by James Buchanan
Despite all the doom and gloom about the latest federal budget and the efforts of “Never Trumpers” coming out of their closets to try -yet again- to alienate Trump’s fans from him, the latest federal budget has a big increase in Defense spending, which is almost certainly necessary after eight years of Obama, and there’s $1.6 billion specifically for maintenance of existing barriers at the border and the erection of a new stretch of Border Wall.
An article from the Epoch Times notes “The $1.3 trillion budget includes just $1.6 billion for wall construction along the southern border, far short of the $25 billion needed to accomplish Trump’s signature campaign promise.”
“To make matters worse, the spending bill specifically prohibits Trump from building the kind of wall he wants. The president nevertheless celebrated the progress and pointed out that construction can begin immediately.”
“But Trump also dropped an eyebrow-raising hint that he could take an unprecedented option and build the wall using the enormous military budget.”
“’I want to address the situation on border security, which I call national defense,’ Trump said. ‘I call it stopping drugs from pouring across our border. And I call it illegal immigration. It’s all of those things. But national defense is a very important two words. Because by having a strong border system, including a wall, we are in a position, militarily, that is very advantageous.’”
“For the first time, Trump underlined the significance of the barrier as a military structure and a matter of national defense. Up to now, the president promoted the wall as a way to curtail illegal immigration and stop the deadly flood of illicit drugs. The introduction of the wall’s military function is significant, especially in terms of funding it.”
“Roughly half of the spending bill is dedicated to the military for a total of over $654 billion allotted to the Pentagon’s base budget and overseas counterinsurgency operations. That’s enough to build the wall 26 times.”
There’s really no argument against erecting a wall at the border for military defense, and it seems fairly clever “hiding” the money for the wall inside the Defense budget so it would get past the Democrats.
What’s even better about this wall-funding is that Trump was able to get this without any sell out Amnesty deal on the “Dreamers.”
While the cable news is full of pessimists obsessing over a pork-filled budget and trying to pin the blame on Trump instead of Schumer-Ryan-McConnell, what will really matter on election day in November is: How well is the economy doing and is the Border Wall being built? And it seems safe to say both issues will be in good shape despite the noise and smoke from the mainstream media.