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'It’s gonna ruin my lifestyle': Trump supporter upset border wall being built on his property

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A supporter of Donald Trump is frustrated that the president’s border wall is going to “ruin his lifestyle.”

Richard Drawe has lived and worked on a farm south of Welasco, Texas for his entire life. Now, he’s worried his tranquil country living will be disrupted by Mr Trump’s border wall.

“I’m 70 years old and it’s gonna ruin my lifestyle here of living in the country,” he said. “To have that wall there is just going to really disturb me.”

Mr Drawe told NPR that he reluctantly sold a piece of his land to the federal government so that it could erect a wall across his property. He said while he is supportive of immigration crackdowns, that support does not include the erection of a wall on his property.

“I told them that this stupid wall is going to have lights on it. It’s going to be like being behind a prison wall, lights and everything,” Mr Drawe said. “And I said, ‘You put them lights up on me and my house, I’m going to shoot them out.’ Of course, I had time to calm down.”

Mr Drawe is concerned that the land between the border wall and the Rio Grande will no longer be patrolled. He said that similar land left isolated during President George W Bush’s administration was “ceded to Mexico”.

“Like I told the Border Patrol, I said ‘Look, you know good and well that once you build this wall all the agents will be doing is patrolling up and down the wall,” he said. “They’re never going to go on down to the river anymore.’ And he yelled back at me, ‘Oh, the Rio Grande is the first line of defence.’ Baloney. You just wait a few years.”

Customs and Border Patrol responded to the concerns of Mr Drawe and other border residents, assuring them they would continue to patrol the area.

“The Border Patrol will continue to operate on both sides of the barrier, to include the riverine environment,” a spokesman said.

While Mr Trump’s border wall has drawn criticism from the left since its inception, it has recently come under fire from the right for eating up funds intended for defence and sidestepping Congressional approval.

The Pentagon announced on Thursday that US Defence Secretary Mark Esper was diverting $3.8 billion in defence funds towards Mr Trump’s border wall. The money originally was to be used for the F-35 fighter jet and other military programmes.

The Associated Press reported that Representative Mac Thornberry said final decisions on how tax dollars are used is determined by Congress and the Department of Defence can’t simply change how the money is used.

“Once those choices have been made, the Department of Defence cannot change them in pursuit of their own priorities without the approval of Congress,” Mr Thornberry said.

“Attempts to do so undermines the principle of civilian control of the military and is in violation of the separation of powers within the constitution. The re-programming announced today is contrary to the Congress’ constitutional authority and I believe that it requires Congress to take action.”

 

https://www.yahoo.com/news/gonna-ruin-lifestyle-trump-supporter-204413742.html

 

 

He's like "Not in my backyard"... Now that's funny...

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WASHINGTON — The Pentagon is seeking to divert $3.8 billion, largely from its fiscal 2020 weapons procurement budget, in order to fund President Donald Trump’s border wall, according to a reprogramming request to congress obtained by Defense News.

Among the victims of the cuts: a mass of aircraft purchases including F-35 joint strike fighters, C-130J cargo aircraft, MQ-9 Reaper drones and P-8 maritime surveillance planes, as well as ground vehicles and naval priorities — choices that drew quick, bipartisan condemnation from key defense lawmakers as reports of the plan filtered out Thursday.

Overall, the plan would shift $2.202 billion in FY20 defense appropriations and $1.629 billion in FY20 overseas contingency operations funding towards the wall, a key priority from president Donald Trump ahead of the November presidential elections.

Air Force and Navy aviation spending takes the brunt of the cuts proposed by the Pentagon, with aircraft procurement going down by $558 million for Navy and Marine Corps and $861 million for the Air Force. Importantly, all of the funding decreases target items that were specifically added by Congress during the budgeting process, which could incur rancor from lawmakers.

For the Navy, the Pentagon would cut two of the six F-35B short takeoff and landing aircraft added to the FY20 budget by Congress and two MV-22 Ospreys, stating that “current funding is more than sufficient to keep the production line open.” It also seeks to eliminate funding for one of the nine P-8A Poseidon surveillance aircraft funded in FY20, stating that the additional aircraft is “[in] excess to the 117 aircraft required.”

In the Air Force’s budget, the Pentagon slashed funding for four of the eight C-130Js added by Congress for the Reserve and Air National Guard. The department stated that funding for those planes can be rescheduled to fiscal year 2021, when the period of performance for the associated contract starts.

The request would eliminate eight MQ-9 Reaper drones, culling most of the funding added by Congress for an increase of 12 MQ-9s. “The program is currently undergoing a strategic review,” the department stated in written justification, referring to an ongoing debate within the Air Force about how many Reapers to buy and retain over the next decade. “Procurement, if necessary, can be rescheduled to a later fiscal year.” Combatant commanders have consistently said they need more surveillance assets around the globe.

It also strips $156 million for advanced procurement for the F-35A and removes $180 million for light attack aircraft for the Air Force, which the service has decided against procuring but has been widely supported by lawmakers as a low-cost alternative for the counter-terrorism fight.

The Army would stand to lose $100 million in funding for National Guard Humvee modernization and $194.5 million in Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck funding. However, with the Humvee set to be replaced by JLTV, the Army is unlikely to be heavily impacted by these funds being shifted around.

The reprogramming request also cuts $650 million in advanced procurement funding for an America-class Amphibious Assault Ship, LHA-9, which is being built in Mississippi at Ingalls Shipbuilding. On its website, Huntington Ingalls Industries says the advanced funding provided by Congress, “enables a hot production line and a supplier base of 457 companies in 39 states to build this powerful warship.”

The reprogramming also cuts funding one expeditionary fast transport ship, which is built in Alabama at Austal USA, which has been an area of interest for the powerful Republican chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Sen. Richard Shelby. The ship was deemed “excess to current programmatic need,” the reprogramming document says.

“The procurement exceeds the program-of-record requirement,” the document reads. “This is a congressional special interest item.”

In addition, the National Guard and reserves would lose about $1.3 billion in what the reprogramming request describes as unnecessary funding, given historic underexecution of prior year funds.

Trump drains US spending in Europe to pay for wall with Mexico

Congressional reaction

Last year, the Defense Department had budgets, largely for military construction projects, diverted into funding a stretch of the wall project. Those project cuts included the rebuilding of several DoD schools both in the U.S. and abroad, special operations training centers in Europe and Hurricane Maria relief for Puerto Rico National Guard facilities. Overall, more than 100 projects had funding delayed.

Asked on Tuesday about a potential reprogramming of defense funds to pay for the wall, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said: “We did receive the request from DHS, that’s all I’ll say right now. We’re working our way through the process, we’re doing all those things we need to do. So when we’re ready to make an announcement, we’ll make an announcement.”

Pentagon seeks to cut F-35s, other equipment to pay for Trump’s border wall

Both Democrat and Republican leaders immediately criticized the move as an attempt to usurp Congress’ power of the purse that would endanger national security.

House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita M. Lowey, D-N.Y., and Defense Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Pete Visclosky, D-Ind., said in a joint statement that Trump was, “once again disrespecting the separation of powers and endangering our security by raiding military resources to pay for his wasteful border wall,” and “orchestrating this backdoor mechanism to prop up a political vanity project.”

In a separate statement, Texas Rep. Mac Thornberry, the top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee, said he supports building a border wall, but slammed the Pentagon for going against congressional direction for spending defense dollars, saying the unilateral movement of already approved spending by Congress “undermines the principle of civilian control of the military and is in violation of the separation of powers within the Constitution.”

“The re-programming announced today is contrary to Congress’s constitutional authority, and I believe that it requires Congress to take action," Thornberry said. "I will be working with my colleagues to determine the appropriate steps to take.”

In a statement, Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Chris Mitchell "The Department of Defense is committed to supporting the Department of Homeland Security’s efforts to secure the southern border by constructing fences and roads and installing lighting to block drug smuggling corridors.

“Last month we received a new request from the Department of Homeland Security asking for assistance in blocking drug-smuggling corridors on Federal land along the southern border of the United States," Mitchell said. "In response, the Secretary of Defense authorized support of $3.8B to build approximately 177 miles of fencing that will help to protect our borders. We will continue to support DHS and other agencies as needed to keep our homeland is secure.”

 

https://www.yahoo.com/news/pentagon-seeks-cut-f-35s-180549310.html

 

 

Well at least there's always a silver lining.... We'll be buying less death machines... I'm sure the lobbyist won't like it.

 

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Once he sells the property it is not his to say or to do with. You can't have it both ways. 

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12 hours ago, nstoolman1 said:

Once he sells the property it is not his to say or to do with. You can't have it both ways. 

 

I don't know if he had a choice to sell it.... That is a good question. But don't you find it funny? He is saying not in my backyard.. You have to admit that is the classic response of people when they get what they ask for, but it's too close to home... I've seen it locally when people demand sidewalks until it takes part of their yard...  It just made me laugh.

 

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Kind of like Cher in LA......pro illegal immigration......but...we already have 50,000 homeless here in LA......send them some where else....

CL

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Just now, coorslite21 said:

Kind of like Cher in LA......pro illegal immigration......but...we already have 50,000 homeless here in LA......send them some where else....

CL

 

Exactly... And I don't know if was a case of eminent domain. It does suck when the government just comes in and makes you sell your property.

 

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We get it.
We all get it. 
 

Obummers neighbors are tired of MIke pissing on the front lawn, but who cares. 

 

Keep running Trump into the ground. 

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2 minutes ago, bostonangler said:

 

Exactly... And I don't know if was a case of eminent domain. It does suck when the government just comes in and makes you sell your property.

 

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Pretty hard to really own property.....even if it's paid off.....if the government wants it.....numerous ways to take it....I've even seen them condemn the property to get it.....

 

And of course those property taxes......if you can't pay them....even if that payment is minute by comparison to the value of the property.....it's gone....

Pretty strange system....

CL

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4 minutes ago, gregp said:

We get it.
We all get it. 
 

Obummers neighbors are tired of MIke pissing on the front lawn, but who cares. 

 

Keep running Trump into the ground. 

 

It's not a Trump thing.....really all got started in 1913....that was when things really changed for "we the people"

CL

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1 minute ago, coorslite21 said:

 

Pretty hard to really own property.....even if it's paid off.....if the government wants it.....numerous ways to take it....I've even seen them condemn the property to get it.....

 

And of course those property taxes......if you can't pay them....even if that payment is minute by comparison to the value of the property.....it's gone....

Pretty strange system....

CL

 

The system is fixed against ordinary people... I understand if you don't pay your property taxes that eventually you have to forfeit it, but people should have time to catch up. I don't understand how they can say we are taking your property because we think we have a better use for it.

 

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1 minute ago, coorslite21 said:

 

It's not a Trump thing.....really all got started in 1913....that was when things really changed for "we the people"

CL

 

Yup 1913 was the year America was sold to the bankers.

 

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Sorry I didn't know if posting this one in off-topic, health or Politics.....Mods can move it to where they'd see it more fit

 

 

 

Florida man: dialysis center won't allow life-sized Trump as emotional support

 

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Associated Press in Port St Lucie, Florida

Sat 15 Feb 2020 18.58 GMT

 

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A cardboard cutout of Donald Trump seen at a Republican party convention in Olathe, Kansas
Photograph: John Hanna/AP
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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