|The branches of government|
|"Chuck, did you want to say something?"|
One of the greatest things about the Trump presidency is being able to see first hand what it's like when these politicians meet with one of their financial backers or some Billionaire who expects them to do something for them - insert some loophole in legislation, make a floor speech on a pet project, publicly threaten some competitor or enemy - and how the politicians react. Trump is not a member of the Political Class but he is a member of the Donor Class and he "works with" politicians from that position in the social hierarchy which, if you study the body language in the video clip, makes the politicians VERY uncomfortable. "It's called transparency" and it's got the rats scurrying for the shadows or some hidey-hole where they can ride out this discombobulating circumstance until things get back to normal. But they're going to have to fund a boarder wall because that's what the money men are telling them to do and even though it will cause a lot of upset with their constituency the votes will be found - just like they did for the Secure Fence Act of 2006 when Chuck Schumer and Hillary Clinton both voted Yea (passed 80-19). That law authorized the building of a 20+ foot fence along 700 miles of the southern boarder augmented by a high tech "virtual fence" at a cost of $50 Billion over 25 years, but Congress only appropriated $1.5 Billion the first year and dribbled out money knowing that neither George Bush or Barack Obama would press the issue. By 2010 the "virtual fence" was completely defunded - not by congress but by the DHS secretary who had been granted authority by Congress in 2007 to do with the money whatever she wanted. It's a shell game played on the American people where the Congress fights and argues over language and mandates while packing the Bill full of pork then pass a law knowing that they'll never fund it and no POTUS will ever enforce it.
Now We the People will get to see what happens when our "representatives" take a vote that really matters. Is Chuck really going to force Trump to shut down the Federal Government because the Senate will not appropriate $5 Billion for a border fence he voted for 12 years ago and should have already received $24 Billion in funding if Congress had followed its own "law" as written?
Build the Wall.