Without a doubt, President Donald J. Trump did not have a great day on Friday. Neither did his supporters. Neither did conservatives.
That’s because shortly after 1 p.m. EDT the president signed the largest-ever spending bill in modern history: A $1.3 trillion, 2,200-plus page behemoth chock full of all sorts of things Big Government liberal Democrats and RINOs really love.
Many of the president’s supporters are angry that he signed it. I’m not one of them, and here’s why.
The newly passed spending law funds Planned Parenthood’s continued murder of unborn children, sending the nation’s biggest provider of that “service” a half-billion of your dollars.
The law provides funding for Obamacare subsidies and markets, to the tune of tens of billions of dollars.
Included in the new law is money for 19 federal agencies Trump had targeted for elimination, either because they were redundant or pointless. One of them was the reliably Alt-Left Public Broadcasting Corp., which seethes daily with Trump hate, all compliments of American taxpayers.
The law also provides massive spending increases for already overfunded domestic entitlement programs that have long been favored and protected by Democrats. That includes funding for sanctuary cities, by the way.
What doesn’t the law fund?
Trump’s long-promised border wall. It only funds 33 miles of fencing in Texas. In fact, the law specifically states that border security funding cannot be used for the purposes of building any kind of wall — like those Trump just inspected days ago.
The law also does not fund extra Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents or additional holding areas for captured illegal aliens. This virtually guarantees that the Obama-era “catch-and-release” policy will continue because, where in the world will ICE agents put those additional law-breakers?
If I didn’t know better, I’d swear that Democrats were still in charge of Congress; no wonder House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer are smiling. (Related: Obama’s legacy of debt and disease: National debt doubles in just eight years while 10.7 million more Americans now on food stamps to buy cancer-causing junk foods.)
But they’re not in control of Congress. The Republicans are. So what gives?
Here’s one thing that the law did fund that is vitally important — both to Trump and to the security of our nation: The U.S. military.
The law provided additional funding to a military depleted, worn out, and deteriorating after years of cuts during the Obama nightmare and nearly a decade of unreliable funding via continuing resolutions.
The thing about continuing resolutions is — they’re not budgets. The Defense Department cannot begin development of new weapons systems if it does not have long-term reliable funding via its annual budget requests. CRs, as they are called, along with steady budget cuts thanks to 2011 sequester have created a nightmare scenario for the military; major new weapons programs that will keep our country safely ahead of Russia and China in technological advancement have been idled or not yet begun because Obama and Democrats spent years passing CRs and starving the military of funding. This new spending bill reverses the negative budgeting trend, so this was a win for the president. He understands better than most that, if we lose a war, it won’t matter what else is in the spending law.
As for the other things unfunded in this budget, we can’t blame Trump. He’s the president and he’s only in charge of one branch of government. Congress is where spending bills are written and passed.
True, Trump could have vetoed the bill, but that would have endangered the vitally necessary military increases he approved.
As for Trump’s agenda, the president still backs his priorities. And even though they ran on his issues, it’s obvious too few Republicans in Congress actually back them.
They are too beholden to their donor class instead of their voters — and the president.
Trump has kept every promise within his power to keep (here are just some of them). We know he keeps his word. We also know the RINOs have been sabotaging Trump practically since his first days in office.
So our anger should be directed at them, not him. They have stabbed our president in the back time and time again, beginning with Paul Ryan in the House and Mitch McConnell in the Senate.
Here’s how we fix this.
I know which one of my GOP representatives did and did not support the president’s agenda. I’ll vote for the one who did in the upcoming election but I’ll vote for the primary opponent of the one who didn’t.
Meantime, I’ll still be supporting Trump. I know he was between a rock and a hard place. I also know that he learns very quickly. Next time he won’t let them screw him (and us) over.
J.D. Heyes is editor of The National Sentinel and a senior writer for Natural News and News Target.