Thursday, October 25, 2018

The Path

Okay, let me see if I follow the logic here:
Our "President" proposes that we cut off aid to countries in Central America because of a human caravan heading north toward our border with Mexico. "Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador were not able to do the job of stopping people from leaving their country and coming illegally to the U.S." These three countries received approximately five hundred million dollars last year in aid, and since the "President" tweeted his threat, it wasn't clear just how much of that aid would be cut. 
If any.
Part of the problem stems from the way this "President" generates policy. One imagines early morning trips to the White House bathroom during commercial breaks on Fox & Friends. Or just after he has finished finger lickin' once he has devoured a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken. Ideas like withdrawing from a nuclear missile treaty with Russia ought not to be arrived at on a whim, but that seems to be standard operating procedure currently. 
Did he consider that even with half a billion dollars in aid that there are thousands fleeing those countries because their living conditions have become so desperate? Did he consider that the United States is the place from whence that half a billion dollars of aid came from, and if you were of a mind to flee the desperate living conditions in your country that the source of that half a billion dollars might be a great place to head?
Maybe if we tried physics, which suggests that an object in motion tends to stay in motion until acted upon by an outside force. In this case, the outside force seems to be a mish-mosh of threats of military and law enforcement or legal action with a cry for Democrats to stop obstructing and start bending to the "President's" agenda which includes a wall being built and more severe penalties for those stupid enough to buy into that whole "bring me your tired, your poor" routine. You know that the Statue of Liberty was a gift, don't you? From the French. And we know how that turned out.
Don't we? 
Sorry. I seemed to have strayed a little from the topic: We were trying to follow the logic of the "President's" decision to cut off aid to three countries in Central America. It's not really a linear exercise. More of a fractal, really. 
I'll get back to you.

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