Last week Donald Trump signed a spending bill to prevent a government shutdown. He wanted $1.4 billion to be included as a down payment on his stupid border wall. That $1.4 billion was to come from us, not Mexico.
Trump didn’t get it but he declared victory anyway. Included in the bill is $341 million for replacement fencing and levee gates along the U.S.-Mexico border. They’re claiming this is the start of building Trump’s wall. In doing so Trump sycophants, Sean Spicer and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, displayed pictures of construction being done for this new wall. Once again, they were a little less than honest.
Mulvaney showed photos of a weak-looking fence that he said was a barrier on the border and that it would soon be replaced with a real wall. Problem is, the fence in the photo was actually a fence around a construction site. Mulvaney couldn’t even tell reporters where along the border this fence was as he didn’t know. It was like those Congressmen who voted on a health plan without reading or understand the bill. You would think people explaining great big plans for the federal government would actually do a little research before the step in front of reporters to sell a bunch of bullshit.
There is construction on repairing and reinforcing current existing barriers and Trump is taking credit for this. The spending for these projects were actually approved during the last two administrations, Obama and Bush. Trump is not shy for taking credit for Obama’s progress in job growth, stock market, a decrease in illegal immigration, companies deciding to stay in the U.S., etc. Trump took credit for “ending” the birther movement.
People expect Trump to have a better grasp on history. The guy doesn’t know what’s going on now.
Trump is asking for a lot of money to build a border wall and he hasn’t even provided details. All he told us on the campaign trail was that Mexico would pay for it. After he took office he told us that we’re going to pay for it and Mexico will reimburse us in one way or another.
Republicans on the House and Senate Appropriations committees want the White House and the Department of Homeland Security to provide Congress with detailed plans for the wall and other border security measures. Details, Donald. Details. Not this “trust me” crap. Not a repeat of the line “Don’t worry about it. It’s going up. It’ll be beautiful and terrific.” Real actual details. I don’t think you’re going to get any money for your stupid wall without a plan.
I expect the Trump wall to eventually receive the Les Nessman office treatment. On WKRP Les felt he deserved an office yet he never received one. So the quirky news director put masking tape on the floor around his desk where his “walls” would be if he had an office. He also insisted that his co-workers pretend to knock on the imaginary door before entering the non-existent office. We can do that on the border and ask the Mexicans to pretend to knock before entering. Hola. No dooro mean no stopo.
Heck, I bet Mexico would even pay for the masking tape. Trump would claim victory.
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