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JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

(Cartoonist - Jimmy Margulies)

In other news, the Ford Motor Company has informed British Prime Minister Theresa May that they're preparing to pull production out of Britain if the Brexit goes bad. Bloomberg reports that could mean cutting 7,000 jobs cross the United Kingdom.

Meanwhile, the White House still won't say if Trump will sign a government funding bill that doesn't include money for his fantasy border wall.

Finally, the Wall Street Journal took a look at what would actually happen if Trump declares an emergency and orders the military to build a wall.

Looting the Pentagon construction account would instantly halt dozens of necessary renovations, updates and rebuilds at military bases in the U.S. and abroad. New housing projects for deployed families in Germany and South Korea could stop. Work on new training ranges for troops on Guam might cease, and new construction to help Europe-based troops deter Russia may also pause indefinitely.

Among the programs potentially affected at home are a new Alaska-based radar to protect the country from North Korean missiles, new bases across the U.S. to host F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, and school improvements for military children in Kentucky and Army cadets in New York. The risks incurred by shortchanging military construction stateside aren’t obvious, but they can be seen in the inadequate hangars at Florida’s Tyndall Air Force Base that left F-22 Raptor fighters vulnerable to a hurricane, or in troops leaving the service because family housing and schooling are not up to par.

  • waspuppet

    “New housing projects for deployed families in Germany and South Korea could stop.”

    Trump said the things that would be looted “didn’t seem too important to [him].”

    “… new construction to help Europe-based troops deter Russia may also pause indefinitely.”

    Well, that’s considered two birds with one stone in this White House.

  • katanahamon

    Same entities that pushed Brexit gave us Rump, Vice versa. You’d think we’d all come to our senses, impeach Rump here, cancel Brexit there, but in both countries the conservatives have not only looked away from foreign intervention, they’ve embraced it.

  • Badgerite

    You would think they would call a new national referendum just based on the fact that they now know that the first one was meddled in by a foreign power and a foreign power who has actually killed an English citizen on English soil with chemical weapons while trying and at least once that we know of succeeding in killing Russian exiles living in England.
    How bad does it have to be before they say to themselves, “You know, maybe we should have a vote where a murderous foreign power is not spreading dishonest propaganda and messing with the minds of our people.”
    They aren’t keeping England English. They are letting a foreign power use it as its play thing. They owe their children better than this.

    • katanahamon

      Same problem there though..their conservative elements are fine with the interference if it helps their political cause..

      • Badgerite

        They shouldn’t be fine with it. It is meant to harm them as a nation and a power that can keep Russia in check. Churchill would not approve.

  • gescove

    I wonder what McConnell thinks of Drumpf stealing money from Pentagon projects in Kentucky? Or Murkowski in Alaska? Or Rubio and Scott (excuse me, I puked a little bit in my throat) in Florida. If these asshats can’t muster a moral or constitutional argument to stop Drumpf, maybe having their states’ pockets picked will motivate them. Jeebus.

  • Nefercat

    It all sounds just like what trump’s boss would like to see; US military funding wasted on trump’s vanity boondoggle, leading to weakened US military operations and morale around the globe.

    I so want to see trump and all his fellow enablers and traitors go down, and going forward, anyone, and I mean anyone, on record as supporting trump (treason), will never ever qualify for a security clearance and will lose whatever clearances they might currently have. That traitorous rot has to be cleaned out.

    • KanaW

      Okay, wow, I didn’t think of that! But I can see that you’re absolutely right.

  • Aynwrong

    “Immigrants are taking our jobs but let’s vote for the thing that will cost us 7,000 of those jobs because it will piss off the elites!”

    In the movies, a British accent can sometimes make the most idiotic characters seem sophisticated. In reality, the Brexit voters are just xenophobic morons without the stupid MAGA hats.

    Of course the White House won’t say if the vituperative pumpkin will sign. The audience has to be kept in suspense. It’s just a reality show ya know.

    I respect those who serve in the military, but if they voted for Trump they brought their misfortune upon themselves just as much as the Brexit voters.

    • KanaW

      Considering how much the people over here in the UK sneer at Trump and his lot, I like to think that Brexit wouldn’t have happened if the vote had been after the US elections. It might have shocked people. But, on the other hand, we have places like Cornwall that voted overwhelmingly to leave, and then the next day asked if their subsidies were still coming… Sigh. People are stupid. Hook into their hatred, and they’ll do anything you want.

      • Draxiar

        That’s the nature of a cult. I’ve come to understand that the EU has given the UK the option of cancelling Brexit. Do you see that happening? I also heard an article on NPR (National Public Radio) that a group known as “Lead by Donkeys” is posting billboards with quotes from pro-Bexit politicians indicating how easy the whole process was going to be. Made me laugh!

        • KanaW

          It makes me wonder whether to laugh or cry. The promises made were believed only by those who, like the US, voted in the conservatives and then were screwed by them. Sadly, the same conservatives are still in power. I don’t really see it being cancelled, though I would be in seventh heaven if they did.

          The worst thing is that Theresa May was pro-remain, until she got the chance to grab some power. Now she’s Trump without the worst of his personality.

          • Draxiar

            How do the majority of UK citizens feel about Brexit now? It was voted for, sure, but wasn’t there a massive amount of remorse after the results? Yeesh what a mess.

          • KanaW

            It’s pretty much like the US – a hard core, loud minority still wanting to return to the days of the British Empire (yeah, right, like that’s going to happen), and most wanting at least a second referendum so we can say yeah or nay to the deal they’re making on our behalf.

            There was lots of remorse, yes. Sadly, though, the ultra-rich can make more money without EU regulations on business practices, so they’re all for it.