Contributed by Arthur Ahrens of Branchport, NY.
Something there is that doesn’t love a wall…–Robert Frost
Build a wall, and make Mexico pay for it–DJT
Time for a Blast from the Past!
TFG was bragging about his border wall the other day, reminiscing about how it has stopped border incursions, stopped illegal immigration, stopped drug trafficking etc….the usual lies and wishful thinking.
When he first touted his plan to build a “beautiful” wall all along the southern border, he said it would cost $8 billion — $12 billion tops — and that Mexico would pay for it.
The nation’s self-anointed “best builder” bragged in 2017 that his construction know-how and savvy would bring the price of his border wall “WAY DOWN!” once he got involved in the process.
The Department of Homeland Security’s internal estimate in early 2017, shortly after Txxxp took office, was that his proposed border wall would cost $21.6 billion and take 3.5 years.
5 years later….only 458 miles were built. Mexico laughed when told they would pay for it, so the American taxpayer got the bill.
An example of the cost..an 11.4-mile stretch from just west of Granjeno downriver to the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge—runs to about $27 million a mile. Extrapolating (27M x 458 miles) = $12,366,000,000.00. At that rate, the 2000 mile proposal, if complete, would have cost over $54 BILLION DOLLARS
What did we get for this puny stretch costing more than the TFG’s original estimate for THE ENTIRE WALL?
The WALL is easily defeated by ancient technology: THE LADDER
And….the CBP reports that the wall has been breached more than 3000 times by people using hand tools purchased from hardware stores.
To summarize, the wall built by TFG is:
- only 20% of the promised length
- Cost more than 5 times the estimate
- Is easily defeated
- AND costs a LOT OF MONEY TO MAINTAIN.
TFG, as was so often the case, overpromised and under delivered. This is so hilarious that I’d be laughing hysterically if it wasn’t my money that was wasted.