Letter to the editor: Trump’s pulling a bait and switch

By DON FOY | La Farge

By demanding money so that “his” border wall be built, President Trump is portraying himself as courageously delivering on a campaign promise. Actually he’s pulling a bait and switch deception. Back in campaign land, the wall was going to be made possible because Mexico was going to pay for it. That’s all gone now. You don’t hear Republican leadership asking about that these days. Now, it’s, “The Democrats are not letting us have the wall.”

Imagine a reversal: Imagine a Democrat who’s elected to the presidency, not just on the promise of health insurance for all, but on the promise that doctors would pay for it! Then, of course, the doctors couldn’t and wouldn’t pay for it, so the Democrats refuse a budget until it includes the money they need for their plan, and then they blame the Republicans for the shutdown! There’s no doubt that we must reform our immigration law, streamline the path to citizenship, and have secure borders, but a wall will be expensive (massive cost overruns), ineffective (Maginot line), and frankly un-American, considering that we’re a nation of immigrants.

We’ve gone from “Mexico will finance it”, to demanding we (taxpayers) pay for it, and from being proud to shut down the government for it (talks with Pelosi and Schumer) to “finding other ways” (Dec. 19), and then back to being proud to shut it down again. Somehow Trump supporters see this zigzag path as a straight line.You can’t make up this stuff

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