The Gap­ing Hole In Trump’s Bor­der Wall

MidWeek (Hawaii) - - Front Page - THE LOWDOWN Jim Hightower

knows that his wall prom­ise is a to­tal piece of PR trumpery. First, in a se­cret phone call to Mex­i­can Pres­i­dent Pena Ni­eto, he ad­mit­ted he was aware that Mex­ico ac­tu­ally was not go­ing to pay a sin­gle peso for the of­fen­sive bor­der bar­rier. But he begged his cross-bor­der coun­ter­part to stop say­ing so pub­licly, for Mex­ico’s adamant re­fusal to pay was hurt­ing Trump’s po­lit­i­cal im­age.

Sec­ond, even though he loudly threat­ened on Aug. 21 to “close down our govern­ment” if Congress doesn’t pony up bil­lions to fund his pet project, re­al­ity in­ter­vened just four days later when a mass mi­gra­tion poured across the U.S. bor­der. Not a mi­gra­tion of “bad hom­bres” from Mex­ico, but of dev­as­tat­ing Mex­ico. Hur­ri­cane Har­vey’s bib­li­cal-level of de­struc­tion not only swamped the city of Hous­ton and mil­lions of peo­ple in com­mu­ni­ties all along the Texas-Louisiana coast­line — but also washed away Trump’s folly of frit­ter­ing away bil­lions on a mon­strous wall that would be as in­ef­fec­tual as try­ing to wall-off the next hur­ri­cane.

Iron­i­cally, Trump and his anti-big-govern­ment con­gres­sional co­horts were about to cut nearly a bil­lion dol­lars from the fed­eral dis­as­ter aid bud­get when Har­vey hit. Now, they’ve to add to that bud­get just to re­build what Har­vey de­stroyed.

Where to get the money? Start by ze­ro­ing-out ev­ery dime go­ing to Don­ald’s wall.

Mariko Shimmi (right) helps carry items out of the home of Ken Tani, whose abode was still flooded at press time from the af­ter­math of Hur­ri­cane Har­vey, which hit Sept. 4 in Hous­ton. The au­thor says that any money planned for Trump’s bor­der wall should go to­ward re­build­ing ef­forts along the Texas-Louisiana coast­line.

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