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What’s the Big Deal?

First Trump can’t make a deal with even Republican congressmen over repealing Obamacare.

Now, Trump has now asked Congress for a billion dollars to build his wall. I guess he couldn’t get Mexico to pay for it. So much for his claimed deal-making abilities.

But wait, it is worse than that. A billion dollars will only cover 62 miles of the wall, and some of that will be repairing existing fencing. I can only imagine what it would cost for the entire 2,000 miles.

Anyone wanna bet that Trump wants this just so he can declare that he started building the wall he promised, and then he will quietly forget about it? A billion dollars is an awful lot of money just to sooth his ego.



  1. Jonah wrote:

    A sad day yesterday. 100K voters have likely set us down a dangerous path. Cant wait for 2020

    Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 3:03 am | Permalink
  2. ebdoug wrote:

    Twice in this millennium, the electoral vote has been disastrous. First Bush, now this one. Bush hasn’t quite equaled the deaths that Hitler caused but they keep on happening 20-30 a day.
    Trump wants to take away the help for overseas. Next couple of months it is expect 16 million deaths if we don’t help with my tax dollars. That surely beats Hitler with his 12 million deaths. Then there are the migrating animals, the health problems due to water and air pollution and on and on. He is killing our earth.

    Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 3:46 am | Permalink
  3. Ralph wrote:

    Man, you guys are tough on this board. Give the guy a break, he’s got a long to-do list. We’re not even 100 days in and it was bound to encounter a few snags. After all, this is D.C., almost as crooked as Crooked You-know-who. Plus, lately he’s been very busy signing a new EO that checks off another campaign promise to MAGA. Clean, I mean, cleeeeeean coal, the original dark energy!

    So the list has been updated, let’s see how it’s coming along:

    Who knew pretending to govern could be so complicated?

    Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 7:44 am | Permalink
  4. Ralph wrote:

    Oops sorry, bitly doesn’t seem to like that last link. Try the original instead, s’il vous plait. Who knew bitly could be so complicated?

    Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 7:50 am | Permalink
  5. Jennifer wrote:

    So this comment is totally off-topic, I was wondering what you guys think about Trump’s refusal to throw out the first pitch of the MLB season. So, of course he won’t take the mound at a game in DC – they REALLY hate his guts there, he’d be booed so loud it would drown out the stadium pipe organ.

    So I was thinking, he could just throw out the first pitch in some city where they LOOOOVE HIM BIGLY. So what stadium/city/game would he fare best in? What game would be packed with his sycophants?

    Here’s the opening week schedule.
    Which environment would be all comfy-cozy for 45? Yankees at Rays? (Tampa Bay)? Giants at D-Backs (Arizona)?

    Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 11:53 am | Permalink
  6. redjon wrote:

    2,000/62 = 32.26 so, $1 billion (questionably) down and only another $31.26 billion to go. With no cost overruns, and we know Trump will make sure there are NEVER any overruns.

    His strategy so far has allegedly been simple; claim dissatisfaction and don’t pay the contractors.

    Think anybody will catch on? (Hasn’t happened so far, so I’m thinking maybe not.)

    Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 12:25 pm | Permalink
  7. Ralph wrote:

    Jennifer – you’re undoubtedly correct about the reason he refused the invitation. It’s the same reason he’s skipping the annual Correspondent’s Dinner next month. He knows it’d be a hostile crowd, whether or not he thinks he could reach the plate with those tiny hands.

    Now, regarding your question. Beyond poo-pooing any ratings poll that doesn’t swing his way (that’s like all of them), I’m sure he’s well aware his approval ratings are in the crapper, about 36% last I heard and continuing to slide. Beyond that, considering the turnout for the election was only about 55% of eligible voters (a 20 year low), with about 46% of those in his column, that translates to approx. 25% of eligible voters who actually cast their ballot for Agent Orange and hold him in any kind of esteem. Factoring in that those who did pull the lever for him are more likely to show up at a Nascar rally than a ball game, he’d be lucky to find more than 10-15% in the stands who’d be more likely to cheer him than throw boos and beer at the mound. I’m just spitballing here (sorry, shameless baseball reference), avid sports fans and grumbling voters are apples and oranges, but you get my drift.

    In short, I don’t think he’d fare well at ANY American ballpark and he knows it. So your question is moot, he’d never show up. He might have a shot in Iowa, Michigan, or Wisconsin but they don’t play MLB there, or for that matter in Russia.

    Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 1:05 pm | Permalink
  8. Jennifer wrote:

    Great comment Ralph, thanks!!

    Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 1:46 pm | Permalink
  9. Iron Knee wrote:

    Redjon, I don’t think you can just interpolate the total cost from the $1 billion. Lots of the unfenced part is out in the middle of nowhere, with no roads and often mountains in the way. That part will be much more expensive to fence. The minimum estimates I’ve seen are north of $65 billion, so at least twice your estimate.

    Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 2:56 pm | Permalink
  10. ebdoug wrote:

    But he is creating jobs. ACLU and many other organizations are hiring to block Trumps attempted destruction of the earth.

    Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 5:48 pm | Permalink
  11. Sam Foster wrote:

    @Ralph: The Milwaukee Brewers beg to differ 😉

    Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 8:30 pm | Permalink
  12. Ralph wrote:

    Oops busted! I owe you a brewski 😉

    Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 9:27 pm | Permalink
  13. Ed Alexander wrote:

    Hey Jennifer my sister lives in Kansas. He should throw out the first pitch in KC. He won’t get any boos there.
    My chiropractor said someone told him it would take 100K workers 4 years to build the Wall and wondered where he would get all those workers. Duh! Mexico!!

    Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 7:00 pm | Permalink