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Take the deal, Mr. President

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12.02.2019

Cranky conservatives are already complaining about the proposed border wall deal. They shouldn’t be. Both they and President Trump should take the deal and move on to fight another day.

We don’t have all the details yet, but it appears Trump will get $1.375 billion to build an extra 55 miles of border fencing. That’s only a quarter of the $5.7 billion he had asked for, and leaves the country well short of what it needs to secure the southern border. It’s easy to see why conservatives are upset.

But — news flash — that’s the best they are going to get with Democrats in control of the House. Elections have consequences, as Democrats forced to deal with Trump on the border are painfully aware. That works both ways, though. Americans have voted for divided government (again), and that means both sides must compromise.

The alternative to the deal is another government shutdown, something no sentient conservative should want. Government shutdowns are always unpopular because the people rightly think they should not be punished because their leaders can’t work together. Trump’s job approval ratings predictably declined during the most recent shutdown and have only........

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