The health requirements of 10 thousand victims or a border wall? Why is this a hard economic choice?
As we enter into the 2020 fray over the future of the republic there’s no better example of just how dangerously dysfunctional the nation has become than the absurd debate over whether or not we should spend $5.7 billion dollars on President Trump’s southern border wall.
The battle over the border wall that’s being fought to keep Trump’s eroding base in tact comes as homeless Americans are literally dying on the street from exposure to the elements.
This week a broad coalition of unions, along with World Trade Center first responders and survivors were off to a strong start in the nation’s capital for permanent funding for the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund which is running out of money and is set to close next year. At stake is the well-being of tens of thousands of 9/11 first responders, their families and WTC survivors with serious life-threatening diseases.
The United States is deeply in debt. What we choose to fund or not has implications for generations to come. Not long from now we will be paying more annually to just service this ever expanding debt than we do for our oversized military. Climatologists tell us that global warming and rising sea levels are a more clear and present danger that’s a more tangible planetary threat than the table top adversaries the Pentagon dreams up.
At the same time, we know our existing infrastructure is crumbling, yet all the air is swallowed up by the Trump fixation on the wall. What makes this Trump digression so frightfully expensive is the lost opportunity cost that comes with our continued inaction on issues that matter as we remain transfixed by the Trump’s peacock feather fan dance.
We really can’t afford his burlesque diversion anymore. We have sacred promises to keep to our veterans and the 9/11 first responders who did not hesitate to come to the rescue of our nation when it was under attack and helped clean-up the toxic mess that was left behind.
To care and feed his marginal base Trump has relied on his sociopathic ability to generate one falsehood after another in quick succession and with such bravado that he drives his critics to sputtering exasperation. Yet, his army of preprogrammed xenophobes find their fears and racist anxieties validated by everyone of his twisted pronouncements. Trump world is the world they live in and the President’s lies are their shelter and sustenance.
Pity the poor Sheriff of El Paso, who had to fight the good fight with a Trump State of the Union Godzilla-sized lie that his city was a crime ridden disaster until a border barrier was built and safety and decency were restored. On his side, Sheriff Richard Wiles had the truth and a huge posse of long-time residents and national crime experts who all attested Trump’s narrative was a complete fabrication.
It is sad to hear President Trump state falsehoods about El Paso in an attempt to justify the building of a 2,000-mile wall,” El Paso County Sheriff Richard Wiles said in a statement in response to Trump’s SOTU prevarications. “El Paso was a safe city long before any wall was built.”
As we look for the radical remedies required to right our sinking ship of state in 2020 it is important to know that official lying from the Oval Office did not just start with the arrival of the Russian linked Queens mob that currently controls it. Just as in carpentry, you can’t effectively remodel a mess unless you identify all the rotten wood.
There’s a deluded editorial consensus that’s developed among the New York Times, Washington Post, MSNBC, ABC, CNN, and NPR that it is only under the tutelage of Trump that dangerous lies have been cooked up in the Oval Office for a «greater purpose.»