CNN Runs Segment On Trump Wall Being Very Doable – We Explain How Mexico Pays…

Six months ago every talking head on TV and print media was decrying the Trump proposal to build a border wall as impossible hyperbole.   It is amazing just how far the conversation has turned.

Yesterday CNN ran a segment on how the border wall would possibly be constructed, what materials would be used, and how much it would potentially cost.

However, what CNN apparently missed was a December explanation where candidate Donald Trump actually explained exactly what products would be used to build the Southern Border Wall.

Beyond the now admitted viability of the construction itself, we find even more reason to be very optimistic that Mexico would pay for the wall.

In a recent Mexican news article it was revealed that money transfers (remittances) from the U.S. to Mexico now surpass the amount of the entire Mexican oil business.   Wired money transfers total almost $25 Billion:

Mexico – […] There was a 4.75% increase in money sent from abroad, most of which comes from the U.S., to total US $24.8 billion last year, up from $23.6 billion in 2014, said the Bank of México.

The bank said it was the first time remittances had totaled more than petroleum revenues since it began tracking them in 1995.   Oil revenues last year totaled $23.4 billion.

An important factor in the increase in remittances is the jobs created by economic recovery in the U.S.Some 11 million Mexicans are believed to be living in the U.S. and many work in construction. Remittances, 97% of which are sent electronically, averaged $292 last year.  (read more)

Even if President Donald Trump does not renegotiate any of the $50 Billion trade imbalance we have with Mexico; and if you only target the remittance dollars ($25 billion) which are vital for the Mexican economy, you can see how easy it would be to get Mexico to pay for the border wall.

Federal Budgets are fixed on ten year projections. In order for an expenditure to be revenue neutral the revenue must meet or exceed the expenditure over a 10-year period.

If you take the $25 Billion in outbound remittances, and you apply a small 4% surcharge for each wire transfer to Mexico, that surcharge would net $1 Billion/year.   Multiplied over ten years (budget requirement) that means $10 Billion into the U.S. treasury from the surcharge fee.

$10 Billion in revenue.

How much is the projected cost of the border wall per CNN?

$10 Billion.

trump border wall

Easy peasy – problem solved.  The wall is built, and Mexico has paid for it…..

…..See how that works?

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305 Responses to CNN Runs Segment On Trump Wall Being Very Doable – We Explain How Mexico Pays…

  1. Howie says:

    It is so easy to build a wall. A simple construction project. Go Go Go.

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    • PreNanny says:

      Who did the cn & n guy call as experts? Sounds like bad advice from whomever answered phones at local Home Depot or Lowes and some guy who sells prefab “sound barriers” along highways.
      I am with you Howie let us git her done!

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    • joshua says:

      Hilliary’s State Dept LOST $6 Billion….we spent a BILLION building a US Embassy in Baghdad….easy to find 10 billion if you want it. Congress already passed the legislation to build it…just never funded it and Obama keeps the borders open and porous….

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    • John Galt says:

      Seems like the technology has been around for awhile.

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    • Keln says:

      I wouldn’t call it a “simple” construction project. A lot of the terrain along the border is difficult to build on, one of the reasons so much of the border is unpopulated and empty. But it is certainly doable. I think the $10 Billion figure might be a little low, but it doesn’t really matter. There has to be a wall, and so it must be built. We’ve tackled harder problems with less technology than we have now, so there really isn’t any valid excuse for not building it.

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  2. wheatietoo says:

    He could also hold back some of the billions we send in Aid to Mexico….to cover any cost overruns.

    There are some ‘natural boundaries’ along the border, where a wall isn’t necessary.
    So we don’t have to build a Wall all along the entire span of the border.

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    • KBR says:

      “Aid?” To Mexico? Looks like Ford and Nabisco are already aiding Mexico plenty. Therefore I believe the time for “Aid to Mexico” has come to an END!

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    • kadar2012 says:

      I disagree. The wall will be needed the whole length of the border. Just like China did. Those “natural boundaries” may stop the vehicle traffic but they do not stop the foot traffic. Trash from illegal crossings has been found at the top of Millers Peak and that is over 9,000 feet elevation.

      Here is an example from the Campo, CA area that our government considers a “natural boundary”. Is it hard to tell that a politician was involved in this build?

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      • NJF says:

        Omg. A picture truly is worth a thousand words.

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      • RINOKiller says:

        Can still put a slab on top of the rock

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        • Pepperjelly says:

          Move the damn rock!

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        • brcajun says:

          They are currently building I-49 thru Bella Vista deep in the Ozarks and they dynamite depths of 100 or more feet so the road is an acceptable grade of level. This location is at the border of Arkansas and Missouri, about a 4 miles stretch. I might add it did not take long to accomplish this. That puny rock where they did not build the wall is the signs of ignoring the wall (and going against the will of the people of this country), showing a wall without the rock boundary only for show. Besides if you notice that wall is not very high. ladders can scale that wall easily.

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          • brcajun says:

            Try going into the marked warnings for Groom Lake (Area 51). They have underground sensors, motion sensors and cameras all over the surrounding of this area for the military. We have the technology in place for control agents stationed many x miles apart that will catch any movement including heat detection at the wall and sensors on top to trigger anyone trying. If the wall is even 40 feet high, nobody in their right mind would WANT to try it. I also agree that steel anchors into the rock and fill in cement or moving boulders from the nearby surrounding can fill in the gaps. I would prefer filling it all the way and not leave ANY opening.

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            • louche9 says:

              Excellent point, brcajun. Thry have technology in place to zap a bird out of the sky if they don’t like where he’s flying, but the security of American citizens means nothing.

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        • John Galt says:

          The rock needs an ADA compliant ramp and handrail.

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      • americalsgt says:

        I don’t see that as a natural boundary. That’s stupidity. But in the locations were there is a legitimate boundary, you have drones, monitors, and patrols. Nothing is going to be completely full-proof. People will still smuggle illegals into the country, but right now, we have an open border with no control or permission to stop. A Trump Wall is a great way to stem the flow.

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    • LoreneTN says:

      I looked that up last night. $500+ million in foreign aid to Mexico in 2013. Probably more by now. Couple years and there a billion.

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  3. Curry Worsham says:

    CNN doesn’t mention that Trump said the wall would not need to be the entire 1900 miles because there are a lot of natural barriers.

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  4. I’m an architect who deals occasionally with perimeter security. For an election discussion I suppose keeping things really simple is OK. The reality is that the border barrier will be more complex than CNN is showing. For one thing the height they are showing seems low. But of course the fence is absolutely possible to build — in fact it is very low-tech and easy from a construction technology point of view.

    A few design issues: It is also important to note that depending on the risk assessment, different kinds of barriers can be constructed at different locations. So in a high risk / aesthetically important areas, the most complex, expensive and/or beautiful barrier is installed, while in more remote locations a simple but still robust and less expensive solution could be warranted.

    Opaque vs. Transparent.

    Typically a barrier only HAS to be opaque (solid material that blocks all light like concrete) if sniper fire is an issue. There are some advantages to having the barrier either fully or semi- transparent. That can mean fencing and/or laminated glass. Glass solutions can be quite strong with 15 minute intrusion protection but they would probably need to be protected with K-12 type bollards to prevent vehicle ramming. On the other hand an opaque barrier may be cheaper to build.

    Electronic Security:

    Any barrier will also have an infrastructure of cameras and intrusion detection systems (either on the barrier or buried).

    Patrol Roads:

    Ideally in high risk areas, you would even have a road on the attack side which means multiple barriers. For example first an anti-climb (3 meter high) fence up against the attack side (Mexican border), then a patrol road with buried sensors, then the main barrier, then a second patrol road.

    Trump has mentioned that due to geographic barriers only 1000 miles of fence is required. This lowers the CNN cost but with the extras I have added it probably comes out a wash. But we would have to have much more information to do a proper cost estimate. The Israelis are building similar barriers around their nation and so their experiences should be studied by the design team.

    While we can talk about installation costs (and these are easily calculated) the real cost will be in manning this barrier. This of course means JOBS for working class people so this “cost” should not necessarily be seen as a negative. And naturally if there is a serious will to get Mexico to pay, they will cough up in record time.

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    • if incas 200 years out of the stone age can build a wall that functioned for 600 years I figure we’re good to go.

      All this twaddle about electronic and transparent – pfft.

      Build a damn wall. A big one. Put guards on it. Ones that come from the military and are under military discipline with military punishments for dereliction of duty, just like nations have done for literally thousands of years.

      KILL any adult attempting to enter illegally who breaches the line and doesn’t IMMEDIATELY stop still when commanded to do so.

      HALT any juvenile attempting to enter illegally and return them to where DNA testing and skip tracing tells us they’re from – which would be Mexico anyway since that’s where the mongrels will have wandered in from like the cunning disease carrying walking dead they are.

      Watch it work.

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      • Tonawanda says:

        “Build a damn wall. A big one. Put guards on it. Ones that come from the military and are under military discipline”

        Just throwing out an idea, but why couldn’t we expand the jurisdiction of the Coast Guard to include border security, integrating land and water protection, elimination the public sector union problem, and giving young Americans a service opportunity?

        Make other relevant members of the federal bureaucracy where reasonable to cut down on the public sector employment / public unions / democrat bastions aspect of things while increasing military discipline for what is actually a military type job?

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        • My concern is anyone who is a bureaucrat pseudo-soldier or pseudo-cop needs to be either made military or fired.

          There are too many little hitlers, traitors and infiltrators in the ranks of eg BLM and the rest. They do a terrible job. Be better to have National Guard, militia as envisioned in the Constitution and the military doing it.

          But yeah if we could integrate with the military always in supremacy we should do it and abolish all other unConstitutional brownshirt agencies in the process.

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          • Tonawanda says:

            But if it all was made part of the Coast Guard, wouldn’t it be strictly subject to military discipline, eliminating all the non-military bureaucratic nonsense?

            I am not very knowledgeable, but just on a general level it seems that expanding the jurisdiction of the Coast Guard to border security is a logical extension. No doubt there are big differences between land and water, but are the too big to integrate to create – – in effect – – one continuous line of military protection for the US?

            And if this means eliminating border patrol etc (bureaucratic, tyrannical, public union bastions), why not look into it?

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            • It’s a great idea in theory and I agree we should look into it.

              But if it turns into ANOTHER bureaucracy with fat guys with guns they don’t know how to use, who are incompetent and who betray the Constitution… KILL IT WITH FIRE.

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              • Tonawanda says:

                “But if it turns into ANOTHER bureaucracy with fat guys with guns they don’t know how to use”

                I really don’t know, but is that what the Coast Guard is now?

                In my VERY limited experience I have been pleasantly surprised by the military discipline, expertise and patriotism of Coast Guard members.

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                • chrystalia99 says:

                  I have some knowledge of coasties, as my cousin Justin is a commander in the coast guard, currently stationed in South Carolina. And yes, he is voting Trump, he and his buddies have been quietly volunteering and will be getting out the vote Saturday.

                  The Coast Guard operates on basically the same rules as the Navy does–and they have an almost identical disciplinary system as well, a real plus as you can really make a Coastie’s life miserable if they mess up, unlike a bureaucrat or GS worker. Considering a major part of their job at sea is drug interdiction, and they have all kinds of special training in it, they would be an ideal force to deal with the southern border.

                  Their training standards are the equal of the actual “military”, so to speak, as are their ranks (navy ranking) and they do have their own academy, just like any other military branch. The only reason we couldn’t have the Army, Navy, or Air Force guarding the border from a legal point of view is that Posse Comitatus only allows the actual military to operate within the USA under very tight circumstances–our founders didn’t even want “standing armies” at all, that’s why they said a military budget had to be done every 2 years. And they really didn’t want a standing army operating within the CONUS.

                  I do not know whether the Coast Guard would be included under Posse Comitatus, the situation seems a little vague from what I have read so far. But if they aren’t considered “military” under the law, then they would be even more ideal–as we wouldn’t have to jump through legal hoops to give them the job. Their pay scale, BTW, is also the basic military pay scale, so they would be cheaper than GS workers.

                  Most people assume that all gov’t workers are paid like the military–but they aren’t. The GS pay scale pays far better than the military one, sadly.

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                • Drewby Doo says:

                  Nope, maybe in the past but our adherence to prescribed fitness standards is pretty damn good now. Firearm proficiency is only as good as our budget allows and I’m sure you know what that’s been like.

                  The task is not in alignment with our organizational model as it stands, but we could be integrated into a joint operation possibly, given proper funding and training.

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                • chrystalia99 says:

                  Coasties are trained just like the rest of the military, and have the same code of discipline and pay scale–my cousin Justin is a Coast Guard Commander stationed in SC. He and his family are voting Trump, and he will be getting out the vote with his friends on Saturday. His mom, my Aunt Terry, got out the vote in Laconia NH, where Justin was born :-).

                  I don’t know whether the Coast Guard is considered “military” under Posse Comitatus, but if not, they would be perfect–about 75% or more of what they do for routine duty is drug interdiction where he is.

                  Since the pay scale is military and not GS, they would also be much cheaper than DHS/ICE also, and with the military style discipline standards, the ones that mess up pay for it.

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                • El Torito says:

                  I like everything you said except the last sentence. The premise of military being better because it’s cheaper is a thought process that needs to end. I don’t want to do this on the cheap. I want that wall be be the biggest, strongest, classiest, well manned, masterpiece ever constructed. Let’s do this one time, and do it right. let it be a permanent fixture. No getting over or under. Screw a budget – this has to be done right and it has to be irreversible, impenetrable and permanent, integral to our border defense. I say money is no object. Don’t let the opposition tangle it up in details.

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                • chrystalia99 says:

                  I agree entirely on spending the money on the wall–and I’d love to allow families who have lost loved ones to illegals to have memorial plaques on it.

                  Heck, if I had a big enough budget and the means to build it, the danged thing would be a work of art, right down to the polished marble surface on our side, with parks and various types of art exhibits at regular intervals in each border state.

                  If I could buy enough private land on our side, A bike trail/scenic route along the entire length of it, through the mountains and all–campgrounds, the works.

                  When it comes to who guards it–if the coast guard could be gotten back out of DHS, and if Posse Comitatus wasn’t an issue (which unfortunately it would be, if the Coasties went full military again), they would be my first choice.

                  Not as much because military is cheaper, though it is, but because you can really put the hurt to a soldier who is derelict in performance of his duties, whereas it’s danged near impossible to fire a GS worker.

                  One of the worst things about gov’t pay scales is, in fact, that GS workers make significantly more than our troops, and that must stop.

                  But if I have a choice between an expensive employee I can’t fire, or effectively discipline, and a less expensive employee that I can discipline and fire, all other things being equal, give me employee number 2.

                  Another option would be hiring vets to be the wall guards, as they have the training and discipline.

                  But whoever we get to guard it, we have to make sure they aren’t like all the other shiftless bureaucrats we have hanging around, getting highly overpaid and doing mediocre work.

                  But it definitely has to be built right, built well, and built to stay, and as Trump has yet to build anything ugly, I like to think the wall will at least be attractive, if not beautiful.

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                • With the aid czars, Obama’s has corrupting tentacles everywhere, and it seems the military was among their first. Many agencies have Obama walls around them which need to be torn down or repaired. America must be made strong again.

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            • kadar2012 says:

              The Coast Guard is part of the DHS, same parent as the Border Patrol. (Thanks to GWB.) The CG also has powers far more reaching than the BP. They are immune to Posse Comitatus. They can preform warrant less search and seizures, and arrests. Preform any duty that the Sec of DHS orders. Any.
              Think about what could be done by a corrupt gov collaborating with the CG.

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              • chrystalia99 says:

                Technically, they are still “military”, under Title 10, as well as DHS under title 14 of the U.S. Code. They can be moved to the Navy if there’s a war on, by the president–and I believe that Congress can also do so. But yes, at the moment, they are under DHS for all practical intents and purposes–though according to my cousin, nothing has changed “on the ground”, so to speak. And as he is a commander, whose last 3 duty stations were 2nd in command at Long Island, then at Woods Hole, now in SC, (with a short stint at the Pentagon in between) I think he would have noticed if things were getting strange.

                I believe the administration should look at moving them back out of DHS–and get rid of DHS entirely, for that matter. If they became military again, then of course Posse Comitatus would apply. The question then becomes a “simple” one, since I don’t think anyone would want Posse Comitatus messed with.

                Though I do think with their wide experience in drug interdiction especially, they would be good for border security, if a way could be found to do so.

                I don’t know if a way could be found, though. The other option I see would be having the border states delegate security duties to their respective National Guard units, maybe… While I don’t like the idea of “civilians”, so to speak, policing the border, I like the idea of standing military doing so even less.

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            • keith says:

              The Navy has the Marines, so the Coast Guard gets the land equivalent, sounds like a reasonable plan.

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            • Paco Loco says:

              The Coast Guard is the appropriate Federal agency to operate boarder security. The Dept of Homeland Security can be dumped, it’s a hugely expensive beauracracy and ineffective (TSA). The wall would be designed by the Army Corp of Engineers and the private sector would compete for the construction contract let out on a State by State basis. This ain’t rocket science, it’s a simple project that needs good project management. Remittances to Mexico pay for it in ten years.

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        • Katherine McCoun says:

          Don’t we already have official border patrol tasked with doing just that?
          Seems to me half the fight is just gape toting existing laws enforced and existing agencies to do their job

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          • Serpentor says:

            Yes, and they drive around in their vehicles all day looking for suspicious characters. A wall makes their job more efficient by far.

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        • smythe714 says:

          Now I think that is a very practical idea. Border patrol with a proper fence could be labor intensive and a perfect safe start for young people beginning a carrier and paying for collage or other type schooling. A massive opportunity for both public service and learning will earning.

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      • Without cameras or electronic detention you will need a whole lot more guards. And then you are asking them to distinguish between adults and children at whatever distance they are shooting from. Getting it wrong could mean a life sentence in prison for the unfortunate guard given the PC hysteria sweeping the US. For example if a mother carrying her child is running away, it may be a tricky shot killing the mother without wasting the child at the same time.

        A better idea may be to build a huge prison camp IN MEXICO (like the Israelis have in the Sinai) and instead of shooting dead illegal infiltrators, capture them and force the Mexican government to house them in the prison camp that we would regularly inspect.

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        • keith says:

          satellites with infrared will show where people are crossing above ground and seismic equp from the mining industry can demonstrate the underground. The underground is typically going to be in areas where there are people living ie tunneling house to casa.

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      • adoubledot says:

        Have you ever seen Saksaywaman outside of Cusco, Peru? A wall of smooth stones that individually are 10, 15, 20 feet high and still standing. Imagine what we can do with cranes.

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      • John Cesaro says:

        I like your ideas up until the use of the federal military. The armed forces are under the control of the President. We already have one who tells immigration officers to stand down and allow illegals to pass. I think the money should come from the feds straight to the states ho then would be more than able to police “THE WALL”.

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      • Curry Worsham says:

        Yes! “Build a damn wall.”
        NO! “Kill any adult…” Shooting illegals on sight would be a disaster from a humanitarian, legal and political standpoint. The point of the wall is to make it very difficult to cross the border. The few who do attempt to cross are arrested. That kind of talk just fuels the accusations of hate and intolerance. The ugly name calling is not helpful, either. Remember, Trump says he will do this “with heart”.

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    • wheatietoo says:

      Right, there will be an ongoing cost in manning the installation…which will mean permanent jobs after the construction is done.
      Probably will need maintenance workers as well.

      But stopping the cost of all these illegal immigrants flooding into the country will be a big plus…so we will probably be saving millions.

      The ancient Romans built small ‘forts’ at intervals along their Hadrian’s Wall that they built across Britain.
      Seems like a good idea for this construction as well.
      They could have a lookout tower, with sleeping quarters and a monitoring station…with a few vehicle bays.

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    • Scott says:

      Thanks for this post. Simple and clear.

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    • joshua says:

      cheapest and fastest is a wide land mine field with signs and random loose German Shephards dogs roaming about. worked for East Germany…along with concertina wire and border guards with machine guns everywhere, including riding public transportation and checking papers of everyone on board. but, hey, that insults everyone’s “sensitivities”.

      Like America is the great kindergarten and love place for the world…we just want everyone to be happy and have a home….and vote Democrat.

      wonder about the sensitivities of all the folks in the twin towers on 9/11..oh, wait…they can’t vote anymore..

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      • keith says:

        “wait…they can’t vote anymore..”

        unless they are from Chicago

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        • nightmare on k st says:

          Speaking of Chicago, Hillary Clinton is in town setting up campaign offices mainly in black areas, but will not be visiting with Rahm Emanuel, who once expected to get a position in a Clinton administration, is too toxic for Democrats.

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      • wondering999 says:

        The East German wall was an awful memory.
        http://www.berliner-mauer-gedenkstaette.de/en/todesopfer-240.html
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_deaths_at_the_Berlin_Wall
        Someone whose name doesn’t appear in most college history books: Peter Fechter
        “Peter Fechter was a German bricklayer from Berlin in what became East Germany in 1945. He was 18 when he became one of the first victims of the Berlin Wall’s East German border guards while trying to cross over to what was then West Berlin…Although Kulbeik [Fechter’s friend] succeeded in crossing the wall, Fechter, still on the wall, was shot in the pelvis in plain view of hundreds of witnesses. He fell back into the death-strip on the Eastern side, where he remained in view of Western onlookers, including journalists. Despite his screams, he received no medical assistance from the East side, and could not be tended to by those on the West side. Western police threw him bandages, which he could not reach. He bled to death after approximately one hour. As a result of his death, hundreds in West Berlin formed a spontaneous demonstration, shouting “Murderers!” at the border guards.
        As we build this wall, there are history lessons that will need to be taken into account, unpopular though they may be

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      • Curry Worsham says:

        I’m sorry, but East Germany? Not helpful. Can we just stop with the minefields and kill shots? Trump is not running on this stuff. People who attempt to climb the wall will be arrested. Period. It is not necessary that they die.

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    • justafly says:

      East Germany had an effective (not impenetrable) fence system. Two spans of wire fencing, topped with razor wire separated by a raked sand span over buried land mines.
      At times I served along the 850+ mile German East-West border in the late 1960’s in support of ground RADAR units. They could, back then, distinguish between trucks, tanks or marching troops by the RADAR signature. We must by now have more sensitive equipment including detecting tunneling.

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    • Drone technology surveillance video with fast response teams and making it much more difficult.
      Hey NASA budget 18 billion and 100 times more complicated.

      Let’s go #Trump and hurry!

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    • keith says:

      You know that Trump is not going to build a 1900 mile long wall. Don’t you?

      More like 100 x 19 mile long walls positioned by GPS to meet correctly and put out to competitive bidding so the wall gets built in 6 months or less with incentives for early finish and under budget.

      Remember, it is a double wall with a road

      Your thoughts on the esthetics are right on. Of course with advertising facing the Mexican side so they will remember to “BUY AMERICAN”

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  5. R-C says:

    Of course, here in the tree house we knew all along that the wall could be built, and that Mexico could be made to pay for it.

    What’s jaw-droppingly amazing that even CNN has come around to his way of thinking.

    It is simply stunning how much Mr. Trump has driven the agenda since he announced last June. Anyone who doesn’t see the flat-out leadership skills involved is either a dunce, or willfully blind to it. Trump’s agenda IS our national agenda now, already–Obama has been reduced to a spit-ball thrower. (Competing campaigns must me gnashing their teeth over this.)

    Fellow warriors, our nation is starved for Donald Trump’s leadership. Now, more than ever, we need this man at the helm. Let’s redouble our efforts to see him across the finish line!

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    • wheatietoo says:

      The other candidates all sound like the ‘Mee-Too Review’….trying to steal Trump’s policies, since they see how popular they are.

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    • Jennie says:

      Well said patriot!

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    • ZZZ says:

      We don’t often see the kind of personal character that can take HEAVY criticism and still maintain vision. Most would crumble to the peer pressure which is why we have no representation in Congress today – all cowards – all afraid of losing their personal fortunes garnered by cow-towing to the special interests.

      Very unique situation we have with private citizen Trump.
      Much appreciate his experience and fortitude.
      Praying for his safety.

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    • don welch says:

      r-c…..you’re being played by cnn. as soon as trump were to get the nomination they would be ALL in for the ‘crat nominee and that is a given. cnn has zero interest in a (any) gop president and i am somewhat surprised that most don’t seem to see or understand that here. the only reason trump is gravitating to cnn is because fox is all in for the GOPe and cnn is successfully taking advantage of that schism. as this process plays out they will quickly revert to their default position of leftist diatribe 24/7. does this help you be less “jaw-droppingly” amazed?

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      • KitKat says:

        I don’t think media coverage is going to be the same as in the past if Trump is the nominee or president. Due to his crossover appeal, he will be holding some positions that some of the Democrat taking heads will find congenial (for example preserving social security vs the Ryan plan). The Democrat-leaning press which has been automatically reactionary in the past, may be somewhat more balanced in the future, as another unifying aspect of America being made great again.

        Matt. 12:25: Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:

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      • R-C says:

        I am not being played by ANYONE, Mr. Welch. Thanks for your concern, though.

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  6. Finalage says:

    Build the Wall! Just completing the Trump Wall will virtually guarantee a landslide reelection victory for Trump in 2020.

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  7. Trump had said some time ago he would use pre-cast, CNN ignored that as if he’s not a building expert too. Now using a gazillion tons of steel might be enough to put some life back into the commodities market too. IMHO, 20′ isn’t tall enough and I think Trump is talking more like 35′.

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    • sundance says:

      He actually referenced multi deck parking lot pre-cast as used in multi level parking garages. Each is 90′ long, or tall depending on how you look at it. A 90′ Wall should suffice 😉

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      • I was in Chicago a few weeks ago on business and stayed in a hotel near the Trump tower on the canal. That building has multi-deck above-ground parking just like you described. If I were not so technologically inept, I would post a picture of that building to demonstrate what you are talking about. The engineering of that building looked at least as challenging as anything that might be encountered in building the wall.

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      • NewOrleans says:

        The thought of a 90′ wall gets me all tingly inside!

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      • flawesttexas says:

        A lot of schools use pre cast, too. They use it because schools are required to build sturdy structures to withstand storms…and pre cast is cheaper. The college I work for has some pre cast at least 35 ft tall

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      • phil fan says:

        ” A 90′ Wall should suffice ;)”

        Yep, with alligators patrolling any tunnels discovered underneath

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  8. wheatietoo says:

    I’m still not sure we need to build a wall all along the Rio Grande River…for several reasons.

    I like the idea of putting Navy Gunboats up and down the river.
    It makes more sense than us giving the river to Mexico…which is exactly what we’d be doing, if we walled off our access to it.

    Farmers need to use that river to water their cattle & irrigate crops.
    Wildlife on our side use that river too, as a water source.
    Because of flooding, they would have to put the wall about 2 miles north of the river…that would be giving up a lot of US land, giving it to Mexico, basically.

    I would be for putting the wall on the Mexico side…if we put it on the river at all.
    What are they going to do? Declare war on us?
    They’ve basically already done that.

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    • R-C says:

      Trump has already said that “we don’t need a wall along the entire stretch–several parts already form a natural barrier.”

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      • wheatietoo says:

        Right. Yes he has.
        Do you know if he is referring to the Rio Grande as one of those ‘natural barriers’?

        I’ve never heard him specifically say what he’s referring to, though.
        There are also some rocky cliffs and canyons in the western stretches of the border…so I have figured that he was referring to those as well.

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        • flawesttexas says:

          Correct….there is a large stretch from the Big Bend area to near Laredo that is inhospitable and very rough travelling.

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          • boutis says:

            So is south Texas which is basically walking for miles in sand. The problem is the networks to pick them up in vehicles is so enormous. They used all terrain trucks, etc and drive out into the boonies and pick them up. They do not walk far without someone being there to pick them up. Then they pass them off to others and disperse the migrants and drugs throughout the US. If they are not stopped AT the river, which Obama has made sure will not be done, they disperse like ants all over the state. Since there are law enforcement units on major highways trying to stop them, they went to small state highways and now inundate farm to market and rural county roads snaking there way into the country making sure it is a local law enforcement problem which they cannot handle. Obama did this on purpose and as his plan. They MUST be stopped at point of entry and that is the river. If Mexico will not assist, their trucks, citizens etc at international border crossings should be turned back until they do. If Mexico wants to overrun the river let them drive their trucks across too as the cartel warlords control their side of the river. There needs to be a defensive wall running the entire length of the border as the river stops nothing.

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        • texasmama6 says:

          Like all rivers, the Rio Grande grows, shrinks, and changes course with rainfall or the lack thereof. After many years of drought, there were places you could easily walk across and while Texas has been getting a bit more rain the past couple of years, it is still in the midst of a drought cycle. I would think that any kind of patrolling using boats would be next to impossible in many areas. I think a wall is the only answer, although the impact on the local landowners and the Big Bend national park would be considerable. The fight over this was what stopped any real progress from being made the last time we were going to build it. Perhaps the severity and growth of the problem with drugs and violence over the past decade that the locals have been living with might have softened them up a bit, but there will be a lot of conflict on both sides to overcome.

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        • chrystalia99 says:

          I have never bought into the “natural barrier” thing, anyway–since in southern AZ, they don’t let the mountains stop them. Heck, they don’t even let the Barry Goldwater Missile Range by Yuma stop them! And I am serious about that–my step daughter works at the Base in Yuma, and they are constantly sweeping up convoys of them, on foot and in vehicles, out on the range.

          For the river, I am a fan of gunboats, with manned towers on our side– do you think it would be possible to put a high grate/expanded steel fence down the middle? one with holes big enough so that fish etc wouldn’t be impacted, and the water flow wouldn’t be altered–but nice and tall, so nothing could get over without being seen? I have seen expanded steel grating with holes up to 4 inches square, and if the fencing went “with the flow” I don’t see how it would hurt the river ecosystem.

          Birds could still get over it, fish and turtles etc. through it…

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          • lmg says:

            Different environments will require different solutions. I leave it to the engineers and builders to figure it out. If a particular solution proves ineffective, then we replace it with a better solution. The problem we have now is total lack of political will to implement any solution.

            BTW, CNN’s wall is too short and too shallow. A 90′ tall wall needs a very strong foundation which would be much deeper than 5′. A 5′ depth would not stop tunneling anyway.

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            • chrystalia99 says:

              I definitely agree we need more depth for the tunnel issue, and I’m sure that some engineering people could deal with the environmental factors. For all I know, there may be someplace in the world where a barrier has been put in a river–but there may not be, for good reason.

              If anyone can figure it out, we should be able to–people have been building walls for thousands of years, after all.

              Political issues are in truth the only reason we don’t have the wall already, and that is going to change if we have our way.

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            • Malatrope says:

              I noticed that. It depends on the soil, though. In some types of soil, you have to go down as far as you go up. In others, you are building on solid rock and you can just pour onto it.

              Any depth would not stop tunneling if they get serious about it. For that matter, it’s possible to bore right through the footer, rebar and all. Anyplace that isn’t way out in the desert, you are definitely going to need seismic sensors all along the wall.

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            • Nope says:

              This wall needs to be 90′ tall and 90′ deep.

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        • R-C says:

          Please don’t take this the wrong way, but I’m not going to join you down in the weeds. And I’ll bet Trump won’t either.

          Trump has set the tone of the debate on this issue. He’s set a goal. He will not be the one designing or building it, personally. He’ll set the end-state: “No More Illegal Border Incursions!” and leave it to others to get it done. He will, however, ride herd on the creation; he’ll use his expertise to give guidance when necessary. It’s what leaders do: you show up where you can best influence the outcome.

          But I don’t expect Mr. Trump to stand up and give me a run-down of every foot of the wall. Were it not for him, we would not even be talking about a wall at all.

          Put in another way: the generals goal is “defeat the enemy”. The colonels goal is to push forward in their sector. The battalion commanders assign individual targets and ‘phase lines’ to their company commanders, who in turn issue orders to lieutenants: “Take THAT hill!”. It’s the sergeants who actually figure out how to do that, and who make it happen.

          Trump is the general in this scenario.

          I don’t mean to ‘preach’ here; just using these words to let you know where I’m coming from.

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      • Zennalou says:

        I don’t think the Rio Grande is what he is referring to as a natural barrier. I was there a couple years ago, and went to a hot spring on our side. I noticed a tent on the other side and a young male watching me. Just as I expected, as soon as I started to leave, he jumped up, crossed the river and cut me off. He wanted me to purchase trinkets. I got past him and reported it to the first two Park Rangers I saw. They just shrugged their shoulders.

        I later went in the gift shop and mentioned it to a female Park Ranger and I got a lecture on compassion.

        Oh, and there are signs all over Big Bend, if caught I could have been fined for purchasing an item, but no sign about what happens to the Mexican’s for crossing the river and cutting someone off and asking them to purchase.

        The Mexican’s have trashed the Southern edge of Big Bend. In the beautiful park are spots where they display their trinkets and place a jar and note asking for money. Apparently the Park Rangers don’t even bother to take the stuff down, or at least they had not the day I visited.

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        • chrystalia99 says:

          In all the state parks along the border in AZ, and even ones as far as 30 miles away, there are big signs telling U.S. citizens not to use the parks or go hiking alone, due to the drug smuggling activity.

          Considering they convoy through the Barry Goldwater Missile range also, I don’t go for the “natural barrier” thing at all. I want the wall the whole length of the border, up hill and down dale.

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          • moogey says:

            chrystalia99, I am in agreement about the whole length of the border for the simple reason that once a wall is built, it will be very hard to dismantle it, but if we leave areas open and depend on man power to repel invaders, then in four years, we could have another President who comes in and tells the men to not work closer than 14 miles and we will again, be in the same predicament of wide open border spaces.

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            • chrystalia99 says:

              My thoughts as well. I have personally seen areas on our border where there are long gaps in the so-called “wall”, in heavy use.

              I have also seen what now passes for “deportation”, in the form of ICE/DHS agents sitting in their SUV by one of those gaps, and simply counting the illegals that come in, see the vehicle, turn around, and go back.

              And then the same group of illegals comes in again–through the hole in the “wall” behind the SUV. From there, they go on their merry way, unimpeded.

              And worse. It’s ridiculous down here, and our local agents at the Arivaca checkpoint are completely demoralized.

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    • I would suggest putting the wall on the Mexican side of the border, about 50 miles in. Annex all that land to the various states, and declare the people to be Americans. The Mexicans that are living right next to the border might as well be Americans. That would really be Mexico paying for the wall, with land and people. The other alternative would be to annex all of Mexico as a Territory of the US, and then build the wall on the southern border of the Mexican Territory. Shorter wall.

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    • joshua says:

      the wall need not define the border….it is a barrier to prevent travel between the countries…often fences are built inside property lines, not just on perimeters.

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    • Katherine McCoun says:

      What you are saying makes sense. However I don’t trust following administrations. They could easily change policy of administering the border. For example, look at the difference in the administration of our current laws between Bush and Obama. Trump could set up the boats, enforce the policy and the next admin dock the boats forc8 years and people pour through. I would feel more secure with as much wall as possible that an opposing administration would have physically tear down to change.
      Also, no matter how high, can we add rolled barbed wire and the long poles facing back into Mexico to make it even harder?
      Money for drugs and the desire to harm/attack America is a motivating force!

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    • Tommy Frisco says:

      wheatietoo,
      I appreciate your comments. I too have been concerned about the 1200 mile long Rio Grande since the border between Mexico and the U.S. lies right down the middle of that river. Then, there’s the 84,000 acre Lake Falcon which is also an international lake which develops hydro-electricity at the dam. Then, of course, you have all those border towns on both sides all up and down that river which by the way, is controlled by an International Water Commission and is listed as one of our U.S. Heritage rivers.

      But, and this is a big BUT, no one wants to talk about those details. It’s like those overwhelming obstacles don’t exist if they’re not mentioned. Let’s just get that fence or that wall built even if it means giving Mexico a whole lot of land (to avoid affecting the watershed) and some extremely valuable resources. It’s not in their back yard so who cares? As a 5th generation Texan, I care. I say there are lots of other things that can and should be done to stop this illegal invasion. I don’t want to give Mexico ANYTHING!

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  9. Jennie says:

    Saudi Arabia is building a 600mi Great Wall to keep out ISIS but the Feds can’t protect our on borders! I keep hoping for Trump to bring it up everytime he gets grief on the wall issue. Hope it’s ok to post a link to another site. I’m pretty new here as well as at posting online so I’m not sure of the etiquette. http://www.ijreview.com/2015/01/233628-saudi-arabia-anti-isis-wall/

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  10. Johnny says:

    Theres tins of other things that can make Mexico pay for and build it for us . You just have to have enough imagination to see it! They want a wall as well just to keep guns out!

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    • wheatietoo says:

      Guns are arriving on Mexico’s shorelines, way more than the amount of guns that are bought here and taken down there.
      They can buy them cheaper off the boats than what they would pay up here.

      That whole “Guns going across the border into Mexico” thing was BS propaganda, put out by Hillary & the Gun-grabber in the White House.
      They made that up…and tried to use it as an excuse to pass gun control here.

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  11. feralcatsblog says:

    By contrast, the Pentagon budget is around $800 billion/per year.

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  12. flawesttexas says:

    How easy the wall can be built & funded, is what has all the Globalists on edge with Great Wall of Trump

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  13. itswoot says:

    I propose that the border wall construction project be given the name of “Operation Applied Logic” grin

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  14. jeans2nd says:

    CNN is using the opinions of their own experts. It is a fact that Mr. Trump uses the ideas and expertise of those who actually do this for a living. Mr. Trump used the example of the Texas wildcatters capping the oil wells. I’ll take the word of the guys who actually do it over the opinion of any self-proclaimed expert any day. Somewhere I heard something like “We aren’t smart, we”re rucky,” from some guys in Florida, IIRC.

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    • Malatrope says:

      Florida Power and Light won an award for efficiency. The Japanese said they weren’t efficient, they were just lucky. Thus the hat with that phrase on it.

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  15. Steve says:

    Getting the wall built = Mr. Trump’s Mt. Rushmore !

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    • The Great Wall of the US could become quite a tourist attraction. The feds could lease land from the ranchers, during the building period, to house workers and machines. Some small cities, built about every 200 miles along the border, would be about the right spacing. These small cities could then become the points from which patrols would go out along the wall. But then, they could also become tourist resorts, for those who want to go down and get tours of the wall. Since the land is leased from the ranchers, the ranchers would receive something for the grief they have endured over the years.

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      • chrystalia99 says:

        I think that families who have lost loved ones to illegals should be able to place memorial plaques on our side of it, as a remembrance–and I like the “town” idea. Heck, once the parks on our side are safe to use again, facilities could be expanded in them, so people could see more of them, also.

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  16. Lulu says:

    Watching, listening to our own naysayers since he first mentioned his wall…those unfamiliar with precast concrete construction panels, although we see them around us in many applications. I’ve had the feeling that some envisioned masons out there mortaring together hundreds of miles of a huge block wall, etc. And Mexico sitting down and writing us a check for it.

    No wonder they thought it was hopeless.

    Pogo was right. We are our enemy.

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    • Lulu says:

      Sorry about all italics. Supposed to be just “own”. Nerve trouble with one hand this am.

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    • boutis says:

      When the “elite” media are as ignorant as our elites appear to be, everything looks impossible. Most of these people have never been to a construction site, never wondered how things are built because they live inside with others doing everything for them, and are quite helpless personally. THIS is who is telling us that things cannot be done. Pampered, lazy, and stupid with no curiosity or imagination.

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  17. PATrumpsupporter says:

    I would donate a few thousand dollars to the project. So would many of my friends. Thought of doing a gofundme project. Would commit to it now, if the money were returned in the event that the wall isn’t built. I would also spend a week per year patrolling the wall and consider it my patriotic duty. I envision riding atvs or jeeps along the wall with binoculars and a radio (so as to be able to call in the cavalry as needed) I think the paid manpower could be minimized in this way. The guys with the guns would stay in encampments every few miles and be able to respond quickly to sightings from the volunteer corps. Also I think once the border is secure, and it’s known you can’t get across, then many fewer attempts will be made. Just my thoughts on the matter, fwiw.

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    • Katherine McCoun says:

      Let us know if you set one up!
      But remember, Medico, not we the citizens will cough up the cash
      But you are right, much of it would Willingly be paid for by we the citizens

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  18. viddysweet says:

    Im just excited that people are starting to envision a wall at the border. I couldn’t be more pleased that CNN aired this!

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  19. hocuspocus13 says:

    The Mexicans come to US go on welfare receive Section 8 Housing.food stamps etc work under the table and send that money to Mexico

    Time to stop the American Gravy Train

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    • don welch says:

      which why the ‘crats want them to have the vote.

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    • lmg says:

      There was a time when immigrants needed an American citizen sponsor who would be responsible for their welfare, not the state. If the immigrant was diseased or otherwise undesirable, they went right back on the boat and went home. Now we let people immigrate not because the country needs them, but because they want to come here and take government benefits we stupidly provide.

      We no longer need any immigrants. It’s not 1870. We don’t need to fill up an empty continent. The frontier’s closed. Country’s full. We don’t need to import foreign workers when millions of citizens are unemployed. We need to train our people and get them to work, which will grow the economy. Immigrants will not solve any problems we have, but will create new problems and make the current problems worse.

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  20. boutis says:

    Fences and walls make good neighbors. Once Mexico is forced to deal with there own massive financial and social problems, it will be a better country. It is a dysfunctional, corrupt and cruel mess. Like stupid children they have been allowed to blame all of the problems on someone else and export their mess for someone else to pay for. Build a REAL wall and stop it.

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  21. don welch says:

    if trump is such a liberal in sheep’s clothing, please consider: he has hung his hat on constructing that wall. no true liberal would ever consider or verbally support the building of a wall from san diago to brown city to shut out the number one growing voting block (both in terms of influx and procreation). so either trump isn’t a liberal trojan horse but has evolved into a good american,or he is dumb as hell. i just don’t see him as dumb. a smart ass for sure but dumb…NO!

    rant over.

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    • Dems B. Dcvrs says:

      “no true liberal would ever consider or verbally support the building of a wall from san diago to brown city to shut out the number one growing voting block”

      Rumor has it, Cruz not to be out done, plans to call for building a border wall from Seattle Washington, around Great lakes, and on to Washington D.C. Sorry, NY, NH, ME, MI, & PA, but he had to draw line somewhere.
      /snark

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  22. Dems B. Dcvrs says:

    “How much is the projected cost of the border wall per CNN? $10 Billion.”

    $10 Billion, that’s chicken feed. A mere 1 day’s worth of typical Government spending.
    Besides, getting Obamas out of White House would mean saving that in 1-year in spending on Queen MichellO’s Royal vacations.

    Seriously, building the Wall is a No Brainer; based on short-term and long-term savings. Which explains why Washington has thus far refused to build the Wall.

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    • runthetable says:

      Trump will get Tony Beets and his super dredge to trench the footing in the Wall’s first reality show! Mexico pays and America makes money.

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  23. BlueSky says:

    The biggest obstacle to building the WALL is the WILL to do it. By Gum, Trump has that WILL.
    Mexico is bleeding money from us in several ways. Anyone of those ways or all combined will not only pay for the WALL but there will be money left over for the big beautiful TRUMP sign that will be visible from the sky!

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  24. Build it and they will …go!

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  25. Centinel2012 says:

    Reblogged this on Centinel2012 and commented:

    Saying that we can’t build a simple wall is absurd — did these total idiots forget we went to the moon and back 6 times.

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  26. Zennalou says:

    I am glad Trump wants Mexico to pay for the wall, but …….

    Even if Mexico doesn’t pay, the US should find it easy to put 10 billion in the budget,
    since the US plans to spend 37.9 billion on foreign aid in 2016
    http://beta.foreignassistance.gov/

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  27. Mlw says:

    Matt Moore chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party said on morning Joe that it’s possible Trump hits the 40% mark for the win in SC

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  28. Bull Durham says:

    Built with Caterpillar and Deere equipment. Every state along the border will get a jolt of economic growth as that money goes into material, logistics and labor costs.

    It could be the most influential infrastructure project since the ’50s Interstate Hwy program.

    Then, with an Xl pipeline going north to south, that will signal a lot of draw down on EPA-environmental restrictions and the death of many regulations. The Wall itself will crush the snail, lizard and turtle argument used by the tree-hugging fanatics who want to preserve a wasteland desert along the border as if the wind and flash floods never moved everything on the surface all the time since time immemorial. Whole Indian cultures have been wiped out in some regions by flash floods that began in Oklahoma and extinguished the Anasazi Tribe for instance.

    The impact of these two projects will be minimal to the employment figures overall(we need 5-10 million manufacturing and construction jobs fast) but monumental to the psychology of the nation, lending institutions, private enterprise expansion and the reverberation within local and regional economies. American small and medium enterprises (SMEs) will risk capital they are sitting on in a new environment. Trump will cajole the big banks to loosen credit as he attacks Dodd-Frank and bank regulations. That and the return of overseas revenues (2.5-4 Trillion dollars) will inject more investment money across the economy.

    The dynamics of the US economy will take it from there. Trump’s Wall and the pipeline are symbolic necessities. They will function as designed, but will inspire dramatically.

    And both are in Trump’s sweet spot of Skills, Knowledge and Abilities. It’s like asking: can Babe Ruth hit home runs?

    Once we get in our consumer heads to look for Made in USA and demand domestically produced consumer products at Target, Home Depot, Walmart and even IKEA, the snowball will grow. Choice and competition are key. Quality will be American advantage. We will be exporters again.

    We could hit 4% growth in 3 years if all this comes together.

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  29. The wall can be built. That is a guaranty. Mexico will pay for the wall, that is guaranteed, but I don’t believe it will come from remittances, since most remittances will probably dry up after only 3-4 years as most of the 30-40 million illegals will have either been deported or self deport. Never the less, we can always use their foreign aide money instead (I am assuming the U.S. pays Mexico some foreign aide money).

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    • MfM says:

      If the remittance money dries up, so will increased costs to welfare, educational and medical costs of illegals.

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      • joshua says:

        speed up deportation hearings and clear out the illegals.

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      • Nope says:

        You’d also have decreased law enforcement costs with all of them leaving.

        On top of that, there’s the fact that the $1 billion number is from 4%. I say, if we’re going to hit ’em, hit ’em hard and make it at least 10%, if not 20 to 25%.

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    • chrystalia99 says:

      Well, in 2013, immigrants here (legal and illegal) sent over 120 billion dollars total out of the country–so all of it should get that fee. If the fee is permanent, in the first few years until we get rid of the illegals, there will be surplus to cover the drop off in future years.

      When we also factor in the total savings in no longer having to provide services tied to the illegals (which in AZ is a big chunk of change, in prison costs alone), we’d still be in the black just from fees coming from legal foreign workers here, according to the math.

      And if the well finally did dry up–by then we’re probably going to be rolling in money anyway, if we have also re-patriated a chunk of our manufacturing base, and also utilized Trump’s corporate inversion strategies to bring home U.S. corporate money overseas…

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      • Nope says:

        If Trump drops the corporate tax rate low enough, it won’t just bring home US corporate money, it’ll bring us a lot of overseas corporate money. And the more of it we get, the better.

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        • chrystalia99 says:

          I am all in favor of more money. The more the better–we have a deep hole to dig out of….

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          • Nope says:

            The best part will be all of Europe’s shrieking. 😀

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            • chrystalia99 says:

              Oh, that would be a beautiful sound happy sighs. My grandmother always said the best revenge is being successful.

              While I’m dreaming–8 years of Trump, and at the end we have had 4 years of double digit growth, we’re debt free, the BLM has been gutted and all the western lands have been auctioned off, or homesteaded, or returned to states to be sold.

              The national parks systems are jointly ru by the states they are in and the feds, and because the regulations have been stripped away, there are more, and more modern, facilities–including real bathrooms at Bridal Veil Falls, more hiking and horseback riding opportunities, more campgrounds.

              I know CNN probably has some ulterior motive for this piece–but at least now the tone has changed (for the moment), and I know we will get our wall, when we get Trump. The wall will be just the first step.

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              • lmg says:

                You know, the wall project could be as inspiring and beneficial for the country as the Apollo program. Trump’s moon shot. Get it done, and the spin-off benefits created along the way would be huge.

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                • chrystalia99 says:

                  That’s my thought, exactly! I still remember the moon landing like it was yesterday–and the celebrating.

                  It’s my belief that once ground breaks and people see it finally happening–for real, that we’ll be energized into pushing for all the other things we have been told can’t be done for one reason for another.

                  Just seeing something underway will feel so good :-). And I’ll be dreaming of bigger and better things, including that restroom at Bridal Veil Falls LOL.

                  I went there several years ago, looking forward to seeing our “flagship National Park” because my grandfather had been part of the CCC and had worked on it.

                  I was shocked, and disgusted, to find the restrooms at the falls were basically glorified outhouses, that stank and were fly infested.

                  I was so embarrassed, because the foreign tourists there were obviously as shocked as I was.

                  There are so many things we could have fixed, that now might actually get fixed :-). I can’t imagine the wall not bringing back our “can do” attitude, since it has loomed over us like some sort of impossible dream for so long.

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  30. MfM says:

    There are assorted sections already in place. Various materials and types have been used. I’m sure Trump will start work on areas that need it the most and negotiate with areas that don’t want it. Some areas the economy, geography and people are closely tie with Mexico and have resisted even fencing.

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    • Bull Durham says:

      National Security order will end the stupidity. Eminent domain is another tool. Anyone who says our border is their property and they will resist the wall is going to lose fast.
      The border of the US has become a vulnerability. The threats are real. And property rights are moot under the circumstances. They will get paid and surrender what is needed. Just the way the Constitution provides. The integrity of the country as a nation with borders overrides any notion that individual property rights (mostly grazing land on ranches) is primary need. The “taking” is the highest order of public use and need.

      In fact, many of the ranches are transits routes of traffickers, and are burial sites and murder zones.

      Maybe any resistor to the taking of a strip of their land belies their involvement in criminal activities with the illegals, drug runners and gun trade.

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  31. Bart Manson ✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗ says:

    I think America is in sad shape when a report is needed on how it’s possible to build a wall.

    I guess I’m glad that it’s being talked about on places like CNN, but when I was younger and someone said, “let’s build a wall” we didn’t need someone assembling architects, engineers, and academics to explain how it’s possible to build a wall.

    It’s amazing how far this country has fallen in just the last 20 years.

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  32. burnett044 says:

    common sense on the fence….

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  33. The FoxInTheHenHouse talking heads and up skirt crew must be getting bonus pay for negative comments on “Bad, mean, racist, anti woman, liberal, eminent domain New York talking looser.

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  34. barton2016 says:

    They could probably get the labor pretty cheap. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of this project!

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  35. mcfyre2012 says:

    Of course Mexico will pay for it!

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  36. MissV says:

    My sister and I once drove from El Centro to Yuma. On the way we decided to check out the wall up close. There are dirt ramps for vehicles to cross at designated spots. The wall itself was some skinny lengths of steel stuck upright about twelve or so feet that stretch side by side. It’s a joke.

    The Border Patrol was not amused by our meanderings.

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  37. Pepperjelly says:

    Obama: “You didn’t build that.”

    Trump: “I’m really good at building things. Big things.”

    Time for America to change direction and get back on track. Trump 2016!!

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  38. Stephen Richter says:

    I think a wall is a terrible idea. It is intrusive on the local economy and communities. And is harmful to wildlife. Simply check on people where they work and elsewhere. It is not intrusive to require people to produce an ID card. And it should not be difficult for people to come into the country to work for 6 months at a time. Just make sure their children are not granted automatic citizenship. And they have to check in with authorities and return home at the end of their authorized stay.

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    • Bull Durham says:

      Your opinion fit fifty years ago, Mr. Richter. The new realism and common sense is we must do something huge to stop the flow of illegals. Or we would need 500,000 troops on the border 24/7 to make your reasonable system work. The cost of that alternative is ludicrous to consider. Times have changed.

      It would be lovely to have some of the ambience of the fifties back. Braceros were the solution to agricultural needs in those days. Those days are gone forever.

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    • Bart Manson ✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗ says:

      Walls are great. This is about more than just jobs. It’s about controlling our border and controlling who comes in to our country.

      Checking ID’s at jobs doesn’t prevent drugs from being smuggled in, nor does it prevent violent criminals from entering wherever they want.

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    • Pepperjelly says:

      WTH Stephen?!

      Does your house have walls? Do they keep wildlife out? Do your walls block jobs – OR – do your walls create jobs (ie painters, window washers, gutter cleaners, etc)? Do you let strangers wander into your home and eat out of the fridge and sleep in your bed? Get real buddy, this country is our home and we should treat it with respect.

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    • Rainer says:

      Drug crime, kidnappings and beheadings are also intrusive on local economies and communities. Mexico and Mexico’s problems need to stay within their border. I share your concern for wildlife and that should be considered in the design, but how many animals are killed on our highways every day?

      Birthright citizenship shouldn’t be granted to the children of illegals, but if you give the parents legal status (work permits) what then? Good luck getting the required laws through congress. The wall looks much easier in comparison,

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  39. Emma Johnson says:

    I am always amazed at how they want specifics from Trump regarding the wall. I can remember a time that we dreamed, like going to the moon. I don’t ever remember anyone asking Kennedy about “specifics”. I also like to travel and as we’re driving through some of these states, we marvel how they turned mountains into highways, tunnels. I am afraid of water but I have to admit that the tunnel going underwater in Norfolk is impressive. Look at the large and long bridges in Florida spanning the waterways. Did anyone question how could we do that? Trump has allowed us to dream again. All the naysayers don’t remember what that was like. We’re now a country of “no”, no we can’t dream, no we can’t build this, no we can’t have space travel anymore and etc etc etc.

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    • Level One Kenobi says:

      I did not live during the Apollo moon landings and sometimes I have a twinge of doubt that they happened, because 2016 America is such a degenerative of its formal national identity. We no longer collectively dream big. We consume mind-rotting sewage from our educators, our media, and our politicians. They instruct us to obsess about glamour and fame and drugs and sex as if those are the pillars to fulfillment. Moderation and discipline are the enemies of our consumer order. We are no longer capable of believing that something as simple as a wall is useful to protect us from invaders.

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      • Malatrope says:

        The Apollo program existed. I watched the launches both live at the launch site and on TV. Have no doubts there. It is astonishing how much the country has fallen apart since then. I blame the Boomers (my generation), who couldn’t dredge up the will to resist the communist takeover of our education system and their purposeful destruction of our children’s minds. To quote a fellow commenter:

        “The Left is hate. Revenge is its pastime. Genocide is its legacy.”
            —Paul Vincent Zecchino

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  40. archer52 says:

    If Trump wants to charge people for sending money out of the country I’m fine with that. But of course, they will argue he has to apply that to ALL foreign money transfers, including corporate? Or someone sending money to their kids in Europe or a student abroad.

    If he targets only Mexico,he’s a “racist” in the eyes of the MSM. If he details this plan during the general, you can be assured he’ll lose Hispanic votes. Many naturalized Mexicans/latinos/South Americans/Cubans/Puerto Ricans send money home. (translated into electoral votes that is California, New Mexico, Texas, Arizona, Florida and New York for starters)

    I think if you were charged every time you sent money out, you’d be pissed. So will they.

    Again, he’s is oddly targeting the wrong thing. Has he talked about fining employers yet? They are the captive audience, easily identified and easily punished. No candidate has really addressed it except in passing with the “e-verify” fraud.

    Give me a year as President, and you’d see southbound footprints across the border looking like a LA expressway during rush hour. But then we’d have to fill the vacancies. So that means everybody on unemployment would have to be pushed off to fill them. More and more peeled back layers of a foul smelling onion for sure.

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  41. Bull Durham says:

    New Fox Poll numbers for SC just in.

    Trump 32
    Cruz 19
    Rubio 15
    Kasich 8
    Jeb 9
    Carson 9

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    • LoreneTN says:

      Unbelievable the the lying Cruzer is holding up this well. He should be bing, bing, bong, gone.

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      • Bull Durham says:

        Probably inflated number. His Evangelical strength is not massive. He gets the ass-tight conservatives who prefer obstruction to construction. He does well with anal-retentives, the Mark Levine, National Review, YAF-William Buckley elites. The ones who can’t even win a mayoralty outside a pure Red state. The are right on everything except elections.

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      • John Galt says:

        I’m hoping Trump sues Elmer Gantry soon. Detailed, narrative form complaint. Elmer is not NBC and not eligible.

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    • MVW says:

      Add 5 to 7. By Saturday total will be 40.

      Hit Halley on Syrian refugees.

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      • Bull Durham says:

        Haley is not running for anything. If she thinks she will be VP this year or next cycle or the one after that or the one after that, she’s bet the wrong horse.

        Haley should be forgotten. And if Boeing ever goes away, she’s cooked.

        Once that Shanghai factory Boeing is forced by China goes up, goodbye to SC.

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    • El Torito says:

      Nothing concerning FOX should be believed. Why even post it here?

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  42. john marks says:

    keep hearing what a “staunch tea party conservative” nikki haley is….also have heard that someone is suing her in regard to her plans to bring Syrian refugees into south Carolina….seems a little contradictory from here….can`t put my finger on it but she honestly gives me the creeps..

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    • Bart Manson ✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗ says:

      Her name is Nimrata Randhawa Haley. “Nikki” is just an attempt on her part to sound more American.

      She has no real ties to America or American history which is why she had no problem tearing down the flag and joining the establishment goons in trying to wipe out American history and American culture.

      She is the exact type of person we need to get rid of in our government. We need real Americans, who appreciate American culture and American history, and understand why that culture coupled with real Americans allowed this country to become as great as it did.

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    • LoreneTN says:

      Yep. Haley is such a staunch conservative that she tears down our history and opens up her state to potential terrorists (refugees and gitmo). So much for keeping people safe.

      Oh and she likes to insult 1/3 of republicans in her state because they are “angry” and supporting Trump.

      Hope SC folks are watching.

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  43. john marks says:

    btw…the wall has to be non-negotiable..even setting aside the security aspects of securing the border,we all have to keep shouting from the rooftops the absolute intent of democrat and liberal open borders advocates to turn texas into a blue state…once texas goes blue,every other policy concern becomes moot…winning a national election becomes a near impossibility and we end up living in what would be effectively a one party country…

    the replacement of scalia with a conservative judge and border security are the two most important issues in 2016/2017…absolutely existential issues..

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    • Bull Durham says:

      Trump should just state that he will look for a Scalia clone. Someone grounded and committed to the same philosophical approach. Take all doubt off the table.

      Not just a conservative, but a disciple-like judge for the new justice to replace Scalia.
      There must be some young or old judge in the system, or even a professor of law who fills the requirements.

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  44. outerlimitsfan says:

    People act like a wall is difficult. We are exploring the solar system and just sent a probe to Pluto. We are talking about starting a Mars colony. Yet, building a wall is just not possible in this modern technological age. Lol.

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  45. nightmare on k st says:

    Morning, don’t want to like, bring the Wall party kumbiya down, but the International Globalist can easily sabotage the efforts. Congress decides “who” the Construction Contractor will be, and Paul Ryan can contact the work out to Juan Valdez Inc or Nikki Haley’s buddies the Patel Groupa. Heck, they been building the Wall since the Reagan Amnesty Agreement back in 1986

    Laws are written by Congress, and Trump can push his “Wall Plan”, but success or failure depends on what is in the “details”.

    The One Worlders are not going to stand for borders, heck the CFR recruited the wife of “Mr Conservative” (Ted Cruz) to MERGE the US, Canada and Mexico. The full force of the Establishment is to break down barriers and culture to their planned One World Government. That IS their long term objective, they may lose a battle to Trump and the Vulgarians, but the war rages on.

    And don’t you forget it.

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  46. john marks says:

    no doubt mightmare is right…there are so many aligned against common sense solutions and adherence to written law …even if mr trump somehow bucks the odds and manages to become president,the hell and obstructionism that the liberal establishment and short-sighted globalist establishment republicans would rain down of him would be apocalyptic….

    this is seriously hard work and I think we owe sundance an awful lot of gratitude for fighting a very difficult fight and helping us to frame the common sense arguments needed to even have a chance at succeeding…this is truly david vs goliath stuff going on here..

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  47. TwoLaine says:

    So very kind of them to tell us poor stupid folks what we already knew. It has never been a matter of Can’t. It has always been a matter of Won’t. Just like enforcing our immigration laws and our VISA Overstay laws.

    GIT-R-DONE!

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  48. photozombies says:

    It’s so exciting to see actual details! Can’t wait. If anyone tries to obstruct this don’t you think Trump will just do a press conference, list the various representatives by name and ask their constituents to give them a call immediately?

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