Raleigh – North Carolina learned yesterday the full consequences of Thom Tillis’ flip flop of the emergency declaration, as the Pentagon reported that hundreds of millions in military spending in North Carolina is now on the chopping block thanks in part to Tillis. Sen. Tillis sold out our military families at Fort Bragg, Camp Lejeune, Seymour Johnson, and Cherry Point who now will “foot the bill” for his disastrous decision to cave to political pressure. “It was not simply a flip-flop, but a belly flop,” as one paper put it. Or, as another said, “So much for guts, backbone and especially principle.”
Fayetteville Observer: Our View: What we’ll lose to fund Trump’s wall
By the Editorial Board
March 19, 2019
The Pentagon sent its hit list to Congress this week — specific projects across the United States and around the world that may lose funding leave town as the money heads south to build President Trump’s long-promised border wall.
It’s a firm indication that the president no longer expects Mexico will pay for the wall. And it also confirms, in specific ways, how our military installations — and the people who live, work and train on them — will foot the bill.
It’s an especially big challenge for North Carolina’s Sen. Thom Tillis, who also is a member of Armed Services and until now a staunch advocate for projects on this state’s military bases, including Fort Bragg, Camp Lejeune, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base and the Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station. Each of those installations stands to lose tens or even hundreds of millions that had been budgeted for repairs and new facilities.
Tillis last week executed one of the more astonishing flip-flops in congressional history when he voted against the measure rejecting the president’s declaration of a national emergency and the looting of the Pentagon budget to build the wall. For weeks, Tillis had opposed the president’s initiative because it hijacks Congress’ appropriation authority. He argued in a Washington Post op-ed column that, “There is no intellectual honesty in now turning around and arguing that there’s an imaginary asterisk attached to executive overreach.” But last week, he apparently found the asterisk and knuckled under to the president — or more likely to the threat of a Republican primary challenge to his re-election effort next year. So much for guts, backbone and especially principle.
That’s a grand total of nearly $380 million in projects at North Carolina’s four largest military bases — a big hit, if we lose them all.
The Trump wall is more transparently political, and less needed, than ever. Building one with funding for American military bases is unconscionable.
News & Record: Our Opinion: Read Thom Tillis’ lips
By the Editorial Board
March 19, 2019
Remember those bold pronouncements from U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis about standing up to an abuse of power by President Trump?
He takes them back.
Didn’t mean them.
Upon further review, fuggedaboutit.
It was not simply a flip-flop, but a belly flop. Read. His. Lips.
Obviously, pressure from the White House helped to move Tillis from Point A to Z. Tillis also probably was spooked by threats of a primary challenge in 2020. Among possible opponents: Republican Rep. Mark Walker of Greensboro.
Now he says he is satisfied that amending the president’s emergency powers going forward would “prevent a future left-wing president from misusing their authority.” In other words, what is acceptable “for my party” is not acceptable for “thy party” after all.
This episode lends credence to suspicions that in opposing Trump on this issue, Tillis was seeking to tack to the center for the general election in 2020. Until that talk about a primary challenge began to percolate. Then Tillis’ “intellectual honesty” promptly exited the building — right behind his credibility.