No support for border wall…
Let’s try a thought experiment. Suppose a group of 200 Chewelah residents were offered a new vehicle, paid for by someone else. Maybe Oprah wanted to give you a brand new Mercedes-Benz. How many of your neighbors do you suppose would accept that deal? Most, I would guess. So you commit to the deal, and then find out that Oprah was never going to pay, and if you want the car, you will have to pay for it yourself. How many still want the car? Then imagine you were told that you had no choice, you ARE getting a new car and you ARE going to pay for it.
Do you really need a new luxury car? Would your money be better spent elsewhere?
That is the bait and switch going on with the so-called border wall. Initially sold to voters as essentially a gift from Mexico, taxpayers are now faced with the prospect of diverting tax revenue to a wall and away from things like cancer research, infrastructure, law enforcement, veteran’s benefits, public health and so on. And at a time when polling shows only 35% of respondents even want a wall in the first place, and only 25% are willing to use their own tax dollars to do so.
We are now well into week four of a government shutdown brought on by the desire of a minority to impose its will. Contrary to what the president claims, not all furloughed workers are Democrats, and in reality hardship is shared across the board. The federal government is even advising its own employees on how to avoid foreclosure, missed car payments and the like. TSA workers call in sick and seek other employment. The Coast Guard advises its employees that in lieu of a paycheck, they can walk dogs or hold a garage sale to help cover the lost income.
And now the entire wall concept is being revised. Instead of the advertised big, beautiful concrete wall, a barrier of some sort will do. (Beaded curtain, anyone?) This inept administration has been unable to spend the money already allocated for enhanced border security and now wants more. Why? Illegal entry to the US through the Southern border is at a several decades low. According to the administration’s own statistics, ZERO terrorists have been stopped at the Mexico border. A border wall will do little to slow the flow of drugs since the vast majority enters the country through legal ports of entry, not just at the Southern border, but also ports such as Los Angeles, Seattle, Baltimore and Miami.
So, no money for a wall. Don’t tax me and mine for a vanity project. Funding for manpower and surveillance: sure.
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