It is almost as if he is eager to do it. President Donald Trump isn’t backing off his pledge to shut down the federal government if Congress doesn’t give him $5 billion to build a border wall. The clock will run out at midnight this Friday if Congress doesn’t approve a Homeland Security spending bill if it doesn’t include the money for a wall along the Mexico border. The problem is the votes aren’t there in the House of Representatives, boosting the likelihood of a government shutdown. And the House doesn’t return to work until tomorrow, leaving only a few precious days to get a deal done. Both sides are digging in their heels, but this is not a game. The only job of Congress is to appropriate money to keep the federal government operational. Members of Congress find themselves in a familiar position, having to meet last-minute to try to work out a deal to keep the lights on in Washington. This has happened too many times, because Congress can’t seem to agree on any long-term funding bills. They continually pass stop-gap spending measures because they aren’t willing to do the heavy lifting it takes to pass long-term spending bills. That would take compromise. We aren’t seeing much of that in the nation’s capital these days.