KER Politics – Sat 19 Jan, 2019

True Common Sense on the Border Security Issue

Democrats flip-flop, now refuse to address border crisis

BY MITCH MCCONNELL

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There is a humanitarian and security crisis at our nation’s southern border. Our country is threatened by the inflow of drugs and criminal aliens. Career border security experts continue to express strong support for physical barriers.

These walls and fences work. In fact, the Trump administration reports that in four border sectors where physical barriers were recently built or upgraded, illegal traffic dropped by more than 90 percent.

Statistics show and experts agree that we need increased resources to protect our borders. But for some reason, Washington Democrats are rejecting these facts. Instead, they’re prolonging this partial government shutdown and leaving hundreds of thousands of federal workers to miss paychecks.

Adding to the absurdity is Democrats’ own history with this issue. In 2006, then-Sen. Barack Obama joined with then-Sen. Hillary Clinton, Sen. Charles Schumer, and several other well-known Democrats and voted to authorize about 700 miles of physical barriers under the Secure Fence Act. That’s not the last time Democrats have supported walls. In fact, more than 80 percent of Senate Democrats voted for $1.5 billion dollars for border barriers just last year.

Unfortunately, in the Democrats’ never-ending march to the left, they’re now abandoning long-held, bipartisan principles that most Americans support, like the need to protect our country’s borders. New Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi even recently described a barrier as “an immorality” and decided that opposing President Donald Trump comes before the security of our borders.

“An immorality” to protect our sovereign nation’s borders from drug smuggling and human trafficking? She couldn’t be more wrong.

The Trump administration requested funding for the same kinds of physical barriers that the Obama administration was proud to build: Fencing with spaced slats that allow visibility, made with reinforced steel. Furthermore, they’re the same kinds of barriers that Customs and Border Protection experts have told us produce results.

You can call them walls. You can call them fences. You can call them steel slats. What they really are is effective.

Pelosi’s argument becomes even more unpersuasive when you consider the cost of the president’s border security proposal. Democrats would rather continue this partial government shutdown than agree to an additional investment of approximately one-tenth of 1 percent of federal spending.

Like many Kentuckians, I can’t think of a credible reason for the Democrats’ massive flip-flop on the need for border security. Instead, we’re left to believe that the Democrats are operating purely on political spite directed at Trump. Why else would they rather have a partial government shutdown drag on for weeks than continue to support border security? Why else would they plug their ears and refuse to listen to the experts?

I agree with former President Obama’s own Border Patrol chief, who stated recently, “I cannot think of a legitimate argument why anyone would not support the wall as part of the multilayered border security issue.”

Democrats are trying to convince the country that the government cannot reopen. They want you to believe they cannot negotiate with the president and the sky would come crashing down if we invest in proven border security solutions. And, they’d like you to forget that their own party used to support these same barriers.

Along with my Republican colleagues, I am proud to support the president’s commonsense request. The experts on the ground, who actually risk their own safety to secure our nation, support it. In 2006, then-senators Obama and Clinton and the current Senate Democratic leader supported it.

Border security still matters, and American families still deserve safety. Pelosi’s posturing isn’t how you make serious policy, and her allies’ partisan tantrums are no way to govern.

The Democrats need to get serious about their responsibilities, seek treatment for their brand-new partisan allergy to border security, sit down with the president, and negotiate a solution that works for everyone. That is the only way to move the country forward.

Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, is the Senate majority leader.


Comments:
  1. On January 19, 2019 at 12:30 pm,
    snowbird says:

    Jeesh Al you could have posted this under the Political thread.
    My last entry was about Big Pharma and the real drug problem.
    The Border and the Wall is a Red Herring. In flow of drugs. Please

  2. On January 19, 2019 at 12:44 pm,
    CFS says:

    How many lives are ruined by narcotics, snowbird?
    How many opioids are scripted by M.D.s versus purchased on the streets?
    How many crimes are committed by MS 13 gangs and other illegals?
    How much human trafficking and exploitation exists, which would be stopped by a wall?
    What is the pure cost to the US taxpayer of housing and feeding illegals for decades?
    What is the legal expense involved with having so many illegals?
    Are actually thinking, snowbird, when you state the wall is a Red Herring?

    • On January 19, 2019 at 12:53 pm,
      Big Al says:

      I kind of wonder would is meant in this case by “red herring”

  3. On January 19, 2019 at 12:53 pm,
    snowbird says:

    My question to you CFS is a relatively simple one. In 2008 how much money (debt) was given to the ruling elites who would rather you not think about this. I’ll take your guess to the nearest Trillion.

    • On January 19, 2019 at 1:01 pm,
      CFS says:

      Corruption is a problem, but what has this to do with a wall?

      I think we ought to reduce the size of Government and try to eliminate corruption of all types, whether it is Nancy Pelosi’s expenses $100,000 of food and booze per year on free (government-paid) flights, MIC graft, foreign aid to countries that hate us or support for “dreamers” who sponge off a stupidly generous system.

      • On January 19, 2019 at 1:08 pm,
        snowbird says:

        CFS: What was the last thing the House of Representatives did. It had nothing to do with the wall. Are you paying attention yet. I was working when President Obama said those things on C-Span. What is your excuse?

  4. On January 19, 2019 at 12:53 pm,
    CFS says:

    Since I question your thinking ability, snowbird, let me state:
    A report from FAIR, a pro-Hispanic organization, released in September 2017, concluded that illegal immigration costs the U.S. $135 billion per year. FAIR estimated that 12.5 million illegal immigrants, as well as their 4.2 million U.S. citizen children, cost the federal government almost $46 billion and cost about $89 billion at the state and local levels ANNUALLY.

  5. On January 19, 2019 at 1:06 pm,
    Big Al says:

    Why isn’t this fact publicized on a larger scale? Those numbers are absolutely huge!

    • On January 19, 2019 at 1:14 pm,
      CFS says:

      Trump, sadly, as you have often said, is not a great communicator.
      Even more damaging is the media which is essentially Democrat controlled…..and thus silent on allowing hoards of more Democrat voters into the country.

  6. On January 19, 2019 at 1:10 pm,
    CFS says:

    Keeping on the topic of a wall, did you realize the Mexican authorities have found prayer mats and material in Arabic among the trash left by illegals crossing into the U.S.?
    So are potential terrorists walking in?
    I realize any wall will not totally stop smuggling and all illegal crossing, but at least it might funnel a lot of potential immigrants into either legally trying to enter or into certain illegal limited areas, which are easier to monitor.

  7. On January 19, 2019 at 1:15 pm,
    Silverdollar says:

    Poor Mitch. Always looked to me like a mortician looking for a place to practice his profession. Regardless, on the wall I vote for the flat concrete faced ones like those that separated Berlin in the 50’s. It’s impossible to see any secondary uses of the steel slat walls. The concrete surfaced ones make for great art work over time.
    No one has yet suggested any secondary defenses from the brown skinned hordes which we’re attempting to stop but at least a hundred feet of posted mine field would help. I’d suggest the old cluster bomb or the bouncing betty type for best effect. The last one gets you in the private area which would prevent any further births if the victim actually lives. Back that up with some claymore mines on the outer perimeter that the border patrol people could activate and nobody will get through with their drugs, crime, disease or whatever they’re packin’. Let’s do it right if we’re going to do it at all! God bless us all!

    • On January 20, 2019 at 7:39 am,
      GH says:

      I don’t advocate it but, frankly, illegals are lucky that they don’t get the treatment that invaders have received all through history.

  8. On January 19, 2019 at 1:16 pm,
    snowbird says:

    CFS: Now why would terrorists do something as foolish as to come across the Southern Border when they can come in across the Rainy River and catch some fish while their at it. Spring time is best right at ice out.

  9. On January 19, 2019 at 1:22 pm,
    CFS says:
  10. On January 19, 2019 at 1:27 pm,
    CFS says:

    Drugs kill 78K Americans per year.

    1/3 of all trifficked females across the border are sexually molested.

    Many illegals come in carrying infectious diseases. Flu, Polio, TB.

    Some come in pregnant, at the expense of the US for birth.

    • On January 20, 2019 at 11:07 am,
      Excelsior says:

      Where is the outrage for the Ladder Crisis in America?

      We must do something about this epidemic!!

      “According to the World Health Organization, the United States leads the world in ladder deaths. Each year, there are more than 164,000 emergency room-treated injuries and 300 deaths in the U.S. that are caused by falls from ladders.”

      “Falls from ladders are the leading cause of deaths on construction sites.”

      https://www.nachi.org/ladder-safety.htm

      • On January 20, 2019 at 11:08 am,
        Excelsior says:

        #ResistLadders

        • On January 20, 2019 at 11:23 am,
          snowbird says:

          That would be funny but it’s not. I thought the mindless posting of political issues wasn’t your bag.
          ZECHARIAH1:1
          1. Prelude: A call to Return to the Lord.

          • On January 20, 2019 at 11:28 am,
            Excelsior says:

            On these political blogs where mindless posting is common place then…..

            When in Rome…..

      • On January 20, 2019 at 2:08 pm,
        snowbird says:

        That was a really sick post, I don’t care what you say.

        • On January 20, 2019 at 2:37 pm,
          Excelsior says:

          It was a tongue in cheek post about how culture is addicted to outrage and boycotting anything with endless posts on casualties or stats from XYZ.

          Ladders injure or kill more people every year than many of the lunatic fringe concerns we see in the media, and obviously people aren’t going to #ResistLadders or stop using them.

          The problem aren’t the ladders, they are from bad judgement from humans. The same could be said about guns or opoids. None of these inanimate objects kill people, but rather their errors in judgment. There is no cure for stupid, no matter how much arm waving people do.

          • On January 20, 2019 at 2:40 pm,
            Excelsior says:

            Clearly the point was lost on you though, as you just found something else to be outraged about. Welcome to the politically correct safe space culture – you’ve arrived.

          • On January 20, 2019 at 2:54 pm,
            snowbird says:

            No I didn’t take it the wrong way. Watching your daughter come home from a funeral for one of her class mates who just O.D on drugs is no laughing matter. You can shrug it off and try to put your usual spin on things, but like I said before I can see right through you and your kind.
            when it comes to obeying God there is no middle ground. You must take a stand.

          • On January 20, 2019 at 2:59 pm,
            Excelsior says:

            Who said anyone O.Ding was a laughing matter?

            For the 3rd time on just this blog, (but you have a huge history of doing this), quit putting words in people’s mouth.

            The point was that there is no way to save people from making poor decisions in thier lives – whether it is miscalculating their reach or abilities on a ladder, or killing themselves or others with a gun or substance.

            The #1 killer on the planet isn’t Guns, Ladders, or Opoids, but Heart Disease.

            Heart disease: 635,260

            Most of those people made terrible choices as it relates to what they ate, how they exercised, and how they managed stress. It wasn’t the foods fault or their treadmills fault, but the decisions they made.

            Save your wacko judgment for someone that gives a flip.

          • On January 20, 2019 at 3:02 pm,
            Excelsior says:

            “But deluded people don’t realize their own mind is the Buddha. They keep searching outside.”

            — Bodhidharma

            https://izquotes.com/quotes-pictures/quote-but-deluded-people-don-t-realize-that-their-own-mind-is-the-buddha-they-keep-searching-outside-bodhidharma-19895.jpg

          • On January 20, 2019 at 3:36 pm,
            Excelsior says:

            “According to the Buddha’s teachings, the most basic condition for happiness is freedom. Here we do not mean political freedom, but freedom from the mental formations of anger, despair, jealousy, and delusion. These mental formations are described by the Buddha as poisons. As long as these poisons are still in our heart, happiness cannot be possible”

            — Thich Nhat Hanh

  11. On January 19, 2019 at 1:27 pm,
    CFS says:

    Court Backlog for illegals is currently 900,000.

  12. On January 19, 2019 at 1:32 pm,
    snowbird says:

    CFS: What is it going to be after the wall? Think.

  13. On January 19, 2019 at 3:55 pm,
    CFS says:

    The wall is not going to decrease the backlog at all, but will stop undesirables, many sick illegals, some terrorists, and substantially delay entry for many immigrants, while they live OUTSIDE the US at their cost, not ours.

  14. On January 19, 2019 at 6:34 pm,
    snowbird says:

    Any body care to guess how many illegals already in the U.S end up with Amnesty.
    America being a Country that is run by the rue of law is a joke.And the joke is on you.

  15. On January 20, 2019 at 7:41 am,
    GH says:

    Above CFS cites the number of illegals as 12.5 million. It appears that is an extreme lowball estimate.

    https://insights.som.yale.edu/insights/yale-study-finds-twice-as-many-undocumented-immigrants-as-previous-estimates

    • On January 20, 2019 at 8:07 am,
      snowbird says:

      One more. And if you think all these illegals are self employed………………..

    • On January 20, 2019 at 8:25 am,
      GH says:

      Every single illegal immigrant needs to be shown the door. And the citizenship of their children needs to be revoked. We’ve played the stooge and allowed our enemies to run circles around us for far too long.

      Those enemies–not the immigrants, but the activists, politicians, etc. responsible–at best deserve:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qIb3kuha4k

    • On January 20, 2019 at 9:08 am,
      CFS says:

      12.5 million was FAIR’s estimate, which group I labelled as pro-Hispanic. i.e. likely to have a bias and implying thus a low estimate and thus REAL COSTS were being underestimated.

      I live in Sonoma, wine country, north of San Francisco Bay. Walking around, doing shopping and just listening, more Spanish than English is spoken on the streets.
      Schools here appear to be a disaster for English America. Most Hispanic immigrants are assimilating,(and children are bi-lingual) but my ANECDOTAL experience is that the once very good Californian education system is slowly deteriorating third world quality.
      This is Northern California hundreds of miles from the Southern border, and I have no way of knowing which people are legal or illegal, since this is a don’t ask, don’t tell state.
      I do know local taxes are exceedingly high…..bordering on pure extortion. I also know that in certain areas authorities turn a blind eye to property laws and it is not uncommon to see apparently illegal occupation densities, with what appears to be multiple families living in single family housing. But with housing running up to five to ten times more expensive than most of the rest of the country it is hardly surprising illegal-use, multiple families is the only way to make it affordable.

      • On January 20, 2019 at 10:17 am,
        GH says:

        I didn’t mean to imply you were mis-informing us CFS, but rather that the numbers typically bandied about seem to be gross under-estimations.

  16. On January 20, 2019 at 8:06 am,
    GH says:

    ‘Illegal’ immigration is on everyones’ tongue. And that IS the place to start, b/c if that victory can’t be won, neither can any other immigration issue.

    But LEGAL immigration is the bigger issue, and ZERO immigration should be the goal.

    According to Jared Taylor, white people (who still constitute ~62% of the US population), if polled anonymously, are 60% in favor of ZERO immigration. Non-anonymously, fear reduces that to ~40% favoring zero immigration.

    Personally, I never recognized immigration as a significant issue until I saw the data on the #s. My reaction was instant and unequivocal. I suspect many sleepy white Democrat voters would have the same response.

    What is necessary:

    1) Get them to see the data

    2) Learn to speak intelligently, calmly, rationally about these issues without hatred, and without fear of the storm of outrage and shaming with which haters of traditional America will respond.

    https://i.imgur.com/0BgywZ8.jpg

    • On January 20, 2019 at 8:21 am,
      GH says:

      Personally I lean toward what wikipedia calls ‘civic nationalism’ — i.e. as long as people share my traditional American values (Constitutionality, small government, etc.) then ethnicity and race aren’t a big deal to me.

      But given that culture and values have a high correlation to ethnicity and race, and given the rampant anti-white racism that we now endure, I’m becoming more and more sympathetic to ‘ethno-nationalism’. How could it be any other way? If every minority group is taught that they are victims of white privilege, naturally whites will react and likewise return to race/ethno-consciousness and in-group preference.

      I could post dozens of example of anti-white and anti-male hatred that is the ONLY bigotry allowed free expression in the mass media and educational (indoctrination) institutions.

      We need to get VERY clear on who the instigators behind this problem are (I go into this on the main politics post this weekend).

      Anger is natural and healthy as one delves into understanding the hateful attacks on us (especially on white men), but it needs to be a cold anger that finds expression in working toward a well-considered goal that will lead to a better situation, not a downward spiral. We CAN seize and hold the moral high ground.

    • On January 20, 2019 at 8:30 am,
      GH says:

      It is sad that our politics has devolved to falling along racial lines. But that is the reality.

      http://www.unz.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/white-only.png

      • On January 20, 2019 at 8:32 am,
        GH says:

        http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_ODa44Ca3Qog/SwiuXwrupvI/AAAAAAAABAI/dGvGYap_1Rs/s1600/2008+electoral+map+non-whites+only.bmp

        Given the anti-white hatred with which the mass media and schools are indoctrinating youth, I don’t see how any white can support the Democrats, who are very clearly committed to massive immigration and multiculturalism.

        Repugs aren’t much better. A lot of those bums need to be thrown out and replaced.

      • On January 20, 2019 at 9:31 am,
        CFS says:

        I beg to disagree to “politics has devolved to falling along racial lines”

        I don’t think race has much to do with anything.
        (Even though poorer citizens tend to vote Democrat, richer tend to vote Republican.
        and rich/poor has a racial correlation.)

        I believe the division is primarily power preservation, cronyism and corruption.

        • On January 20, 2019 at 10:22 am,
          GH says:

          hmm…maybe you could expand on that a bit, and relate it to the two graphics I posted just above?

          If I’m being simple-minded in interpreting those two graphics to mean politics now falls along racial lines, I guess I need it explained just how so.

  17. On January 20, 2019 at 8:33 am,
    GH says:
    • On January 20, 2019 at 9:16 am,
      snowbird says:

      G.H how about some numbers on Corporate Welfare. A good place to start is no bid contracts. Oh no that’s Capitalism, Right? How about farmers who get paid to grow nothing?Bank bail outs,TRILLIONS.

      • On January 20, 2019 at 9:19 am,
        CFS says:

        No-Bid contracts are NOT capitalism…..they are pure CRONY CORRUPTION.

      • On January 20, 2019 at 10:29 am,
        GH says:

        Absolutely snowbird.

        I mentioned the moral high ground above. If white Americans / believers in traditional America really want to seize the moral high ground, they must defeat the MIC, which I would guess is the largest instance of corporate welfare.

        They must also tell their version of history to the world. They were bamboozled into the World Wars, Korea, Vietnam, and all the rest.

        The mass media and the big banks are also essential parts of the MIC–without financing and propaganda it could not happen.

        In other word, the Talmudists/Zionists must finally be held to account.

        And, of course, they are the real enemy in the immigration issue, and the instigators spreading anti-male, anti-white, anti-Christian hatred. The evidence is abundant, and the message needs to be broadcast over their shrieks of ‘Anti-Semitism!!!’

        I’ve got plenty of Jewish friends who don’t support what these scumbags have done, and they certainly don’t deserve to be dragged into the guilt of these vermin.

        • On January 20, 2019 at 10:53 am,
          GH says:

          Unfortunately, a historic failing of the Right/Republicans is that they fall into line in support of America’s wars, and in support of the Corporatocracy as if it represents free enterprise. Or at least that’s my perspective. Odd how they can hold the government in low regard but support wars started by that same government.

          In spite of his promising campaign rhetoric, Trump lacks the political strength, to break free of the MIC or the Zionists (if he even wants to).

          https://www.henrymakow.com/2019/01/war-is-bigggest-boondoggle.html

        • On January 20, 2019 at 10:55 am,
          GH says:

          So yes, I consider corporate welfare and obeisance to the big banks to be a bigger problem, but paying for people to replace us and destroy our culture is more than a bit galling.

          http://www.unz.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/medicaid.png

          • On January 20, 2019 at 10:58 am,
            GH says:

            http://www.unz.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/wic.png

            It should be obvious that those robbing us via corporate welfare also support the dissolution of our culture through giving our tax dollars to minorities, because it removes resistance to their abuses.

  18. On January 20, 2019 at 9:17 am,
    CFS says:

    From the 2015 CIS report:

    • The heavy use of welfare by less-educated immigrants has three important policy implications:
    1) prior research indicates that illegal immigrants are overwhelmingly less-educated, so allowing them to stay in the country creates
    significant welfare costs;
    2) by admitting large numbers of less-educated immigrants to join their relatives, the legal immigration system brings in many immigrants who are likely to access the welfare system; and
    3) proposals to allow in more less-educated immigrants to fill low-wage jobs would create significant welfare costs.
    I

    • On January 20, 2019 at 10:33 am,
      GH says:

      And lets not forget the affirmative action aspect of the matter.

      Drowning the country in immigrants and then giving them preference for jobs and university admissions is nothing short of a stealth attack on America. It’s madness.

      http://hughmurray.blogspot.com/2012/10/

  19. On January 20, 2019 at 9:26 am,
    snowbird says:

    A pay stub will get you a car loan.

    • On January 20, 2019 at 2:38 pm,
      Excelsior says:

      Brilliant insights.

  20. On January 20, 2019 at 2:58 pm,
    snowbird says:

    That is not an insight . The brilliant insight is your comments on this blog. You should stick to promoting Moose Tundra over at CEO.CA

    • On January 20, 2019 at 3:24 pm,
      Excelsior says:

      JohnK – your post above “A pay stub will get you a car loan,” was a garbage post with 0 insights.

      >> When Big Al kicked you off this site for most of last year for bad behavior, making personal attacks, putting words into people’s mouths, and your repetitive conspiracy theory posts, it was a cleaner and better blog.

      Now that you’re back the lunacy has returned, along with your personal attacks.

      Give it a rest JohnK you or your new moniker as snowbird, will be bu-bye as well.

      I’ll discussing mining stocks on the KER or at ceo.ca if I please as that is the focus of both sites….. not your truther conspiracies or your hatred towards others. Get a clue….

      • On January 20, 2019 at 3:28 pm,
        snowbird says:

        The pay stub will get you a car loan is truth. Something you seem to have a hard time with. For someone who condemned those of us who liked Al’s Political Blog you sure are a hypocrite.
        Psalm: 120:2 Rescue me, O Lord, from liars
        and from deceitful people

        • On January 20, 2019 at 3:47 pm,
          Excelsior says:

          JohnK/snowbird – I have no issues with truth, but find your opinions just that, and nonsensical at best.

          No, I don’t believe the prior political ranting on the economic threads were helpful or truthful. When company sponsors your 911, or JFK, or Moon Landing posts are not a contribution, and simply clutter up the Korelin ECONOMICS Report.

          In addition, I find the one-sided approach to political discourse polarizing to the overall audience, but that clearly hasn’t stopped people such as yourself from posting rubbish on a daily basis. That’s my opinion and I’m just as entitled to it as you are to your judgement that you constantly cast on other contributors here.

          Please temper you hatred and rage towards others JohnK.

          _______________________

          The Roots of Violence:
          Wealth without work,
          Pleasure without conscience,
          Knowledge without character,
          Commerce without morality,
          Science without humanity,
          Worship without sacrifice,
          Politics without principles.”

          -Mahatma Gandhi

          • On January 20, 2019 at 4:01 pm,
            Excelsior says:

            Will do. In looking above the source of the whining sand outrage came from you about a tongue in cheek post on ladders. You seem to have a hard time discerning between the delusional opinions you hold and real truth. Good luck with that.

            Peace be with you….

          • On January 20, 2019 at 4:09 pm,
            Excelsior says:

            Find someone else to troll and dish out your faux outrage.

            Seriously JohnK, Peace be with you and your ladder….