U.S. bil­lion­aires can help pay for wall

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - - International -

I be­lieve that Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and most Amer­i­cans would agree that a wall needs to be built. How­ever to build the wall, the cost could be as much as $4 or $5 bil­lion dol­lars, or more. So the ques­tion is how do we get the bil­lions to erect the wall?

First, ex­plain to Mr. Trump the fol­low­ing new ideas for the wall to be built: My first sug­ges­tion would be for Mr. Trump to get an ap­prox­i­mate cost of build­ing the wall and its con­struc­tion, and then set up a meet­ing with Bill Gates and War­ren Buf­fett to ex­plain his plans. In the United States, we have over 500 bil­lion­aires or more, in­clud­ing Mr. Trump, who claims to have sev­eral bil­lion.

The idea and plan is for Mr. Trump, Mr. Gates, Mr. Buf­fett and dozens of the other bil­lion­aires to in­vest their own money in shares of the wall. After all, the U.S. is where they made most or all of their for­tune. This huge in­vest­ment of shares in our home­land se­cu­rity should take care of the wall.

Re­mem­ber what Pres­i­dent John Kennedy said: Don’t ask what your coun­try can do for you, but what you can do for your coun­try.

HOWARD R. HER­RING­TON

Stan­ton Heights

Cor­rupt part­ner­ship

Twenty years ago, Newt Gin­grich in­sti­tuted the pol­i­tics of per­sonal de­struc­tion and gov­ern­ment shut­downs. It reached its zenith in Don­ald Trump.

The Repub­li­can Party has en­tered into a de­struc­tive mar­riage with Mr. Trump. Its rep­u­ta­tion for in­tel­lec­tual hon­esty, fis­cal con­ser­vancy and be­lief in small gov­ern­ment is now on life sup­port. It con­trib­uted to the demise by em­brac­ing a nar­cis­sis­tic sex­ual ha­rasser, patho­log­i­cal liar and geopo­lit­i­cal mo­ron. By will­ingly en­ter­ing into this cor­rupt part­ner­ship, Repub­li­cans adopted as their own: cor­rup­tion, lack of moral­ity, com­pre­hen­sive ig­no­rance, in­tel­lec­tual dis­hon­esty, pol­i­tics of ra­cial divi­sion, big­otry and dis­dain for demo­cratic in­sti­tu­tions and norms. The rot af­flict­ing the GOP is now com­pre­hen­sive — moral, in­tel­lec­tual, po­lit­i­cal and rep­u­ta­tional.

Con­gres­sional lead­ers like Paul Ryan and Mitch McCon­nell em­braced a delu­sional Mr. Trump and sac­ri­ficed their party’s in­tegrity as well their own. This Faus­tian bar­gain was the means by which Mr. Ryan and Mr. McCon­nell were able to achieve their avowed goals. Mr. Ryan passed his tax cuts for the rich­est 1 per­cent and raised the na­tional debt to strato­spheric heights that would have been an­ti­thet­i­cal to the Repub­li­can Party be­fore they gave the party to Mr. Trump.

Fear­ful that his lies to the mid­dle class had been ex­posed, Mr. Ryan left Con­gress. Mr. McCon­nell bar­gained away his in­tegrity by sup­port­ing Mr. Trump’s gov­ern­ment shut­down and re­fus­ing to al­low a vote on a bill to open the gov­ern­ment that he and a ma­jor­ity of the Se­nate passed two weeks ago. It was a bill Mr. Trump agreed to sign un­til his ad­vis­ers at Fox News ob­jected. Mr. McCon­nell loy­ally fell pros­trate at Mr. Trump’s feet and cow­ered be­fore Ru­pert Mur­dock’s Fox News, openly ad­mit­ting the Se­nate will only act when Fox tells Mr. Trump and Mr. Trump tells him.

Hope­fully Mr. Trump’s pol­i­tics of divi­sion and big­otry will soon be buried in the dung heap of his­tory along with his syco­phants in Con­gress. The na­tion needs to again stand for the val­ues that made us the leader of the free world and over­come the shame of at­tack­ing our own demo­cratic in­sti­tu­tions. We must re­build our al­lies’ trust and be­lief that we keep our prom­ises. It has been shame­ful hav­ing the world watch the pres­i­dent of the United States gen­u­flect at the feet of tyrants like Valdimir Putin, Saudi Crown Prince Mo­hammed Bin Sal­man and Tur­key’s Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan. The midterm elec­tion proved the vot­ers have re­gained the de­sire for com­pe­tency, hon­esty and moral­ity in our lead­ers. Hope­fully we will never again be fooled by a foul­mouthed cor­rupt grifter. WIL­LIAM MAN­I­FESTO

Bell Acres

Open bor­ders

I think we should have open bor­ders just like the Euro­pean na­tions. It hasn’t caused them any is­sues. Em­ploy­ment is high, the econ­omy is do­ing well and there are no ex­treme rad­i­cals; it’s a par­adise. Also, there is no gun own­er­ship be­cause the gov­ern­ment pro­tects you.

This bat­tle has gone on too long. Open the bor­ders to ev­ery­one, no mat­ter what and make sure they have cloth­ing, med­i­cal cov­er­age, ed­u­ca­tion, hous­ing and jobs be­cause that’s what my an­ces­tors got. For­get the cost U.S. Rep. Alexan­dria Oca­sio-Cortez have a plan to pay for it. PAUL O’BRIEN JR. Belle­vue

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