POTUS Donald Trump is inching closer to declaring a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border in order to legally secure funding for a border wall without congressional approval.
The president said on Friday he would rather not do things that way, that he’d rather Congress simply appropriate the funds, as per the normal procedure, so he can fulfill a promise he was elected to fulfill: Shore up border security, curb illegal immigration, and scale back the amount of drugs pouring through our border.
He’s requested $5.7 billion, and while that may sound like a lot of money, when you compare it to what the federal government will spend on other things this year, it’sÂ just not.
In fact, as a local CBS affiliate reported, the president’s spending request is “a small drop in the bucket for the federal government whose entire budget is over $4 trillion this year.”
That comes to $17 per person.
“Compared to what the size of the entire budget or even the homeland security budget, itâ€™s a small amount of money, to help secure the border,” said Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn.
â€œIt may seem like a lot of expenditure, but compared to Social Security expenditures, Medicare expenditures, defense expenditures, which comes out to hundreds or even thousands of dollars per person itâ€™s not a large amount,â€ added Pete Sepp of the National Taxpayers Union.
Democrats, meanwhile, have only offered an embarrassing $1.3 billion for “border security” — and none of those funds can be used to build new walls and barriers.
So nothing, in other words.
â€œWe have the responsibility to be guardians of taxpayer money in a responsible way this is a colossal waste for money,â€ said Rep. David Cicilline, D- R.I.
Compare the president’s wall funding request to, say, the $155 billion illegal immigration costs taxpayers every year. Where is Congress’ responsibility when it comes to that expenditure, Rep.Â Cicilline?
Let’s be real. Democrats don’t want to fund border security let alone a border wall because Democrats believe their future path to perpetual power depends on importing as many third-world dependents as possible. And if that means Americans have to pay more — in services, in money, and even in blood — so be it.
There is nothing “responsible” about denying President Trump this paltry amount of money for the construction of a wall that will protect Americans from drug and human smugglers, as well as criminal gang members, terrorists, and other potential threats.
And who is Rep. Cicilline kidding? Better border security for seventeen bucks is as good a deal as we’re going to get. –Â Jon Dougherty
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