The Costs of President Trump’s Stupid Border Wall
August 8, 2018, 9:49 a.m.
Updated 8/13/18 at 10 a.m.
We all know the President lies, a lot. Almost eight times a day.
When President Trump said Mexico would pay for the wall, we knew that was a lie, but Trump supporters fell for it even though there is no legal justification as to why they should. So, instead of a wall, we now have a trade war.
When President Trump said he could build the wall under $20 billion because who knows more about building walls than him, we also knew that was lie. How far was he off on the figures? But as far off as the length of the border.
The GAO (Government Accountability Office) which is non-partisan, released a report on what the estimated costs of the wall will be.
When including various factors such as land ownership which is very important because landowners either have to sell their land to the government, which I’m sure it won’t be at a cheap price, or the government has to file eminent domain actions which would tie it up in the courts for years, and additional factors such as change in topography, the costs run up to $70 billion according to one report by Democrats.
Best case scenario, $21 billion without including costs of maintenance.
Do you imagine all the good the government could do if it spent $70 billion on something else? Is $70 billion enough to offer proper healthcare and hospitals for our veterans? I’m sure $20 billion is.
Meanwhile, the President wants to shutdown the government to get funding for his wall, not caring how many government employees will be left without a paycheck during the shutdown and will struggle to pay their bills.
It’s not tough negotiations when someone else that is not relevant to the negotiation gets screwed. That’s just pure selfishness. Of course, there are other more effective ways to prevent illegal immigration, but those methods don’t have catchy phrases. “Build the laser grid” or “get more drones” just wouldn’t sell with the base. Neither will something logical like cracking down hard financially on businesses that hire illegal immigrants.
Show me a twenty-foot wall and I will show you a twenty-one foot ladder.
Alexander Hernandez, Esq.