April 23, 2017
tfw no wall
Okay, let’s move on from that depressing France business to something way worse.
The wall or lack thereof.
Firstly, I still don’t even understand what “government shutdown” even means. And I’ve read the Wikipedia page on it like, probably four times. The only thing that “shuts down” are things that were already superfluous, meaning they should just be shut down anyway.
I wish they would stop using that term.
It is not a big deal and it is a definite way for the President to force through an agenda. Because while it isn’t a big deal for you or I (in fact, I can’t figure a single way it affects any of us), it is a big deal for Congressmen.
Right now, the Democrats are not bluffing. They will do the shutdown if the budget includes a wall.
Trump is facing a choice. A very clear choice.
President Trump and top administration officials emphasized the necessity of funding the president’s proposed wall along the country’s southern border on Sunday, as talk of a possible government shutdown ramps up.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Sunday led the Sunday show charge, expressing confidence the border wall would be funded.
“I can’t imagine the Democrats would shut down the government over an objection to building a down payment on a wall that can end the lawlessness,” Sessions said on ABC’s “This Week.”
This is wrong. Of course they will shut it down.
They think that makes Trump look incompetent.
He said he doesn’t expect the Mexican government to “appropriate money” for the wall, but added there are ways “we can deal with our trade situation to create the revenue to pay for it.”
Building a wall along the country’s southern border will help the president to fulfill his promise to the American people, he said.
“That’s what they want,” he said. “And I believe Congress will eventually deliver.”
Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said the president will likely be “insistent” that an upcoming spending bill includes funding for his wall.
“I think it goes without saying that the president has been pretty straightforward about his desire and the need for a border wall,” Kelly said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said he thinks the government can avoid a shutdown and expressed confidence a bill that is “satisfactory” to the president will pass.
Progress has already been made “in regard to getting money for border security,” he said on NBC’s “Meet The Press.”
“So I’m pretty confident we’re going to get something that’s satisfactory to the president,” he said, when asked if President Trump will veto the government funding bill if there is no downpayment on his proposed border wall included.
Priebus was further pressed on whether the administration would support the funding bill if money isn’t designated specifically for the border wall, but instead for border security more broadly.
“I think that as long as the president’s priorities are adequately reflected … and there’s enough as far as flexibility for the border wall and border security, I think we’ll be OK with that.”
There’s the key statement in all of this.
The President’s Chief of Staff is saying that Trump will sign a bill that doesn’t include funding for a wall.
That’s what he appears to be saying.
That is not what Sessions or Kelly is saying, but that is what he is saying.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) warned of the negative consequences of a government shutdown.
“The last thing we can afford is to send a message to the world that the United States government, by the way, is only partially functioning,” Rubio told CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
Nobody gives a shit about “the world,” Foam Boy.
We want a wall.
“I mean, that would just have catastrophic impact, in my view, or certainly very destabilizing, I should say, impact on global affairs. And so we should keep that in mind going into this week.”
Democrats have voiced strong opposition to using the government funding vehicle to begin construction of the wall along the southern border, something the president has continually said the country needs to ensure safety.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called the proposed wall “immoral, expensive, unwise” on Sunday.
Nancy Pelosi, you are immoral, expensive and unwise.
“The president, I think, talking about this wall, is expressing a sign of weakness. He’s saying, ‘I can’t control our borders. I have to build a wall.'”
Although the House minority leader said the government needs to control the country’s borders, she said building a wall is “not an answer.”
“Not here, or any place,” she said.
Not any place, Nancy?
Not any place at all?
How sure are you?
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) on Sunday also warned against a government shutdown over the president’s proposed wall.
“That would be the height of irresponsibility,” Durbin said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
He said the president doesn’t want a shutdown to “define” his first 100 days in office.
Actually, it seems to me, that making a stand on the wall would be the absolute best thing he could define his first 100 days on at this point.
Otherwise, it’s going to be defined by betraying his supporters on everything he got an opportunity to betray them on.
I don’t think the wall will ever be built.
At least not under a Trump Presidency.
I think the key statement was Priebus saying that the President would be happy as long as there’s some random “border funding” in the bill (which there already is in all budget bills).
Forcing a shutdown over the wall would certainly energize the base.
And maybe they’ll throw us a bone, as every other promise gets flushed down the toilet.
But I’m not hopeful.
If/When Trump fails to deliver anything to his people, it means that there is only one option left.
All these people are going to come to us.
And then we’ve got ourselves a rodeo.