Maybe you’ve run into this argument. Generally, I think Democrats don’t want a border wall and don’t want illegal aliens charged with a crime because they support open borders. But if you challenge them on it, they get offended. Ever try pointing out that Hillary Clinton supported a border “fence”? Like when she voted for the Secure Fence Act of 2006? Oh look, here’s video of her bragging about voting for it:
So let’s talk about the cost. $21.6 billion. That’s no small amount. That’s almost twice as much as it costs to build an aircraft carrier. So some, perhaps Libertarians and Conservatives, have a reason to think a border wall, fence, barrier, or whatever you want to call it, would cost too much. But not Democrats.
But let’s ignore Obama’s previous spending. Let’s ignore his average deficits of $900 billion a year. Let’s talk about the future. Democrats, such as Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Kirsten Gillibrand, Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris and nearly every other potential future Democrat Presidential candidate supports guaranteed jobs or universal basic income. The only one who doesn’t is Joe Biden, who at his age might be struggling reading internal party polls.
So Democrats really have no credibility when it comes to the argument that a wall costs too much. Here’s an idea for Democrats to think about. Guaranteed employment means people need something to work on. Why not have them build a wall?
Fact checking the factcheckers: Politifact had an article out yesterday giving Kamala Harris a “True” rating for her statement that “nearly 2,600 children who are separated from their parents” on June 17th. Harris also said “these children are in prison”, a completely false statement that wasn’t fact checked by Politifact. In fact, the very reason children are separated from their parents at the border is the Flores decision which says you can’t put kids in jail. Obama ran afoul of this ruling and we ended up with the now infamous photos of kids in cages from the Obama era.
Back to Politifact. The first problem with with their analysis is that this number is a moving target. The number Harris is using is from July 13th testimony, but since family reunification has been ordered by Trump and the courts, that process continues. That number was very likely inaccurate when she said it and far less accurate now.
But the bigger problem is that many of the children held by the state didn’t come with their parents or won’t be reunified with their parents because their parents are criminals. According to Politifact’s own article, nearly 50% of children under 5 were not reunified because they were brought here by traffickers or because their parents were violent criminals. If you extrapolate that out over Kamala Harris’s figure, we are looking at about 1,250 children who hadn’t been reunified days before she made her statement. We rate Politifact’s analysis to be 75% biased.
Rumor has it: Tony Podesta is being offered immunity to testify against Paul Manafort. If you remember, Manafort is in trouble for laundering Russian money to two US lobbying groups. One of them was run by Democrat and Clinton ally Tony Podesta. Podesta and Manafort worked together to lobby for the Ukraine in the United States. Isn’t it interesting that Robert Mueller and his team of Clinton supporting lawyers would offer immunity to Tony Podesta in order to bring down Paul Manafort for the same crime?
Gallup has a new poll out. Apparently no one cares about Russia. The biggest issues on the minds of Americans are the economy, dissatisfaction with government, illegal immigration, and race relations. Russia garnered less than 1% as a concern in the poll. Seems like Schumer should consider this since the DNC seems to be running on obstruction, economy crushing tax hikes, open borders, racial division, and Russia.