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Tell Me Again Why We Are Wasting Billions Of Dollars On A Border Wall?

While on the campaign trail, candidates often make promises about what they will do when they get into office. Many of these promises fall by the wayside once the election is over and winner of the election starts his or her job in the position that they were elected into.

You know who is threatening a government shutdown if he does not get the $5.7 billion dollars that he says is needed to build the border wall he promised during the election.  While the House Of Representatives approved the funding, the Senate is expected to deny the funding.

As usual, he says one thing that suits him at the time. Then he turns around and says something else. First he said during the meeting with Senators Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer that he would take the blame for the shutdown if he didn’t get funding for the wall. Now he says that he will blame the Democrats for the shutdown.

From my perspective, this is a colossal waste of money. There is so much we can do with $5.7 billion dollars. There are roads and school buildings that need to be kept up. We can use that money to keep Medicaid going and to ensure that there is money to fund SNAP.  Or even, provide the funds needed to repair the buildings under the NYCHA system.

On a another note, the environmental damage to the area that they are proposing to build the wall on could be catastrophic.

So tell me again, why we are wasting billions of dollars on a border wall?

P.S. If someone wants to use their own money to donate to the building and upkeep of the wall, that is their choice. But do not use my tax dollars to do so.

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Thoughts On The Midterm Election Results

After months of polling, pundits, ads, campaign rallies and debates, American voters went to the polls last night to vote for their chosen candidates for the 2018 Midterm elections.

While the Blue Wave was not as powerful as some had predicted, the Democrats did not walk away from the election empty-handed. While the Senate remains firmly in the hands of the Republicans, the Democrats gained control of the House Of Representatives and some districts that turned red in 2016.

Any Midterm election is partially a referendum on the President, regardless of who the title belongs to during that specific election cycle. As I was watching the results last night, I was cautiously optimistic. While I was hoping for the Blue Wave, I also understand that you know who holds a certain portion of the voting public in his sway. If nothing else, he knows how to sell, whether it a luxury apartment or a candidate who is running for political office.

From my perspective, the results of the election was not all doom and gloom. Come next year, there will be a balance of power in Washington D.C. The yes men and women in the Republican controlled Senate who automatically kowtow to you know who will have to work with the Democratic controlled House to keep this country moving forward. There was also a major uptick of voters who for whatever reason, had chosen to sit out during previous elections. Many of those who were elected into office last night represent who we are as a country. Instead of electing various versions of the white Christian heterosexual male, many of those who will be sworn in next year are people of color, women and members of the LGBTQ Community.

My hope is that this election reminds us all that we are all Americans and that we have to work together. But in this current political climate, hope often springs eternal.

 

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