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Supreme Court Decides Trump Can Steal Wall Money From The Pentagon

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Last year, Donald Trump perpetrated the longest government shutdown in U.S. history over funding for his racist border wall along the Mexican border.

He had originally demanded $5.7 billion for its construction, and even temporarily conceded to settle for less.

That is until right-wing media pundits Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter publicly shamed him.

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Then Trump reverted back to his original $5.7 billion, refusing to budge, identifying $3.6 billion in military construction funds, $2.5 billion in Defense Department funds, and $600 million from the Treasury department's asset forfeiture rife for the taking.

The government eventually re-opened the end of January after Congress agreed to allow Trump approximately $1.4 billion in border wall funding.

Since then, the question of how to secure funding has been in the hands of the United States Supreme Court after Trump claimed a "national emergency" necessitates immediate action.

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Friday, the nation's highest court handed down its decision.

Of the nine justices, the five conservatives all agreed to block a lower-court ruling barring Trump from putting money toward a wall, allowing him to pay for it with $2.5 billion in Congressionally approved Pentagon funds, explaining:

"The Government has made a sufficient showing at this stage that the plaintiffs have no cause of action to obtain review."

The original lawsuit the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed on the Sierra Club and Southern Border Communities Coalition's behalf argued the Trump administration "lacks authority to spend taxpayer funds on a wall that Congress considered and denied."

ACLU's National Security Project staff attorney, Dror Ladin, promised the groups will pursue an expeditious appeals process, adding:

"Border communities, the environment, and our Constitution's separation of powers will be permanently harmed should Trump get away with pillaging military funds for a xenophobic border wall Congress denied."

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With just the money originally intended from the Defense Dept., the administration states it can construct more than 100 miles of fencing.

Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) characterized the decision "deeply regrettable and nonsensical. [It] flies in the face of the will of Congress and the Congress's exclusive power of the purse, which our founders established in the Constitution."

He added:

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As shown in this article, there is one key reason why a southern border wall will not succeed at reducing crime in the United States:

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Donald Trump's wall is not going to stop people from using a myriad of other methods that involve crossing the border at official crossing points.

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I am regularly reminded of my past thinking, most of which--but certainly not all!--I happen to agree with click here

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Millions were diverted from rebuilding Camp LeJeune which was heavily damaged during the hurricane last year.

Once again, conald chump 'supporting' the troops. Not.

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Another dividend, the beginning of many, for the Kavanaugh appointment.

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This topic is frivolous when put in context of the huge sums stolen daily from US taxpayers.


One could say if not for the wall, these dollars would simply be that much more for weapons (Btw, I'm not for the wall).


We are so far beyond this with trillions going to transnationals as subsidies every year. And estimated 800 billion per year from local and state governments to corporations.


The nation has been crumbling all around us. In that context what is it about spending on a wall rather than bombs from Raytheon? This is not a Trump thing. It's been going on for ever.



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We should do a 9/11 on Raytheon. I've personally had many dealings with them due their interest in my airships, www.hyperblimp.com. Long story, too long for a comment.

They look normal, don't they? click here

No biblical scholar here, or even a wanna be one, but I like many quotes from the New Testament, typically the common sense ones: By their fruits shall ye know them.

(My own version: Because they are fruitcakes, shall ye know them.

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Better to let him waste it on the wall than on offensive military weapons of war. In fact, the way I see it, we should encourage him to use all $1 trillion of it on building a wall around the whole damned country. On the coastlines, it could be like the dutch, saving us from the sea level rise out industries, including the arms industry, are bringing on. To the North, the Canadians would probably welcome a wall. They could probably repurpose it to keep us out when our country becomes desertified and we become the refugees seeking cooler climes. Mexico may come to feel that way too, if they aren't already.

Let's just change the department's name, already outdated, from Defense Department to Wall Department and start building.

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I believe it would be much cheaper and effective to build a wall around Washington D.C.


And the homes of nutcases like McConnell and most of our "representatives."

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