"If ever you get into a discussion with a liberal about how well government works, here is a way you can win the government in short order. If the liberal is from Minnesota, just say MNLARS. If the liberal is from anywhere in this country, just say Secure Fence Act of 2006. That is all. Case closed."
Anybody else getting tired of this stork dance in Washington? If you are, please raise your hands. The government is shut down and Trump is getting the blame. WHAT? Republicans get the blame for a government shut down? That is about as shocking as finding out it is cold in January in Minnesota. But the problem is (in my book), President Trump is asking the wrong question at the right time. Forget the $5+B for the wall. Ask what the heck happened to the all the bipartisan support which existed in 2006 when the Secure Fence Act was passed. And the $50B of funding which was promised.
I know, I know. As one of my good friends reminded me this morning, as time has gone on, both sides have had a chance to really muck this thing up. This Secure Fence Act, which was to construct a fairly stout, double sided fence (barrier) along our southern border, never really happened. Well - a small part of it did, even though President Obama (during his term) told the minions "the fence was done."
So what should the President be doing right now? In my opinion, he should be demanding Congress live up to the spirit and intent of building the wall (or fence). Even though back in the day, Janet Napolitano said, "Show me a 50 foot fence, and I will show you a 51 foot ladder." What does that mean Janet? Forget the whole thing? Let the drugs, traffickers, gangs and so forth continue to pour over our southern border? PEOPLE! PEOPLE! Use you flipping heads! Other countries can secure their borders. Are you telling me we don't have the where-with-all to do it here? Bull crap!
By the way, this issue is flying somewhat under the radar. The Democrats have funding documents ready for the President to sign. Enough to open up the government. That is, all except DHS funding. The funding they will present to the President is loaded up with all kinds of crap which Republicans and the President resist. Like the funding of Planned Parenthood. I hope the President is not cowed to signed these things without first using his line item veto.
So here we are in a colossal SNAFU. The only good part of where we are right now, is most are guilty in getting us here. This was not the fight that Donald Trump should be having right now. The wall, the fence, the whatever, should have been completed a decade ago. There are so many good things happening right now (like China is about to agree to a new trade agreement, ending the China "trade war"), nothing is making the press except this canard, know as a government shut down.
If ever you get into a discussion with a liberal about how well government works, here is a way you can win the argument in short order. If the liberal is from Minnesota, just say MNLARS. If the liberal is from anywhere in this country, just say the Secure Fence Act of 2006. That is all. Case closed.