How Much Are We To Spend For Trump’s Wall — Instead Of Schools, Healthcare, Safe Water?


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❝ During the campaign, President Donald Trump promised to build a wall across the southern border some 1,000 miles long. The number of miles the president currently has money for: seven.

United States Customs and Border Protection officials delivered the startling news…at a conference in San Antonio for businesses eager to win contracts for beefing up security along the border.

❝ Although estimates to build the wall soar past $20 billion, the agency has so far managed to scrape together only about $20 million, according to its top contracting official. The rest of the cash will have to come from Congress, which so far has proven reluctant to foot the bill.

That amount of cash would not go very far to build a real wall — existing fence along the border costs roughly $2.8 million per mile.

Instead, the agency plans to spend the money on eight model walls, planning, engineering, and early-stage land acquisition…

So, the money will either come out of taxpayers’ pockets directly – or the usual way favored by Congressional conservatives, e.g. rip it from budgets already dedicated to education, healthcare, etc. You know. Stuff that benefits ordinary people. Not corporate elites.

❝ The contracts for the prototype walls — some made of concrete, some made of other materials, all to be “aesthetically pleasing” per Trump’s wishes for a beautiful wall — will be announced later this summer…

Like most of everything Trump owes obedient voters, True Believers in our nation unwinding time back to some 19th Century myth – it ain’t going to happen. It will cost exponentially more than promised. It will take money stolen from healthcare, decent roads, education, a poison-free environment. Nothing the Republican Party has cared about in decades. Everything this generation and those to follow will require if America is to keep from falling backwards compared to the rest of the developed and developing world.

18 thoughts on “How Much Are We To Spend For Trump’s Wall — Instead Of Schools, Healthcare, Safe Water?

  1. Update says:

    The House approved an appropriations bill yesterday that included $1.6 billion to build 74 miles of wall, including $251 million for 14 miles of fencing in San Diego — separate from the prototypes that received $20 million in funding earlier in the year. http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-border-wall-delay-san-diego-20170727-story.html
    The amendment from Rep. John Carter (R-Texas) was attached to a spending bill for the 2018 fiscal year for the military and veterans in the Rules Committee, meaning it did not need a vote in the full House. The government’s fiscal year begins in October.
    The Senate still needs to come up with its own funding bill, which will probably lead to a fight in September on the overall budget, including the $1.6 billion for the border wall. But Thursday’s vote was significant in that it was the first time Congress had voted to spend taxpayer money on the project.
    Trump said during his campaign that Mexico would pay for the wall, but his administration appears to have abandoned that idea.”
    See also “Here’s How Long The U.S.-Mexico Border Wall Would Need To Be” (video) http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2017/01/26/us-mexico-border_n_14423218.html

    • At What Price? says:

      ⚠️ “Construction of first border wall segment to begin sooner than expected along Rio Grande : Federal officials plan to start construction this fall on 3 miles of border barrier through a South Texas wildlife refuge.” (Texas Tribune 7/28/17) “U.S. Customs and Border Protection will begin constructing the first segment of President Trump’s border wall in November through a national wildlife refuge, using money it’s already received from Congress. For the past six months, CBP has been quietly preparing a site to build a nearly 3-mile border barrier through the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, according to The Texas Observer.”
      ⚠️ “Trump Administration Preparing Texas Wildlife Refuge for First Border Wall Segment” (Texas Observer 7/14/17) https://www.texasobserver.org/trump-border-wall-texas-wildlife-refuge-breaking/ “Established in 1943, the Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge is one of the top birding destinations in North America. Home to at least 400 bird species and 450 species of plants, it also hosts both the rare Sabal palm and the endangered ocelot. The refuge is located on the Texas-Mexico border about 10 miles southeast of McAllen in the Rio Grande Valley.
      If the levee wall is constructed, it will essentially destroy the refuge, the official said. The proposed plans call for building a road south of the wall and clearing refuge land on either side of the wall for surveillance, cameras and light towers.”

  2. Jeepers, Wally! says:

    “Mexico won’t pay for it. Border-state Republicans don’t want it. Senate Democrats say they’ll block any spending bill that includes a dime for it. Conservative Republicans are likely to balk at the price tag. Funding President Trump’s border wall could go south quickly for Republicans and create a whole host of political headaches for a party already struggling to make good on some of its long-held campaign promises. So why is House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) so excited about this wall that his office released a video from his trip to the Rio Grande Valley featuring horses, helicopters, boats and techno music to sell it?” https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/08/02/paul-ryan-just-cant-wait-to-spend-billions-and-billions-on-trumps-border-wall-really/
    Ryan’s promotional video: “The Wall: Let’s Get It Done” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xM8EaXmxEOE
    (May 23, 2017) “The first leg of President Trump’s planned border wall will cost an exorbitant $24.5 million per mile, according to the 2018 budget he submitted Tuesday” http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/may/23/trump-budget-funds-border-wall/ “Some 32 miles of new wall will be built in the Border Patrol’s Rio Grande Valley sector at a price of $784 million, or $24.5 million per mile. That is four times the $6 million Homeland Security paid per mile for recent upgrades to fencing in Nogales, Arizona, and it’s six times the cost of upgrading 9 miles of fence near Douglas, Arizona. The department did not explain the massive spike in cost per mile.
    Mr. Trump’s budget also calls for 28 miles of levee wall to be built along the Rio Grande at a total cost of $498.4 million and 14 miles of replacement wall to be erected near San Diego at $250.6 million.”

  3. Dad blazes says:

    “Texas border wall map looks a lot like private firm’s proposal” (Austin American-Statesman Aug 13, 2017) http://www.mystatesman.com/news/state–regional/texas-border-wall-map-looks-lot-like-private-firm-proposal/4ZdqIwyLIytanpZwAGO49L/ The recently revealed map of Trump administration plans for new border wall segments in Hidalgo County is almost identical to a proposal drafted by a politically connected private engineering firm and endorsed by Hidalgo County officials in February. The proposed $379 million plan was developed by Dannenbaum Engineering, a firm that built the previous round of levee border walls in the county. Dannenbaum’s offices were raided in April by the FBI, which is reportedly investigating the firm’s pursuit of government infrastructure projects.
    See also “Houston-based Dannenbaum hit with FBI raids in four cities : Firm cuts wide swath in politics and business” (Huston Chronicle 4/26/17) http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Houston-based-Dannenbaum-hit-with-FBI-raids-in-11101894.php

  4. Walleyed says:

    “The Wall: Unknown Stories, Unintended Consequences.” https://www.usatoday.com/border-wall/ This landmark multi-media report examines in unprecedented detail President Donald Trump’s signature campaign promise to build “a great wall” on the U.S.-Mexico border.
    This immersive experience encompasses virtual reality, bots, aerial and 360-degree video, documentaries, photos, podcasts, LiDAR data, exclusive reporting and an upcoming long-form film. The combined effort of more than 30 reporters, photographers and videographers from NETWORK newsrooms along the border in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas provides a comprehensive understanding of the proposed border wall, those who will be affected, and all of the issues surrounding it.
    Meanwhile, California filed a lawsuit Wednesday alleging that the administration has overstepped its powers in expediting construction of a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border. Filed in federal court in San Diego, the lawsuit states its purpose is “to protect the State of California’s residents, natural resources, economic interests, procedural rights, and sovereignty from violations of the United States Constitution” and federal law. http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-ca-xavier-becerra-trump-wall-lawsuit-20170920-story.html

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