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Posted: Friday, January 11, 2019 12:00 pm

After President Trump requested $5.7 billion to fund a border wall on which he campaigned in 2016, said Tom Elliott at Grabiennews, Democrats refused to approve funds the administration says are needed to manage the flow of immigration across the southern border. So the impasse continues along with the enormity of lawlessness and lack of national security.

White House officials told The Wall Street Journal this week it’s likely Mr. Trump will declare a national emergency over border security and try to use Pentagon funds to pay for construction of a wall or another barrier on the U.S.–Mexico border. Should that occur said the Journal, “House Democrats who now hold a majority in the chamber, have vowed to immediately challenge it in court.”

If Mr. Trump declares a national emergency to fund a wall an option is signing a spending bill without reopening government offices.

Sources say $13.3 billion is available in the Pentagon budget that he could divert by pausing military construction projects such as military housing that Congress authorized or deployment of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

Meeting in the White House with Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and House Majority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Wednesday, Mr. Trump walked out saying, “What’s the point?” after asking Mrs. Pelosi, “In 30 days will you be in favor a wall?” and she replied, “No.”

He tweeted that the meeting had been a “total waste of time” and said when Mrs. Pelosi told him Democrats wouldn’t approve border wall funding, “I said bye-bye, nothing else works.”

If funds for the wall were approved, they would be just 1/10th of 1% of current annual federal spending. Mr. Elliott listed some expensive projects over the years Democrats funded that cost more than the border wall. They included:

Rural utility service at $8.2 billion/year with no actual purpose after its original intent to bring electricity to rural communities was achieved.

Sugar subsidies, which if eliminated, would halt production of unhealthy foods helping curb the nation’s obesity epidemic and save $6 billion.

Community Development Grants created in the ’70s to revitalize failing American cities and plagued with dysfunction, which if eliminated would save $15 billion over five years.

United Nations, to which the U.S. gave $10 billion in 2016 ($5 million for abortions in foreign countries) and which if reduced 25% would save $12.5 billion over 10 years.

Foreign aid of more than $50 billion going to not are our closest allies: Egypt, South Sudan, Uganda, South Africa, Russia, the Congo, Sudan and Zambia. Cutting this 10% would fund the wall.

Amtrak, subsidized at $9.7 billion over the next five years, which would become more efficient if sold to the private sector.

Unused real estate: In FY16, the government owned 3,120 vacant buildings and 7,859 that were partially empty, an annual cost of $1.7 billion, which if sold would net a five-year savings estimated at $15 billion.

Waste, fraud and abuse: The Government Accountability Office says “payment errors” in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid cost $137 billion annually, which could be halted using fraud protections used by credit card companies.

Other smaller wasteful federal projects:

$613,634 to boost “intimacy and trust” of transgender women and male partners

$5 million to hipsters to stop smoking and blog about it

$3 million to Northwestern University to watch hamster fights, i.e., injecting some with steroids to gauge aggressiveness

$1,009,762 to train “social justice” math teachers

$518,000 to study how cocaine affects the sexual behavior of Japanese quails

$1 million to daily print and distribute the Federal Register despite most never being read and all information is online.

Millions of illegal aliens including terrorists, criminals and deadly illegal drugs stream into the United States through our porous Southern border.

In the past two years, says DC Whispers, “criminal aliens have been responsible for approximately 235,000 violations of the law, including 4,000 homicides, 30,000 sex crimes and over 100,000 violent assaults. In just 2018, 17,000 individuals with criminal records were apprehended at the border.

“The crisis goes deeper. In towns and cities all across the country, the opioid crisis kills 300 Americans a week from heroin, 90% of which comes across our Southern border.”

The 2018 omnibus bill, which Sen. Schumer and Rep. Pelosi voted for, approved $500 million to help Jordan build a wall and defense line against jihad terrorists trying to cross its 287-mile border with Iraq and Syria. Funding for the wall in Jordan wasn’t immoral, but funding for a wall on America’s Southern border is, says Rep. Pelosi, “immoral.”

Israel built a wall to stop Palestinian suicide bombings, and they stopped. Because walls work.

But because Mr. Trump pledged to build a wall, liberals oppose it — because of politics.

This is not a political game. It’s life and death. It’s about innocent, law-abiding Americans and legal immigrants dying because our borders are not secure and liberals don’t care about national security.

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19 comments:

  • DeadBolt posted at 5:11 pm on Sat, Jan 19, 2019.

    DeadBolt Posts: 2664

    Dig it...........

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J95hdMKfrsc


    Think you'll like this one. [wink]

     
  • dc posted at 7:34 pm on Mon, Jan 14, 2019.

    dc Posts: 5530

    If it was about tobacco all those leftist resist trump pols would be pushing to fork over $5B for a wall, fence, or any other physical obstacle asked for by anybody but this president. They would be screaming and pushing for it to be erected pell-mell with their names on it.

     
  • DeadBolt posted at 1:59 pm on Mon, Jan 14, 2019.

    DeadBolt Posts: 2664

    The war as its been called in the past, and present on most things described here is nothing more then leverage on taxation.

    ie: people do what they want , and if Uncle Sam can't get some of the coinage , well, they class it as illegal.

    It would be an interesting experiment to unleash all the cr@p junkies talk about though and tax them, just to see the revenue increase, and , i'd almost bet the entire industry , regardless of pills, or weed's, or whatever would flatline after about a year, and simply be the baseline for the future, although this goes against alot of my values, and would claim a vast number of lives to ignorance of the said drug.

    A shining example is in fact the alcohol industry.


    Now, in the long term more intervention groups would be begging for monies for rehab, etc, etc.

    Probably a horrible idea , as the Carteret County Residents have demonstrated with 'pet's'! ie: you have a high end county , and people cannot even control their pet population................

    Go Figure............[wink]

     
  • dc posted at 6:30 am on Mon, Jan 14, 2019.

    dc Posts: 5530

    With drugs if lesser demand then where's the need for supply? No different than alcohol abuse which manifests in abuse of self, family, and all of society. Some in religious community tried with alcohol but failed for lack of support from other more capable prodders/enforcers especially all things governmental to change the equation. Alcoholics then and now abuse the drug, their families and hence society. It continues as bad as ever but with many more deadly options. What does governmental and quasi/associated societal elements do rather than putting the "fear of God" in individual abusers and society in general? Tip toe through the tulips and wring hands but more mind-boggling actually promote the abuse. Both supply and demand must be tackled but with more common sense and quit the feeling sorry and making excuses for ALL players in the demand/supply chain. Why is the war on drugs less important than the war on tobacco?

     
  • dc posted at 2:55 pm on Sun, Jan 13, 2019.

    dc Posts: 5530

    Yeah, you mean old prejudice whatever quit picking on El Chapo.

     
  • David Collins posted at 11:49 am on Sun, Jan 13, 2019.

    David Collins Posts: 4632

    What world do you live in LIP ? You are oh so dead wrong. Plenty of mules come and go every day across our southern borders carrying all sorts of drugs and whatever. So we should just let them do their thing unchallenged? Sure all ports of entry are used to transport illegal substances and the authorities do miss some shipments but it is a monumental job at best. Why make it worse by being complacent? Fix the obvious first. Picking on brown people, get a life.

     
  • DeadBolt posted at 6:37 pm on Sat, Jan 12, 2019.

    DeadBolt Posts: 2664

    Illegal and color have nothing to do with one another, until statistics are included , so stop playing he anti racist card there.

    If you go to ANY COUNTRY IN THE WORLD BY WHATEVER MEANS YOU CAN WITHOUT PERMISSION, YOU ARE ILLEGAL THERE.

     
  • Livin in Paradise posted at 4:31 pm on Sat, Jan 12, 2019.

    Livin in Paradise Posts: 154

    Until the border patrol can figure out how to stop and inspect every vehicle, every container and every car, drugs will still get past the border check points Same thing goes for our airports and water ports !!! Very little crosses our border at non ports of entry. There aren't enough people with "calves the size of cantaloupes" to carry drugs across the border.

    We also need to fix our visa system. The vast majority of illegal immigrants are actually visa overstays. Temporary workers from eastern Europe, Canada, etc are the biggest offenders. Yet, we pick on the "brown" people who cross our southern border in search of work and a better life.

     
  • dc posted at 2:11 pm on Sat, Jan 12, 2019.

    dc Posts: 5530

    Or we could not elect reps that want sanctuary cities and states, no borders and love giving taxpayers' $ away to support every idea that encourages illegals so the left can gain absolute and eternal power. Monster is out of its cage and won't be put back in barring what? Why do some farm workers follow certain rules but no one else does? Want to stop drugs? Declare war. Guess somebody already did but weren't serious and/or got no real support.

     
  • David Collins posted at 10:27 am on Sat, Jan 12, 2019.

    David Collins Posts: 4632

    Drugs and illegals arrive in most every way conceivable. A barrier will drastically reduce foot traffic. Build the barrier, wall, fence or what ever you wish to call it. Assets can be then diverted to other areas of concern. Yup, that includes those that hire them, have plenty right here in eastern nc and beyond. Could round up quite a few of them at the local Speedway here in the BORO between 5 and 7 am. Most any day you chose.

     
  • Big Fat Drunk Republican posted at 8:41 am on Sat, Jan 12, 2019.

    Big Fat Drunk Republican Posts: 807

    If you really want to stop illegal immigration cut and destroy the root.
    EMLOYERS who hire and employ illegals should be the target.
    Kill the root, the symptoms go away.

    As long as there is s need for immigrant labor, we will have illegal immigration. Trucks, buses, trains, boats, planes and tunnels will continue to bring em in by the masses while wall stops few.

    Seriously! Do you people really think our drug, immigration problems are from people coming over the border on foot? Seriously!
    You want want to research real world facts, do get Trumped!

     
  • Big Fat Drunk Republican posted at 8:29 am on Sat, Jan 12, 2019.

    Big Fat Drunk Republican Posts: 807

    Question for the mouth breathers.
    We already have check points on the southern border. These check points are where TRUCKS filled with drugs and people crossing the border illegally.
    PLANES, yep I say planes. Immigrants are flying in on planes from all over the world and over staying visas. Drugs are flying in on planes
    BOATS, yep those big cargo ships, illegals and drugs are coming in there too.
    Tunnels under existing parts of the current wall.
    Yep tunnels I say, drugs and people coming thru.

    I could keep going. I’ve pointed out the MAIN ways illegal aliens and drugs are getting into our country, I say, I say main way boy, pay attention.

    Crossing the border on foot is very difficult and a small portion of how illegal immigration and drugs are getting into this country from the south.

    So back to the mouth breathers. How does the wall stop drugs and humans from getting in?

     
  • DeadBolt posted at 9:36 pm on Fri, Jan 11, 2019.

    DeadBolt Posts: 2664

    Here is a great film that describes commie life, in case anyone forgot.

    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3759298/?ref_=nv_sr_1


    Looks like utopia.

    ps. all you wanna be socialists, well, maybe America will give you the same treatment?

    Ya never know............. [wink]

     
  • DeadBolt posted at 7:02 pm on Fri, Jan 11, 2019.

    DeadBolt Posts: 2664

    Hm i suppose when you lump the three different groups in a sentence, it would be misconstrued so i did some poking.

    Potential terrorist threats......

    https://www.dhs.gov/news/2019/01/07/mythfact-known-and-suspected-terroristsspecial-interest-aliens

    Singles, kids basic family units......


    https://www.dhs.gov/news/2019/01/09/dhs-releases-southwest-border-enforcement-statistics


    These do not reflect the illegal's here already, nor the heads of Police department's around the country.

    So, Dire Straits , where exactly are you getting your proposal that this number may not be correct?

    Oh, here it was from 2012 i think, additional numbers ..

    This "is in the same ballpark" as figures from the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which estimated that 11.4 million illegal immigrants lived in the United States in January 2012.

    Same source.

    Just curious.

     
  • NC-Native-Son posted at 5:25 pm on Fri, Jan 11, 2019.

    NC-Native-Son Posts: 504

    We do not need a wall. No wall in history has ever worked. All the contraband: weapons, drugs, cash, are caught at the regular points of entry. Most illegal immigrants are waived through and then overstay their visa.

    Regardless, Trump had a Republican congress for two years and they never gave him a wall because they knew it was a waste. A couple times a year you see a report that a tunnel under the border is discovered. There are likely more not found.

     
  • DeadBolt posted at 3:17 pm on Fri, Jan 11, 2019.

    DeadBolt Posts: 2664

    Jim Acosta Learns That Walls Work


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoEwI91Cpr4

     
  • DeadBolt posted at 3:02 pm on Fri, Jan 11, 2019.

    DeadBolt Posts: 2664

    This ain't the half of it!

    [wink]

     
  • Imus posted at 2:31 pm on Fri, Jan 11, 2019.

    Imus Posts: 55

    This is politics as usual; both sides are idiots and that includes the one in the White House and those in the Capital. Their only concern is how this affects them; they couldn't care less about America. Trump hopes this distraction will mean no investigations will be forthcoming and Democratic leaders hope this will turn the public against Trump. This paper would have you believe the fault rests with Democrats and guess what- they're right. But the Republican leadership is equally at fault. It's like the Rolling Stones song that states we "need leaders but get gamblers instead".

     
  • Dire Straits posted at 12:33 pm on Fri, Jan 11, 2019.

    Dire Straits Posts: 12

    "Millions of illegal aliens including terrorists, criminals and deadly illegal drugs stream into the United States through our porous Southern border."

    The facts state otherwise, but don't let this get in your way.

     

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