The Gaping Hole In Trump’s Border Wall
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.