'Half-baked': Greg Abbott scorched by major Texas paper for 'ludicrous' plan to finish Trump's border wall
Calling his plans to complete the building of Donald Trump's border wall "ludicrous," the editorial board of the Austin -American Statesman hammered Gov. Greg Abbott in a biting editorial on Sunday morning.
Abbott, who has taken to signing high-profile executive orders aimed at rallying conservative voters in his state, recently announced plans to finish the wall that was begun by Trump with the promise that Mexico would pay for it.
With President Joe Biden pulling the plug of finishing the wall that Trump started by shuffling money away from the Pentagon, Abbott proposed raising money to finish the job with a scheme that the paper's editorial board bluntly called "a half-baked, Go-Fund-Me effort that should make all Texans cringe."
Noting that the governor is doing nothing about the state's power grid problems that led to deaths from a killing freeze last winter and now energy outages as the state bakes from a heatwave, the editorial called out, "Abbott's acts of political theater at the border, advancing his 2022 reelection bid and possible White House aspirations."
"Although he is inviting private donations for the wall, the governor is using real taxpayer money — moving $250 million out of the state prison budget — to get the ball rolling, starting with hiring a project manager," the paper reported. "And while Abbott says he wants to work with Texans eager to donate their land for a border wall, many landowners along the border have fought such a project for years — meaning Texas would face years of expensive litigation if it tried to make a border wall a reality."
Citing the many problems with getting the wall finished -- including building it on land that is privately owned -- the editors pointed out, "Trump never understood any of that. But the governor of Texas does."
"Instead of biting at Biden's heels with a rival plan for border security, Abbott should be tending to the needs of Texans. We have a power grid that failed in February, killing hundreds of Texans, and even now the grid struggles to meet the state's energy demands. We have the nation's highest rate and largest number of people without health insurance. We have a network of highways, dams and levees that earned 'D' grades in this year's infrastructure report card by the American Society of Civil Engineers," the editors charged before concluding., "The governor should focus on those problems, and the needs of all Texans, instead of propping up his political ambitions with a wasteful border wall."
You can read the whole op-ed here.
'Bipartisanship isn't working': Chris Wallace busts Lindsey Graham lying about Joe Manchin's voting bill
Fox News host Chris Wallace on Sunday called out Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) for making misleading comments about a voting rights bill that he objects to.
During an interview on Fox News Sunday, Wallace asked Graham if he could support Sen. Joe Manchin's (D-WV) voting rights bill, which is a watered-down version of a measure being pushed by a majority of Democratic lawmakers.
"Sen. Manchin took out a lot of the basic Senate plans, S1, the For the People Act, like public financing of congressional elections," Wallace noted. "Can you go along with the Manchin stripped-down version? And if not, why not?"
"I like Joe Manchin a lot," Graham began. "But we had the largest turnout in the history of the United States [in 2020] and states are in charge of voting in America. So I don't like the idea of taking the power to redistrict away from state legislators."
"You're having people move from blue states to red states," he continued. "Under this proposal, you'd have some kind of commission redraw the new districts and I don't like that. I want states where people are moving to have control over how to allocate the new congressional seats."
Graham said that he plans to vote against Manchin's proposal.
"In my view, SR1 is the biggest power grab in this history of the country," he remarked. "It mandates ballot harvesting, no voter ID, it does away with the states being able to redistrict when you have population shifts. It's just a bad idea."
Wallace quickly pointed out that Graham was objecting to measures that Manchin has not proposed.
"Joe Manchin would say, 'A lot of the stuff that you just objected to is not in my bill,'" the Fox News host pushed back. "His is a stripped-down version and he doesn't talk about an independent commission."
"He just says ban partisan gerrymandering," Wallace said. "And as you know, the Constitution does provide federal oversight of state elections."
The host added: "If Republicans kill -- if you vote as it appears you're going to, to kill the Manchin version of voting rights, you've already, Republicans, voted to kill the bipartisan January 6th commission looking into the insurrection at the Capitol, do you run the risk that Manchin and a couple of other moderate senators will eventually say, 'Look, bipartisanship isn't working and you know what? We're not going to kill the filibuster but we're going to reduce the number of votes you need to stop a debate from 60 to 55?' Do you run that risk?"
"I hope not," Graham replied before insisting that there are other bipartisan issues that Republicans will support.
"When we had the Senate, the House, and the White House under President Trump, I had a bunch of Democrats wanting to sign a letter with me protecting the filibuster," Graham recalled. "So I was beat on every day. Why don't you give in and agree with President Trump to change the rules so we can get the Trump agenda through? I said, no, I don't think it would be good for the country."
"I'm not going to be extorted here," he concluded. "I'm asking no more of my Democrat [sic] colleagues than I ask of myself. It was very unpleasant to be beat on every day by the president of the United States, President Trump, and his allies to try to change the rules in the Senate to have their way."
Watch the video below from Fox News.
In a blunt-talking column for Business Insider, a self-professed supporter of Donald Trump called out Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) and said she needs to "put aside politics" and support President Joe Biden if she wants to truly help the citizens of Arizona.
Under a to-the-point headline that stated, "I'm a Trump voter from Arizona. My state's Democratic Senator, Kyrsten Sinema, needs to support Joe Biden's American Jobs Plan," Chea Yeomans began by pointing out the economic straits Arizonans are facing.
"There are few good jobs left in Arizona, and when working people are struggling, small businesses like ours just can't stay afloat," Yeomans wrote. " We voted for Donald Trump, but no matter who's in office, we need Washington to put aside politics, put working people first, and focus on creating good jobs. This isn't a political issue, it's a quality of life issue. Aside from voting, I'm not that political, but with my family's well-being on the line, I've started taking action to get us out of this hole."
Speaking personally, Yeomans elaborated, "My wife and I now have to work four jobs just to try and keep our heads above water. She's going to school full-time and working as a substitute teacher and waiting tables in the evening. She recently lost her restaurant job, but she's looking for another. I've been working on my family's farm and trying to pick up work detailing cars when I can. We work from sun up to sun down everyday and are just barely making it. We don't get days off around here. So many of my friends, family members, and neighbors are in the same boat as us."
That being explained, Yeomans claimed, "The American Jobs Plan is all about creating the good jobs Arizonans need, fixing up our beat-up roads and bridges, upgrading water, electricity, and broadband networks, all things that would help Arizonan families and businesses," before adding, "It will also mean people have money in their pockets for their wants and needs, so they can live the good life they deserve."
Addressing his Democratic Senator, he wrote, "Senator Sinema has said she welcomes the focus on expanding economic opportunities and will '[work] with the administration and colleagues in both parties to achieve lasting results that improve the lives of everyday Arizonans.' Senator Sinema, that is a good start, but we need you to go one step further. Please use your voice to support the American Jobs Plan and get this bill passed right away. Hard-working Arizonans can't wait any longer for the good jobs we need."
You can read his whole piece here -- subscription required.
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