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smalllivingeddy

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President Trump stated that only criminals oppose his proposed wall.

President Trump stated that only criminals oppose his proposed wall.

As Stephan Colbert asked rhetorically, “How do you know that it isn’t true? Because the President stated it.” Colbert is pretty close to correct, and is absolutely correct on this point.

The voters of all nine congressional districts that border Mexico pretty clearly indicated that they are against the wall by their voters in the 2018 midterm elections. They probably know more about the (lack of) merit of the proposed wall than Americans in general.

Vargas, the Democratic incumbent, won 71.2% of the vote to Hidalgo’s 28.8% in California’s Congressional District 51.

Grijalva, the Democratic incumbent won 63.9% of the vote to Pierson’s 36.1% in Arizona’s Congressional District 3.

Democratic candidate Kirkpatrick flipped the formerly Republican held Arizona Congressional District 2 winning 54.7% of the vote compared with the Republican candidate’s 45.3%.

Democratic candidate Torres-Small flipped the formerly Republican held New Mexico Congressional District 2 winning 50.9% of the vote compared with the Republican candidate’s 49.1%.

Democratic candidate Escobar won 68.5% of the vote compared with Republican Seeberger’s 27.0% in Texas’ 16th Congressional District.

Democratic incumbent Cuellar won 84.4% of the vote in Texas’ 28th Congressional District compared with Libertarian Thomas’ 15.6%.

Democratic incumbent Gonzales won 59.7% of the vote in Texas’ 15th Congressional District compared with Republican Westley’s 38.8%.

Democratic incumbent Vela won 60.0% of the vote in Texas’ 34th Congressional District compared to Republican Gonzales’ 40.0%.

That leaves Texas’ 23rd Congressional District where Republican incumbent Will Hurd won with 49.2% of the vote to Democratic challenger Ortiz-Jones’ 48.7%. However, Will Hurd has repeatedly spoken against the proposed wall, including calling it a “3rd century solution to a 21st century problem.” He has also stated that it is the least effective and least efficient way imaginable to attempt to deal with illegal immigration. Therefore there is no way that the vote in Texas’ 23 Congressional District is a vote in favor of the wall.

Irrespective of who opposed and who favored building a wall, Will Hurd is correct. Building a wall to attempt to prevent illegal immigration cannot be very effective when (1) most illegal immigrants aren’t from Mexico, (2) most illegal immigrants initially cross the border legally, and then overstay their visas, (3) many who cross the border illegally do so as stowaways or deliberately smuggled passengers hidden in commercial vehicles and (4) many of the places where Trump believes it imperative to build a wall are bordered by many miles of inhospitable desert on the United States’ side of the border. If miles and miles of desert with the very real dangers of dehydration and exposure won’t stop illegal immigrants, then how will a wall which can relatively easily be crossed with a ladder to get to the top, and a rope to get down safely in the United States?

Obviously, the only way a wall can have any significant effect is if it is patrolled regularly—even constantly. The Democrats offered to increase funding for border patrols—which Trump rejected.

It also appears to escape the Trump administration that one of the government entities charged with helping to prevent (or at least limit) illegal immigration, is the Coast Guard—which is now shut down as nonessential for the duration of the partial government shut down.

For all of the above stated reasons the wall makes no sense, and Trump’s efforts to promote it, and to vilify those who have the good sense to oppose it are illogical, counterproductive and scandalous. The Democrats are faced with a quandary.

They can vote to fund the wall and thereby to also fund the government generally, and thereby to keep other useful government agencies operating, or they can insist that the budget processes require rational reasons beyond merely continuing to inflate Trump’s ego with pointless, and counterproductive appropriations.

The Constitution provides that Congress, and not the executive, controls spending (and taxation). Trump’s stand on the wall is not just misguided, it directly attacks the checks and balances of power that the founders built into the Constitution. Trump’s defiance of Congress on this point is a dangerous abuse of power that daily directly harms the American people, disserves Trump's own stated goal of stopping illegal immigration, and makes a laughing stock of the United States.
Posted by smalllivingeddy | Sun Jan 6, 2019, 09:29 PM (6 replies)

"She has no credentials, experience, or expertise in national security issues, so what is this

nonsense?"

Neither does her husband.

He doesn't seem to think that that should stop him from doing whatever he wants.

Why should it stop her?
Posted by smalllivingeddy | Tue Nov 13, 2018, 10:58 PM (0 replies)

Is it just me

or does anybody else look at the pictures of Ted Cruz and think that he missed his calling?

Instead of looking like a politician every time I see him I think that he looks more like a mortician--and a pallid one at that.
Posted by smalllivingeddy | Sat Sep 22, 2018, 01:21 PM (6 replies)

Donald Trump and Will Hurd

Donald Trump and Will Hurd

How will Trump deal with Will Hurd? Congressman Hurd has voted with Trump on 95.6% in substantive House votes; he has voted against Trump’s wishes only four times. Congressman Hurd represents the 23rd Congressional District of Texas, where he won election by a 1.3% margin while Hillary Clinton was winning the district by a 3.4% margin. His district is a key district and a must win for Republicans if they are to entertain realistic hopes of holding a majority in the House of Representatives.

However, like Jeff Flake and Bob Corker, Will Hurd has been highly critical of Trump, both personally, and substantively on some issues:

Will Hurd strongly supports Mueller as Special Counsel, and wants the investigation to continue.

Will Hurd strongly criticizes Trump on his actions with regard to Russia, China, North Korea and Iran.

Will Hurd strongly criticizes Trump’s strategy in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan.

Will Hurd strongly criticizes Trump’s proposed border wall with Mexico, and has called it “the most expensive and least effective way to secure the border” and stated that Trump’s plan is “a 3rd century solution to a 21st century problem.”

Will Hurd opposes Trump’s policies with regard to border separations, and immigration and deportation generally.

Will Hurd opposes Trump’s tariffs.

And Will Hurd deplores Trump’s methods of advancing his agenda by personal attacks.

And unlike Jeff Flake and Bob Corker, Will Hurd is running for reelection.

Moreover, Will Hurd is in a position to speak with authority. He is a CIA veteran, and is fluent in English, Spanish and Urdu. His district shares the longest border with Mexico of any U. S. congressional district. He also knows that some of his Republican constituents oppose Trump’s wall because it would interfere with their access to the Rio Grande. And he is well-informed concerning the effect of Trump’s style and actions on the reputation of the United States abroad.

So how will Trump deal with Will Hurd when he goes to Texas to rally the base on behalf of Ted Cruz?
Posted by smalllivingeddy | Mon Sep 3, 2018, 01:25 AM (5 replies)

Doonesbury.com "SAY WHAT?" quote of the day

"SAY WHAT?

'Lyin' Ted...Why would the people of Texas support Ted Cruz when he has accomplished absolutely nothing for them...'
-- Trump on Sen. Ted Cruz, 2016

'I will be doing a major rally for Senator Ted Cruz in October. I'm picking the biggest stadium in Texas we can find. As you know, Ted has my complete and total endorsement...'
-- Trump, this week"
Posted by smalllivingeddy | Sat Sep 1, 2018, 09:52 PM (11 replies)

I've heard creationists make that argument before too.

While that argument is, on its own terms incredibly weak, the whole argument entirely misses the formation of the rock layers through which the grand canyon cuts.

How anyone can argue that that happened in a few thousand years baffles me, but then, by making an argument that the canyon itself was formed by Noah's Flood they can try to ignore that question entirely.
Posted by smalllivingeddy | Sat Aug 11, 2018, 06:16 PM (1 replies)

from what I just wrote while waiting for breakfast

MSNBC is on at the . . .

Literally--my opinion--worse than nothing, but better than any other available network. I do not, for the most part, disagree with what I hear on MSNBC, but it is a miserable substitute for people actually reading and discussing.

MSN is not interactive--and if it were it the trolls would predictably take over.

What on earth goes through the mind of a troll anyway? I can scarcely credit it as thought.

What on earth goes through the minds of their masters? The Von Hayek mantra aside (with all its single vision flaws), do they really not believe in human caused climate change including net global warming? Do they really think that they will benefit from the chaos they foment?
Posted by smalllivingeddy | Sat Aug 11, 2018, 01:33 PM (11 replies)

Just curious

How many of the posters here are Russians?

Who knows?

It's a safe bet that if anyone does know they will keep that information from being leaked at all cost.
Posted by smalllivingeddy | Sat Feb 17, 2018, 06:18 AM (11 replies)

Just curious. How many posters here have actually read the memo?

apologies to The Far Side.
Posted by smalllivingeddy | Sat Feb 3, 2018, 04:17 PM (26 replies)

Just thought I'd check in after an absence to see

how the "conservative" posters here are rationalizing the new animosities and recriminations between their heros Steve Bannon and Donald Trump, and to see whose side they are taking.

So, I guess a poll is appropriate. Who do you support?
Posted by smalllivingeddy | Wed Jan 3, 2018, 10:49 PM (16 replies)
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