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Posted: Saturday, January 5, 2019 3:20 pm

The shutdown of one quarter of the U.S. government affecting an estimated 800,000 employees continues on the sixth day of 2019 because Congress won’t accede to President Trump’s demand that $5 billion be earmarked in the new budget fiscal year to build part of a wall, a barrier, fence, or whatever term one chooses, for national security on the nation’s Southern border.

Thursday, on their first day of office, House Democrats passed bills to reopen nine federal agencies, Homeland Security until Feb. 8 and eight other agencies through Sept. 30, and they agreed to fund $1.3 billion for border security, but not for a wall. Then they left.

Calling a border wall “immoral,” House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said: “We’re not doing a wall. Does anybody have any doubt about that? We’re not doing a wall.”

Said House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.: “Swamp strikes again. Every single House Democrat just voted to leave town after less than four hours on the job. Congress should stay in session until the Schumer shutdown is over.”

Said Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La.: “Democrats voted to leave town instead of staying in D.C. to work to open the government and build the wall. Once again, they’re choosing open borders over an open government.”

Even though the Senate passed bills before the Christmas recess identical to those passed by the House Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has said he won’t bring a bill for a vote in the Senate unless Mr. Trump agrees to sign it. Which without funding for some part of a barrier he will not. So the impasse continues.

American Thinker columnist Martin Marcus says Democrats will feel more pressure March 1 when suspension of the debt ceiling ends and the shutdown magnifies. It can be managed, he says, paying in order interest on the debt, Social Security and similar payments, purchases of contractor goods and services and defense spending. Other expenditures, i.e., domestic sending, must wait.

Noting “the government is required to spend its $4.4 trillion budget and it expects to take in $3.4 trillion, meaning a $1 trillion deficit, he says it can’t add to the debt as of March 1.” Because these requirements contradict each other, without guidance from Congress Mr. Trump has leeway to manage as he wants. Which means he can shut down agencies Democrats love. Which will bring them to negotiation. Thus an end is in sight.

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  • dc posted at 5:03 am on Thu, Jan 10, 2019.

    dc Posts: 5530

    H-2A program at least has some rules. Doubt that most illegals here fall under any rules.

  • Core Sounder posted at 8:01 am on Wed, Jan 9, 2019.

    Core Sounder Posts: 418

    Trump has his work cut out for him if he thinks that he will ever get much support from congress in his effort to secure our southern borders. Even most republicans will only give a little verbal support in public. Far too much money being made from illegal drug trafficking for both the drug dealers and to some extent even to law enforcement . Do you know who gets to keep all of those millions of dollars or other valuables confiscated from these drug lords? Do we know how many companies or employers in this Country have gotten dependent on these illegals since they are unable to find American citizens willing to work in the fields for low wages. Why should the average American citizen go out and work their buns off in some farmer's field for min wage when its much easier to sit on their behind and let taxpayers pay for all of their needs ? The Border problem will not get the fix it really needs simply because of the money from illegal drugs being made by many people other than the drug lords and as long as these illegals are the primary source of relatively cheap labor then we will continue to have a problem. I really think the Trump is whistling DIXIE on his effort to stop this problem since he has absolutely no support from Democrats and very little from Republicans for that matter.

  • DeadBolt posted at 10:04 pm on Tue, Jan 8, 2019.

    DeadBolt Posts: 2664

    Hey, here is a story about commies............ from actual folks who were there, kinda sounds like obamacare............ (all the doctor's cotton up, etc)

    But, i'll let you folks be the judge.

    Ironic, our doctors are now imprisoned by a government, we,, until TRUMP!

    GOD BLESS AMERICA.........

    LIBERTY FOR ALL.......

    SOCIALIST AND COMMUNIST GET OUT. (your nothing more then a wanna be thief, and you'll be replaced by the cockroach soon) . [beam]

  • NC-Native-Son posted at 5:27 pm on Tue, Jan 8, 2019.

    NC-Native-Son Posts: 504

    I don't get it. Mexico is supposed to pay for the wall. Donald Trump promised.

  • DeadBolt posted at 1:22 pm on Tue, Jan 8, 2019.

    DeadBolt Posts: 2664

    A great way to spend 18 minutes......... and you might actually see a few things to boot!

    Are you calling all liberals ignorant?

    ps...... this was from Yale University btw........ [wink]

  • DeadBolt posted at 8:23 am on Tue, Jan 8, 2019.

    DeadBolt Posts: 2664

    Now here is a great source for all the liberals!

    ps...... I'd rather be taxed for a wall then FAKE HEALTHCARE for myself, or lack there of , as well as some illegals children, end story!

    pps... I also refuse to put some ILLEGAL'S kid through any school, sorry,

    footnote, there is no such thing as 'ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT' , your either a Migrant here legally, or you are simply 'ILLEGAL' , regardless of what people want to believe. [wink]

  • David Collins posted at 7:15 am on Tue, Jan 8, 2019.

    David Collins Posts: 4632

    Doubt that, the money would go directly into the general fund. From there it would just disappear into a maze of Democratic giveaways.

  • dc posted at 4:51 am on Tue, Jan 8, 2019.

    dc Posts: 5530

    It's not likely and don't believe he said their prez would write him a check. Once read a famous lawyer said "fences make the best neighbors", or words to that effect.

  • NC-Native-Son posted at 6:16 pm on Mon, Jan 7, 2019.

    NC-Native-Son Posts: 504

    There is no doubt in my mind that, if Trump cuts a deal with Mexico to pay for a big, beautiful wall, Congress will authorize its construction. All Trump needs to do is keep his campaign promise to make Mexico pay for it.

  • DeadBolt posted at 11:17 am on Mon, Jan 7, 2019.

    DeadBolt Posts: 2664

    You Can't Make This Up!


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