One reason the Trump administration has chosen to pump money into the Pentagon is that it’s the path of least political resistance in Washington. A combination of fear, ideology, and influence peddling radically skews “debate” there in favor of military outlays above all else. Fear ― whether of terrorism, Russia, China, Iran, or North Korea ― provides one pillar of support for the habitual overfunding of the Pentagon and the rest of the national security state (which in these years has had a combined trillion-dollar annual budget). In addition, it’s generally accepted in Washington that being tagged “soft on defense” is the equivalent of political suicide, particularly for Democrats. Add to that the millions of dollars spent by the weapons industry on lobbying and campaign contributions, its routine practice of hiring former Pentagon and military officials, and the way it strategically places defense-related jobs in key states and … [Read more...] about Trump Had Big Plans To Repair Our Crumbling Infrastructure. Here’s What America Got Instead.
In other articles for the conservative site, Kolfage attacked a prominent imam for speaking Arabic at a Veterans Day event and claimed without evidence that a former adviser to then-President Barack Obama was sympathetic to terrorists. … [Read more...] about Man Who Raised Millions For Trump’s Border Wall Has No Plan For What’s Next
Trump, meanwhile, has gone from insisting that a wall had to be made of concrete and 30 feet tall and could not be a fence — “It’s not a fence, Jeb, it’s a WALL, and there’s a BIG difference!” he chided GOP rival Jeb Bush in 2015 — to taking credit for the “bollard fence” designed and first implemented under President Barack Obama and just calling that a wall. In fact, Trump’s newfound praise for “steel slats” appears to be endorsing the exact fence design that he previously ridiculed. … [Read more...] about Trump Sows Chaos On Day 3 Of His ‘I Want A Wall’ Christmas Shutdown
Referencing an Axios report that Jared Kushner and Vice President Mike Pence led negotiations with Republican members of Congress, Schatz said in a later tweet: “You don’t negotiate a compromise with your own Vice President and your son in law. That’s not how this works.” … [Read more...] about Trump Offers DACA Deal In Exchange For Border Wall Funding
President Donald Trump said a Friday meeting with senior U.S. lawmakers on the federal government shutdown was productive and that he would meet over the weekend with officials about how to address his long-promised border wall. … [Read more...] about Trump: Government Shutdown Meeting Was ‘Productive’