I watched Steve Bannon being interviewed on CNN yesterday by the excellent Fareed Zakaria. Surprisingly I found him quite likeable with a great deal of charm. Odd given the loafing, unshaven brute he seemed to delight in portraying himself a couple of years ago. On the other hand, he had been in Italy for several weeks preaching his philosophies to a smaller party where elections have resulted in yet more chaos for that country where democracy has rarely resulted in anything other than hung parliaments.
Several points he made seemed eminently sensible on their own. However, his rationale for the anti-immigration policy was absolute nuts in my view. He portrayed himself as the saviour of blacks and Hispanics. Unless Immigration was curtailed, they would be condemned for life to low paid jobs and have no chance of advancement. Huh? Aren’t immigrants traditionally the ones who take up the low skilled jobs that many Americans don’t actually want? If you don’t ensure a continuous supply of cheap labour, instead of helping surely you are ensuring the majority of local minorities remain stuck at the bottom of the heap?
Naturally the discussion turned to “the Wall”. Bannon predicts another government shutdown unless Trump gets the funding in September.
"I believe that what he's going to do is, as we come up on September 30, if that appropriations bill does not include spending to fully build his wall -- not some $1.6 billion for prototypes, I mean to build the southern wall -- I believe he will shut down the government"