Trump is right to stick to his guns

COLUMN

From the moment Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi appeared on American national television — looking for all the world like Herman and Lily Munster — to bewail the government shutdown, you knew that President Trump was on to a winner.

It reminded me of President Reagan’s threat to the 16,000 air traffic controllers who, despite being federal employees and thus forbidden to strike, had done so at the busiest time of the year in August, 1981. He fired them all, forbade them from reapplying for their jobs and the $150 million fines imposed on PATCO resulted in the liquidation of that union.

As for President Trump’s walking out of the talks with Pelosi the following day, that reminded me of Reagan walking out of the Reykjavik talks when Gorbachev demanded that he give up the Strategic Defense Initiative. Reagan gathered his papers and said to his Secretary of State, “Let’s go George”. Guess who won the Cold War.

Significantly, both Reagan and President Trump, uniquely amongst the Presidents, were professional negotiators in their private sector careers. Both of them knew when to walk away from a bad deal.

Americans, who suffered under eight years of Obama’s poor economic record when Washington’s suburbs were amongst the wealthiest areas of the country, will not worry about federal workers going without their pay for a few weeks whilst the disgraceful situation at the border continues.

President Trump will stick to his guns like a Missouri mule sat down in the mud.

The Munsters are on to a loser. Everybody knows they want open borders so illegal immigrants can replace the voters that are deserting the Democrats in droves.

Make no mistake, America is the most generous nation on earth, accepting more than a million legal immigrants each year. But it’s southern neighbour, Mexico, is a failed state with virtually every level of its government susceptible to bribery and corruption by the drug cartels.

An estimated 40 million Mexicans would prefer to live in America, despite the fact that theirs is a beautiful country with two seaboards, ample resources and plenty of space.

Nobody crosses the border from Mexico without the cartels’ say-so. The going rate is from $5000 to $10,000 for an illegal crossing.

A wall along the southern border will help immeasurably with preventing this exploitation of desperate people by criminals.

The caravans arriving at the crossing points on America’s southern border have consisted mainly of thousands of economic migrants from Mexico’s Central American neighbours, also failed states.

America gives away $32 billion in foreign aid every year and yet Schumer and Pelosi, who voted in favour of some 500 miles of border wall in 2006, cannot agree to $5 billion in funding for a wall now. Smacks of hypocrisy and partisanship.

From the moment Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi appeared on American national television — looking for all the world like Herman and Lily Munster — to bewail the government shutdown, you knew that President Trump was on to a winner.

It reminded me of President Reagan’s threat to the 16,000 air traffic controllers who, despite being federal employees and thus forbidden to strike, had done so at the busiest time of the year in August, 1981. He fired them all, forbade them from reapplying for their jobs and the $150 million fines imposed on PATCO resulted in the liquidation of that union.

As for President Trump’s walking out of the talks with Pelosi the following day, that reminded me of Reagan walking out of the Reykjavik talks when Gorbachev demanded that he give up the Strategic Defense Initiative. Reagan gathered his papers and said to his Secretary of State, “Let’s go George”. Guess who won the Cold War.

Significantly, both Reagan and President Trump, uniquely amongst the Presidents, were professional negotiators in their private sector careers. Both of them knew when to walk away from a bad deal.

Americans, who suffered under eight years of Obama’s poor economic record when Washington’s suburbs were amongst the wealthiest areas of the country, will not worry about federal workers going without their pay for a few weeks whilst the disgraceful situation at the border continues.

President Trump will stick to his guns like a Missouri mule sat down in the mud.

The Munsters are on to a loser. Everybody knows they want open borders so illegal immigrants can replace the voters that are deserting the Democrats in droves.

Make no mistake, America is the most generous nation on earth, accepting more than a million legal immigrants each year. But it’s southern neighbour, Mexico, is a failed state with virtually every level of its government susceptible to bribery and corruption by the drug cartels.

An estimated 40 million Mexicans would prefer to live in America, despite the fact that theirs is a beautiful country with two seaboards, ample resources and plenty of space.

Nobody crosses the border from Mexico without the cartels’ say-so. The going rate is from $5000 to $10,000 for an illegal crossing.

A wall along the southern border will help immeasurably with preventing this exploitation of desperate people by criminals.

The caravans arriving at the crossing points on America’s southern border have consisted mainly of thousands of economic migrants from Mexico’s Central American neighbours, also failed states.

America gives away $32 billion in foreign aid every year and yet Schumer and Pelosi, who voted in favour of some 500 miles of border wall in 2006, cannot agree to $5 billion in funding for a wall now. Smacks of hypocrisy and partisanship.

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Lara MEYER - 5 months ago
As is the case in Australia, the majority of illegal aliens enter the USA by plane or overstay their visas. Most illicit drugs enter via the mail, mainly from China.

Illegal entry via USA's southern border has been steadily decreasing over the past 45 years. Numbers have been low since 2013. You are right though about people being desperate. Analyse the historical causal factors of their desperation. Makes interesting reading.

Australia's politicians try to explain their racist and inhumane policies towards asylum seekers on Manus, Nauru and Christmas Islands as trying to save lives by stopping desperate people travelling to their country by sea. Mr Trump and his supporters are also pandering to their racist base with their appalling treatment of genuine asylum seekers. Remember the huge numbers of tiny children who were separated from their parents?

This week's rhetoric, as part of the ongoing Trump infomercial, has him pretending concern for people's safety and welfare.

The greatest national emergency facing the USA at present are the 40,000 deaths or injuries per annum caused by firearms.

Mr Trump's obsession with creating a border wall is just a sideshow and designed to try to distract people from the real issues. I think he is dangerous and stupid.


Patrick Cooper - 5 months ago
It is simply disingenuous to call President Trump stupid when he defeated 17 opponents in the primaries, defeated Clinton in the election - despite 95 percent of the media supporting her and her knowing the questions beforehand in the debates - orchestrated the most successful economy in the history of America, besides which he is a billionaire and has never been a politician before.
Could it be that the sections of the wall built through population centres like Tijuana after 2006 have contributed to the decline in illegal entries and are therefore an argument for its completion?
The separation of children from parents was the law at the time and Obama's administration carried it out in exactly the same way, without a murmur from the press.
Don't the ranchers who live along the border deserve to be protected from the incursions by drug mules, people traffickers and all-terrain vehicles the cartels use to transport drugs which destroy the environment? Millions are spent by fire departments on the border putting out fires started by the illegals. Cattle inadvertently eat the plastic trash dumped as the interlopers move through. Ranchers have introduced water fountains in the hope that illegals won't damage the self-filling livestock water tanks so necessary in that environment for the survival of their cattle. Not to mention the damage constantly carried out to the ranch fencing.
Perhaps Lara Meyer could concern herself more with the plight of the Uighurs in China rather than America which is the most generous nation on earth.

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