Trump could use disaster funds meant for Puerto Rico and California to fund wall
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President Donald Trump has been briefed on a plan that would use the Army Corps of Engineers and a portion of $13.9 billion of Army Corps funding to build 315 miles of barrier along
the U.S.-Mexico border, according to three U.S. officials familiar with the briefing.
The money was set aside to fund projects all over the country including storm-damaged areas of Puerto Rico through fiscal year 2020, but the checks have not been written yet and,
under an emergency declaration, the president could take the money from these civil works projects and use it to build the border wall, said officials familiar with the briefing and two
Under the proposal, the officials said, Trump could dip into the $2.4 billion allocated to projects in California, including flood prevention and protection projects along the Yuba River
Basin and the Folsom Dam, as well as the $2.5 billion set aside for reconstruction projects in Puerto Rico, which is still recovering from Hurricane Maria.
A source on Capitol Hill said if the president moves to pull money from Corps of Engineers civil works projects, Democrats in Congress are likely to submit legislation to block the
money from being reallocated.
wherever he takes the money from he's stealing it from something that is always objectively a better expenditure anyways.
The Art of the Deal II: Beg, Borrow, Steal
If he does then I don't even know what to say, that would be fucking wild
I almost want to say I doubt it but look at how far he's already taken it.
One, that's shitty as hell; two, what is wrong with Ted Cruz's face? I can't parse his mouth in that photo.
What a rotten mother fucker. Yes, let's take away money from actual emergencies to address a manufactured emergency to gain political clout.
As Lily Allen once said, "fuck you."
There is no doubt in my mind that this would be considered and every step would be taken to carry it out.
when daddy runs out and the banks stop lending, go to russia!
Sure, why not? There's still room to prove yourself to be an even bigger piece of shit than you already are.
Ok at what point can we drag him out of the White House? He is actively harming American citizens at this point.
What a lowly, vile, wretched, despicable piece of shit.
I have a theory about why Trump is suddenly so fanatical about "The Wall".
I think he knows his popularity is so low he can't get re-elected, especially if he can't accomplish anything in the next two years to rally his base around. If he gets some accomplishment he can point to, and say "I accomplished what I set out to do, America is great again, I'm retiring" and not even run in 2020 (and thus, never face the shame of defeat).
Without The Wall, or something of similar caliber, he'd have to stand for reelection, or else go down as a failure. Not just in history books, but in his own life, all his supporters would call him a useless coward. With The Wall, he can either retire as gracefully as one can, or if it's merely the first in a string of legislative victories, run again with a chance of winning.
Now, this theory does require a few things. It requires Trump to be self-aware enough to know he's fucked. I don't think he's that stupid - he's an idiot, but he does know when to cut and run and leave the mess for someone else to clean up. It requires Trump to be willing to step down unforced - since I'm not 100% sure he even wanted the presidency to begin with, that's a reasonable guess.
And there are other possible explanations. It could be a last-ditch stalling tactic, force some other issue to keep House Dems from focusing 100% on investigating him. It could just be he's that racist. It could be that Putin has more direct control over him than I thought, and needs America distracted while he does something.
But I think this theory is the most logical, because it does a better job than any other of explaining why all the Republican senators fell in line behind it. There are only two ways the GOP retains any sort of control in 2020. 1) Trump retires, appoints a successor who's enough Not-Trump for the party to win centrists but Trump enough to keep all Trump's supporters behind him; this requires Trump to have some sort of battle he can feasibly claim to have won. 2) Trump leads a Red Wave atop a string of policy victories (and maybe a national disaster or terrorist attack, for the rally-round-the-flag effect), and if he can't win a fight over The Wall, his own supporters will likely turn on him for not being able to get any of their major objectives (repeal Obamacare, keep the Mexicans out, and keep the Muslims out). So strategically, this is a desperate-ground fight for the GOP.
ok are we not gonna talk about Ted Cruz's beard? what the fuck is that
This seems like a first class ticket to years of lawsuits that would have the potential to delay any actual progress on the Wall beyond the end of the Trump presidency. But maybe Trump just wants his supporters to see him fighting for the Wall, and doesn't really care if he gets it done or not
Hardly the strangest political thing I've seen on Twitter this year, but wow, he actually posted that and presumably thought it was a good idea
Immigration is the one dog whistle that still reliably works on the conservative voter base. Trump is clutching his safety blanket, voter popularity, ever harder as his presidency goes from worse to fuckworse to Iiiiiiiit's Mueller Time™. He can't win on the economy because the stock market's been taking a shit for three months. He can't win on the tax cut because 85% of the benefit went to the rich/corporations and a majority of the American public bipartisanly knows that and the Republican posturing that it'd benefit the middle class absolutely failed -- and on top of that the IRS is in shutdown mode so returns can't be paid out and Trump bragged about how he'd personally own the shutdown (before he 180'd and is refusing to own the shutdown he caused and is blaming Democrats for it). He can't win on jobs because sure the unemployment figure is low but wage growth is more flaccid than Little Donald and has been ever since Reagan. But illegal immigration as a topic pisses off the racists and gets the not-racist right fired up about how the Mexicans are taking their jobs, and it's the only thing that reliably hits across the spectrum and forces a predictable response from the left.
At this point in his presidency, with the walls closing in, when you hear "THE WALL!!!" from the President, what he's saying is "Please clap."
Yeah, that's one possible end-game here. He's completely backed himself into a corner. Either he folds and ends the shutdown without wall funding, effectively ending any chance that he'll ever get a dime for it; keeps the shutdown going in perpetuity, hoping the Democrats eventually agree to give him anything that he can represent as a victory just to restore some kind of function to the nation; or he does something completely fucking insane and the issue is litigated until he's out of office and/or in prison, so that he can pretend he was the big tough negotiator, making the hard decisions to protect America no matter what.
Trump's a malignant narcissist. He is utterly and completely incapable of seeing himself as being weak or bested in any possible sense. The first option is thus entirely off the table for him. The second option is entirely possible, and would have been a lock with the "old" Democratic party, who regularly sacrificed integrity for bipartisan progress, but the new House leadership has everything to prove here, and Dems know that it's Trump, specifically, who the country is laying the blame on this for (and for good reason).
Again, with the whole, "Trump literally has a mental disorder" thing, a united Democratic front utterly refusing to give him what he wants (how dare they? He always gets what he wants! He's stronger and smarter and better than them!), while an increasingly furious nation demands he give up and go home is almost unthinkable for him.
So, he's backed himself into a corner (in an Oval Office), and the only way out that he's psychologically capable of accepting is to act like the cruel little king he so desperately wants to be. He thinks he can get his win, and hurt all those stupid little peasants who make fun of him, by pulling life-saving money from real emergencies in locations where people who are critical of him reside and diverting it to a couple miles of wall (and, at a minimum cost of $25,000,000 per mile, a handful of miles is all he's likely to ultimately get).
As far as Trump and the GOP are concerned, however, a couple miles of wall is more than enough, because this isn't really about border security and never has been. With those few miles of fencing, they'd be able to claim that they "Built The Wall" and "Made America Great Again." Their cult would cheer wildly, and feel safe again from those scary brown rapists who want to come rape their children, as Sarah Sanders warned would happen in a tweet this afternoon if the wall weren't built. At least, they would feel safe again until the GOP propaganda machine manufactured another bullshit crisis to terrify them with.
It always happens somewhere near the end of the last season of a show, where the anti-hero protagonist grows a beard to show he has no rules anymore.
The only world in which Ted Cruz is a protagonist is one in which a shapechanger has shoved his awkward little body in an attic crawlspace and assumed his identity.
hey, people make mistakes
well, shapechangers in this case, but still
Flood funds for Texas would also be pilfered so that's why Cruz is in the headline picture.
Cut funding for California. I fuckin' dare ya, bitch. We'll cut funding to your red states. Good deal?
They genuinely believe illegal immigrants kill and rape thousands a year and they are a main source of Dem votes.
It's an argument as easily refuted as a flat earth, but facts are actually opinion I guess.
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