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Deal or no deal?

February 12, 2019

If the President signs off on whatever becomes an actual bill arising out of the so-called compromise committee, will his more radical right-wing supporters diss him for doing so?

Probably, but the whole point of this was to defang the hardline haters on both sides.

Which brings up an interesting observation.

Why couldn’t former House speaker Ryan accomplish said compromise?

As yet we haven’t seen the actual bill. About all we’ve heard is that he gets $1.375 billion for border security, including a barrier of some sort, and that the Dems backed off all the way on reducing the number of detainment “beds.”

That’s bit more than one dollar, for sure.

As for DACA, well, sorry folks, but Dems apparently didn’t find that a sweetener.

Apparently everyone hates this compromise, which means it’s probably the best we’re going to get for the moment.

Of course we’ve heard Schumer declaring he can’t use money from other programs to increase the kitty.

A deep dive into that says he can, if there was already money apportioned to a program for construction or something similar, and that money has gone unused from a previous year. It isn’t as though Schumer can go back to 2017 and “un-apportion” the funds.

Is there any such funding?  We don’t know. If there is, it will be interesting to see what sort of knots Democrats will try to tie themselves into to prevent its use.

At the heart of all of this, there is still the question of why Democrats are so dead set against protecting the border, and the people who live north of it.

That’s the one question anyone contemplating voting Democrat might want to ask themselves in 2020.

From → op-ed

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