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.
On the other hand
I think the “Wall” is a proper role of Government because it protects lives, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, or individual rights. It will help stop criminals, drugs and gang members that freely move back and forth now. It can help prevent diseases that I can’t spell; protect jobs by allowing a limited number of legal workers; and will greatly help in the effort to make everyone here “legal.”
I think the Democrat Party bosses are against having a wall because most illegals accept handouts and vote for those who give our money away the fastest.
In some states near us, voter I.D. is not used, so an undocumented person is worth several votes as they can be driven around to several precincts.
And, if you haven’t noticed, most of the Government is not shut down now. Try not paying your taxes.
Growing and uncontested corruption is currently found at every level of our national and state systems as well as within the very social principles that uphold civilization itself. Currently, our legislatures, congress, LE and investigative agencies as well as our judicial system has failed to define political corruption and state crime, as well as the perpetrators and victims of these crimes which is not only those who are directly affected but every citizen knowingly or unknowingly. Criminological research bodies with our legal educational system and investigative services have been progressively directed away from this issue for self-evident reasons.
Criminal acts, by the state and associated corporate entities, tend to both result from abuses of power and position (opportunity) when they occur. Political corruption and crimes of the state are therefore often intrinsically linked in complicated ways which by nature tends to mask the activities that may be corrupt. The very “counter intelligence” nature of politics and general government operations today, based on compartmentalized activity, lends itself to being unaccountable.
Although political corruption has received moderate scholarly attention in political science, relatively little attention has been paid to political corruption in criminology. There have been pleas for decades for criminologist and investigative LE agencies to examine the reality of unmitigated state crime and many writers have emerged concerning this topic. Overall, while state crime has received more attention than political corruption in criminology, both have received less emphasis than other topics within the white-collar crime subject, which itself pales in comparison with the literature on street crime which has far less over-all effect on the nation.
It would beset the average American to learn that much of our street crime related to drug proliferation, gang violence and terrorism is a result of higher echelons of failure as an ongoing crisis that drives undesirable policy as well as provides a curtain for the escalating state/corporate crimes. Crisis always drives policy and nearly always gains the attention of the vast majority. However, who is defining the crisis? In the broader but brief answer, the question can be answered normally by asking, “Who stands to benefit the most from these activities?” The vast majority of politically and socially active Americans fail to ask nor answer this question. In the end, it all comes down to a mathematical equation and an unbiased mentality. Few corporate and state level criminals are ever tried and convicted, unfortunately, because the very individuals who make up the agencies tasked with this duty are all compartmentally part of the same ilk knowingly or unknowingly.
J R Bolton