a reply to: amazing
Here's what I got.
Yeah, you're correct, but you're equating words with actions. When the House added the funding for the border wall in December, they did so not just
because Trump wanted it, but because they also agreed. They could have approved it and sent it to Trump, but he would likely have vetoed it. Then the
Senate and House would have the chance to override the veto. And all happened before the shutdown. When Trump said he would take the blame, he wasn't
giving the Congress permission to shut the government down and blame him; he was saying if Congress tried to force him to sign a bill without funding,
he would veto it, shutting down the government, and would take the blame for doing so.
McConnell has indeed refused to bring up "any bills the President won't sign," but the point is that if he doesn't bring them up for a vote, the
President cannot just change his mind and sign them, ending the shutdown. The Senate still has to pass the bills. We don't even know for sure if the
Republicans in the Senate would go along with the legislation, even if Trump agreed with it.
The point is that Trump was never given the chance to shut down the government. He never got the chance to use his veto power. Congress has to put a
bill on his desk that would reopen the government before that can happen, and Congress has not done so. So Congress still holds the responsibility.
There is no other (intellectually honest) way to look at this.
Now, all that said, I support the building of a wall. No other security system can be effective without some sort of physical barrier, and to be
honest I would rather have the steel slats instead of concrete. The steel slat design seems much more impenetrable than concrete. It takes industrial
tools and a lot of time to cut through; there is no good support point for the upper end of a ladder; there is no good catch point for a hook to be
thrown to the top; CBP agents can see through to the other side; the top is spiked to prevent it from becoming a 'second base' area to plan the trip
down. It's a great design. It's not 100%, but no wall truly is and this one is close. Combined with CBP patrols and electronic sensors, I believe
successful crossings will be pretty rare events.
And that will channel crossing attempts to ports of entry, where officials can concentrate their efforts.
So, even if someone wants to blame Trump, I agree with the reasons behind the shutdown and consider the characterization of a 'tantrum' as ignorant of
the factual reality of the border. I personally blame the shutdown on Pelosi and McConnell, where it belongs, but then I hold Pelosi in disdain for
her position and consider McConnell as having the moral high ground on this issue. If Trump were to veto a bill that did not address the border, I
would support him for it, not because I want the government employees to hurt (I certainly do not), but because this is something that has been sorely
needed for a long time and needs to happen, whether Queen Nancy wants it to or not.