US President Donald Trump inspects border wall prototypes with Chief Patrol Agent Rodney S. Scott in San Diego, California on March 13, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Portions of the federal government are currently shut down as part of a standoff between President Donald Trump and Congress. The President stated that until he gets his border wall, he will keep the government shut down.

The United States Constitution puts all appropriated funds under the jurisdiction of the legislative branch. Some cite a violation of the separation of powers outlined in the Constitution when the President blackmails Congress for money.

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Canada has unveiled its 2017 budget plan and it stands in stark contrast to the budget presented by President Donald Trump last week. The Canadian budget focuses on social programs, not the military, and defines "a strong Canada" with programs focused on universal health care, programs for veterans, and plans to address gender inequality.

Some of the budget is still up in the air as Trudeau and the Liberal government chose to wait and react to Trump's policies and the US tax plan. There are concerns that an increase in taxes for the wealthy in Canada would lead to those individuals and their businesses moving south to the US to take advantage of Trump's cuts.

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The government has long promoted two-parent households as the ideal. Promoting marriage was part of President Clinton’s 1996 welfare overhaul. It was part of President George W. Bush’s Healthy Marriage Initiative. President Obama has a Healthy Marriage & Responsible Fatherhood policy.

Independent organizations, like the Brookings Institute, have also touted the importance of marriage. In a study published last December, a group of scholars from both sides of the political spectrum tied the rise in single-family households to rises in inequality and poverty, declaring that “Marriage matters.” “Marital commitment remains the principal foundation upon which most Americans can build a stable and secure family.”

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