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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Who pays for this nonsense?

Trump says that 5 million voted illegally in the US, and this is why he lost the popular vote. He cites a Pew report, whose author points out that the report says NOTHING about how many people voted illegally, but rather addresses millions of errors in the voter registration records. This morning, Trump tweets for an investigation into the "illegal" votes. Who pays for that?

Trump also says that he's going ahead with building the wall. That's ONE THOUSAND MILES worth, at least, of your tax dollars. Ready to pay for that? Any idea how many of the big walls built in the last 5,000 or so years of written history have actually kept anyone out? How high will we have to build this wall to exceed the tallest ladder, and what about all that coastline on either side?

And Trump today is supposed to sign an executive order that will begin the process of deporting millions of illegal immigrants. Again, your tax dollars at work. If you think this is a fabulous idea, give me your tax dollars. I promise I'll put them to better use.

Meanwhile, one of the line items in Trump's agenda is to eliminate funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. That's funding for the arts, National Public Radio, and evil and subversive things like Ken Burns' PBS documentaries about the Civil War and the National Parks. In 2016, the NEH and NEA received a whopping $148 million each. That's about .00003 of the federal budget, each. Trump says his wall would cost about $12 billion, but other studies have estimated the cost at $25 billion. What a deal.

I have to stop listening to the news.


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