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Not That It Matters

It’s just a bunch of facts, statements of reality, so the Republicans will ignore them, but: crossings along the southern border peaked at 1.6 million in fiscal year 2000 and are running at about 400,000/year; the vast majority of people on the terrorist watch list cross on the northern border; according to testimony at the trial of the cartel leader Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, drugs enter the US through tunnels under the walls, inside vehicles at ports of entry, or in fishing boats, not out in the unprotected areas of the border.

Congress authorized $1.3 billion last year for construction along the border and it hasn’t been spent, but now Trump demands $5.7 billion more without any planning on how it would be spent beyond “wall”. With almost two years to do something about “wall” while Republicans controlled Congress and the White House, “wall” didn’t become a priority until Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter complained about it.

Trump and the Republicans are going to continue to lose support as more and more people suffer from the effects of the shutdown. At some point Mitch McConnell is going to have to say to hell with it and pass spending bills with veto-proof majorities. The votes are there in both Houses, so stop screwing around.

January 15, 2019   5 Comments