Fake President says declining to fund his wall doesn’t mean Congress actually said “NO”

❝ In the first court hearing over President Trump’s border wall funding plan, administration lawyers on Friday vigorously pressed their controversial argument that Congress did not in fact deny him the money when lawmakers excluded it from the appropriations bill they enacted in February.

To bar spending, Deputy Assistant Attorney General James M. Burnham told a federal judge here, Congress would have had to explicitly say that “no money shall be obligated” in any form…

Trump’s new favorite word – BULLSHIT – applies here as well as most of his blather and bluster.

16 thoughts on “Fake President says declining to fund his wall doesn’t mean Congress actually said “NO”

  1. NEWSPEAK says:

    “On Bullshit” (2005), by Harry G. Frankfurt, professor emeritus of philosophy at Princeton University, is an essay that presents a theory of bullshit that defines the concept and analyzes the applications of bullshit in the context of communication. Frankfurt determines that bullshit is speech intended to persuade without regard for truth. The liar cares about the truth and attempts to hide it; the bullshitter doesn’t care if what they say is true or false, but rather only cares whether their listener is persuaded. http://www2.csudh.edu/ccauthen/576f12/frankfurt__harry_-_on_bullshit.pdf

  2. Déjà Vu says:

    “The divine right of kings, divine right, or God’s mandate is a political and religious doctrine of royal and political legitimacy. It asserts that a monarch is subject to no earthly authority, deriving the right to rule directly from the will of God. The king is thus not subject to the will of his people, the aristocracy, or any other estate of the realm. It implies that only God can judge an unjust king and that any attempt to depose, dethrone or restrict his powers runs contrary to the will of God and may constitute a sacrilegious act.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Divine_right_of_kings

    “Men who look upon themselves born to reign, and others to obey, soon grow insolent; selected from the rest of mankind their minds are early poisoned by importance; and the world they act in differs so materially from the world at large, that they have but little opportunity of knowing its true interests, and when they succeed to the government are frequently the most ignorant and unfit of any throughout the dominions.” Thomas Paine, “Common Sense; Addressed to the Inhabitants of America, on the Following Interesting Subjects.” (page 36); a pamphlet published anonymously on January 10, 1776, at the beginning of the American Revolution. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_Sense_(pamphlet)#cite_note-36

  3. Update says:

    The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday rejected the Trump administration’s request to temporarily halt a lower court order blocking the diversion of military funds for a border wall.
    https://thehill.com/regulation/court-battles/451651-ninth-circuit-rejects-trump-admin-request-to-allow-use-of-military In a 2-1 ruling, the panel of appellate judges found that “the use of those funds violates the constitutional requirement that the Executive Branch not spend money absent an appropriation from Congress.”
    The order applies to some of the military funds tapped by President Trump for a wall along the southern border.
    For details of the court’s ruling see http://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2019/07/03/19-16102.pdf

  4. 3CardMonte says:

    Defense Secretary Mark Esper says diverting $3.6 billion from military construction projects to fortify a southern border wall allows the U.S. to better deploy troops to curb illegal immigration. (The Daily Press, Newport News, Virginia 9/8/19)

  5. Catch 22 says:

    In August, New Mexico’s Senators signed onto a letter to the U.S. Government Accountability Office with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York and Dick Durbin of Illinois asking for an investigation into the Trump administration’s use of eminent domain to take private land for the border wall.
    The GAO notified the Senators last week that they would begin the review the Trump administration’s eminent domain efforts. “At the current time we anticipate that staff with the required skills will be available to initiate an engagement in about three months,” the GAO official wrote. [At the moment there are 416 days left until the 2020 Presidential election]
    Earlier this year, Senators Udall and Heinrich introduced legislation to require the federal government to fully pay owners for any land taken for border infrastructure, including a border wall. The legislation would also require consultation from stakeholders, including tribes, for any state land acquired.
    That legislation has very little chance of passing the Republican-controlled Senate.
    Meanwhile, the Senate Appropriations Committee has blocked an amendment Senator Udall introduced to the defense funding bill that would bar Trump from diverting money from military projects to fund the wall. http://nmpoliticalreport.com/2019/09/13/nm-senators-welcome-investigation-into-admins-use-of-eminent-domain-for-border-wall/?mc_cid=abf3155850&mc_eid=4b85ca587f

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