You’ve watched the news. You’ve seen the headlines. Washington is gridlocked and parts of the government are shut down. Over what?
The President and Republicans want to make sure that our Customs and Border Protection agents have the resources they need to do their job effectively: more personnel, better technology, and yes, a barrier in some areas. The cost is $5.7 billion. We’re talking about one-tenth of one percent of the federal budget. That’s not too high a price to pay for national security, which is why the obstruction from Democrats is a bit confusing.
In fact, if Democrats were being honest, they would recognize $5.7 billion is a pretty small number compared to the price tag on some of their latest proposals:
- Government-Run Health Care – $32 trillion
- New Long Term Care Entitlements – $3.1 trillion
- A “Green New Deal” – $2.5 trillion (and counting)
- “Free” College – $807 billion
- Government Job Guarantee – $400 billion
- Social Security Expansion – $188 billion
Socialism is expensive. Security, by comparison, isn’t. Democrats are demanding to spend trillions on socialized medicine and ‘Green New Deal’ boondoggles. Yet somehow they can’t spare more than a dollar for a security package that will help secure our border, end the humanitarian crisis, AND re-open the government.
Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer are dragging out this shutdown for petty politics, pure and simple. They should get serious and join the President and Republicans back at the table. It’s what Americans expect.