The construction will be all wrapped up tomorrow! Those are the best words I’ve ever heard. Of course, that’s what he said yesterday. And the day before. And the day before that. Will it really be done tomorrow? I have no idea and I certainly can’t do anything about it if he’s not. All I know for sure is that it will be nice when the staircase isn’t covered in contractor’s paper and the toilet isn’t sitting outside the bedroom door.
Several days ago, when we got the first “it’ll be done tomorrow,” it was pretty clear that it wouldn’t be. But I gave him the benefit of the doubt. After all, maybe this was just an “alternative fact.” But with each “tomorrow” I grew more and more certain that tomorrow may never come. It’s really ok for the job to take as long as it needs to, as long as it’s done right. However, when the end is prolonged and it’s just going to take one more day, things start to get old.
I guess there are more important things to worry about. Scientists at the EPA are wondering about tomorrow as well. Tomorrow may well be their last day. With spending freezes, bans on public appearances, bans on public communications, and having their agency pretty much stopped in its tracks, tomorrow may well be the end for them.
Veterans are worrying about tomorrow as well. In an NPR article I read today, the combination of the destruction of the Affordable Care Act and hiring freezes within the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, what does tomorrow bring for them? If they lose their health coverage through the ACA (around 3 million veterans get coverage through the ACA) and decide to go to the VA for healthcare, what happens then? The VA can’t hire more people and the system will be more strained and less able to serve the people who serve the country.
I don’t have much to worry about tomorrow. In the scheme of things, my worries are small when compared to the worries of so many others in our country. With the stroke of his pen, Trump is dismantling progress in the country. And yes, even Trump is worried about tomorrow. Not for the same reasons though. He’s worried about petty things like news coverage, SNL skits, and imagined voter fraud. Perhaps he will soon realize that there are legitimate worries about tomorrow and he’s only making them worse.