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Build the Wall, End the Shutdown

Build the Wall, End the Shutdown
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is interviewed while walking through the U.S. Capitol on January 2, 2019, in Washington, D.C. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Michael Dorstewitz By Thursday, 03 January 2019 12:03 PM EST Current | Bio | Archive

Both media and Democratic lawmakers claim that the president is the roadblock to fully opening the government, with The New York Times claiming in a Sunday headline that “Trump Digs In, Darkening Hopes for a Deal to End the Shutdown.”

The headline, however, is deceptive.

As the article states, House Republicans approved a bill that would have provided $5.7 billion to begin border wall construction — but it was dead on arrival at the Senate, which requires 60 votes to approve spending measures.

The $5.7 billion was already a compromise from a year ago, when President Donald Trump sought $25 billion for a border wall in exchange for granting citizenship to so-called “Dreamers,” those who were brought across the border illegally as children by their parents.

Although Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer was open to the idea at one time, the New York Democrat later rejected any consideration for border wall funding.

"We're going to have to start on a new basis, and the wall offer's off the table," Schumer told reporters, according to The Washington Post.

Despite the Times’ headline, the president hasn’t been digging in since the shutdown. The article admits that at least two other proposals have been presented to Democratic lawmakers — both rejected.

In one, Schumer was offered a compromise: $2.5 billion for border security, including new fencing, which came by way of Vice President Mike Pence and acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney. It was rejected.

The Times also reported that Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., offered yet another proposal: $5 billion to begin border wall construction in return for immigration law reforms, including 3-year work permits for the Dreamers.

This was also apparently rejected. The Times reported, “Graham has made similar proposals in the past, and they have gone nowhere on Capitol Hill.”

The heel-digging — by Democrats, not the White House — has now gotten deeper.

With today’s swearing-in of the 116th Congress, control of the House moves to the Democrats, presumably with Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., as its speaker.

The Chicago Tribune reported Tuesday that House Democrats intend to float two measures to reopen the approximate 25 percent of government that remains closed — neither of which would call for border security.

Despite media claims to the contrary, most Americans support some type of a physical barrier at the border, according to Emmy-award winning investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson, writing for The Hill.

That support also applied to Democratic leaders.

Last month, the White House released a video depicting Schumer, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and former President Barack Obama, all voicing their support for enhanced border security — including a physical barrier.

Trump said that it’s time for the Democrats "to put the people ahead of politics."

The current argument against a physical barrier is that it employs ancient technology to address a modern problem. Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., mocked the president when Trump observed that the wheel was also old technology currently in use.

“Dear @realDonaldTrump: You know what goes faster than the wheel? The Boeing 777-300ER (extended range) wide-body jet,” Lieu tweeted. “Because, technology.”

But Trump’s point apparently went “whoosh,” right over Lieu’s head.

Wheels, although old technology, are just as valid today as when they first were invented, and form the bases for cams, pulleys, gears, and yes, the turbines of the jet engines that propel Boeing 777-300ERs.

And when the aircraft touches down on the runway, what parts meet the tarmac? Wheels.

And like wheels, walls also work. Since Hungary erected a razor wire barrier at its border with Croatia and Serbia, successful illegal crossings were cut by 99.7 percent.

“The number of successful attempts to illegally cross the border fell from 391,000 in 2015 to 18,236 in 2016 and only 1,184 in 2017,” the Hungarian prime minister’s chief security advisor, Gyorgy Bakondi, told reporters.

Wednesday afternoon’s White House meeting with lawmakers further indicated that Democrats remain the sticking point to a compromise.

Incoming House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. told reporters afterwards that Democratic leaders refused to hear anything about border security.

“We never did get through the complete briefing from the Secretary of Homeland [Security Kirstjen Nielsen], which we were concerned about because we do have a crisis on the border right now,” McCarthy said.

“Once the secretary started ... Senator Schumer interrupted her and he really didn’t want to hear it.”

GOP House Whip, Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., agreed.

“... Secretary Nielsen wanted to go over some very alarming numbers — things that are actually happening at the border,” he said. “Last year alone, there were more than 3,700 suspected or known terrorists stopped from entering this country.”

Pelosi made it clear what the Democrats would take in return for funding the wall — nothing.

NBC News’ Savannah Guthrie asked the presumptive incoming speaker if she were willing to give the GOP something — anything — for the wall.

“No. How many more times can we say no?” Pelosi said. “Nothing for the wall.”

So much for compromise and dealing in good faith. And with that, the Democratic Party owns the government shutdown.

Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He’s also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. To read more of his reports - Click Here.

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Both media and Democratic lawmakers claim that the president is the roadblock to fully opening the government, with The New York Times claiming in a Sunday headline that “Trump Digs In, Darkening Hopes for a Deal to End the Shutdown.”
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Thursday, 03 January 2019 12:03 PM
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