The same crap politicians who would build a wall to keep people of color out have always relied on building an ideological wall around your brain.
❝ In the first court hearing over President Trump’s border wall funding plan, administration lawyers on Friday vigorously pressed their controversial argument that Congress did not in fact deny him the money when lawmakers excluded it from the appropriations bill they enacted in February.
To bar spending, Deputy Assistant Attorney General James M. Burnham told a federal judge here, Congress would have had to explicitly say that “no money shall be obligated” in any form…
Trump’s new favorite word – BULLSHIT – applies here as well as most of his blather and bluster.
❝ In the run-up to the 2016 presidential election, Mr Trump promised to build a wall along the border’s entire 2,000-mile length.
He later clarified that it would only cover half of that – with nature, such as mountains and rivers, helping to take care of the rest.
❝ But, since Mr Trump entered the White House, although some of the already existing barriers have been replaced, no construction on any extension to the wall has yet been started…
Just over 40 miles of replacement barriers have been built or begun. Construction is expected to start on 61 more miles of replacement barrier in 2019. This equates to new sections of about 15% of existing structures.
❝ The first construction on any extension to the existing structures – what could be termed new barrier – will start in February in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas.
The twin projects will cover a total of 14 miles – one barrier stretching six miles and the other eight miles.
OK. We know the petrified politics of those who choose Trump over anyone this side of Peter Sellers in DR. STRANGELOVE. Still, we can only hope the remainder of sane Americans of good will learn from the example of Trump and send a new occupant to the White House in 2020 who will actually work towards the health and welfare of the United States.
❝ In the 1640’s the Dutch inhabitants of New Amsterdam built a 12′ wall to keep the bad hombres out. In 1664 the British ignored the wall and took New Amsterdam by sea. It’s now called New York. They took down the wall and built a street. It’s called Wall Street.
Same as it ever was…
Thanks, Ian Bremmer
❝ The wall is never going to be built but just in case it is we will build a series of giant escalators that are spaced out a half mile along the wall on either side and if that doesn’t happen we’ll just give the money to people who care about the well being of human beings no matter where they’re from.
Here’s a link to the GoFundMe post in full.
Trump lied and we get the bill
❝ According to Department of Homeland Security officials (and Fox News)…Trump’s goddamn-no-good-very-f**king-stupid border wall—which, if it happens, either the American taxpayers or these idiots on GoFundMe are going to pay for—will consist of 215 miles of a “wall system” on the southern border. This “wall system” will supposedly include some fencing, some border patrol agents, and some cameras for the low, low price of $5 billion up front and up to $25 billion later on…
Here are some other ways we could spend the $5 billion:
• Pay the annual salary of 125,000 teachers
• Pay the annual salary of 71,428 nurses
• Provide a year of housing for 500,000 homeless people
• Fund 250,000 domestic adoptions
• Fund the annual treatment of 250,000 people living with AIDS
• Pay off 134,509 average student loans…
• Buy 25 million ounces of weed
❝ What do we need more, a border wall or 2 billion tacos? One is going to hurt immigrants, property owners, butterflies, jaguars, and the ecosystem, and the other tastes great with salsa and sour cream. I know which one gets my vote.
❝ The estimated number of undocumented immigrants living in the USA reached a 12-year low in 2016, continuing a decade-long decline in which that population fell from a high of 12.2 million in 2007 to 10.7 million in 2016…
Researchers from the Pew Research Center, which conducted the analysis, said economics played a major role in that fall. The Great Recession wiped out millions of jobs that attracted undocumented immigrants to the USA, while the Mexican economy steadily improved, giving Mexicans more reasons to stay in their country…
❝ In fact, Pew concluded in 2015 that more Mexicans returned to their home country than entered the USA, a historic shift in the source of illegal immigration.
Anyone who works building trades along the southern border could have told USA Today the same.
❝ 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.