutdown. In fact, I found out for the first time last night that the person who technically shuts the government down is me, which is kind of cool.
Yeah, Mick. That is cool.
As far as we can tell the only downside here – well, other than the 850,000 furloughed federal workers – is this:
TRUMP TO SKIP INAUGURATION ANNIVERSARY GALA AT MAR-A-LAGO pic.twitter.com/R5c58umEos
— Walter White (@heisenbergrpt) January 20, 2018