Pentagon And The “Great Wall”

Just as the other Great Wall was erected to keep “invaders” out our Dear Supreme Leader is trying to erect one of his own (something he can point to as a material accomplishment of a weak presidency)…..

And where will the president try to slip cash out to pay for this worthless endeavor?

The Pentagon always has more money than it knows what to do with…..

The Pentagon has a list of $6.8 billion worth of construction projects it could choose to take money from in order to build President Trump’s border wall, according to a list belatedly provided to Congress on Monday.

But officials have yet to even decide how much Defense Department money they’ll use toward the wall, and so they haven’t decided which projects on the target list would actually be affected.

The Pentagon also said Congress can make sure none of the projects suffer by passing an increase in military construction money for 2020, allowing the government to go back and replenish the accounts Mr. Trump wants to drain for his border wall.

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/mar/18/pentagon-lays-out-68b-projects-cut-border-wall/

Several projects would be delayed if the Pentagon has to shoulder the cuts to pay for Trump’s “Great Wall”……

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan on Monday forwarded to Congress the list of construction projects the Pentagon could delay to pay for President Donald Trump’s border wall.

The projects range across the country and around the world, from an air traffic control tower in Alabama to fuel tanks in Australia, according to the 21-page document.

“Decisions have not yet been made concerning which border barrier projects will be funded” under the president’s authority, according to the Pentagon memo attached to the list.

Democrats pounced on the list and Trump’s emergency declaration as a political stunt.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/03/18/pentagon-project-list-shows-congress-how-could-pay-trumps-wall/3204758002/

On a side note…the Pentagon plans to cut $31 billion from its budget (seriously?)…….

The U.S. Army‘s fiscal 2020 budget, which will be made public in mid-March, will cut $31.5 billion from existing programs to ensure that the service’s top priorities of readiness and modernization remain on track, Under Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy said Tuesday.

Army senior leadership just wrapped up its version of “night court,” a time-consuming and tedious process in which top generals went through each program to find extra money for the service’s six modernization priorities and to fund efforts to increase the readiness levels of brigade combat teams, McCarthy told an audience at an Association of the United States Army breakfast.

 
It is always fun to see what the Pentagon does for they know that the Congress will shove lots of taxpayer money up their butts and tell they to play pretty.
 
This is all so much BS….
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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…..

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….

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.

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.

It’s That Inescapable Crisis

After the speech of a couple of days ago….the key word of that day was …CRISIS.

I seems that the President has ginned up a new crisis that needs dealing with….the dreaded “caravan” was a dud after the midterms so something new had to be found….it was all this “illegals” flowing across our Southern border.

It is a crisis…..Trump made sure that word was drummed into our brains during his short uninformed speech of Tuesday night…..

But did you know that there are truly some situations that Trump could use the term Crisis and be accurate……

The border is a big deal, and the problems are real, But, as Axios’ Stef Kight writes, often lost in the shutdown madness is whether the crisis is bigger than other vital issues facing the country:

  • Since that tweet, 547 people have been shot in Chicago, and 111 people have been killed, according to data from the Chicago Tribune.
  • 86 people were killed in the Camp Fire in Paradise, Calif. Trump visited after the fires — but he’s now blaming California for not exercising “proper Forest Management,” and is threatening to cut off emergency aid to the state.
  • An average of three men are killed every day in the U.S. by police officers, according to an estimate in the American Journal of Public Health. That would mean about 255 American men had been killed by law enforcement since Oct. 16.
  • There’s no real-time data on deaths from the opioid crisis. But with 67,000 drug overdose deaths in the U.S. every year, according to the CDC, it’s likely that roughly 16,000 Americans have died of drug overdoses — including opioids — since October.
  • Suicide rates continue to climb despite a healthy economy.
  • Seven U.S. military officers were killed in Afghanistan since Oct. 16, including six combat deaths. Trump signaled a strategic shift but never addressed the nation about it.
  • In Syria, at least 191 civilians were killed by the U.S.-led coalition between Sept. 10 and Nov. 17, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

And rather than address a devastating report by government scientists in November on the economic impacts of climate change, Trump simply said he doesn’t believe it.

There are truly many situations in this country that could be called a crisis….but the bullshit on the border is NO crisis…..a manufactured crisis with NO validity.

Plus if this is so damn important why didn’t it come up when he had a huge majority with White House and both Houses of Congress…it would have been a breeze to get something then…..but it just was not that big of a deal then….as it should be now.

Enough Said!

That “State Of Emergency”!

Recently our president threatened to call for a state of emergency…..basically if he does not get his $5 billion for his metaphorical wall then he might consider a state of emergency…..but what can he, Trump, do with such a declaration?

Most of his weapons were rhetorical, featuring a mix of lies and false inducements—claims that every congressional Democrat had signed on to an “open borders” bill (none had), that liberals were fomenting violent “mobs” (they weren’t), that a 10 percent tax cut for the middle class would somehow pass while Congress was out of session (it didn’t). But a few involved the aggressive use—and threatened misuse—of presidential authority: He sent thousands of active-duty soldiers to the southern border to terrorize a distant caravan of desperate Central American migrants, announced plans to end the constitutional guarantee of birthright citizenship by executive order, and tweeted that law enforcement had been “strongly notified” to be on the lookout for “ILLEGAL VOTING.”

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2019/01/presidential-emergency-powers/576418/

When question on his ability to declare a state of emergency Trump stated, “I can do it if I want”!  All for a metaphorical wall……kinda flipping sad……

Speaking outside of the White House on Friday as the government shutdown continued with no funding agreement in sight, President Donald Trump threatened to declare a national emergency to build his “border wall” if he doesn’t receive the more than $5 billion in funding he’s demanding from Congress.

“I can do it if I want,” Trump proclaimed in response to a question from a reporter. “We can do it. I haven’t done it. I may do it. I may do it.”

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/01/04/i-can-do-it-if-i-want-trump-threatens-declare-national-emergency-build-border-wall

This tactic has been used before by presidents….1952 Truman and the steel strike and FDR and the banks vulnerability…..both of these could have been major problems for the US without them….but a metaphorical wall is not something to declare an emergency over.

Finally Trump just had to feed that huge ego by declaring he should be a national hero…..“If anybody but Donald Trump did what I did in Syria, which was an ISIS loaded mess when I became President, they would be a national hero,”

I can think of a lot of titles for this person but ‘national hero’ is NOT one of them.