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Clock Winding-Down For Border Wall Funding

With just a little over 5-weeks before Democrats take over the House, Rep. Jim Jordan warned on Fox & Friends, that time is quickly running out in securing funds for the border wall.

The Ohio congressmen was quizzed by the hosts regarding the ambivalence demonstrated by some Republicans concerning the President’s signature policy.

Fox host Jedediah Bila asked Jordan if his Republican colleagues have the will to fund the wall or risk a potential government shutdown.

Asking, “How do you see this playing out? Will Republicans be strong on this issue?”

Jordan’s response, “We had better be. The most important issues are the Rosenstein issue, in my mind, the Rosenstein issue I just talked about and building the border security wall and securing the southern border. We’ve seen what’s happened in the last couple of days. That was the biggest promise that the Republicans made the voters in 2016. We had better fight for that. We had better put it in the December 7th funding bill. Again, that is the single issue that the American people elected Republicans to accomplish in 2016 and we’ve got five weeks to get it done.”

The interview continued with one host after another asking almost the same question, with slight variations.

However, the question of funding the border wall comes down to one simple equation. Is the president willing to shut down the government if Congress doesn’t send him a bill over the next 10 days approving $5 billion for his wall?

The deadline is December 8th which means Congress had better put a spending package together “pronto” or at the stroke of midnight on the 8th the government shuts down.

Democrats had already rejected the $5-billion price tag with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Tuesday agreeing to only $1.6 billion for border funding. Then doubling down saying “If there is any shutdown, it’s on President Trump’s back.”

Which once again demonstrates just how far removed Democrats are from how President Trump operates, in that the president has no compulsion, (if need be), in shutting down the government.

Speaking to Politico on Monday, the president once again reiterated and would “totally be willing” to close the government if he doesn’t get the wall funding.

Adding that the $5-billion price tag isn’t negotiable, declaring “I am firm.”

Moreover, the optics on Sunday of several hundred (mostly male) rock throwing migrants storming the border and clashing with border agents forced to use tear gas, to disperse the crowd, plays well politically and reaffirms that our national security is at risk.

Moreover, the drama being played out on our TV screens has only emboldened the president in his push for more border security.

“I will tell you, politically speaking, that issue is a total winner,” Trump told Politico. “People look at the border, they look at the rush to the police, they look at the rock throwers and really hurting three people, three very brave border patrol folks — I think that it’s a tremendous issue, but much more importantly, is really needed. So we have to have border security.”

While the troubling visuals are indeed compelling, the more important takeaway during the midterm elections, was the exit polls referencing border security.

Exit polls conducted by Zogby Analytics for the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) revealed the vast majority of Republican voters; more than 80% support the construction of a border wall along the southern border.

The clock is ticking, and there seems to be a little daylight on the Schumer front, with the New York Senator suggesting he may endorse more than the reported $1.6 Billion in 2019 for the president’s border wall.

However, the president would be foolish to delay moving forward on a Schumer promise void of actual details, besides the momentum is on the president’s side.

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I began my career as a New York graphic designer, years later as an Art Director working with some of the leading advertising agencies and studios of the day, transitioned into owning my own graphic design service, providing a host of creative services, most recently as a working cartoonist for a verity of clients, my most recent illustrative assignment was a 33-page children’s book titled “Nicholas’s Amazing Journey.” I’m a published author, with my first novel titled “Journey” published in 2003, and my second a short story titled “Mr. Tidbit’s Dilemma”, published in 2014, by American Star Books, and I’m currently working on my third novel, a murder-mystery titled “Possession,” which hopefully should be completed early next year. I’m also an unabashed conservative and political junkie writing well over 4,000 published articles and political commentary, on a host of national issues and current event topics facing America. I received the 2007 Editors Choice Award, for Outstanding Achievement in poetry, presented by Poetry.com and the International Library of Poetry, and I am a proud member of the National Writers Association.

6 comments

  1. Norman Hinderliter

    All that a person needs to do, in order to defeat the new Berlin Wall, is remind people of how badly the previous, Berlin Wall FAILED. The Soviets spent DECADES, un-limited amounts of money, and even BANKRUPTED East Germany, just to keep building that wall. Still, even with machine guns, land mines, tanks, and heavily armed soldiers, the Soviets FAILED to prevent Germans from crossing the border. Why Donald Trump is so DETERMINED to REPEAT this collosal FAILURE, is beyond my comprehension.

    • Norman, what are you talking about? First, the Berlin wall was to keep people in more than out. Second it was very successful at keeping people from crossing anywhere but at the checkpoints. Almost no one got across the wall…alive. A few tunnels were built with minimal success. And East Germany went “bankrupt” because of socialism and its failed economy, it had nothing to do with the wall or the expense of it. I am sure you lock your doors to your house and cars and keep valuables locked up. Probably have a fence around your house too. A substantial wall (or very substantial fence, semantics) would be very successful at slowing down illicit border crossings. If fences are such a waste, why are they around military bases, around schools, around most people’s homes, around sports stadiums, etc. The fact is they work. Do they stop everyone? No. But they stop or slow down most people, giving security (border patrol) more time to apprehend those who try to cross. Yeah $25 billion (total estimate) is a lot to us minions, but for our government, a drop in the bucket, even compared to what we spend trying to secure our border right now. Now as others have mentioned, I do agree we need to tighten the screws on those who hire illegals and those who supply forged documents or transport people across the border, and we need to look at allowing people, including low wage earners legal entry.

  2. If he’s planning on keeping his promise, why isn’t Mexico paying?

  3. A minority of Americans voted for Trump. Even fewer of that minority actually voted FOR the “wall,” since many Trump votes were really just “never Clinton” votes.

  4. “How To Discuss Trump’s Failing Border Wall” It’s probably best to be honest and admit that it was a stupid idea from the beginning. Walls and fences don’t work as a deterrent, the Berlin Wall was proof enough. Illegals come here for money. Tax them at a higher rate and impose stiff penalties on employers who don’t submit the required paperwork for tax purposes. Hit the offenders in the pocketbook and the results will be profound.

    • @Melvin – you say tax them higher, I say let them in legally (and make sure they’re paying their taxes). Immigrants provided huge boosts to the economies of the 1800’s and early 1900’s and could do so again. There’d be a bit of an adjustment, but it’d be good in the long-term for the free market to have an influx of willing labor.

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