What do we know about the current government shutdown?
First, President Trump wants $5.7 billion for a border wall that the American people elected him to build. In response, Pelosi, Schumer, and the Democrats demanded that government be reopened before they would “resolve differences” with the president.
But Democrats again, on January 15th, refused to meet with the president over lunch. In effect, their refusal to compromise means they are using the government workers as negotiating pawns. This, despite the fact that President Trump has a proposal that adds technology at ports of entry and physical barriers between ports of entry made of steel instead of concrete. Clearly, Democrats are prolonging the government shutdown.
If the government shutdown were to be resolved before President Trump receives $5.7 billion, there would be no incentive for the Democrats to compromise. Former Border Patrol Chief in the Obama administration, Mark Morgan, in supporting the president, stated, “I’m here today breaking my silence to tell the American people that the president is correct in what he’s doing. The wall works.”
Remember the agreement between Ronald Reagan and Democrats. Reagan approved amnesty if the Democrats promised increased control and security on the border. The agreement was known as the Simpson-Mazzoli Act. The promised enforcement did not occur. The Democrats lied. The ends justify the means for the radical left.
A Politico and Morning Consult poll found that 42 percent of those polled agree with President Trump that the border is in crisis. Another 37 percent believe that there is a problem at the border. This means that 79% of those polled believe the border situation is a serious issue. Only 12 percent of those polled believe that the border is neither a crisis nor a problem.
President Trump stayed in Washington, D.C., available to negotiate a deal with Pelosi and Schumer. Schumer was not available and Pelosi vacationed at a swank Hawaiian resort at a reported $900 per night. Meanwhile, the furloughed government employees were left in limbo by the Democrat leaders. In effect, Pelosi and Schumer were using furloughed government employees in a cynical ploy to deny Trump a campaign promise to the American people.
Over the next ten years, according to the Washington Times, the United States will spend $53.128 trillion on its annual budgets. The proposed cost of the border wall is .0338 percent of the $53.128 trillion, or about $18 billion. In comparison, the cost of the border wall is 2.7 percent of the money the federal government will spend on food stamp program: $18 billion vs. $679 billion.
Schumer wants to deploy more advanced technology along the border. Pelosi calls the border wall immoral, an irrational position in the face of illegal immigration in this country. General Anthony Tata agrees with Trump: (1) a border wall is needed and (2) all the technology in the world will not stop illegal immigrants. As a commander in operational zones in Kosovo and Afghanistan, General Tata had thousands of troops and the latest technology deployed along the borders with Macedonia and Pakistan. Despite the best soldiers and the most advanced technology, he still could not completely stop enemy infiltration.
General Tata disproves the moronic comments of Pelosi and Schumer. In fact, General Tata wrote that, “President Trump’s foreign policy accomplishments are staggering in their success and demonstrate an evolving set of principles upon which the president is acting.” The U.S. economy is remarkably strong: we have full employment, seven million more jobs than workers, very low inflation, three percent plus economic growth, and for the first time, we are a net oil exporter. All Pelosi, Schumer and other Democrat operatives can do is whine that Trump is having another temper tantrum, a patently false explanation.
In reality, it is Pelosi, Schumer, et.al., who are still angry at losing the 2016 election.
It is Pelosi, Schumer, et. al., who are embarrassed at their poor performances in comparison to Trump’s successes. Trump has accomplished more in two years as president than Barack Obama accomplished in eight years. Under Obama, the United States lost 219, 000 manufacturing jobs. In Trump’s two years, the country added 477,000 manufacturing jobs. It is Pelosi, Schumer, et.al., who are acting like petulant children. They refuse to act like responsible adults.
Ironically, the Democrats are showing how hypocritical they are. The Democrats voted for 350 miles of border wall in 2013. What’s different now? The Democrats don’t want to give Trump a policy win that he can use in his re-election. Democrats are willing to betray the American people and weaken America’s national security based on a petty political ploy.
In addition to forsaking the furloughed government employees, the Democrats are denying food stamp payments to millions of low income Americans. Everything the Democrats are doing to prevent wall funding, forcing government employee furloughs, cutting food stamp payments, is wrong. President Trump is on the right side of the border wall issue. Democrats will ultimately pay a steep price in 2020 for their treachery against the American people.