I predicted shortly after election that progressives who were upset about its outcome needed only to wait for the real show to begin.  That being Trump’s inevitable clashes with the GOP Congress.  I believed it would bring them much entertainment and help wash away their anger and bitterness.

Am I right yet?  God, I don’t want to be.

We’ve already gotten some early clashes, through the AHCA debacle.  That time, it ultimately came down to Trump vs Freedom Caucus.  This week it was a minor collision with the Establishment over the budget and border wall funding.

Look, I’m perfectly fine with building the wall.  Even if Mexico doesn’t somehow pay for it, it’s not that expensive or harmful compared to other things the government could be spending money we don’t have for.  I don’t think it’s necessary nor do I think it will even accomplish much, but Trump promised to build it and his supporters want it badly.  Fine.  Have the wall.  Let’s just not make it the hill to do die on in budget negotiations.

Thankfully, the Administration will not be risking a government shutdown over border wall funding this time.  It will come up again though and it’s just a trap that Trump is setting for itself and the GOP Congress.

Many Republican congressmen don’t want the wall, particularly those in border states who will have to deal with the political blowback.  The Democrats definitely don’t want it and they’ll do everything they can to keep it from being funded.

There are enormous obstacles keeping this…obstacle…from being funded.  It seems to me that the two most likely outcomes are that either that:

  1. Congress fails to compromise on the border wall.  Republicans get blamed for the shutdown.
  2. The GOP once again punts, making it and the Trump Administration look ineffectual yet again.

Sure, there’s a possibility that it gets in there, but it’s going to be a fight.  I’m not in love with the idea of fighting so hard for something so expensive, grand, and ultimately useless.  Why not get the measure in place that will obtain funding from Mexico to pay for the wall first?  Ah, well. Let it ride, I say.

Apparently, the GOP’s plan to ensure a permanent electoral majority is to set itself up for one obvious failure after another in hopes that progressives laugh themselves to death while watching it being recapped on the talk shows.  The Eddie Valiant Strategy, of course!

It’s the only acceptable explanation for this impotence and ineptitude.

6 comments

  1. I wish the Republicans would act like the majority. They own both houses of Congress and the Presidency, what more do they need to pass a budget on their terms? If all that’s standing in the way is a democratic-led filibuster in the Senate, push ahead and make them be the ones who force the Government to shut down over their pet issues.

  2. I think that much the problem is within the Republican party, ie the Freedom Caucus vs Tuesday Group. There are also representatives that have constituents against the wall. I think that it is healthy that these representatives are at least trying to work for their districts.

  3. I don’t think it’s necessary nor do I think it will even accomplish much, but Trump promised to build it and his supporters want it badly. Fine. Have the wall.

    How fantastically fiscally conservative of you. Unnecessary Government Spending ahoy!

  4. How fantastically fiscally conservative of you. Unnecessary Government Spending ahoy!

    Technically, even if it costs $22 Billion (which I believe are the high estimates circulating), and only stops 10% of illegal immigration back into the country, it could pay for itself in two years.

  5. Aside from the cost, at what level would the wall impact the rights of the states? What about property rights where the wall would be built? Would you need a complete wall, or just better surveillance and enforcement of the law? As for getting it done, this is the same party that can’t move forward on tax cuts, or voting on Obamacare.

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