The GOP should not raise the debt ceiling for Trump to build his ineffective and immensely costly border wall, suggests Steve Chapman of The Chicago Tribune. Estimated to cost between $22 billion and $70 billion, the project is a gimmick that sounded good to some people on the campaign trail but would have little actual use. The Republicans seem to have correctly understood this and are opposed to the U.S. funding the wall. Trump had generated support for it with the claim that Mexico would foot the bill. Now, that’s not the case. No threat of a government shutdown should deter the GOP from its stance.
The Republican Party should show its unity and back Trump’s border wall, which is what their supporters voted for, claims Nicholas L. Waddy of American Greatness. A big part of the president’s road to the Oval Office was his insistence on protecting U.S. workers and jobs by being tougher on illegal immigration. The border wall was widely supported among conservatives, which the GOP should respect. By standing against Trump, they hand Democrats a victory, who have unfairly painted this idea as a disaster. Pushing through the wall would hand the GOP a much-needed political victory and highlight its effectiveness.