Money For The “Wall”

Closing thought–11Mar19

We all know of the damn silly event of the border wall and the national emergency that has been declared by our Beloved Leader…..an emergency without a reason….not a credible one anyway.

So if Trump succeeds where will the money come from? Which program will have to suffer because of a presidential ego trip?

Looks like we have an answer to that question……military pay and pensions may suffer……

The Pentagon is planning to tap $1 billion in leftover funds from military pay and pension accounts to help President Donald Trump pay for his long-sought border wall, a top Senate Democrat said Thursday.

The development comes as Pentagon officials are seeking to minimize the amount of wall money that would come from military construction projects that are so cherished by lawmakers.

Durbin said, “Imagine the Democrats making that proposal — that for whatever our project is, we’re going to cut military pay and pensions.”

Not to worry though….this president only wants whats best for our troops, right?

To that I say BULLSH*T!

Maybe his damn silly proposal for a Space Force and the cash it will take for the start-up would be a better place to start…..after all it is a simple thing…he is just looking for something to hang a plaque on that bears his name……so the “Wall” is more important than anything happening in space, right?

Just more screwing by the Supreme Leader…..and you allow it…..

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Can He Do That?

The big story these days is the fact that our Dear president has declared a “national emergency” so he can fulfill an ego trip to build a wall for a Trump plaque.

Now the Dems and others will be challenging the “declaration” in court…..”a big beautiful wall”…can he do that? When a president threatens to exercise the power to declare a national emergency, our system of checks and balances faces a crucial test. With President Trump threatening such a declaration in order to build his proposed physical border wall, that test could be an important one that could quickly implicate your right to privacy and a transparent government.

EFF has long tangled with governmental actions rooted in presidential power. From mass telephone records collection to tapping the Internet backbone, and from Internet metadata collection to biometric tracking and social media monitoring, claims of national crisis have often enabled digital policies that have undermined civil liberties. Those policies quickly spread far beyond their initial justification. We have also seen presidential authorities misused to avoid the legislative process—and even used to try to intimidate courts and prevent them from doing their job to protect our rights.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/02/15/national-emergencies-constitutional-and-statutory-restrictions-presidential-powers

Trump’s announcement looks like the first step of a person trying to cease power for himself and himself alone…..we cannot and should not support or allow him to do so……

presidential declaration of a national emergency is an outrageous abuse of power – perhaps the most dangerous yet by the unstable and increasingly autocratic President Donald Trump. If this invocation of emergency on false pretenses is tolerated, it could justify almost limitless abuses of presidential and military power, including far-reaching clampdowns on civil rights.

This unlawful and unconstitutional action is going to be challenged in court, including by Public Citizen. On behalf of several Texas landowners and a Texas environmental organization that will experience firsthand the immediate impact of Trump’s illegal emergency declaration, we will sue to challenge his unconstitutional attempt to circumvent the legislative process.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/02/15/why-we-must-stop-unstable-trump-and-his-dangerous-national-emergency-declaration

The American people should demand their reps do everything possible to stop this ego trip……it is a manufactured crisis of no basis……his action is ripped from a playbook for dictators (like it or not)……https://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-rempel-trump-marcos-parallels-20190214-story.html

On the other hand if he is successful (after all he has stacked the Courts with lackeys) the next Dem president could do the same for such true emergencies as guns, climate, etc…..

Let the lawsuits begin!

When will the GOP step up and do what is right?  This is the perfect situation where they can get off the Trump merry-go-round……but will they?

Personally, I have NO problem watching the GOP implode….but it is just a little sad to watch it destroy itself…..principles be damned!

National Emergency Declaration–2019

I guess I need to address that damn 300 lb gorilla in the corner…..

Friday our Dudley-Do Right in the White House signed the CR to fund the government (photo not available) and issued his declaration that he promised to do…..the problem is in his usual bluster Trump may have turned and bit his own ass……

As expected, President Trump declared a national emergency on Friday over the US-Mexico border. A big legal fight looms, but first comes the initial reaction. First up: George Conway, husband of Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway, thinks the president made a big mistake by saying, “I didn’t need to do this” during his Rose Garden speech. “This quote should be the first sentence of the first paragraph of every complaint filed this afternoon,” he tweeted. Trump’s full quote: “I could do the wall over a longer period of time. I didn’t need to do this. But I’d rather do it much faster.” (Watch the clip here.) More reaction, to that quote and the declaration in general:

  • Agreed: At Hot Air, Allahpundit agrees with Conway. “We don’t need to get into why this is a damaging thing for him to admit, right? We all graduated from fourth grade.” Trump just handed the courts a factual basis to rule against him on the grounds that an emergency doesn’t actually exist, writes Allahpundit.
  • Not so fast: Philip Klein of the Washington Examiner writes that he’s skeptical the “I didn’t need to do this quote” is the bombshell people are suggesting it is. “In fact, it could even do the opposite— bc obvious counter is he wanted to do faster bc he thought it was a pressing emergency,” he tweets.
  • Democrats’ miscalculation? An analysis by Noah Feldman at Bloomberg suggests Democrats may have strengthened Trump’s case by agreeing to provide $1.4 billion for the border. That was far less that Trump wanted, prompting him to declare the emergency, but Feldman argues that by providing even the $1.4 billion, Trump can argue in court that Democrats agree with him the border needs strengthening and that “his re-allocation of funds is necessary to achieve Congress’s expressed will.”
  • The polls: Stats expert Nate Silvers thinks Trump is courting trouble in the polls. “Indeed, the act of declaring a national emergency to build a wall is even more unpopular than the wall itself—and the wall isn’t popular,” he writes at FiveThirtyEight. “Polls as tracked by PollingReport.com show an average of 32 percent of Americans in favor of the declaration and 65 percent opposed. Even in an era where many of Trump’s top priorities poll only in the low-to-mid-40s, that’s an especially large split, with roughly twice as many voters opposed as in favor.”
  • New York Times: An editorial says Trump has just taken “executive overreach to dizzying new heights.” Migrants at the border are not an emergency, say the editors. “This administration is forever coming up with creative new ways to disturb and dismay the nation. Mr. Trump’s eagerness to undermine the Constitution to serve his short-term political gain remains among the most outrageous.”
  • Wall Street Journal: The conservative editorial page is not on board with the move. “The emergency declaration will please his most ardent supporters, but Mr. Trump is setting an unfortunate precedent—and judges could tie up his wall in court for years.”
  • Washington Post: Its editorial on the subject is more angry at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for going along with Trump as the president treats the Constitution with “cavalier contempt.” With his move, “Trump will inaugurate a new, imperial phase of his presidency,” the editors write. “Mr. McConnell, who had previously warned him against such an action, will show he has perfected a trick: roll over and play dead.”
  • Ann Coulter: Often seen as the voice of Trump’s conservative base, Coulter is not happy with the day’s news. Coulter backs tougher immigration moves, but she thinks Trump caved by signing the separate spending bill even though it didn’t have the money the president wanted. The “goal of a national emergency is for Trump to scam the stupidest people in his base for 2 more years,” she tweeted.  Coulter said that the only “national emergency is that our president is an idiot”  Is the far right support waning?

I shall give Trump some advice my mother would give me…”Make damn sure your brain is loaded before you fire off your mouth”……

His babbling is that of some mental midget that cannot get past some event that occurred….

I agree with an article that I read in the Daily Beast…..https://www.thedailybeast.com/trumps-immigration-emergency-raises-a-false-flag-and-demeans-the-constitution

While Trump was ranting and acting like a spoiled 4 year old a REAL national emergency was unfolding…..yet more gun violence…..we are getting close to the number of one a day with multiple victims……

Six people are dead and five officers are wounded after a shooting at a business in suburban Chicago, per the AP. The gunman, identified as 45-year-old Gary Martin, was among the dead at the Henry Pratt Co. building in Aurora. The Chicago Sun-Times talks to Martin’s mother, who says he was “way too stressed out” after being laid off recently. The officers who were wounded were fired upon as soon as they entered the building, police said. All are in stable condition.

John Probst, an employee at Henry Pratt, tells ABC7 that he ran out of the back door as the shooting unfolded Friday afternoon. Probst says he recognized the gunman. “What I saw was the guy running down the aisle with a pistol with a laser on it,” Probst says. Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker commended the “amazing” work of law enforcement officers who responded to the scene, crediting them with saving “countless lives.” The company makes valves for industrial purposes; its location in Aurora is about 40 miles west of Chicago. (Read more mass shootings stories.)

The fence thingy is nothing more than a way to appease his low mental activity base……but there may be a problem there as well…..his main media advisers are Hannity, Coulter and Rush…..one has now decided his is an “idiot”…..

“Thank god he’s relieved me any responsibility for what he’s been doing,” Coulter told the radio hosts. “That was the biggest favor anyone could do for me today.” Declaring that “the country is over” now, she said she didn’t need a Tarot card reader to know that Trump would “totally f-over his base.”

The president’s “mandate,” Coulter said, was to build the wall. And even though that’s what he plans to do by declaring a national emergency, she’s not happy about it. “The only national emergency is that our president is an idiot,” she said.

Will the loss of Coulter’s support harm the president…..probably not for the “Bobble-heads” hang on every word Trump has to say so Coulter’s words will fall on def ears.

The “Border Crisis” is only in the mind (of the imagination) of a spoiled 6 year old with a constipation problem. 

I am thinking this “wall” is an ego trip like everything he does….something he can hang his name on….

DOJ: Don’t Do It!

Closing Thought–15Feb19

New CR is a deal and if Trump signs it he stated that he will also issue an emergency declaration….but DoJ does not think that is such a good Idea…..

President Trump says he will sign an emergency declaration to secure funding for a border wall—but he has been warned that the move is likely to encounter a wall of lawsuits from Democrats, immigration advocates, and environmentalists, among others. Sources tell ABC News that the Justice Department has told Trump that the declaration of a national emergency is extremely likely to be blocked by the courts before it can come into effect. Analysts say legal challenges could delay the project for years, though White House officials say they expect to eventually win on appeal. Trump is expected to declare the emergency Friday morning after signing a budget deal that would avert another government shutdown. More:

  • “There is no national emergency.” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who is expected to challenge the move in court, said Thursday that any border crisis is of “Trump’s own making,” the Washington Post reports. “There is no national emergency. If Trump oversteps his authority and abandons negotiations with Congress by declaring a fabricated national emergency, we won’t only call his bluff, we will do what we must to hold him accountable,” he said. “No one is above the law.”

 

  • “No bets are safe.” Analysts say it would be very unusual for courts to block a president’s declaration of an emergency—but Trump is a very unusual president. “Normally, any other time, you’d say it’s a no-brainer that the president wins,” University of Texas law professor Bobby Chesney tells Politico. “But with this particular president, no bets are safe in assuming the courts will completely defer to him.” Some 58 emergencies have been declared since the National Emergencies Act, 31 of which are still in effect.
  • The price tag. Sources tell the AP that Trump will announce he will spend $8 billion on border barriers after sidestepping Congress—including the $1.4 billion the latest spending bill provides. Most of the rest is expected to come from military funds earmarked for construction and antidrug efforts.
  • Stopping the move in Congress. It is possible, but highly unlikely, for the move to be blocked by Congress, the BBC reports. It would require both houses of Congress to pass a resolution against it, which Trump could veto unless opponents can build a supermajority
  • Republicans speak out. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has done a U-turn and announced that he will support an emergency declaration, but several other Republican senators have spoken out against the move, the Hill reports. Sen. Susan Collins said Thursday that she believes the decision is of “dubious constitutionality.” “I don’t believe that the National Emergencies Act contemplated a president repurposing billions of dollars outside of the normal appropriations process,” she said.
  • “A Democratic president can declare emergencies as well.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called the move a “lawless act” and warned Trump that he was creating a precedent that could lead to a Democratic president declaring a national emergency on guns, CNBC reports. “If the president can declare an emergency on something he has created as an emergency, an illusion that he wants to convey, just think about what a president with different values can present to the American people,” she said.
  • The Cruz solution. Sen. Ted Cruz says he has a way to build the wall without taxpayers paying a dime. The Republican writes in the Washington Post that he has reintroduced the “Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order (EL CHAPO) Act” to use funds seized from Joaquin Guzman and other drug lords to build a border wall.

Is he so ignorant that he will not read the Constitution?  The emergency is not real only in his tiny mind from NYC….a made up crisis not an actually crisis like a hurricane……

Did you hear his speech in the Rose Garden today?

OMG!  He relived the 2016 election and talked about the situation on the border that was NOTHING accurate and choked full of LIES…..and the bobble-heads rejoiced!

Please someone take him aside for about a half hour and read the and explain the Constitution to this drooling toad….please!

The Wall: Will He Or Won’t He?

Sound the horns!  All praise him!  We all can breath a bit better now….or can we?

The bill keeping the government open will soon head for the desk of our Dear Leader….but before that let’ talk about his physical…..

The good news for President Trump is that the doctor who performed last week’s medical exam pronounced the 72-year-old to be in “very good health overall.” The bad news is that Trump gained 4 pounds from last year, enough to qualify him as technically obese, reports NPR. Trump is 6-3 and weighs 243 pounds, giving him a body mass index of 30.4. The cutoff for obesity is 30. Last year, Dr. Ronny Jackson urged Trump to lose 10 pounds, given that he had fallen just below the obesity mark. Instead, the president, whose main form of exercise is golf, gained a little weight. Still, Trump “is in very good health and I anticipate he will remain so for the duration of his presidency, and beyond,” wrote this year’s doctor, Navy Cmdr. Sean Conley, per USA Today.

How much does this doctor want an another job with Trump?

And now the rest of this post…..

Of course we all have heard about the wall and the part it played in the last shutdown…..well there seems to be a deal and it should head to Trump’s desk today….but there is more…..

President Trump will sign Congress’ border security compromise. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell confirmed that Thursday, followed quickly by confirmation from the White House. The announcements removed the last ounce of suspense over the fate of a bill that would provide just a sliver of the money Trump wants to build a wall with Mexico but also would avoid a new government shutdown. But both McConnell and the White House also said Trump would quickly declare a national emergency. The president has said that move would give him power to divert money from other budget projects into wall building. McConnell also said he would support Trump’s emergency declaration, the AP reports. That was a turnabout for the Kentucky Republican, who like Democrats and many Republicans has until now opposed such a declaration.

McConnell said Thursday that the Republican-controlled Senate will soon vote on the bill that’s needed to avoid a partial federal shutdown Friday; the Democrat-controlled House is also expected to vote on the bill later Thursday and passage by both chambers seemed certain. Bargainers formally completed the accord moments before midnight Wednesday night. Trump had previously signaled he would sign the bill but it was unclear until McConnell’s announcement if he would do so, prompting some lawmakers to voice concern. Per CNN, Trump’s only prior public message on the matter Thursday was a tweet: “Reviewing the funding bill with my team at the @WhiteHouse!” But White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders later issued a statement declaring Trump would sign the bill and “also take other executive action—including a national emergency—to ensure we stop the

national security and humanitarian crisis at the border.”

(McConnell has proved that he is a coward and a brown nose douche)

Trump will declare a national emergency…….Damn good idea!

Good idea because when a Dem is in control he/she can do the same for climate change or guns or health care….

But all bets are off if his political advisers on FOX like Hannity tell him to not sign he may do just that…..so “this thing ain’t over ’til it’s over” to quote Yogi.

A side thought……all this declaration stuff sounds more like a dictatorial move than a democratic one….but that is me.

Border Security?

Okay cut the crap!

The term is a slogan!  A slogan to get the bobble headed morons to take notice….it means little.

We Americans have been bombarded with this bullsh*t for a year now. Time for the d/bags to define just what is the official terminology.

To some it is machine guns in high towers…..or minefields…..of drone missions…..or listening post….my point is NO politician has actually defined what it is other than a wall…..and no one is quiet sure what this person mean by “border security”?

First of all….is there some sort of true definition for border security?

THe Border Patrol definition……

CBP’s top priority is to keep terrorists and their weapons from entering the U.S. while welcoming all legitimate travelers and commerce. CBP officers and agents enforce all applicable U.S. laws, including against illegal immigration, narcotics smuggling and illegal importation. CBP deploys highly trained law enforcement personnel who apprehend more than 1,000 individuals each day for suspected violations of U.S. laws.

https://www.cbp.gov/border-security

Protecting the U.S. from the unauthorized entry of migrants often becomes the default criterion for establishing border security. Counting illegal crossings is inherently difficult, but we do know that unauthorized crossings are at their lowest point in 40 years, and the Pew Hispanic Center believes there are now as many Mexicans leaving the U.S. as entering. Studies have also dispelled the myth that immigration and crime are linked; in fact, the presence of a large immigrant population appears to actually help make a city safer.

(Politico)

All the things this “willfully ignorant” president does seem to realize that all the the thugs he worries about….the drugs, the thugs, “terrorists…..are coming in our country through normal entry points….

Yet he thumps his chest like a crazed primate about some token to his presidency….a lousy short ass wall.

 

Do I Want A National Emergency?

A good question!

The president keeps threatening day after day that he will call a national emergency and get his wall that way.  Pundits keep pointing out to the people that the border is not in crisis but in Trump’s mind there is a crisis…but now he is calling it a humanitarian crisis…a change from a couple of days ago…..

But back to the question….would I want to see trump declare a state of emergency on his own?

I have thought about this and have decided that I would be upset but I could live with the precedent that Trump set by calling for the national emergency.

Why would I go along with Trump on this?

Easy peasey…..when we have a Dem president he could do what Trump did…..call a national emergency to handle climate change or the opioid epidemic or our infrastructure or…..well you get the idea….so yep Mr. President declare away and set up a precedent for the GOP to lose their minds over in the future.

But let’s look at this national emergency thingy……

The United States is in a perpetual state of national emergency.

Thirty separate emergencies, in fact.

An emergency declared by President Jimmy Carter on the 10th day of the Iranian hostage crisis in 1979 remains in effect almost 35 years later.

A post-9/11 state of national emergency declared by President George W. Bush — and renewed six times by President Obama — forms the legal basis for much of the war on terror.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2014/10/22/president-obama-states-of-emergency/16851775/

Is this president so self-centered and ego-centric that he cannot see the harm this moronic move would do…if not then I say be a man step up and declare that emergency.

I get sent a lot of papers by grad students hoping for that advanced degree and recently I was sent one about the use of the national emergency….a timely paper indeed…..

The use of emergency powers by executives has been surrounded by intensive scholarly debate since the Second World War. Victor Ramraj has previously stated with clear conviction that there “will always be a danger that executives, even well-meaning ones, could abuse emergency powers, which has been demonstrated by historical and contemporary events”.[1] Upon examination of Ramraj’s statement, it will be argued that he is correct in his assertion that emergency powers can be abused by executives. On this basis, a two-strand argument will evolve, which will be split into two parts

https://www.e-ir.info/2019/01/05/emergency-powers-and-executives-an-ever-present-danger-of-abuse/

These powers that the “Executive” is given can be abused and I think Trump is the best at abusing the powers of the presidency.