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Donald J. Trump, Omnibus, and the WALL

By Jacque Guinan   3-28-18

Has Donald J Trump “Betrayed his Base” with the signing of the Omnibus Spending Bill?

The answer to that question depends on who you listen to. If you listen to Ann Coulter, Rand Paul and many of the freedom caucus members; the apocalypse has struck and we better find a new candidate to run for 2020; because POTUS has just funded abortion, built an egregiously over-priced tunnel between NY and NJ,  funded border walls in several different countries while abandoning our own, and agreed to spend our country into oblivion as he has completely capitulated to both the Democrats and the greedy neocon Republicans!

If you really look closely however at what has just happened with the signing of this bill; you will see that it is an absolutely beyond brilliant maneuver on the part of our President! Please take note that what was signed was not a budget; it was an omnibus spending bill.

Let’s start with the difference between a budget and an Omnibus bill. With an actual budget, which we have not had in approximately 9 years, congress passes and the president signs into law 12 separate appropriations bills. These 12 bills together provide funding for the federal government. In a budget, money is specifically laid out by congress and the president is obligated to spend it as congress has instructed.

An omnibus spending bill packages together all 12 of the appropriations bills that are supposed to be passed individually, into one large spending bill. These bills often contain many unrelated pieces of legislation that congress knows would be vetoed by the President if presented individually. Omnibus bills are typically hundreds or even thousands of pages long. Because of their size, omnibus bills usually only receive a cursory look by the committees charged with reviewing them. Despite lack of understanding of what is in the omnibus, they are not usually subject to much debate and pass through Congress quickly.

Unlike an actual budget; the appropriations in an Omnibus bill are merely “suggestions” and subject to POTUS discretion as he is free to re-appropriate funds in certain instances. One such instance, is in a declared national emergency.

I have already outlined why Congress would want to pass an Omnibus instead of an actual budget (to avoid a presidential veto), but why would POTUS agree to this approach? I believe that what we witnessed with the passage of this Omnibus bill is a president who knew he needed, but would never get,  the votes of the Democrats in order to acquire the funds to build the much needed, and promised, southern border wall. With the passage of this bill, he now has them.

With the Executive Order  passed in December of 2017; the President has declared a national human rights and corruption emergency; giving him a broad brush of authority as outlined within the EO. I believe he passed this EO in anticipation of just such a situation as this, as well as a few others.

After the passage of the Omnibus bill; POTUS initiated 2 separate letters to congress notifying them that he is invoking the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985. These letters can be viewed Here and Here.

By making these declarationomnibuss  President Trump has just communicated that he has the authority to NOT spend any funds he doesn’t deem necessary and will return them to the US Treasury. Planned Parenthood funds? He can either slow walk them for 6 months (Omnibus expiration), or choose to simply not allocate them at all.

These declarations also make some of the funds fungible; meaning interchangeable. This means that if he determines that building the wall on the Southern border is a defense against Human Trafficking, then he can move funds from anywhere else in the DOD allocation and use them to build the wall. Congress is powerless to stop monetary reallocations on an Omnibus bill and cannot intervene or stop the DOD from taking measures under a declared emergency.

President Trump has already indicated that this may be exactly what he will do in his tweet posted days after the signing of the Omnibus bill.

Donald J. Trump, Omnibus, and the WALLBy using the Army Corp of Engineers to build the wall, the labor and materials can be designated as military spending, therefore immune from any congressional or legal interference. Although we all know they will try; and with a few corrupt judges, it may ultimately end up in the Supreme Court. Once there, the case will be decided in his favor as SCOTUS will validate the presidents constitutional authority. Remember, this bill is only valid until September 30, 2018. This means that any money designated in areas of waste can simply be slow-walked for 6 months until the bill expires. In this way; the wall will be built, Planned Parenthood and all of the other wasteful appropriations in the bill get nothing and any unspent dollars go back to the US treasury.

Given the way this appears to be unfolding, Ann Coulter and company may very well find themselves with a large helping of crow laid before them in the coming days!

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13 comments

  1. Well, if this is turns out to be the case, I too will eat my crow, with a side of humble pie. I must admit that potus has surprised me before, and cleverly outwitted the media while simultaneously baiting the Congress critters. I eagerly await the next few months then. P.S., I have noted a bit of the “SJW overreaction” in myself of late, which I am trying to overcome. Maybe I spend too much time on Twitter these days, and it’s rubbing off on me, LOL. Thanks for talking me down, Nancy! Good article.

  2. First, let me say that I am thankful for an organization like yours that allows good people in public service to come together and declare their commitment to defend the Constitution. But, in this instance, I believe you’re giving the president WAY too much credit. He doesn’t even understand the Constitution, nor does he care, much less that he would be able to use it’s wording to his advantage. If this was something that was done, as you say, with a larger purpose in mind, then the process of figuring this out was done by someone other than him and he was ADVISED to sign it for that reason. He would not have come up with this on his own. But, I believe that is not the case at all. This blundering life-long Democrat, who ran with an R by his name to win an election he knew (his life-long friend) Hillary could never win, is doing exactly what his RINO and DEM buddies want him to do. Then he claims to sign it “under duress” supposedly with the excuse of having to “fund the military”. That was not the truth and we all know it. He could have easily vetoed it and made them rethink what was in it. I think he was perfectly happy with what they put in this bill, he simply did not want to be blamed for it, so he “declared” publicly that he would never do it again. Yeah right. He wasn’t going to do it this time, but he did…he is constantly saying one thing and doing another. You can believe what you want, but I would file this one under “wishful thinking”, because his record has proven thus far that he is not working with a full box of crayons.

  3. You forgot to mention all of the gun control. You learn everything you need to know about a man by whether he thinks you ought to be free to go armed. Trump is gun controller and will be a one term failure.

  4. Trump is spending like a democrat and you are defending him. All you did by writing this is make yourselves look as bad as the democrat sheep. All Trump had to do is tell Congress, you send me a balanced budget or I veto it. PERIOD!. But he lacked the courage to do the right thing.

    1. IMHO, President Trump is playing multi-level chess, not checkers. And, it’s kinda like water polo. Most of the game is happening under the surface, out of view. There are huge allocations of money in the bill, but my understanding is that he is not legally required to spend it. Personally, I’m in wait and see mode.

      1. We’re on the same page Nancy…the Water Polo analogy is perfect. There are a lot of brave patriots and whistle-blowers under the surface…they attended the Navy Jack School of Huevos Grande!

  5. Well Nancy, I must be stupid, because I think the POTUS is doing just as you said. I HOPE.Any way I thank you for printing this in an understandable format so even I could understand it.I pray that those fellows that spoke before me are wrong, I guess we will hopefully not have to wait to long to find out.
    Sincerely, CB

    1. Thanks, CB, but Jacque Guinan wrote the article. She was the first I noticed to explain this situation online. President Trump doesn’t act or speak like a politician or attorney, thank goodness. He’s a very successful businessman and builder. Anyone who has owned a business knows how important it is to not waste money or resources and to find creative solutions to problems. We can only wait and see how this turns out.

  6. I am on the fence about this guy Trump! One minute he seems like he is draining the swamp and the next minute he is refilling the swamp. I wish we could get past this and stop with this back and forth business. I’m ready to see some real Action. Not an aditional 1.3 trillion added to my Countries debt for some rediculous Wall When $500k in drones could fix our problem with Border Security. So Finally this BS Idea about A Great Wall of Trump can be Squashed. We have the Tech We Just Need to Use it.
    If this president doesnt fix some of our Very Serious National Problems. I Think that the Nations Next Step is Civil War Or World War. A Civil War or World War would be the only Reset Button i could think of that our Country is definately ramping up for. If Change Does not Take Place Soon our CHILDREN’S CHILDREN will Pay Dearly. Sure the Mellinials and Boomers will fight it out, but after that what is left for our Youth. ?
    You know what is left? I will Tell You. Nothing, but “War and Pain”.
    We all see organizations like Moveon.org using their newly developed
    AI computer programs to force their political liberal agenda towards our kids and Grand kids. This is a long term plan to take over the minds of our Children and Future leaders of this Country and World. How is this not a crime against Humanity? The average 10-17 yo child has not developed a reasonable political opinion because they have not lived life and experienced what they need to experience to make an informed decision. Even i myself Hadn’t developed a reasonable opinion regarding politics until i was at least 21. So the best i can tell these organizations are attacking our Young People and trying to push their agenda at No Cost. They dont Care who they Hurt. And they will stop at Nothing.What do we do about it? I would love to hear some opinions on this Serious matter.

  7. As president, Trump appointed John Bolton as National Security Advisor https://www.politico.com/story/2018/03/22/john-bolton-national-security-adviser-hr-mcmaster-trump-481721

    As president, Trump threatened to veto, but instead and without hesitation, signed a $1.3 Trillion 2018 Omnibus providing:

    ​- $500 Million to Planned Parenthood.
    – $1.371 Billion for Contributions to International Organizations
    – $51m to promote International Family Planning
    – $7m promoting International Conservation
    – $10m for UN Environmental Programs
    – Internal Revenue Service: Despite the administration’s attempts to slash its budget, the Omni-Bus grants $11.431 Billion to the nation’s tax collectors, a $196 million year-to-year increase and $456 million more than Trump requested.
    – Arts: Federal funding for the arts goes up, despite GOP attempts to slash it. The National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities will see funding climb to $152.8 million each, a $3 million increase over the last fiscal year. The National Gallery of Art gets $165.9 million, a $1.04 million jump in funding. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts will receive $40.5 million, which is $4 million more than the last fiscal year.
    – $12M for Scholarships for Lebanon
    – $20M for Middle East Partnership Initiative Scholarship Program
    – $12M in military funding for Vietnam
    – $15M in Developmental assistance to China
    – $10M for Women LEOs in Afghanistan

    Sen. Dianne Feinstein in 2017 introduced legislation to ban the sale and possession of bump-stocks. Her bill went nowhere. As president, Trump stated: Obama Administration legalized bump stocks. BAD IDEA. As I promised, today the Department of Justice will issue the rule banning BUMP STOCKS (March 23, 2018) https://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2018/03/trump-bump-stocks-are-all-obamas-fault/

    As president, Trump publicly backed raising the minimum age to purchase semi-automatic weapons to 21: https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/27/politics/guns-donald-trump-sarah-sanders-age-limit/index.html

    Trump Just Went Full Sanders — Calls for Increasing Minimum Wage and Higher Taxes – http://thefreethoughtproject.com/trump-full-sanders-calls-increasing-minimum-wage-higher-taxes/

    Real estate magnate Donald Trump gave at least $100,000 to the Clinton Foundation while his daughter Ivanka Trump donated between $5,001 and $10,000, the Hill reported. Trump also donated to Hillary Clinton’s New York Senate campaign – http://www.wnd.com/2015/05/abc-news-star-gave-50000-to-clinton-foundation/#RVUuLIlJIQrKuGvt.99

    Trump has given $541,650 to federal Democratic candidates and fundraising committees going back to 1990, according to data from the Center for Responsive Politics. He’s handed out money to Democratic statewide candidates as well. In 2009, for instance, Trump cut a $25,000 check to former Democratic National Committee chairman Terry McAuliffe for his unsuccessful 2009 Virginia gubernatorial bid. But as Republicans and Tea Party activists nationwide were working to take back the House and Senate in 2010, Trump was also handing out checks to top Democratic incumbents: $4,800 to Reid, $2,000 to Florida Sen. Bill Nelson and more than $8,000 total to New York’s two senators, Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand.

    Over the last two decades, Trump gave money to a number of high-profile Democrats and liberal icons, including Ted Kennedy, John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, Tom Daschle and Joe Biden. The biggest recipient of Trump’s largesse? The scandal-plagued Rangel, who has taken $24,750 from Trump since the 1990 election cycle. – http://www.cnn.com/2011/POLITICS/04/28/trump.democrats/

    Donald Trump predicted Wednesday night that Hillary Clinton will take one more shot at winning the White House in 2016, and declined to rule out the possibility of throwing his support behind the former presidential candidate. “Hillary Clinton, I think, is a terrific woman,” Trump said in an interview with Greta Van Susteren on Fox News. “I am biased because I have known her for years. I live in New York, she lives in New York, and I’ve known her and her husband for years and I really like them both a lot.”

    Praising the secretary of state for being a hard worker and for having done a “good job” since joining the Obama administration, Trump said he expects Clinton to run for office again.
    “I think assuming she is healthy, which I hope she will be, I think she runs after the next four years, I would imagine,” he said. – http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0312/74636.html#ixzz3e5yzzwUv

    Donald Trump has filed for corporate bankruptcy four times, in 1991, 1992, 2004 and 2009. All of these bankruptcies were connected to over-leveraged casino and hotel properties in Atlantic City, all of which are now operated under the banner of Trump Entertainment Resorts. Apr 29, 2011 – http://www.forbes.com/sites/clareoconnor/2011/04/29/fourth-times-a-charm-how-donald-trump-made-bankruptcy-work-for-him/

    The (Liberal) Trump Tapes: Vol. 1: – https://youtu.be/rcUCLwWCihE

    President Obama held his first prime-time press briefing — designed to build support for the economic stimulus package that was his top priority upon taking office — on Feb. 9, 2009. Later that same night, real estate mogul Donald Trump took to the airwaves to sing the plan’s — and the president’s — praises. “I thought he did a terrific job,” Trump told Fox News’s Greta Van Susteren. “This is a strong guy knows what he wants, and this is what we need.”

    “First of all, I thought he did a great job tonight,” said Trump. “I thought he was strong and smart, and it looks like we have somebody that knows what he is doing finally in office, and he did inherit a tremendous problem. He really stepped into a mess, Greta Van Susteren then asked Trump if a simple payroll tax holiday might be a better way to stimulate the flagging economy. Trump, however, held firm in his support for Obama’s plan, which he praised for the wide breadth of approaches it took to combatting the crisis.

    “Well, I think taxes are very good. I think it goes quickly. It is easily done, and etc., etc.,” Trump told Van Susteren, “but building infrastructure, building great projects, putting people to work in that sense is also very good, so I think you have a combination of both plus he is doing a rebate system and I think that is good also.” https://www.buzzfeed.com/ilanbenmeir/that-time-donald-trump-praised-the-stimulus-package-on-fox-n?utm_term=.dklV1Llj0#.bvElqJZDo

    Although Donald Trump is trying to re-invent himself as a conservative for a possible bid for president, reminders of his prior support for Democrats and big government policies keep adding up. The Donald supported the auto bailout in 2008. “I think the government should stand behind them 100 percent,” Trump told Fox News’ Neil Cavuto. Faced with crushing debts caused by poor management and high labor costs, GM and Chrysler requested federal assistance to keep the firms afloat, and were granted a $25 billion loan in the fall of 2008. President George Bush then secured more than $17 billion for the companies. This occurred months before the birth of the Tea Party, but conservatives were outraged. Not Trump. A longtime advocate of sweetheart deals between corporation and state, the real-estate developer went all in for the deal. http://dailycaller.com/2011/04/20/conservative-donald-trump-supported-auto-bailouts-in-2008/

    People who supported Trump hated this idea when Obama proposed it. Trump was back on the stump today criticizing Clinton for… not being in favor of enough government spending. For the purposes of reference, Clinton’s infrastructure plan is to spend $275 billion in her first 100 days. Trump promises to at least double that. http://www.redstate.com/leon_h_wolf/2016/08/02/trumps-economic-plan-spend-massive-amounts-money-shovel-ready-jobs./

  8. If ever there was a time to keep our powder dry it’s now, and all you folks who are wringing your hands, gnashing your teeth and pissing all over your powder disgust me. I hope I’m never put in a position where I have to have your six. As Nancy said, we at least ought to wait and see how things turn out before throwing the baby out with the bathwater.

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