The Smash-and-Grab Prznincy, Part Infinity

“I don’t know where the dead hookers are buried.”

He’s doing it again:

Pentagon to shift $3.8B for fighter planes, ships toward border wall

The Trump administration plans to sap money intended to build fighter jets, ships, vehicles and National Guard equipment in order to fund barriers on the U.S.-Mexico border, the Pentagon told Congress on Thursday, a move that has agitated Democrats and even drawn condemnation from a top House Republican.

It’s one thing to steal money intended to build housing for the troops, it seems, but quite another thing when he steals money from the Military-Industrial Complex, ie, their donors. Do continue:

A chorus of Democrats swiftly condemned the money grab, as did the top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee, Rep. Mac Thornberry of Texas.

In a statement, Thornberry dinged the Pentagon for shifting money specifically allocated by Congress and said the move “undermines the principle of civilian control of the military and is in violation of the separation of powers.”

“The re-programming announced today is contrary to Congress’s constitutional authority, and I believe that it requires Congress to take action,” Thornberry said. “I will be working with my colleagues to determine the appropriate steps to take.”

Haha, silly Congress! You abdicated your sole constitutional authority already, you cannot claw it back.

Congress has so far failed to attach any prohibitive language since Trump declared a national emergency last February, successfully diverting $6.7 billion from military construction and other accounts for a southern barrier.

House Appropriations Chairwoman Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) and Pete Visclosky (D-Ind.), the chairman of the Defense spending panel, said in a statement that the move once again disrespects “the separation of powers” and endangers “our security by raiding military resources to pay for his wasteful border wall.”

Separation of powers? How quaint.

We have a smash-and-grab artist running the show now, Hair Füror is unfettered in his ability to do what he pleases and when he pleases. The Tortilla Curtain, the Last Monument to the Confederacy will be built with stolen funds.

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11 Responses to The Smash-and-Grab Prznincy, Part Infinity

  1. Dennis Cole says:

    “…and endangers “our security by raiding military resources to pay for his wasteful border wall.”
    I thought the Wall was supposed to keep us safe, safe as babes in their loving mothers’ arms, free from worry about cartels and the drugs they poison our yutes with, and free from concerns about being invaded by Mongrel, er, Central American hordes of refugees and immigrants.

    So eventually the Wall will negate any further need for our Armed Forces, so we can bring all our troops home from the 1,000+ Military bases* around the world, and sell off the vehicles and equipment they were using to the Saudis, er, the highest bidder, withdraw behind our Wall, and declare World Peace. Right? That IS the plan, is it not?

    No way will the Pentagon admit to that many, but they also won’t offer an *exact number, claiming that some far-flung bases are often in a condition of “flux,” or, “Here one minute and gone the next”, only to re-appear a month or so later, if needed.

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  2. donnah says:

    Trump will not be denied. He’s scrapped everything good that Obama did just to avenge his name after the time Obama mocked him. It’s taken three years, but Trump’s gotten rid of everything but ACA, and it’s on the chopping block.

    He will get his wall built. He doesn’t care if the money comes from the military, the national defense funding or pennies from an orphanage. He cannot help himself, he cannot be called a loser. The wall may be built of extra pointy steel or plastic Legos, but it will be built.

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    • MDavis says:

      Someone send him a picture, dummy up some invoices and call it done. If he insists on seeing it in person they can always fly him out to see the Great Wall of China. Maybe the pilot can even forget him on return. “Where’s trump? I thought you had him.”

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  3. Dennis Cole says:

    ‘Twas the asterisk that begat my downfall…
    I need another symbol for stuff like footnotes and explanations; that last sentence got italicized wrongly.

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  4. Bruce388 says:

    Mac Thornberry is upset about Lord Dampnut is stealing money? Where in the hell has he BEEN?

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  5. julesmomcat says:

    But – what with firing of cabinet heads and staff advisors, and decimating the prosecutorial staff at the DOJ, thinking he has the power to declare war on Iran, gutting the 1973 Voting Rights Act, and getting away with violating the rule of law, he’s dangerous, and deleterious to our Constitutional democracy. The scary part is, as I’ve noted previously, he’s sliding his dictatorship into place, just below our line of sight.

    Sorry to sound paranoid, but if he’s elected to a second term, I’m betting it won’t be long before he orders the military to surround Congress, and herd all the Congress critters who don’t kiss his ass, into jail cells at Gitmo, never to be seen again. And he will be the dictator we’ve always feared, to be succeeded by Junior Mints, keeping the reins as a family heirloom. Oh – and to guarantee there’ll be no pushback, he’ll burn the Constitution, cancel the internet for all but his death squads, to clamp down on the opposition, and declare martial law throughout the country. So long as the military gets paid handsomely, they’ll gladly do his bidding, and democracy will be dead. No
    more elections, no more voting by the citizenry of this country. Anyone who dares object will disappear. Our Constitutional democracy will be history. Do we let this happen?

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    • Chris Papalia says:

      “if he’s elected to a second term, I’m betting it won’t be long before he orders the military to surround Congress… he’ll burn the Constitution, cancel the internet… and declare martial law throughout the country.”

      No, he won’t; Autocratic America won’t resemble that any more than Putin’s Russia resembles Stalin’s, and for the same reason: it doesn’t need to.
      A United States that is an autocratic state will maintain the institutions and, cosmetically, the traditions that people hold so hallowed, in fact it will embrace them all the more. Congress serves a valuable purpose – as a distraction the House will continue to pass an endless series of bills restricting the authority of the executive, and the Senate will just quietly ignore them. All the while the president will lambast the “do nothing Democrats” who “ignore the will of the American people” and “try to take away the votes of 63 million Americans.”
      Trump won’t touch the Constitution. The Right LOVE the Constitution, and with good reason: they know that the Constitution says whatever the SCOTUS says it does. Even with its current make-up the SCOTUS has ruled almost entirely in Trump’s favour – Muslim Travel Bans, refugee families broken up, etc – and the court will very shortly be stacked 8 to 2 in favour of unfettered executive power.
      Trump doesn’t have to declare martial law, that’s just a Q-Anon wet dream. Why would he need to? He already has concentration camps at the border that operated with almost no oversight, and that was when lip service was still being paid to the idea of Congressional oversight.
      Every action Trump takes will be said to be in defence of American Freedom and the Constitution. Why declare martial law when ICE officers can already stop and detain any Hispanic looking American who doesn’t happen to have I.D. on them?
      He can claim, credibly, to be acting on the precedence set by previous well respected presidents; Eisenhower had thousands of Hispanics, an unknown number of them American citizens, trucked over the border into the Mexican desert and dumped, with no concern to their welfare; Roosevelt set up massive camps and detained US citizens based entirely on their race.
      As to the internet – it was the birth place of the Alt-Right and remains its strongest source of power; why ban something that is so overwhelmingly dominated by the right?

      No, the symbols of American freedom will survive in a second Trump term, they just won’t mean very much.

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  6. Chris Papalia says:

    So Trump is diverting a paltry few billion from a ludicrously over-bloated defence budget that currently represents 42% of the entire world’s armaments spending, equal to the next twelve largest national defence budgets (ten of whom are allies), and people are alarmed? Where would people prefer he get the money from – divert it from food stamps?
    The US defence budget is a massive graft anyway, so why not take some of that enormous waste of money and waste it on a wall that achieves nothing? At least no-one will be worse off from this, except perhaps some defence industry share holders, and they’ll recover next month.

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    • Dennis Cole says:

      Chris – the problem is tRump is exceeding his authority; that money was earmarked for a specific purpose by Congress, and tRump keeps eroding their powers, and violating Congressional mandates by grabbing it to use elsewhere.

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      • Chris Papalia says:

        The problem is that you think Congress still has some authority. It doesn’t. Trump’s acquittal is the modern equivalent of the 1933 Enabling Act – it was the point when Congress relinquished all power to the executive.

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