Hypocrites Decry Military Funds for Border Wall
Hypocrites Decry Military Funds for Border Wall
For years Democrats in Congress kept the military operating under Continuing Resolutions and the Budget Control Act. Yet the people who withheld necessary funding, are now crying foul that Trump is reallocating DoD monies to build the southern border wall. “Hypocrites” just moved beside “Democrat” in Webster’s dictionary.
Despite a recent spending bill with the largest increase to the military budget in the last decade, Democrat politicians are no friends to the military. They spent the last decade withholding NDAA funding hostage over advancing their social programs agenda. From the Washington Post, 2015. (Before it went off the rails.)
Senate Democrats on Thursday officially threw down the spending gauntlet, blocking consideration of the annual defense appropriations bill as part of a strategy to force Republicans to agree to greater funding levels for domestic programs…. But Democrats say they aren’t concerned about the politics of blocking military funding and believe that ultimately Republicans will have to come to the negotiating table.
When the Democrats couldn’t get what they wanted, they channeled their inner toddler to get their way. “Military needs be dammed, we demand domestic spending! We’ll hold military families and programs hostage until we get it!!”
The seemingly endless CR & BCA eroded the military in ways previously unseen. Contracts couldn’t be written because funding was restricted, and at times uncertain. During his testimony to Congress, then-Secretary of Defense James Mattis put the blame squarely where it belongs. On Congress.
Of course, now that Trump is reallocating congressionally approved DoD funds to the wall, the gloves come out. The best one is Charles Schumer. He’s angry that West Point won’t get the new technology building, and supporting structure…. He’s miffed about a building and a parking lot. The academics haven’t changed, the technology is being taught in the same place as before… and the parking lot…. Really? But it’s $160 million in funding to be repurposed at the southern border. Obviously, his desire to
have a vanity project help his state is highly important, especially if it comes with $160,000,000 from federal spending. His hypocrisy about this pork roll vanity projects knows no bounds.
Today Defense Secretary Mark Esper notified me that the Department of Defense will reprogram $3.6 billion in funds appropriated for military construction projects, including at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, in order to build @realDonaldTrump ‘s misguided border wall.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) September 3, 2019
quitter candidate CA Congressman Eric Swawell enjoys a dip in hypocrisy creek. I wonder if he remembered that he voted against the 2016 NDAA and a host of other military funding bills. He did vote “yea” on House Resoloution 124 -” Expressing opposition to banning service in the Armed Forces by openly transgender individuals.” Unsurprising because the majority of democrats view the military as their own experimental reality show.
Canceling military construction projects to pay for a wasteful border wall is yet another example of @realDonaldTrump putting his own vanity projects before the American people. His disregard for the brave men & women who serve our country is un-American & should infuriate us all
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) September 4, 2019
Never missing an opportunity to pull at heartstrings and emotions, CBS runs with this headline,
School construction among projects being cut to pay for Trump’s border wall”
Oh, NO! Wherever will the children go to school?
Do the children have any other options?! Open panic is about to set in!!
Well, actually, yes. It’s Fort Campbell ~ Kentucky. I know this is virtually Mars to most dems, but they do have options for state public school. Instead of celebrating the saved funds, the headline is manic in its dismay. I can’t fathom why DODEA has CONUS schools, and frankly, reallocating the funds is a great idea. $62,634,000 is a lot of money for a single school.
But, should facts matter when there’s so much emotion on the line? Of course not! This isn’t about facts and how statistics support decreased migrant crossings at locations with a physical barrier. Those children coming across the hot desert at the hands of cartel smugglers… well, they’ll matter as soon as they get processed and Democrats can use more emotional pulls to get their way.
In January I wrote about how border fences reduce crossings, keeping both illegal migrants and border patrol safe. What must remain in the forefront of the story is truth. I can’t help but think this play by Trump will be costly. The military is going to get taken down by crossfire from both sides. Whereupon, each declare victory to their base, ignoring the fallout. Unless they can point out how the other guy is to blame.
Military personnel will continue to bear the brunt of the cost. It’s what they do.