What an embarrassing spectacle for the United States.
A president who wasted an Oval Office address with a poorly read, shallow speech.
Followed by the speaker of the House and Senate minority leader looking like they were on Saturday Night Live.
The speeches made us look like a third-world country being run by adolescent children!
Paying for the wall
While Democrats and Republicans are divided over the wall. I suggest Republicans start a go fund me page in order to help support this issue.
As much as I hate this bipartisan country with nothing getting done, let's start a GoFundMe page and protect our borders!
The points made by Kevin Keelty appear to be written in a vacuum (The Capital, Jan. 7). Foremost is his defense of President Donald Trump by comparing him to others in history who he says have done worse. Does that ever excuse anyone’s behavior? If someone steals a car, at least he didn’t kill someone, so that makes it OK?
Keelty says Trump hasn’t threatened the press. Here is Trump’s October tweet: “With all of the Fake News coming out of NBC and the Networks, at what point is it appropriate to challenge their License?”
Is this not censure, which is threatening?
Keelty says Trump has not harmed business. Tariffs are in effect taxes on the importing country’s businesses. The tariffs will increase operational costs, which are passed on to the consumer, which weakens wage and employment growth.
Keelty says air and water quality are at an all-time high. I can only guess he read now ex-EPA secretary Scott Pruitt’s propaganda. Please read at least a summary of the 1,600-page independent, nonpartisan report by 13 federal agencies. Alarming increases in deadly heat waves, coastal flooding, and extreme weather are affecting air quality, drinking water quality, and agricultural production.
Keelty didn’t know where the “far-out charge” of Trump’s wish to dismantle public school system comes from. There have been multiple efforts by Trump and others on dismantling the U.S. Department of Education or merging it with the Department of Labor.
Keelty didn’t know what is meant by the accusations of Mr. Trump’s disregard for the “rule of law.” Here are a few examples: he ridicules independent judges who don’t agree with him; he tries to obstruct investigations into potentially illegal activities; he tries to get the Department of Justice to prosecute his political enemies, which he has no authority to demand. No person is above the law, not even a president.
Whether you agree with Steuart Pittman's decision to end the 287(g) program or not, you have to agree to his approach to an open dialogue.
In his recent guest column he wrote, “Making Anne Arundel County ‘The Best Place’ isn't just about doing what I think is right. It's also about talking to one another when we disagree. So let's talk. (The Capital, Jan. 6)”
His plans to have meetings to openly talk with those who disagree with him on this issue is a step toward creating more transparency and engagement in our government.
Well done, Mr. Pittman!