So we now finally have to take up Mr. Trumps campaign promise to build a wall on our southern border.
Of course this has been tried before. The Ming Dynasty put considerable effort into precluding the Mongol hordes from running roughshod over their social services and food banks, or whatever it is Mr. Trump worries these people, hard working in my experience, believes they will consume. And the Ming Dynasty did not find this to be a permanent solution no matter how much they spent.
Some say this is going to cost 40 billion dollars. This is the opinion of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. That is like three aircraft carriers and all the airplanes they can hold.
Homeland Defense says it will only be 21.3 billion dollars. Ok, only two aircraft carriers.
Beyond the cost, the impact on the landowners will be substantial, for the wall is not a fixture to run along the Rio Grande the pace along the borders of New Mexico, Arizona and finally California. There is way more to it.
For example we have some archaic international device called a “treaty” with Mexico in which we agreed neither country would build on the Rio Grande flood plain. This means the wall will sit well inside Texas.
What Mr. Trump also didn’t say in 2015 when he began his campaign is his plan is to enhance the 650 miles of already existing fencing, three deep in some places, plus other barriers on the US Mexican border to make it a nearly 2000 mile wall. The plan is to make this 18 feet tall, with limited access either way, all the way.
Personally I intend to invest in Mexican companies making 19 foot ladders.