I suppose the saying, “Fool me once shame on you. Fool me twice shame on me,” is especially applicable here – we can’t afford to be the usual run of the mill morons who run to the ballot boxes every election cycle to vote Republican despite stabs in the back too many to count.
And I think a good place to make people see reality is with The Wall – when you look at all of Donald Trump’s campaign promises, this is probably the most well-known and most symbolic.
And besides, wasn’t the halting of transsexual military funding supposed to cover at least some of the expenses for our border fortifications?
The White House has reportedly told Republican lawmakers that it won’t shut down the government if the wall on the southern border is not funded in the upcoming short-term budget deal — a position seemingly at odds with the promise President Trump made last month to supporters in Arizona.
Congress is set to run out of money at the end of September, setting up a now not-uncommon scenario where the lawmakers must come up with a short-term deal or shut down the government.
At an August 22 rally in Phoenix, Arizona, Trump pushed a hard line on funding for the border wall, something which many congressional Republicans have adopted a luke-warm-at-best attitude toward.
“We are building a wall on the southern border, which is absolutely necessary,” he said. “The obstructionist Democrats would like us not to do it, believe me, [but] if we have to close down our government, we are building that wall.”
However, the Washington Post reported Friday that White House officials have “quietly” notified Congress that the $1.6 billion of funding would not need to be in the short-term “continuing resolution” to fund the government until December.
Officials reportedly said that does not change the fact the wall remains a top priority and that it must be funded in the subsequent December bill.
The Post notes this is the second time Trump has backed away from the threat to shut down the government over his popular campaign promise. After tweeting that the government needs a “good shut down,” he backed away from the threat in May when lawmakers funded the government through to September — that resolution also contained no funding for the wall.
Because this originated in the Washington Post, perhaps we can hope that it’s all just a pile of Fake News, although logic and gut instinct is telling me that this is the real deal at least to some degree.