Today’s Campaign Update
(Because The Campaign Never Ends)
While so many Trump supporters have spent the last couple of days tossing tantrums about the President’s decision to sign the horrible Omnibus spending bill, some good things have been happening without getting much notice from the fake news media.
Tired of all this Winning yet? – Just a few days after the mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida, I wrote a piece that laid much of the blame at the feet of an insane Obama-era policy that rewarded school administrators and law enforcement officials for refusing to enforce the law against students who engage in criminal activity. In the ensuing weeks since, more and more people in the news media have begun to report on the scam. Better late than never.
This growing attention level has now led to a positive outcome: The Trump Administration announced on Friday that it will eliminate the Obama policy. Just one more element of the insane, un-American Obama legacy falls by the wayside.
The fake news media really hasn’t paid much attention to this reality yet – it’s been too busy trying to whip the public into a gun-grabbing frenzy and reporting on a porn startlet – but with his staff moves over the last month, President Donald Trump has basically purged his team of senior advisors of globalists.
- Senior Economic Advisor Gary Cohn – gone. Replaced with the Reaganite Larry Kudlow.
- Secretary of State Rex Tillerson – gone. Replaced – if he can be confirmed – by CIA Director Mike Pompeo.
- National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster – gone. Replaced by John Bolton.
Assuming Pompeo is ultimately confirmed, the Trump Cabinet and team of senior advisors will basically be devoid of the open borders/new world order internationalist influence. While it is true that Bolton is an interventionist who favors aggressive U.S. military involvement in civil wars all around the world, he is very much on board with the Trump plan to dramatically increase border security.
Bolton also promises to “clean house” once ensconced in the job, eliminating dozens of Obama holdovers and other internationalists who are not loyal to President Trump, according to a report at Foreign Policy on Saturday. Taking this action will almost certainly eliminate many, if not most of the leaks coming from the White House, some of which have been criminal in nature.
Bottom line, 14 months into his first term, Trump is finally putting together the team of leaders he should have had in the first place. Again, better late than never.
Early this morning, President Trump issued the following two tweets:
Because of the $700 & $716 Billion Dollars gotten to rebuild our Military, many jobs are created and our Military is again rich. Building a great Border Wall, with drugs (poison) and enemy combatants pouring into our Country, is all about National Defense. Build WALL through M!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 25, 2018
Much can be done with the $1.6 Billion given to building and fixing the border wall. It is just a down payment. Work will start immediately. The rest of the money will come – and remember DACA, the Democrats abandoned you (but we will not)!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 25, 2018
These tweets are potentially very important, particularly the last sentence in the first one: “Build wall through M!”, the “M” standing for “Military.”
The federal budgeting process is very complex and arcane, and one thing to remember in this current situation is that this “Omnibus” spending bill is just that: A spending bill, not a formal budget. It is a compilation of suggested spending levels for each executive branch department and the military, along with an array of restrictions that dictate how some, but not all of that money can be spent.
It’s important to also remember in this context that, on December 21, the President took the step of declaring a national human rights emergency related to child-trafficking, a declaration that would allow Mr. Trump broad discretion in taking action to crack down on those who participate in such human rights abuses. It’s key to note that much such child trafficking involves moving kidnapped children in and out of the United States of America.
A second point to note is that, on Friday, the President notified congress that, in signing the Omnibus, he is accepting the funds under the provisions of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985. This law also gives the President broad discretion in making decisions to refuse to spend funds that have been authorized by congress, as well as allowing him to reallocate spending priorities within the budgets of individual executive branch departments.
Finally, lets also note that, last October, the President declared a national emergency related to opioid abuse.
Now, read the text of that first tweet again, in the context of what is laid out above. “Building a great border wall, with drugs (poison) and enemy combatants pouring into our Country, is all about National Defense.” Combine that with “”Build wall through M!” and, it’s not unreasonable to think that Mr. Trump is at least considering the possibility of reallocating some portion of the beefed-up military budget to pay for building the wall along the southern border.
Doing that would of course create a media firestorm, but hell, what else is new? And such a decision would also inevitably lead to a raft of lawsuits filed by leftwing activist groups before carefully-selected Obama-appointed federal judges, and possibly even a lawsuit from congress challenging the action. But at the end of the day, such cases would have to go before the Supreme Court, where the President would most likely prevail, given the constitutional separation of powers.
As I’ve repeatedly pointed out, contrary to what the fake news media wants you to think, President Trump doesn’t just belch stuff out onto his twitter feed at random. His tweets almost always have a purpose. Often that purpose is to elicit a specific reaction from the fake news media. Sometimes the purpose is to send up a trial balloon to gauge how the public would respond if he took a specific action.
I think Mr. Trump was doing both with those two tweets: elicit a specific response from the media, and then gauge the public reaction to the media firestorm before deciding whether to move ahead.