Letters to the Editor

Why didn’t Trump push for wall funding when Republican party was in control?

In an announcement aimed at shifting pressure to Democrats to end the partial government shutdown, President Donald Trump offers to extend deportation protections for immigrants in the United States illegally in exchange for $5.7 billion for a border barrier, at the White House in Washington, Jan. 19, 2019. A day later, Trump took to Twitter to attack House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for turning down his offer, even as Vice President Mike Pence appeared to open the door to negotiations over the plan.
In an announcement aimed at shifting pressure to Democrats to end the partial government shutdown, President Donald Trump offers to extend deportation protections for immigrants in the United States illegally in exchange for $5.7 billion for a border barrier, at the White House in Washington, Jan. 19, 2019. A day later, Trump took to Twitter to attack House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for turning down his offer, even as Vice President Mike Pence appeared to open the door to negotiations over the plan. NYT file photo

Sometimes it seems that the Democrats forget to bring up simple facts in the debate over Trump’s government shutdown. The question the Democrats should be asking is, if President Trump really thinks this funding is so critical, why didn’t he push for his glorious wall when the Republicans controlled the Senate, Congress and the executive branches of government? Could it be that he feared that he would not get support from his own party and have no one to blame? The Democrats need to be repeatedly asking, “Why is the wall so crucial now, but it wasn’t so urgent last year or the year before?”

The next question the Democrats should ask is, “What will Trump’s next shutdown be for?” Unfortunately, I fear that our president that boldly stated, “I am proud to shut down the government,” has more antics up his sleeve.

Whatever the outcome, this ridiculous, wasteful shutdown never should have happened and it has gone on way too long.

Anderson Kane

Lake Wylie

Trump’s wall will cost a lot more than $5B

The Trump shutdown has now gone on for most of a month. His insistence that an iron curtain be built between two neighboring nations has caused incalculable damage to the real wall separating U.S. citizens from drug smugglers, terrorist and Russian spies. The real wall is the U.S. Coast Guard, the border patrol agents and TSA agents that are now working without pay.

Instead of building an archaic iron curtain on the border, this president and his Republican enablers should move into the 21st century and realize the higher the wall, the longer the ladders will be to scale it. The longer the wall, the deeper the tunnels will be to undermine it. Five billion dollars will only build approximately 200 miles of wall; but guess what, there are 1,954 miles of border.

Where is the other $50 billion coming from to complete the iron curtain? Republicans use to pretend to spend tax money wisely, now they just overtly throw it into the wind. Republicans use to abhor the thought of the government seizing land from property owners, now they relish the thought. The great negotiator. Yea, if you believe that one, I have a wall to sell you.

Ronnie Miller

Batesburg

Democrats to blame for letting hate override common sense

We have lost all respect for human life, compromise for the better good and are willing to believe anything negative without proof about the president. I watched our president deliver a very sincere message with lots of opportunities for compromise.

Who are the real victims? First the citizens of the USA who have the right to feel safe in their own country. Many federal workers who are going without pay or are working hoping the shutdown will end and they can resume their normal ways of life. Then there are the hundreds of children attempting to cross our borders illegally, unaccompanied by any family members, with those who seek to harm them.

What President Trump proposed was fair, legal and necessary. Several years back, the same Democrats proposed a wall or barrier to secure our borders but under a different president. Common sense exposes who is looking quite foolish, uncaring and without compassion. The government shutdown may have begun with the president, but now the continuation of the shutdown, without properly secured borders and humanitarian issues, lie squarely in the hands of Democrats who are letting their hate for President Trump override the Americans they claim to care about.

Louise Stepp

Lexington

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