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From: HedgeHunter
30-Dec-18
Not sure why the Gvt and right leaning pundits are not selling the wall as a solid cheap investment. A large strategic obstacle costing 20-50 Billion is CHEAP. Think of it at a one time price done right with maintainence costs. Very very cheap. You add and start wanting to use a assets that are Human heavy the Legacy costs will be Trillions and Trillions. Just why the Liberals are angling this way. They would love to a have a huge GVT organization mainly run by Spanish speakers and about as effective as the TSA on the border forever. Conservatives need to get out and tell the folks how cheap and cost effective a Barrier Obstacle will be.

HH~

From: BIG BEAR
30-Dec-18
I have no problem with what you’re saying. But President Trump said Mexico will pay for the wall back when I voted for him ........

From: MK111
30-Dec-18
I agree as the USA psisses away a lot more on aid to other countries that turn around and then stab us in the back many times. Then we give them more aid to stab us in the back with. Stop the aid to these countries and build the wall and save a lot of money to save the worthless that won't work. LOL

From: K Cummings
30-Dec-18
Eventually they will BB.

Were you expecting them to write a check?

KPC

From: HedgeHunter
30-Dec-18
Was Jargin I knew from giddy up. Think what the just the new Canada, Mexicio and USA trade pact alone will pay us back in service sector jobs as industry moves back home. Why because the new mandate for % of parts that must be produced here. Good enough or rather more than though would happen. Add that up in worker wages and US company earnings. Mexico paid and don't even know it yet. Why not use the the El Chapo's holdings we currently have. Pay for a gud deal of barrier.

Free Medicaid costs us what 500 Billion a yr. Stop all Medicaid for illegals at all US Hospitals. Mex will have paid in two weeks for a 20 billion wall. You aint seen what DJT is going to do to get our Security at any Cost. He will make gud.

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From: BIG BEAR
30-Dec-18
I’m a pretty simple guy and not very political...... so my answer is yes Kevin,,, That’s what I thought he meant.

From: KSflatlander
30-Dec-18
If that’s true KPC we will give the money right back through the drug trade. By the way I never once heard Trump day Mexico will indirectly pay for the wall during the campaign. Nor did I hear his votes chant it.

From: gflight
30-Dec-18
How will the lier-in-chief get the money from Mexico? USMCA? Not likely. ..

From: 70lbdraw
30-Dec-18
I took the "Mexico will pay for it!", with a grain if salt when he first said it...seems I'm the only one that did! But then again, he isn't done yet, he still has plenty of time to build a strategy.

30-Dec-18
The Man who says he can, and the Man who says he can’t, are both correct. As they have already decided how much effort they are going to put into something.

Trump sold America on “I Can”. He is doing everything he can to follow through with his word. He is getting a LOT of push back.

Best thing to do if he cannot get any help from Mexico...withhold all foreign aid to them and use it to fund the wall. Doing so, in a round about way has Mexico paying for it. Tomato, tomato...you choose how to pronounce it.

From: HedgeHunter
30-Dec-18
Not the issue. Who pays. Issue is 20 Bil is CHEAP and would pay for itself or by Mexico just by what we spend on Illegals in this country every year. They cost us billions in HC, infrastructure use, community servies, law enforcement issues. Just stopping that with wall. PAID in Full.

Cheap at 100 Billion!

Whats one B2 cost to build thru its lifecycle til destruction? 20 Billion a pop? Purdy close I'll bet. So you snowflakes are not even looking at the obvious in front of yer noses. Or you have no idea what GVT Acquisitions cost.

HH~

From: sleepyhunter
30-Dec-18
I'm not convinced the Wall will work keeping Hispanics from coming into the USA. The Maginot Line did not keep the Germans from entering France in WW2. The Great Wall of China did not keep the Mongols out of China. The Wall will probably be built I'm sure of that, but will it work? $20 Billion is a load of money to spend for something that may not work for the US long term.

From: HedgeHunter
30-Dec-18
Well you never saw the Iron Curtian my friend! It worked and worked very well. Was it 100% no But purdy damn close. The DMZ border in Korea, The great wall did work for hunnerds of years. You ever been to S Afrika? One the most dangerous places on earth. Every community that is safe is COMPLETLY WALLED IN with security. Every see a Colonial Fort, Castle, Vatican, etc, SleepyHunter?

Think yer BO goggles got ya all jammed up in yer eyeballs.

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From: Thumper
30-Dec-18
Yep, extra 10% tax on wire transferres to Mexico and South America the wall and all border security costs are paid.

I want the wall mostly to stop the flow of drugs.

From: HedgeHunter
30-Dec-18
You can read Teddy Roosevelts perceptions of Mexicans in in 1886. Some good and some bad. Very interesting insights from a very sharp fella. I want it "cuz to a nation you got to have, enforce and patrol your borders". Nuthins Free Obamunists!

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From: K Cummings
30-Dec-18
I guess I'm the outlier then BB.

From the time Trump started saying Mexico would pay for the wall, I (as well as most people I talk to) always thought it would be indirectly, never a direct payment.

KPC

From: sleepyhunter
30-Dec-18
If agreements can be made to fund the Wall then build it. Time will tell to see if it will be impregnable. For now I'm skeptical.

From: HedgeHunter
30-Dec-18
What agreement.

No border obstacle mo country.

I would offer this: Full wall or 20 months of full military conscription for men and women from 17-25yrs old. Any undocumented conscriptees can stay after duty. Their direct family (wife or kids) get blue passport.

HH~

30-Dec-18

Habitat for Wildlife's Link
Yer wall ain't a wall, I guess, possibly, I don't know???

From: HedgeHunter
30-Dec-18
That all ya got?

Even bust a bead patrolling a Commie border?

What say you Habitat for Obamunisim?

HH~

30-Dec-18
Lets get some things straight.

1) Right now, and for the past 2 years, the GOP controlled Congress; it is they who have walked away.

2) Pelosi is not in a position to pass anything until 1/3. So don’t blame the Dems for not dealing on this wall.

3) It is Ryan, McConnell and the rest of the GOP who have walked away from Trump.

4) The Dems will take over on the 3rd of January and start the ball rolling to bring the shutdown to an end. ANd they will succeed, making trump look petulant and stupid.

5) When they show that they are trying to make the government work and Trump continues to dig his heels in, eventually those working without pay and those sitting on the sidelines without pay will begin to lose faith in trump, if they were even on that side.

Keep in mind, to be a negotiator, one has to have someone to negotiate with. Trump is presently trying to negotiate only with himself. He will soon realize he has no bargaining chip to bet with.

30-Dec-18
Are you Trax reincarnated with poor grammar trying to throw us off?

Yer kind of funny. Every time I type 'yer' it autocorrects to 'yet'. Quit the dumb act.

From: KSflatlander
30-Dec-18
Shawm- did you spell your name wrong when you registered lol? Is Shawm really your name?

I’m with Frank and guessing troll.

From: HedgeHunter
30-Dec-18
Im guessung you two nummys got imbedded here cuz yer mutz got crushed elsewhere ny the principle of Patrolling.

The nest thing that could happem was the House going Left. Almost assures 4 more years of DJT, I’m looking forward to seeing how folks will blame a economic slowdown on Liberal Hippie Vietnam Protester House members.

Should ne a hoot.

HH~

From: KSflatlander
30-Dec-18
And JTV says liberalism is a mental disorder. Case in point that mental health is a issue on the right...lol.

From: HA/KS
30-Dec-18
If walls don't work, whey do negative nancy and chuckie live behind them?

From: JTV
30-Dec-18
Heck, Obama just finished building a WALL around his place .. the Hollywood elites have walls around theirs or live in guarded patrolled gated communities ... but yet, they say its 'not' ok to protect our southern border with one ..... this is PutZedian logic for ya ....

From: KSflatlander
30-Dec-18
Oh the irony. Good point JTV.

From: JTV
31-Dec-18

JTV's embedded Photo
JTV's embedded Photo
the Wall around Obama's DC home .... if one is good enough for him... well ...

From: JTV
31-Dec-18

JTV's Link
lets not forget PutZ's "neighbor", the Clintons who live not for from PutZ in Chappaqua ..

http://www.theamericanmirror.com/photos-hillary-clintons-protective-wall-around-chappaqua-estate/

heck, if a wall is good enough for them, then one should be good enough to protect this country from "unwanted's" .....

From: HeadHunter®
31-Dec-18
Don't "WE" have some confiscated drug money we 'control' right now? .... TAKE 5 billion from it ..... build the damn wall .... that way A MEXICAN did pay for it! And QUIT giving Our Money to all / most of South America Countries for We the People helping them "survive" ..... and Lock-N-Load on OUR BORDER! ..... (harsh? ....I think not!) .......

From: K Cummings
31-Dec-18
Why doesn’t Trump just load the $5b on some wooden pallets and fly them down to the southern border on an unmarked cargo plane in the middle of the night?

:)

KPC

31-Dec-18
You guys must have short memories. The last shut down was over $3.4 billion For healthcare.

Republicans said we simply can’t afford it. Now what makes you think we can afford 5,billion for a stupid wall.

31-Dec-18
Big Bear, no one thought that. Trump even pointed that out.

I’m truly amazed at the ignorance put forth in this thread. No one is as dumb as some of these responses appear. Losing money to the drug trade as a reason not to build it is the newest “reason” I suppose. But, no one is so stupid to even consider these accusations fellas.

From: HedgeHunter
31-Dec-18
Just like any Poll, its how you frame the question.

Just us terds here and you.

HH~

From: KSflatlander
31-Dec-18
I never said don’t build the wall. It was in reference to who’s paying for it.

“Who’s going to pay for it...Mexico.” It was just a campaign stunt like any other run of the mill swamp politician.

By the way I’m 100% for building the wall.

From: BIG BEAR
31-Dec-18
I guess I should have figured that his promise to prosecute Hillary was just a campaign stunt too.... I’m pretty gullible I guess......

31-Dec-18
Just like hiring the best, release the report...yada...yada...yada...

From: HedgeHunter
31-Dec-18
HRC and the Clinton Hole in the Pocket Gang is undergoing the largest DOJ/ IRS investigation ever done to a Ex POTUS. This is a timing thing. They been on the foundation for about 20 months now. Will keep her and her kid out our pockets forever. DJT's boyz are on it. Lets sit back and watch as history scrapes the stains of Slick Willie and the Clintons from our Psyche. BYE BYE

HH~

31-Dec-18
You guys seem to be forgetting how our democracy works. Trump isn’t a prosecuting attorney. He’s the president. With only limited power. Even YFP knows that. So, I hope your contrariness is supposed to agitate versus being serious.

31-Dec-18
Let's compromise and call it serious agitation.

From: JTV
31-Dec-18

JTV's Link
if we could save just one ..... these 3 would be alive if this ILLEGAL was kept from entry ...

https://www.wate.com/news/local-news/victim-in-fatal-car-wreck-on-chapman-highway-identified-one-person-arrested/1679829656

From: JTV
31-Dec-18

JTV's Link
https://townhall.com/columnists/kurtschlichter/2018/12/31/whats-a-few-more-dead-americans-if-it-means-the-dems-can-score-a-few-more-political-points-n2538249

From: K Cummings
31-Dec-18
"I guess I should have figured that his promise to prosecute Hillary was just a campaign stunt too.... I’m pretty gullible I guess...... "

I don't know if it's gullible or not, but you sure seem to hear what you want to hear, or interpret what you hear in a way that pleases you.

KPC

31-Dec-18
Kevin,

And Trump knows that is what people do. He is a master manipulator.

Just like a lot of people thought Trump University would change their lives for the better.

From: K Cummings
31-Dec-18
Frank:

Do you mean like Pelosi and Schumer both wanted a border wall before Trump got elected?

Like it or not, Trump has probably done a better job of at least trying to carry through on the things he ran on than any politician in recent history.

There is only so much the executive branch can do without the help of the other two branches of government.

When he doesn't get things done through the proper channels, people like you find fault. When he tries to do things unilaterally, people like you find fault.

Make up your mind.

KPC

From: HedgeHunter
31-Dec-18
I see a Shining welded titanium fence on the Hill. From space, coast to coast.

HH~

From: TD
31-Dec-18
" When he doesn't get things done through the proper channels, people like you find fault. When he tries to do things unilaterally, people like you find fault.

Make up your mind. "

Sums it up nicely. Apparently some folks really do want a King and not a President who works within the law. But skirts would go up over those same heads if he truly went above the law and acted as King.

A few clueless souls want it both ways...... not in a positive way, just so as as they can file a complaint.....

From: slade
31-Dec-18
It's what Mavericks do...........................

31-Dec-18
Kevin,

Find exactly where I found fault for Trump doing it through the system, and also doing it alone. Pull specific posts.

Please don't lump me with "people" who do a certain thing. It would be like lumping you in with the rest that suffer from CDS.

I have been quite consistent. I give credit to Trump for solid conservative policies and freely criticize when I believe his approach does more harm, especially in the long run. Reagan was able to disagree strongly with Tip O'Neil and still share a beverage at the end of the day.

You do have to work within the system, which means compromise.

An example of a person wanting it both ways is someone who takes credit for market upswings, and passes blame to others on the down side. Some how I don't see that as the type of integrity you possess either.

I can recall past discussions on this site about the good old days, the Duke era, when a man's word and handshake meant something. Like for example my one and only marriage to Robin, and always faithful. Now, I know I was blest, and divorce happens, but character counted to me back when Clinton occupied the Oval Office, and it still does to me today. That darn consistency thing I guess makes me one of those people.

I also remember laughing at Clinton over the meaning of is. And so did just about everyone here, including the vast majority who now want me to believe a lot of what Trump said during the campaign like "Mexico will pay for it", I was not supposed to take literally. Tell it to those big dummies at the WSJ who reported on all of it.

This is life Kevin, people observe things and based on their perceptions, values, personal history etc, they will interpret events and see them differently. I am OK with that. Some here believe we must all be on the same bandwagon or we are nuts. Funny thing is, our FF were wise enough to realize it is the exception when the vast majority agree on much.

You will probably want to parse my words to prove me wrong, but I am almost 60 and have done OK adhering to the values and principles I have. You will not be changing my mind, as I will not yours. But whenever Slade rears up to take a shot at me, I know I am on the right track.

Happy New Year To all of you.

From: BIG BEAR
31-Dec-18
You’re a good man Frank. Kevin too.

From: slade
31-Dec-18
Only an appeasement Maverick would think stating the obvious, disparaging his party /candidate every chance he gets while agreeing with the left is on the right track. Has more in common with the vote-less closet democrat and the stupid wing/ rino's of the republican party. Just your everyday ankle biting faux conservative.

31-Dec-18
He is your party Slade, I have been unaffiliated since before I was teaching. Have said that numerous times too.

What you call ankle biting, I call accountability. Which is exactly what you and I will face, as will all of us.

Thank you Chris, and I agree! You are a good man as well. Happy New Year!

From: TGbow
31-Dec-18
I say we build a wall around Capital Hill.

31-Dec-18
And Democrats will pay for it, it will be yuuuge, beautiful, made with American steel, I mean cement, no wait, steel...

Just kidding!

From: slade
31-Dec-18
Oh so now you are ankle biting for the lord, not surprised.....................

From: HedgeHunter
31-Dec-18
We can divert the Rio into man made obstacles as well.

31-Dec-18
Slade, it's 'Lord'. I thought we are all suppose to be?

From: slade
31-Dec-18
No, with thoughts like that you are clearly doing the work of a lord..................

31-Dec-18
Please explain using your commanding knowledge of theology.

From: K Cummings
31-Dec-18
"This is life Kevin, people observe things and based on their perceptions, values, personal history etc, they will interpret events and see them differently."

Indeed. Which is why I posted the following:

"When he doesn't get things done through the proper channels, people like you find fault. When he tries to do things unilaterally, people like you find fault."

KPC

31-Dec-18

'Ike' (Phone)'s embedded Photo
'Ike' (Phone)'s embedded Photo
Build the wall!!!

From: slade
01-Jan-19
Congress’s toleration of the nation’s catch-and-release rules is responsible for the migration crisis, outgoing Chief of Staff John Kelly told the Los Angeles Times. The newspaper said:

He blamed immigrants and lawmakers, not the White House, for the tense situation at the border, where thousands of Central Americans are stranded in Mexico — and two Guatemalan children have died in Border Patrol custody in Texas and New Mexico this month.

“One of the reasons why it’s so difficult to keep people from coming — obviously it’d be preferable for them to stay in their own homeland but it’s difficult to do sometimes, where they live — is a crazy, oftentimes conflicting series of loopholes in the law in the United States that makes it extremely hard to turn people around and send them home,” Kelly said.

“If we don’t fix the laws, then they will keep coming,” he continued. “They have known, and they do know, that if they can get here, they can, generally speaking, stay.”

01-Jan-19
Kevin,

That is very weak. I guess you could not find specific posts where I did what you accuse.

People like me is not me in this case.

01-Jan-19
Slade,

I have and still agree that Congress must change the laws, incentives, to change illegal immigration.

Congress, especially the House in 2019, is not going to work with our President to do this. The poor working relationship is the fault of both Congress and the President, IMO.

Kelly I bet has also disagreed with Trump on other issues. Is he right only when he agrees with Trump? If yes, get checked for CDS.

From: HedgeHunter
01-Jan-19
Ike

Aint that a revelation. Terds and Terd Smugglers working as a unit to be cop killers, drug runners, and manaces to the public.

Why Tennessee passed State Law. "You can not have a a Sancturary city or town or State. Even here it was one of the toughtest laws to pass. Why?

Because the Hippies, Libs, Bloombergs, Soros' and ters in general were throwing $ at the State legislature for votes. We go it done by standing firm with all these Liberals pouring in our state from New England, Illinois to enjoy our low taxes and right to work!

HH~

From: HedgeHunter
01-Jan-19
Looky here.

pres of Mexico is proposing BIIIIIG Changes south the border. Hmmmn, wonder why?

Could it be the guy in WH has em scrambling now that we aint letting these Central Americans enter USA whole Hawg anymore?

From: K Cummings
01-Jan-19
I've played this game with you a number of times Frank, and I'm not going to play again. It it always follows the same track.

I take the time to go back and find examples.

You tell me I'm parsing words and playing semantics.

I use your specific quotes to support what I've said.

You make some hyperbolic statement regarding how arrogant and judgmental I am. Or better yet, you accuse me of "saving" things to use against you later.

I defend myself using my actual quotes, in context.

Then, in an attempt to appear as though you are taking the higher ground, you back out of the conversation stating that you are going to give me the last word because I will keep it going on forever, even though you are the one that asked that it be continued.

No thanks.

KPC

01-Jan-19

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Link for HH

01-Jan-19
Yes we have played the game before.

You cannot find quotes proving I did what you said. You are anal Kevin, you looked and could not find them.

Your integrity just took a hit with me. A bigger man would apologize for an inaccurate accusation.

To be fair, over the last few weeks your posts to me have taken a much more pro-Trump flavor, to me. I have read with interest your logic trying to understand.

Notice what I just did, I said "to me". Yes Kevin, you have a habit of parsing people's words and have assumed your interpretation is the only correct one. It is not, as stated above, "to me" means my perspective, my judgment... It may not be yours, that's how disagreements work.

I only back away from you when I realize you are incapable of seeing this point, people have different perspectives and while words mean something to you, something you have said, it appears to me that you are not holding that same standard for Trump. I guess you parsed his words and took them one way, but someone like Chris who took them another way is wrong? Yes, from my perspective that is arrogant.

Thanks, and Happy New year to you.

01-Jan-19
Oh, and happy searching because with that last gotcha about parsing Trump's words, highly accurate at that, you no doubt will be busy, and back.

From: K Cummings
01-Jan-19
Well Frank, it would appear as though my perceptions are spot on. I do have to admit though, I am impressed. You are definitely on your game.

You pretty much managed to take all the steps I described...in one post.

If you are anything, it is predictable.

:)

KPC

01-Jan-19
And so are you Kevin, all of us knew you would be back. You cannot help yourself. I think you might even be more predictable. You did search didn't you?

I actually gave you an easy way out. All you had to do was say obviously I interpreted your following quote differently than intended:

"When he doesn't get things done through the proper channels, people like you find fault. When he tries to do things unilaterally, people like you find fault."

KPC

But the obvious was not so obvious as trying to win an argument prevented it.

Till the next time?

Or, are there rounds still left?

FYI, in all sincerity, I did not challenge you previously on my perception about your Trump posts. I intentionally avoided the debate.

I only responded to your above quote because I find it grieviously inaccurate. I own my words. They may need to be explained further on occasion, but I own them.

I like proper channels, I also recognize at times for expediency that may not happen. An example would be taking combat action without Congressional approval. Go back a number of years and you will find my support of this.

Kevin, I could not let that quote go, intentionally or not, it propagated accusations towards me by another, IMO. A simple search will find multiple examples where I have supported Trump's decisions. But I still adhere to the belief that solid and stable long run leadership is built on a foundation of consistent integrity and character on display over one's lifetime. That does not mean the occasional slip will never happen, but for me, with Trump, it has not been occasional. Fool me once...

Sincerely, thanks. I meant what I said back to Chris about agreeing you are a good man.

From: Grey Ghost
01-Jan-19

From: K Cummings
01-Jan-19
"The lady doth protest too much, methinks"

- William Shakespeare

01-Jan-19
Predictable response;)

I remember a person once saying on here that when a person results to insults and name calling, they already lost the argument.

Who was that person Kevin?

Maybe I interpreted what they said incorrectly?

Lol!

Sure is fun turning your own words against you, a tactic I am sure you admire!

Next round?

From: JTV
01-Jan-19

JTV's Link
just sayin' .........

https://freebeacon.com/issues/audit-reveals-states-owe-federal-government-billions-for-fraudulent-medicaid-overpayments/

From: JTV
01-Jan-19

JTV's Link
https://townhall.com/columnists/jakehoffman/2019/01/01/obama-used-walls-to-shut-out-veterans-opposes-walls-to-stop-illegal-aliens-n2538316

From: Grey Ghost
01-Jan-19
"just sayin' ........."

What does an article about medicaid overpayments have to do with building a border wall?

Matt

From: JTV
01-Jan-19
Billions and Billions of Dollars..... thats what, you closed minded dumb ass .......... this govmnt wastes more and loses more thru fraud than what Trump is asking for, even to mention the amount the illegals cost this country (Multiple of Billions of $$) .... it is called perspective ....

01-Jan-19
Jeff,

So far you are living up to your resolution. Hang tough Marine!

From: K Cummings
01-Jan-19
You're flailing Frank.

Using a famous quote to illustrate someone's actions is neither name calling or an insult.

Noting that a person (you, in this case) that tries to hard too convince others of their innocence, often isn't.

I suspect that is the case here.

KPC

01-Jan-19
Nice try Kevin. Your problem is you always think you are the smartest guy here.

You already admitted I leave these debates first, you always have to have the last word. Your quote describes you to a T Kevin. I suspect that is happening here. Since you predicted it, I will prove you wrong yet again. This can go on forever.

But for entertainment, tell us if you did look back and try to find quotes from me. Come on now, be honest Kevin.

I don't have to try and convince anyone of my innocence as to your misguided accusation. I have enough to own it. You are the one with the double talk, words have meaning, except when you think they don't. Carry on...

From: trublucolo
01-Jan-19
lol, 2019 and the bowsite is off and running.

From: HedgeHunter
01-Jan-19
Still not sure why GVT on both side of isle are not telling folks brick and morter wall is dirt cheap. The GOP should be out there every Sunday-Sat selling that. You know its bad if the natives in Tijuana want the Central Americans out of there Area. To add that area is completely controlled by the Cartels to boot. One need only to look at the Stae Dept advisory for El Salvador, Honduras, Columbia, Niqarauga, etc to know its KIA capital of the world. Why would any (even the most Snowish of flake Mother want them in skewl with her kids?

HH~

From: Annony Mouse
03-Jan-19
Easy way for the wall to be funded: tax the billions remitted to Mexico and Central America that flows from this country untaxed.

Billions Remitted Back South of the Border

Last year well over $50 billion was sent by foreigners living in The United States to Mexico and Central America. That outflow of wealth went untaxed by the nation where it was generated. The corrosive effect of so much economic migration into The United States is felt here as well as the nations of origins of all those border crossers.

more

From: HedgeHunter
05-Jan-19
Think GVT ruled that out and DJT used that to get Mex to sign the new Trade deal.

He and the Gen Counsels office has mulled over calling a Gen. State of Emergency to procured funding. Which by Executive Law I guess could occur? I would think they are using it to bring the House into the poker game. If not this is another area where Gorsuch and Kavanaugh could in the end give the green light. Again, not the way a Representational Const. Republic should be working but so be it.

HH~

From: Grey Ghost
05-Jan-19
I asked these questions on another "Wall" thread and nobody had any answers, so I'll ask them again.

Everyone talks about "the wall" as if it's as simple as building a fence around their backyard. I've heard no reasonable discussions on how a number of logistical and geographic obstacles would be addressed. For example:

1. How would Trump's almost comical see-thru wall with steel spikes hold up to corrosive salt spray and changing tides on the west coast side?

2. How about the ever-shifting levels of sand in the Imperial Sand dunes in California? I've read they can reach over 300 feet high. So, one day there's a wall, the next day it's covered in a giant pile of sand. What's the plan there.

3. How do you cost effectively build a wall thru the mountainous areas in Arizona and New Mexico that have been described as "unfenceable"?

4. How would a wall hold up to flooding that routinely occurs in the Rio Grande and Colorado river floodplains along the border?

5. How will the feds deal with the imminent domain nightmare that will occur when they start seizing privately owned lands to construct this wall? It's not like there's a public easement along 2000 miles of border.

6. There's also the issue of 75 miles of border that bisects the 3rd largest Indian reservation in the US. Tribal members live on both sides and freely travel back and forth across the border. What's the plan there?

7. What about wildlife that routinely migrates back and forth over the border for food and water? Do we just cut their range in half and hope they survive?

8. Lastly, do you honestly think $5 billion will even scratch the surface of funding this wall? I've read that, as of 2014, 653 miles of border fencing had already been erected to the tune of $7 billion. How will $5 billion possibly fund this medieval looking wall over 2000 miles, when a simple fence that is a third of the length cost more?

These are just a few questions I have. Would love hear some honest answers or opinions.

Matt

From: Solo
05-Jan-19
Do you think Trump is going to be the design engineer of 'the wall'?

Do you honestly believe the engineers are as stupid as you portray them?

'...How day gunna build it tru dem shifting sand dunes..?' lol

From: 70lbdraw
05-Jan-19
The Great Wall of China proves that there are no obstacles too big or difficult to protect the sovereignty of a people.

The see-thru aspect was requested by BP agents, so they could see what was going on on the opposite side.

We've successfuly put pipelines and railroad tracks, not mention large tunnels, in places across this country that we never thought were possible. All of which were questioned by the naysayers. All it takes is a little ingenuity. Why is this so different?

From: JTV
05-Jan-19

JTV's Link
Stupid is as stupid does = Pelosi or PutZ (same same)

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/pelosi-interrupted-dhs-boss-nielsen-during-presentation-on-illegal-immigrants-saying-i-reject-your-facts

From: Grey Ghost
05-Jan-19
Solo,

So answer that question, if it's such an easy engineering solution.

Then take a stab at the other questions, I asked. I'm just a lowly architect, who used to do his own engineering on his construction plans, but I don't have all the answers to those problems.

And again, what the hell is the paltry $5 billion that Trump is asking for really gonna buy for us taxpayers who are funding it? I can easily see that amount being burned up in legal fees to address the imminent domain problem alone.

So, in reality "The Wall" isn't a wall, it's just a vague undefined term used to describe a much larger and complex set of border security problems with no solutions so far. And the $5 billion is just a drop in the bucket to the actual costs of those solutions.

At least that's how I see it, and so far nobody has convinced me otherwise, or even made an honest attempt to.

Matt

From: Trax
05-Jan-19
Grey Liberal's questions on the wall on the other thread were addressed by at least one person if not more. He is again in denial. His questions are laughable, most would think rhetorical. The wall is only part of the solution, albeit the basis for that solution. Now big Nance with her Speaker's gavel tells us the wall is immoral. So is the existing 600 miles of wall on that very border immoral? Even parts of it she and other kook liberals were in favor of in the past? The wall in Israel and Turkey and Arabia and the Vatican and many other places immoral?

Cutting aid is a great place to start because it could be done rather quickly. Changing key laws in this country to make it so these criminal invaders do not want to come here will take much time, if even attainable with the stinking socialists and other assorted liberals in Congress.

From: JTV
05-Jan-19
GG, we here dont care nor need to "convince" you .. your ideas dont matter in the big scheme .... what does matter is the security of this country and the protection of our southern border and coming up with a working idea to keep the illegal invaders out and get a handle on the illegal invaders already here .... you can just keep pissin' into the wind for all most care here ... you will always deny, obfuscate and dodge any answer given .. same as you always have for the truth now known about the Russiagate/FISAgate/Soft Coup that is going on and has gone on in the attempt to stop and or overthrow our POTUS Trump ....

05-Jan-19
So here we are approaching week 3 as trumps shutdown prevents thousands of families from receiving paychecks because of his vanity project. An archaic wall that will be a huge financial albatross thrown onto the tax payers minus the yearly maintanence.

Do you really believe that “most, if not all of those federal workers told me, it’s ok mr President, you keep this shutdown for all’s long as you need to, we’ll be ok” As trump so eloquently lied yesterday? Does anyone truly believe that? I didn’t think so

Another trump lie along with Mexico is paying for it. Rubes

From: Grey Ghost
05-Jan-19
"Grey Liberal's questions on the wall on the other thread were addressed by at least one person if not more."

That's a lie. But it's easy to lie when you're hiding under a blanket of anonymity.

No one made an honest attempt to answer those questions, and still haven't. If they aren't valid questions, then tell me why. If they've been answered elsewhere, then please direct me to that information, or post it here.

Thanks,

Matt

From: trublucolo
05-Jan-19
It's easy to see the bowsite libs including the guy who claims to be "moderate" are content to sit around and wait for the next President of their liking to get border security under control, just like the last one of theirs did. I'm not sure what's going to be more pathetic to watch, GG and his ilk trying to spin why a wall constructed under the eye of a future President they support is going to become suddenly feasible in the future..... or having to continue watching the progressives in congress oppose a stance they supported just a short two and a half years ago.

From: Trax
05-Jan-19
Go back and dig it out yourself, Grey Liberal. The writer talked about what kind of steel was being used and why for example. The modern world of engineering would see this as a simple task compared to the more complex. There are examples of modern walls throughout the world right now that do the intended job. Arabia has sand too! Amazing what a big dozer and loader can do....who would have thunk it.

A wall will not eliminate drug trafficking, it will not aid it though. It will not stop a modern army, nor is it intended to. It will stop an invading mob, exactly as intended. cut aid to all contributing counties, change our anchor baby and asylum laws, expedite a merit based system of legal immigration. It ALL starts with an improved wall.

From: JTV
05-Jan-19
PutZ... sometimes life is a bitch...... those govmnt workers will still get paid, I dont feel sorry for them one bit ... most of the American public will never notice a "shutdown" and this also shows just how useless and worthless many of those positions actually are ... life goes on ......Border security and working immigration laws are much more important right now

https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/americans-want-border-security-and-the-numbers-show-it

From: bigeasygator
05-Jan-19

bigeasygator's Link
Here’s an article I found fascinating about the complexity of the tunnels that smugglers are using on the Southern border. How is a wall going to prevent people from tunneling across the border?

From: bad karma
05-Jan-19
Perhaps a better solution would be to build a wall around California, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, etc, and keep those people out of the rest of America unless vetted.

From: Grey Ghost
05-Jan-19
I don't have to dig anything out. I have it right in front of me. Solo, was the only person who addressed each question, but I don't consider the balance of his responses a honest attempt at answers.

For example, to question #2 he said:

"2. Sounds like an ignorant route to choose. But without seeing any Plans, I can't comment other than to say, burn them up with military grade lasers from an Obama drone. .... lol"

As far as I know the border only takes one route. And that route goes thru the Imperial Sand dunes, which can vary in height from 0 - 300' overnight as winds shift the sand around. I've heard something about a floating wall that would travel with the changing heights of the dunes, but I question how practical that is.

His response to #3 and #4 was:

"3 & 4 should not be bothering you. Do you think a group of qualified engineers are going to be that stupid? (time to fire off your best engineer jokes, fellas)....."

That's a non-answer that only mocks the question.

Here's the rest of his responses to my questions:

"5 & 6 will need to be dealt with accordingly. I'm confident the alphabet-challenging media elites will keep you overwhelmingly exposed to their perspectives every second of the way....for years to come.

7 bothers many of us. But first & foremost, we must make it work out to our benefit, and THEN do what we can for our precious wildlife. Ask yourself, 'should we address the lives of our people first, or our wildlife first? What say you?

8. Are you expecting Trump to be demanding more money from these radical leftists? I believe our border security should not even be an issue. But these leftists have already chosen their strategery, and are allegedly ready to defend it until their 'deaths'...."

The only honest response in that pile is #7. But it really isn't an answer, unless you consider "we'll worry about that later" an answer.

So, out of 8 questions he gave 1 honest answer, and the rest of his responses basically just mocked the questions, just like his response in this thread.

Matt

From: KSflatlander
05-Jan-19
Oh man, I’m going to be all alone on the wrong side of bad karma’s wall...lol. I hope they don’t call me an illegal alien after they build those walls.

From: Solo
05-Jan-19
Matt, in all honesty, I was surprised at your line of questions, coming from a man with your intellect & background. Do you truly believe the engineers involved with this project are going to take your concerns lightly? Come on.....

BTW, I noticed you avoided my answer to #1, which was the option of utilizing corroded steel (in saltwater). Yet you discounted that, along with all of my replies to your highly demanding (parochial) 'questionnaire'. Thanks a lot, man... ;^)

There might be a better application available than corroded steel at this time, Mr Engineer, but that's YOUR field, so you give us the answer, hot dawg.... ;^) ... hehe

From: Grey Ghost
05-Jan-19
Solo,

Your response to #1 was the only one I considered a reasonable attempt at an answer. You are correct, however, I should have quoted it. I apologize.

Not all my questions are engineering related, as you are implying, though. The imminent domain, reservation, wildlife, and funding questions are all unrelated to engineering.

Do you think all the landowners along 2000 miles of border are going to gladly let the government seize their land to build a wall? Some will, but many won't. How about those tribal members who live on the reservation that spans across the border? Do you think they are going allow their reservation to be bisected by a wall without a fight? Those two issues alone could easily burn thru $5 billion worth of funding just in legal fees.

And how is $5 billion going to fund a "big beautiful wall" when it took $7 billion to build a wire fence that is only a third as long?

The wildlife question is one of the most troubling for me. I can't think of any possible way to prevent humans from crossing a border, while still allowing the wildlife to roam the same ranges they have for decades. Sadly, this will probably be the lowest priority on the list, as you alluded to earlier.

Anyway, I appreciate the fact that you keep your responses civil.

Matt

From: Franzen
05-Jan-19
bad karma, don't forget to wall off liberal Colorado.

I know I'm not the person you would like to see answer, but I'll take a stab.

1. How would Trump's almost comical see-thru wall with steel spikes hold up to corrosive salt spray and changing tides on the west coast side? I would say in the grand scheme of things, this is a very minor concern. A wall wouldn't have to be built of steel in the areas that see salt spray. In addition, there are mechanisms to protecting steel if it were. Any wall built will require maintenance over time.

2. How about the ever-shifting levels of sand in the Imperial Sand dunes in California? I've read they can reach over 300 feet high. So, one day there's a wall, the next day it's covered in a giant pile of sand. What's the plan there. I know nothing of this area. It sounds like a legitimate issue, but my guess would be that if they were to build a wall through the area, it would be along with adjacent walls that would act like a snow fence. Maybe this won't work either, but I suppose they could always go around.

3. How do you cost effectively build a wall thru the mountainous areas in Arizona and New Mexico that have been described as "unfenceable"? This is definitely a non-issue, and can be done, but will be costly.

4. How would a wall hold up to flooding that routinely occurs in the Rio Grande and Colorado river floodplains along the border? Depending on the electronics used, this is also a non-issue. Flood walls get built all the time.

5. How will the feds deal with the imminent domain nightmare that will occur when they start seizing privately owned lands to construct this wall? It's not like there's a public easement along 2000 miles of border. The same way Trump deals with a lot of things I imagine.

6. There's also the issue of 75 miles of border that bisects the 3rd largest Indian reservation in the US. Tribal members live on both sides and freely travel back and forth across the border. What's the plan there? They have no plan there would be my guess, but we've reneged on a lot of treaties.

7. What about wildlife that routinely migrates back and forth over the border for food and water? Do we just cut their range in half and hope they survive? "Hoping they survive", well that sounds like hyperbole to me. This again is a non-issue to me, but I'm sure some rabid environmentalist would disagree.

8. Lastly, do you honestly think $5 billion will even scratch the surface of funding this wall? I've read that, as of 2014, 653 miles of border fencing had already been erected to the tune of $7 billion. How will $5 billion possibly fund this medieval looking wall over 2000 miles, when a simple fence that is a third of the length cost more? $5 billion won't scratch the surface of a full-length wall, with is the exact reason I don't think we should build it.

From: 70lbdraw
05-Jan-19
GG, I think you've gotten some reasonable responses here. My question is, did you ask these same questions back when the left was agreeing to contribute? Your concerns for the construction of it are no different than tackling any other engineering project this country deems necessary. If we were building a stairway to heaven, there may be a few new challenges to overcome. Building a wall is a walk in the park. Unless you're afraid it will work.

So my next question. Do you want it to work, or are you all for open borders? If they money isn't used for the wall, it will be used to let more illegals slip in and take over. Which aspect of the issue TRULY concerns you the most?

From: Grey Ghost
05-Jan-19
Frazen,

Thank you for your honest answers.

I'm curious why you think only "rabid environmentalist" will be concerned about the wildlife impact of a wall? Don't you think hunters might be as well? How about the outfitters in those areas who rely on the wildlife for their living? Do you think they may be concerned?

In balance, I think we mostly agree. The funding issue is a biggie. I think this initial $5 billion is just a trickle in what will become a never-ending flood of taxpayer's money that will be dumped into this. I've read studies that claimed the $7 billion that was spent on the existing 600 miles of fencing did little to nothing to slow the influx of illegal border crossers.

So, it's a all or nothing kinda deal for me. Show me a comprehensive plan on how the ENTIRE border will be secured, and estimates on the ENTIRE costs. Then, and only then, will I decide if I support it. This silly bickering over $5 billion, and some mythical wall that will magically get built with it, is nothing but political posturing, IMO.

I say get back to work you phony political pukes and quit wasting our taxes on this nonsense.

Matt

From: Solo
05-Jan-19
Matt, no stale apology was wanted. To the contrary...

So now, I hereby conclude that the term, 'corroded steel', is too far beyond the understanding of the Grey Ghost. No biggie, Matt... I ain't super great at everything all the time either. Just most of the time.... heehee

From: JTV
05-Jan-19
"Political posturing" your ass... I guess the soft coup the Dems have tried and are trying on Trump is just "political posturing" .... your Dem side is showing again .....

From: KSflatlander
05-Jan-19
GG: “I say get back to work you phony political pukes and quit wasting our taxes on this nonsense.”

10-4 on that.

From: 70lbdraw
05-Jan-19
"I say get back to work you phony political pukes and quit wasting our taxes on this nonsense."

So what you're really saying is, we should save our taxes so AOC can implement her 70% tax hike on the rich folks. You know...her Green New Plan...the one that will provide free stuff for all the folks that aren't hampered by a pesky wall. Do you also support the tripe she spouts when it comes to throwing our money away?

From: Rocky
05-Jan-19
Matt,

"Wasting tax dollars". Would that be a wholesale "contradiction" or "clarification" of terms. ?;-)

From: Solo
05-Jan-19
Matt, we cross-posted.

Hey, I figure GG was attempting to refer to our many congressional 'political-pukes', rather than than the limited few of us political-pukes here. But it wasn't very clear.

From: Rocky
05-Jan-19
We gave $50.1B of tax payers money to other countries including funds to protect themselves and their people.

Democrats refuse to give $5B to protect its own citizens who have been murdered by illegal immigrants from a porous southern border. What dollar figure would you put on one child, possibly your own child to protect them? $5B I would hope would be forked over right quick. Why the fuqn delay? Can't be money. Right? Liberal CS'ers.

The Rock

From: Solo
05-Jan-19
Rock, it seems that 'some' here struggle with protecting the lives of wild animals vs. human beings.

That question was once posed, long ago to GG in old #7, and was left ignored.... :^)

From: Grey Ghost
05-Jan-19
Solo,

It wasn't a "stale apology", whatever that's suppose to mean. It was sincere. I should have quoted your one response that was a reasonable answer.

To all the rest, who have decided to pile on to my last comment, I don't have any inclination to respond to each of you individually. I think I've clearly stated were I stand on "The Wall". I think border security needs to remain a priority, but I don't trust our federal government enough to blindly support a program filled with so many unanswered questions.

I also think laws and programs aimed at reducing the incentives for illegal immigration are needed as much, if not more, than some costly physical barrier. After all, isn't that the root of the problem? These people think the US is some promised land where they can thrive with impunity. Take that impression away from them, and watch the numbers fall drastically.

Matt

05-Jan-19
You are correct about that, GG. If we take away ALL the many incentives that Demons have made available to the illegals most of them would go home and stay home. However, the Demons are losing their plantation folk to the discovery of good old fashioned conservative common sense so they have to replace them some how. Therefore, that kind of smart reform will never be allowed. It is the greed and power hunger of the politicians themselves which is making a wall an issue and we all know it.

Whether you will admit it or not is the issue.

From: Solo
05-Jan-19
Personally, I trust a solid wall cemented into place, which is something I can see, well beyond someone with a 'job' in guv'ment aimed at protecting us, whom I cannot see.....

From: Rocky
05-Jan-19
Matt,

Border Security does not require government red tape. A Wall, The Wall or whatever physical barrier to help prevent illegal crossings should be installed immediately. Not for you or me but for us. If that barrier prevents one less criminal illegal with bad intentions that would be posed upon the American public in ANY form is worth the costs. The resistance against this barrier is to protect our people is criminal. This is simply political capital vs. American safety.

We can clip off $5B in welfare fraud in this country paid alone. I know you know that. In the meantime another Kate Stinely is waiting in the wings and ruining American lives but worry about and for DACA. Sad and disgusting until one, just one member of Congress or their family member becomes a victim. Marie A said "let them eat cake". We all know how that played out.

The Rock

From: 70lbdraw
05-Jan-19
"I asked these questions on another "Wall" thread and nobody had any answers, so I'll ask them again. Everyone talks about "the wall" as if it's as simple as building a fence around their backyard. I've heard no reasonable discussions on how a number of logistical and geographic obstacles would be addressed. For example:"

Why is it when someone one on the left asks a question, we're chastised for not answering the (in this case, very detailed) list? But as soon as the salient points are made, and tastefully I might add, the guy on left suddenly let's the conversation unwind and derail?

From: Grey Ghost
05-Jan-19
Rocco,

The problem with "clipping off $5B" is I think that's just the tip of the iceberg to what will actually be needed to fund a full barrier, for reasons I've already stated. What will we actually get for that $5B, another couple hundred miles of barrier, maybe? I don't see that as an affective solution.

As I stated, I look at "The Wall" as an all or nothing deal. You don't stop the flow of a river by damming only a portion of it. All that does is concentrate the flow in other areas. If we build it, let's build the whole damn thing, but not before we have a solid comprehensive plan, and a reasonable estimate of total costs. Building it like a beaver dam, one stick at a time like we've been doing, clearly isn't working.

Matt

From: Solo
05-Jan-19
70lbdraw: 70 times 7.....

--------------------------------

Should our hired Rep's be happy to expose their constituents to foreign drug dealers & murderers? hmmm..... That's a pertinent question.

So, run...leftists...run .................................... lol

From: JTV
05-Jan-19

JTV's Link
Compared to what these invaders/illegals cost this country yearly, the $5 billion is cheap .. but there are still those here that want open borders /. Build the f'n WALL !!

http://www.irli.org/single-post/2017/09/27/New-FAIR-Study-Illegal-Immigration-Costs-116-billion-Annually?gclid=CjwKCAiAyMHhBRBIEiwAkGN6fA3QwLTjqsa2VXsvk8O_gg9Y5RLeCBEl9O98xTq-blRQdP3izxxQjBoCl2UQAvD_BwE

From: JTV
05-Jan-19
New FAIR Study: Illegal Immigration Costs $116 billion Annually September 27, 2017

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IRLI Staff

Brunt of Costs Fall on State and Local Taxpayers

(Washington, D.C.) - Illegal immigration to the U.S. costs federal, state and local taxpayers a staggering net cost of $116 billion a year - an increase of some $16 billion compared to previous estimates - according to a new study released by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). The study is the most comprehensive to date on the cost to federal, state and local taxpayers of the nation's 12.5 million illegal immigrants and their 4.2 million citizen children.

Costs Soar

"The report, “The Fiscal Burden of Illegal Immigration on United States Taxpayers,” examines the cost of illegal immigration through a detailed analysis of federal, state and local programs that are available to the nation’s illegal immigrant population, their U.S.-born children, or accessed via fraud. The study tallies the impact on education, medical, justice/enforcement, welfare and other government programs. The report notes that the $116 billion cost of illegal immigration falls on state and local taxpayers disproportionately – by a ratio of roughly 2 to 1 – with state and local expenditures totaling $88.9 billion and Federal expenditures totaling $45.8 billion, with only approximately $19 billion recouped in taxes."

From: 70lbdraw
05-Jan-19
"70lbdraw: 70 times 7....."

I'm gonna say...490...?

From: Grey Ghost
05-Jan-19
"But as soon as the salient points are made, and tastefully I might add, the guy on left suddenly let's the conversation unwind and derail?"

Exactly what were those "salient" points that were made, and I didn't respond to? Frazen was the only one who responded to my questions honestly, and I responded to his comments.

If you honestly think I'm "someone on the left", you haven't been paying attention. But I get it. When someone doesn't tow the right's narrative here, they are automatically a liberal socialist. I've come to accept that about this forum.

Matt

From: slade
05-Jan-19
""If you honestly think I'm "someone on the left", you haven't been paying attention. But I get it. When someone doesn't tow the right's narrative here, they are automatically a liberal socialist. I've come to accept that about this forum.""

Claims the never votes capon who was bashing the president while supporting the bowlibs daily until Obama took office and then scampered away like the rest of the original spineless bowlibs only to return when the next republican took office.

From: Rocky
05-Jan-19
Matt,

What cost the safety of one life to illegal drugs or illegal immigrants as I asked? Should one Americans life be saved the barrier is well worth the cost. Whose life seems to be the deciding factor. I never receive an answer from anyone outside of economics. As I said, we KNOW welfare and SS fraud alone is astronomical leave alone foreign aid. A fraction of those funds could build a high barrier along the entire border but the vote tallies are much higher and carry the only significant weight in the chambers. This country will eat its own for votes and has proven so. How can you give yourself permission to agree with the premise that "costs" are the hurdle knowing full well that funding is the least of the problem? You know that I know that you know better but refuse to cede for some odd reason on a very serious, very dangerous and ever expanding subject.

The Rock

The Rock

From: Michael
05-Jan-19
Matt

I will take a stab at your questions.

1. How would Trump's almost comical see-thru wall with steel spikes hold up to corrosive salt spray and changing tides on the west coast side?

If I was building the wall I would apply galvanize coating to all metal. The new poles being used for T line installation have no coating of any kind. They say as long as the outer portion of the steel developed a rust coating it will not sink into the rest of the steel in the structure.

2. How about the ever-shifting levels of sand in the Imperial Sand dunes in California? I've read they can reach over 300 feet high. So, one day there's a wall, the next day it's covered in a giant pile of sand. What's the plan there.

The snow fence idea is a good one. But I like this option better. I would have columns and just add onto them and install panels in between the columns.

When I lived in Denver I worked for Raytheon. The new South Pole station is built on jacks to accommodate the increasing ice under everything. I believe this to be a pricy solution for a wall.

3. How do you cost effectively build a wall thru the mountainous areas in Arizona and New Mexico that have been described as "unfenceable"?

I can see it being done easily. As for cost goes anything with the government isn’t cost effective. But it could be.

4. How would a wall hold up to flooding that routinely occurs in the Rio Grande and Colorado river floodplains along the border?

Like Franzen said flood plane walls are built all the time. If water needs to flow through I would install concrete culverts and block them with bars.

5. How will the feds deal with the imminent domain nightmare that will occur when they start seizing privately owned lands to construct this wall? It's not like there's a public easement along 2000 miles of border.

I am guessing they will say it’s for national defense or something. The government takes land from people all the time. It never is right. On the other hand. How many land owners are sick of dealing with illegals and welcome the wall and the money from it in there pocket?

6. There's also the issue of 75 miles of border that bisects the 3rd largest Indian reservation in the US. Tribal members live on both sides and freely travel back and forth across the border. What's the plan there?

I can see them stepping on the tribes toes. Most tribes like money i can see them being paid well. I haven’t researched this reservation. Is there private or federal land mixed in with tribal lands on it? Those lands wouldn’t fall under the reservation jurisdiction.

I hunt on a few reservations in the Dakotas. Lots of private land, some public land and of course tribal lands in the reservation.

7. What about wildlife that routinely migrates back and forth over the border for food and water? Do we just cut their range in half and hope they survive?

Is there any wildlife that migrate across the border? I know birds do but I don’t see a wall stopping them. BTW every day we impact wildlife. The ethanol boom drastically changed things in the Midwest for wildlife.

8. Lastly, do you honestly think $5 billion will even scratch the surface of funding this wall? I've read that, as of 2014, 653 miles of border fencing had already been erected to the tune of $7 billion. How will $5 billion possibly fund this medieval looking wall over 2000 miles, when a simple fence that is a third of the length cost more?

I don’t see 5 billion putting a dent in it. I thought the wall was going to cost 25 billion? Not sure what’s with Trumps 5 billion. I know your anti wall and I respect that. We waste tax dollars everywhere. I don’t think a wall is a waste. I think it is a needed piece of the puzzle to cure our immigration problems.

BEG brought up a big point and one I have thought of ever since Trump campaigned on a wall. The tunnels need to be dealt with.

From: Grey Ghost
05-Jan-19
Rocco,

I agree, there is no definitive "cost" for the safety of of an innocent life. But that's a pie in the sky notion. The inconvenient reality is a comprehensive plan and cost estimate are the criteria that will get this wall thing done. Until that happens, it's just political pukes wrestling over who places the next stick in the dam.

Matt

From: Grey Ghost
05-Jan-19
Michael,

Thank you. You've given the most honest response so far, in my not so humble opinion.

Just to be clear. I'm not "anti-wall". I'm anti-being lied to by the pukes in Washington. Both sides have recognized the need for more border security, either now or in the past. Yet, they bicker over who gets to put the next piece in the complicated and costly puzzle, that isn't close to being completed. That's just pure stupidity to me..

Matt

From: Michael
05-Jan-19
Matt,

Thank you. I had all day to think on my response. The coyotes didn’t cooperate very well so lots of time to think while waiting for the Wile E one to show up. Lol. I totally understand your frustration. I wish they would put there partisan bickering aside and do what is best for the majority in our country.

05-Jan-19
HH,

I agree, not the way the system is supposed to work; however, if it is a ploy to force Pelosi/Schumer back to negotiating honestly, then I will hold my nose and support the tactic. Innovative thinking actually, I did not see that one coming.

Thanks to whomever explained why steel slats versus cement, so our agents can see thru. In light of multiple agents being injured by rocks thrown from the other side, I wonder if a solid cement wall would still be best with drones to monitor the other side? Arm the drones with non-lethal gadgets like stink bombs or something;)

Sensors spaced appropriately I would think could detect tunnelling activity.

As others said, non of this will prove effective until we change the laws that currently encourage illegal immigration.

From: K Cummings
06-Jan-19
In my opinion, the concern over cost of a border wall is a red herring. It’s simply a matter of how much money is the safety and sovereignty of our country worth?

Did we quibble over cost when the Japanese invaded us? No. We spent whatever it took, both it human lives and dollars to save our nation. Did we quibble about cost when when terrorists invaded us on 9/11? Same thing.

Either you believe illegal immigration is a real threat to the safety and sovereignty of our nation or you don’t.

If you don’t, any amount spent is too much.

If you do, you are willing to spend whatever it takes.

The safety, sovereignty and the very future of our nation -vs- wildlife habitat and hunting guide income? Surely you must be kidding.

If we aren’t willing to spend whatever it takes to protect our nation for future generations, please explain your reasoning to the hundreds of thousands of people who gave everything to save it for us.

KPC

From: bigeasygator
06-Jan-19
”New FAIR Study: Illegal Immigration Costs $116 billion Annually September 27, 2017”

I don’t put a whole lot of weight on studies that only talk about costs and completely ignore the economic benefits of illegal immigration. As I’ve said countless times, anything can sound bad if you only focus on the costs. The economic argument against illegal immigration is a poor one at best.

From: Grey Ghost
06-Jan-19
"The safety, sovereignty and the very future of our nation -vs- wildlife habitat and hunting guide income? Surely you must be kidding."

And once again, Kevin latches on to one small bone to pick, in a meaningless attempt to feel superior to others. Keep it up, maybe someday it will work.

Matt

From: K Cummings
06-Jan-19
”And once again, Kevin latches on to one small bone to pick, in a meaningless attempt to feel superior to others. Keep it up, maybe someday it will work.”

Really Matt?

”The wildlife question is one of the most troubling for me. I can't think of any possible way to prevent humans from crossing a border, while still allowing the wildlife to roam the same ranges they have for decades. Sadly, this will probably be the lowest priority on the list,as you alluded to earlier.”

Nice try Matt, but which one of your posts is total bulls**t? Pick one or the other but they can’t both be true.

KPC

From: Grey Ghost
06-Jan-19
Kevin,

Not today. I'm not going to argue over one comment that you take issue with, while you conveniently ignore the balance of the other comments I made, like:

"I think border security needs to remain a priority, but I don't trust our federal government enough to blindly support a program filled with so many unanswered questions.

and...

"I also think laws and programs aimed at reducing the incentives for illegal immigration are needed as much, if not more, than some costly physical barrier."

and...

"Just to be clear. I'm not "anti-wall". I'm anti-being lied to by the pukes in Washington. Both sides have recognized the need for more border security, either now or in the past. Yet, they bicker over who gets to put the next piece in the complicated and costly puzzle, that isn't close to being completed. That's just pure stupidity to me.."

Better yet, why don't you tell us where you stood on the $46B border security bill in 2013. You know, the one that proposed $8B for additional border fencing and $30B for additional border security agents. The one that House republicans shot down because it proposed a path to citizenship for current illegals if they met certain criteria. Where did you stand on that bill?

Matt

From: HedgeHunter
06-Jan-19

HedgeHunter's embedded Photo
HedgeHunter's embedded Photo
Until DJT all we ever had were folks in DC GVT that were out for themselves first and maybe some state issues, then the rest is honoring the deals they made on votes elsewhere to continue their $ check coming in and getting the inside scoop to make Big Money. That said.

Now this maybe hard for some who believe on the left you cant build a wall or a barrier in those 10,000ft Mts in AZ (you can, Iv'e been all over them during JTF-6).

Worked out of one the Eastern Mountainous Camps in AFG. This was mainly AFG SF FOB but the US and Canada SF and some of us Privateers had a fob inside the Larger one and it was triple wired in. Had three very high peaks with a basin below. Very very rugged terrain. No terds ever got in! Had two main ECP's as well.

The wall/barrier that keeps Isreal from being over run daily on all sides is made up different materials. Near settlements its a wall but the Gvt has moved most folks rights off border. Most other places its steel posts or beams driven way down, Then, they weld modular steel grids on to it. Works great, rocket either go thru it or blow on it. To fix they just cut damage out and weld new grid panels on. Some spots it goes subsurface, etc. Good stuff.

Price of it cheap. Way cheap like I been saying. Look at some of the above posts. Burden of illegals, Medicaid pays all their HC here, can go on and on. Its into the hunnerds of billions per year. That's per year now! So, we pay 200 Billion for a barrier that's state of the art in the world. So what, it's done.

The best part is Mex paid or Rather we did not pay hunnerds of billions for illegals every year after it goes up.

If it were me and I was getting soaked for 100 billion a year. Spent a little $ and did not every have to spend 100 Billion/year again it would be like I got paid back bigtime.

HH~

From: HedgeHunter
06-Jan-19

HedgeHunter's embedded Photo
HedgeHunter's embedded Photo
Here's the barrier prolly up 8-900ft Elv. Was patrolled, had over watch.

HH~

06-Jan-19
It's funny to watch men who try and steer a conversation by implicating tidbits of info to direct it, become defensive over their own words that have been quoted to contradict themselves. Words that flip flop with on a whim that appears to have one simple motivation. To oppose a man they think isn't presidential enough.

What's understandable, even though I can't relate, is the ideology that costs of the wall matter's at this point. However, if the ideas weren't politically motivated, they might be worth listening to. So, I equate it to ignorance instead of genuine concern. Because there are economic benefits from drug smuggling to some people and industry's. Does that mean we should allow it? Of course the answer is no. Because we all know those that benefit are doing so at the cost of many more who are suffering. If you truly believed your point was something to be worth consideration by the average Joe, you have to get past that reality in order to be taken seriously.

From: bad karma
06-Jan-19
1. How would Trump's almost comical see-thru wall with steel spikes hold up to corrosive salt spray and changing tides on the west coast side?

The parts that corrode would be more frequently replaced than parts in Arizona, for example. Not an insurmountable problem as this area is easily accessible. Or, this is of a different construction than parts of the wall built further inland. It also did not escape my attention to see the words "almost comical see-thru wall" as an indication of the seriousness with which you take this issue.

2. How about the ever-shifting levels of sand in the Imperial Sand dunes in California? I've read they can reach over 300 feet high. So, one day there's a wall, the next day it's covered in a giant pile of sand. What's the plan there.

If the wall would be covered in this area, it may need more agents to handle this area. How is it handled now? The wall does not eliminate the need for border enforcement. What it could do is either funnel the illegal immigration path and lessen the need for agents to enforce the border, but not eliminate it. I also note that you don't indicate the frequency of such a problem. If it's infrequent, this is an easily solvable problem. If more frequent, then that's another issue.

3. How do you cost effectively build a wall thru the mountainous areas in Arizona and New Mexico that have been described as "unfenceable"?

I find it hard to believe these areas are unfenceable, and don't know how many miles we are talking about. A good civil engineering firm could likely fix this problem. IF not, see my previous answer on the sand dune issue. I also suspect that if it is unfenceable, it is also equally "unhikeable."

4. How would a wall hold up to flooding that routinely occurs in the Rio Grande and Colorado river floodplains along the border?

Designing drainage systems is something civil engineers routinely do. People don't think about it because it routinely works very well. I presume as an architect you are more than aware of this.

5. How will the feds deal with the imminent domain nightmare that will occur when they start seizing privately owned lands to construct this wall? It's not like there's a public easement along 2000 miles of border.

It is "eminent domain" not "imminent domain." And the feds would deal with it just like building a new highway, by condemning the land for public use and compensating the owners.

6. There's also the issue of 75 miles of border that bisects the 3rd largest Indian reservation in the US. Tribal members live on both sides and freely travel back and forth across the border. What's the plan there?

Sounds like a problem for congress. Not insurmountable. I suspect the folks running the reservation do not wish to become a thoroughfare for illegal immigration, so there is a compromise to be worked out here.

7. What about wildlife that routinely migrates back and forth over the border for food and water? Do we just cut their range in half and hope they survive?

I'm not sure this is a huge issue. And I doubt that the "half their range" comment is anything other than conjecture and hyperbole.

8. Lastly, do you honestly think $5 billion will even scratch the surface of funding this wall? I've read that, as of 2014, 653 miles of border fencing had already been erected to the tune of $7 billion. How will $5 billion possibly fund this medieval looking wall over 2000 miles, when a simple fence that is a third of the length cost more?

It will likely cost considerably more than $5 billion. All government projects are overpriced compared to projects not contracted by the feds, because of the labyrinth of paperwork and regulations. Private roads cost less than public roads. The question is whether the benefits outweigh the cost, and they would. A nation must have a border.

Ever taken your kids to the zoo? Seen the lions and tigers and other dangerous animals? You could do that because the wall worked.

From: Franzen
06-Jan-19
"Either you believe illegal immigration is a real threat to the safety and sovereignty of our nation or you don’t.

If you don’t, any amount spent is too much.

If you do, you are willing to spend whatever it takes."

I'm willing to spend what it takes, but why would we spend WAAAY more than it takes?

By some arguments here, "healthcare for all" would be cheap too. Protecting our citizens, right? Oops, wrong team.

From: bad karma
06-Jan-19
Uh, no. Immigration is a constitutional issue. Healthcare is not.

From: Grey Ghost
06-Jan-19
Thanks for your reasoned answers, Kevin, most of which I agree with.

In a nut shell, I guess my biggest problem is I haven't seen any detail plans that answer my questions definitively. Exactly what is Trump proposing to do with the $5B he is asking for? I think most will agree it won't scratch the surface of a full border wall, which is how Trump promotes it. So, if it funds a partial wall, exactly where will that wall be? And what are his plans for the rest of the border? How does he plan to secure $30-$50B, which is more likely the amount he'll need for a full border solution, when he's struggling to get only $5B?

It just seems pointless to me to erect a mostly symbolic partial wall, without having a comprehensive plan and funding for the rest of the border solution.

Matt

From: HedgeHunter
06-Jan-19
Noi Karma

1. You replace when it rusts, No shite'. They have steel that rusts on outside a seals the inner steel. Prolly drive on it everyday?

2. You put snow fence to direct to pile away on prevailing winds. BTW Non-of this is on border demarcation line. JSYK

3. Read above: To Easy.

4. 5th Pricipal of Patrolling has escaped you. You don't put barriers up in moving water.

5. Thats settled Law thru SCOTUS in 2000's.

6. Borders have consequences. Decide if you want to be a Mexican Apache or Native American!

7. Same as #6 but for animal life. We've done it all USA for 150 yrs with other man made Obstacles.

8. You gotta start somewhere.

The Voters of America have spoken on this issue and still are. We want a secure southern border. Get on board and come in for the big win of Safe and Secure America.

HH~

From: Rocky
06-Jan-19
Matt,

I realize and understand your intentions to question, but matters of such import, with dire consequences regarding debate, are superfluous.

I will ask you once again. What cost safety? Your destination can only be achieved one step at a time. Your reasoning and apprehensions are exactly the talking points that Congress debates and delay's for years and we are living and experiencing that agony. Americans families are the victims that fall daily to this identified serious problem that we refuse to address. The knotting of the political powers to vehemently disagree on a course of action highlighting "costs" is akin to dropping leaflets littering the sky claiming, " come on in, no worries" across these invading nations. That is the message being sent and they understand it well.

The Rock

From: Grey Ghost
06-Jan-19

Grey Ghost's Link
Rocco,

See the "Wall-Emergency?" thread. Kelly presents a sound argument, IMO, that true conservatives should heed. Like him, I question how "dire" the current situation really is. The data clearly shows that what we've been doing is working to slow the influx. Maybe not as quickly as some of you may want, but it is working.

My link may interest some. It details the history of our border security efforts since they began in 1904. As you will see, almost every administration since then has passed some form of legislation that increased our border security. Yes, even Democrat administrations have contributed to our border security.

I feel Trump has manufactured a sense of emergency that doesn't really exist relative to past years when illegal immigration was much higher. In doing so, he's polarized what used to be a non-partisan issue, effectively slowing the progress we've made on our border security over the decades.

Matt

From: bigeasygator
06-Jan-19
Well said, Matt.

06-Jan-19
The voters of America have indeed spoken. Upwards of 70% DO NOT WANT A WALL

Or are you ignoring the majority of Americans to support your view?

06-Jan-19
Nothing like steering a conversation with facts as opposed to double standard hyperbole coming from someone drunk with CDS.

I agree with the wall unless other methods would be just as effective at a lower cost, but good points Matt.

06-Jan-19
Nothing like steering a conversation with facts as opposed to double standard hyperbole coming from someone drunk with CDS.

I agree with the wall unless other methods would be just as effective at a lower cost, but good points Matt.

06-Jan-19
Paul,

What percentage of Americans wanted to stay out of the War until Pearl Harbor?

Not every decision a leader makes can be based on popularity .

From: JTV
06-Jan-19
PutZ is nothing but a Wall denialist (Wall denier) .... those against it and strong border security want those invading to become hooked on government programs so they will vote democrat, they also must want the invaders continued assault on America with the drugs they bring in, same goes for human trafficking, those against strong border security and good immigration laws must not care about the safety of the American citizens from crime and diseases brought into this country by these invaders ...it pretty simple to see the Deniers dont give a rats patooie about America and is security .. once again, PutZ and his ilk are Denialist's (Wall Deniers)....

From: Solo
06-Jan-19
Gee Wiz. I looked on Google Earth (sorry), and as I already knew, there are NO SAND DUNES on our southern border.

But now, as we speak, certain leftist media idiots are liable to be working on some scenario to address the same stupid 'concerns' that our beloved friend, GG, has damned-near hijacked this forum with. Imagine dat..... heeheehee

From: JTV
06-Jan-19
GG is just a "Border Denialist" aka : Wall Denier ..... there are several others here that fall in to this world of denial .... GG is good at denial, he does it very often on here, even when the truth and facts are right in his face

Definition of Border Denialism:

1) The belief that physical barriers can simply be “climbed over”…just like that.

2) The belief that there’s “no real problem” on the border because 400,000 illegals apprehended on border per year is “insignificant.”

— Rep. Dan Crenshaw (@RepDanCrenshaw) January 5, 2019

3) The belief that because you can’t put a wall everywhere (i.e. the Rio Grande), that you should, therefore, put a wall nowhere.

From: HedgeHunter
06-Jan-19
I'm betting there's a good reason GG is against the wall barrier. Never DJTer and another closer to home.

There is no Cheaper solution to Mass migration ask Hungry. Atilla's kin had no problem getting rid of the problem with a simple WW2 type wall. Would imagine as time goes on it will harden to a high speed Israeli type obstacle.

The vast polls I've looked at have all tipped over 50% of US voting population is now for a border Obstacle . Not sure where that fake news poll YFP quotes comes outta? Manhatten, NYC ?

HH~

From: Grey Ghost
06-Jan-19
"Gee Wiz. I looked on Google Earth (sorry), and as I already knew, there are NO SAND DUNES on our southern border."

Algodones Dunes (aka: Imperial Sand Dunes)

"The dunes are located west of the Chocolate Mountains in Imperial County, and are crossed by Interstate 8 and State Route 78, which passes through the old train stop of Glamis at the eastern edge of the dune field. The northwestern end is located at 33°8?53?N 115°19?29?W about 11 miles (18 km) east of Calipatria, California, and the southeastern end is located at 32°41?4?N 114°46?7?W near Los Algodones in Mexico, about 6 miles (9.7 km) west of Yuma, Arizona."

Gee wiz...indeed.

Matt

From: K Cummings
06-Jan-19
"Not today. I'm not going to argue over one comment that you take issue with..."

Of course you're not Matt. That is your default dodge of late. When what you have posted is clearly shown to be hypocritical, or in direct opposition to something else you've posted, you play the I'm above arguing that game. Other people are starting to notice it also. It doesn't fly any longer.

"In a nut shell, I guess my biggest problem is I haven't seen any detail plans that answer my questions definitively."

In a nutshell, your biggest problem will continue to change as people point out the ridiculousness of your argument. After all, yesterday one of your biggest problems was the wildlife question, and then when you were pressed on it, it became just one small bone to be picked.

Again, nice try...and please, save your breath on the Kevin has a big ego and thinks he's superior to everyone crap. Those dogs don't hunt either.

KPC

From: Grey Ghost
06-Jan-19
"Again, nice try...and please, save your breath on the Kevin has a big ego and thinks he's superior to everyone crap. Those dogs don't hunt either."

Those dogs may not hunt for you, Kevin, but I know of at least a half a dozen people here, who I respect, who think differently. Whether you care, or not, is up to you, obviously.

Matt

From: Solo
06-Jan-19

Solo's embedded Photo
Solo's embedded Photo
GG is referring to a 30-mile stretch of border that parallels an interstate highway & huge canal system. I guess this means those interstate highway motorists are doomed to be buried alive any moment now. News at 11.

06-Jan-19
Solo X 2. They built a road. I guess they shovel it out from time to time to time. Who knows? On second thought, I'm sure Matt does. There is no way he would post such a thing without being an authority on it.

06-Jan-19
After looking at that picture again, I just realized how hilarious it is.

From: HedgeHunter
06-Jan-19
Been all over that Sector durung JTF 6 mission. No dunes anywhere near there.

Fake news. Maybe in 1815?

Worked close to there again in 06. With AZANG. Olace then was a foor travel super hiway. These wood boogers talk of “gee mr Wizard we are ruining the desert”! Thats an indicator that yer @ss has not been anywhere near a illeagal migration sector.

The desert looks like a windblown landfill of trash for 30/40 miles til you hit a MSR.

Millions of water jugs everywhere, bags of tossed clothes, feces, plactic bags.

Funny this GG and others are worried about sand. LMFAO

If you were worried about the enviro as a Green Weenie youd be the first to stop the man made migration thats trampled the fragile desert ecosystem to brink of obliteration.

HH~

06-Jan-19
After today’s meeting at Camp David, a trump senior official says admin “didn’t come with a full budget justification for the $5.7 billion.

In political jargon That means they couldn’t explain what they would do with all of the money“ they want. Wrap your head around that for a second. They literally HAVE NO PLAN. None. Concrete, steel, plastic, no idea!

Furthermore. Most of you are aware that trump and his administration are in possession of a billion $ handed to them in the last wall negotiation. They have only used 1% of it. Where? No one knows. What have they done w the balance of the funds? No one knows.

And you want the tax payers to just give them a blank check?

You’re nuts.

Trump gets nothing. Zilch. Nada

From: Grey Ghost
06-Jan-19

Grey Ghost's Link
These folks traveled the entire border, both by air and vehicle, and documented what they saw. 2000 miles, ten days, and not a single illegal was seen crossing or hiding out.

It's an interesting read, with some great pics, that puts the whole border security dilemma in perspective, and clearly demonstrates how little of an actual plan exists, IMO.

Matt

06-Jan-19
Matt,

I have not seen him participate in some time, but the poster who invited Paul down to see what was going on... I believe him more than a "flyover".

Too many sources are saying it is a problem, and a strain on our economy. I understand the points you are making, and appreciate your standing strong in the face of strong criticism!

Illegal immigration to me is an issue about fairness to us. If we look the other way on their crime, which it is, what legitimacy does our government have in prosecuting other crimes, especially ones of the same level, against citizens?

From: Grey Ghost
06-Jan-19
I will concede, my question relating to the sands dunes is less of problem than I thought. So, is it possible to move on from that one question, and address some of the other more complex issues? I'll start one at a time with the eminent domain issue.

The article I linked to claims that under the Secure Fence Act of 2006, "U.S. officials filed more than 320 federal court actions to condemn private properties. Some cases were settled for as little as $100 for an easement. Others resulted in federal payments as high as $5 million for 6 acres. But, nine years after the first cases were filed with a federal court in Brownsville, 85 remain in litigation."

Nine years, for a fraction of the number of land seizures they would need in Texas alone. NINE YEARS and they still have 85 cases in litigation. And at what costs?

My thought is they will have to dedicate way more resources to process these cases. Can they do that? Do only certain fed courts have jurisdiction over certain areas in eminent domain cases. Bad Karma....?

Matt

From: HedgeHunter
06-Jan-19
That is not an unbias report but rather a Libs, ASCPA, wood boogers of America study of how you can invent a reality on vacation.

To use anything in that document is like using a cruise ship brochure to circumnavigate the ismus of panama on foot. Lots of border areas are not used for migrant infilltration lanes. The dope infil lanes occur at night, some day.

If the folks working BP are saying in public everyday they are near the breaking point. 20-30 yr veterans.

This BBC/NPR type report is pure bunk, bunk with a Global One twist.

Im a werd

Worthless.

HH~

From: slade
06-Jan-19

slade's Link
Feds: Illegal Alien Family Tried to Smuggle Alleged Cop Killer Across Border

Why they just be trying to assimilate ............................

07-Jan-19
Simply the issues were addressed by many. bad karma gave a very good reply to your questions. As Did others. What more do you want? No one here, starting with you, has all the info go be able to answer things to satisfy the exact answers.

As stated before, this is a do it die thing. You either believe it’s nessecary or not. It has nothing to do with anything other then are the benefits greater to ave a walk or not.

I can’t rationalize it being a no. Because the numbers say so on the cost side of illegal immigration. The effects of having so many unaccountable illegals in the legal system is huge. It goes on and on. That’s just the start. Everyone says it keeps costs low? For who? On what? Maybe it’s rime to get things back in line. If a bag or oranges has to cost $8 bucks versus $5, nobody is going to die.

Way too many people have died to protect this country, currently serve for the sovereignty of this country, and the whole world wants to be like this country for a reason. Let’s protect it. That’s what a wall greatly helps with. It’s a no brained if it cost 100 billion dollars.

07-Jan-19
If oranges go from $5-$8, we can assume rising prices on other goods. Who it will hurt is a lot of families living at the margin. Good sense tells us we need to look out for their interests as well as those more affluent.

No need to throw out fair and free trade with building better border security. They are really separate issues. Needed migrant workers will just have to come in legally.

From: HedgeHunter
07-Jan-19
The families on the margin don't pay taxes they get our taxes back! Called EIC Then they sell dope and a lot collect SSI. Why you see all the nice bling in the section * housing. Range Rovers, BMW's , cadillacs, etc. They great American entrapenuers making 200K a year and pay zero tax. Called Welfare SS Tax fraud. See it every day I roll thru the 8 hood on a beat run.

True, the wall is coming where we're having the big issues with migration. Dems will never allow the Drug infil tracs to be blocked. Keep on board for the big beautiful wall train its growing in popularity every day.

Keep the GVT shutdown and guess what???

You have you 2020 issue the Dems will think they can win. Hahaha

They will lose 40 states easy.

So, you se the Wall is coming and all the snowflake histarics are not gonna stop it.

HH~

07-Jan-19
HH,

Nice stereotyping all low income families with your broad brush there.

I grew up working class, even minor inflation made life challenging. No illegal activities in our home, just hard work.

07-Jan-19
They are only separate issues when people want to discuss the benefits of having a wall.

07-Jan-19
Justin, this is not your wheel house. I support the wall, and free and fair trade.

By countries, regions, focusing on their comparative advantages, totally global output increases, lessening the hardship for all.

Belief in markets to accomplish feeding the masses, something Jesus did Himself, fed the crowd. We can do the work of our Lord via markets and capitalism!

Starting to see the connection in my philosophy? Not based on emotions or putting my belief in any one person.

From: HedgeHunter
07-Jan-19
Who cares there Habitat for Insanity.

That's just what happens. If they are paying for an 10$ Orange thay don't give a rats a$$. Why, because yer payin for it not them.

You say you want a Border Barrier wall but speak out the other side of yer neck. Which is it?

HH~

07-Jan-19
Frank, I have a hard time seeing most of your reasoning. And, your self declaring of being an authority needs more then your assertions to prove it.

07-Jan-19
That's because you are blinded by your emotionalism and your lack of education in this area.

I never declared I was an authority. But there you go again playing with the truth because God whispered to you.

I can cite some expert resources I use to help form my opinions, but you would not be able to understand those either.

07-Jan-19
HH,

By now we all know that your style, name calling, and grammar are that of a child.

This is a different world, somebody doesn't tell you what to do and think every day once you are out of the military.

I, my family, paid for the food. It mattered. Let's go from $10 you just used to a million. You see how easy it easy to destroy ignorant thoughts? Probably not.

From: HedgeHunter
07-Jan-19
Must be a resident tic terd.

Seems rest of yer buds here purdy much figger you out i see.

HH~

07-Jan-19
Please see above. It took us about 3 posts to figure you out.

From: Grey Ghost
07-Jan-19
Ok, I see this thread has gone to hell, like most do.

Sorry for trying to wrap my mind around some of the difficult details that our legislators might be struggling with respect to this mythical and ever-changing "big beautiful wall". Please continue talking about it as if it's as easy as building a fence in your backyard. I'll go elsewhere for some of the knowledge I seek.

Matt

07-Jan-19
;-)

Expect another phone call.

From: Solo
07-Jan-19
GG, I'm not aware that this project has an approved set of Plans. Are you? (that's another question)

If there are Plans ready for bid, then do your homework and point your queries to the actual resource that might provide you with some answers. No sense in continuing to demean your readers here for participating in your vitally important questionnaires.

From: Grey Ghost
07-Jan-19
Solo,

To my knowledge there's no "approved set of plans", or anything that even remotely resembles one. Yet, we taxpayers are being asked to blindly fund these mythical non-existent plans because........?

I get it. Trump and his cult needs something, anything, they can point to and declare victory for a fulfilled campaign promise, regardless of how effective it actually is. Political vomitball as usual.

Matt

From: BowSniper
07-Jan-19

BowSniper's Link
GG - "How effective"?!? Does your anti-trump dogma know no bounds??

They had trained US commandoes try to get over the prototype walls in tests, and they failed. Yes, we can build a much better wall/barrier that is extremely difficult if not impossible for illegals to cross. We just lack the national will because of petty partisan bias and hurts feels.

Meanwhile our current border wall/barrier is not even capable of stopping pregnant women and children from getting across. Which is no 'border security' at all.

At what point do you love this country more than you hate Donald Trump??

From: Solo
07-Jan-19
".....declare victory for a fulfilled campaign promise....." blah blah blah.

GG, that is thee primary leftist talking point. Whereas, the actual experts involved with our southern border security for the past multiple decades have repeatedly stated how vastly critical a fortified barrier is so desperately needed.

That's not all they say is needed, but you'll need to remove your earmuffs & blinders to realize everything going on there. Instead, you're priorities appear to be aimed at defending 'wild game' access above the welfare of our law-abiding citizenry.....

07-Jan-19
Bowsniper for the win.

Franks, as usual I'm just left shaking my head.

From: Trax
07-Jan-19
"At what point do you love this country more than you hate Donald Trump??"

Good point Bow, but with Grey Liberal you must also ask at what point does he love this country more than he loves himself. That answer would be never. That's what he does with every post, attempt to feed his ego and inflate his imagined value.

From: JTV
07-Jan-19

JTV's Link
https://www.cnsnews.com/blog/craig-millward/brent-bozell-mark-levin-if-media-were-doing-their-job-they-would-be-blasting

From: Grey Ghost
07-Jan-19
"At what point do you love this country more than you hate Donald Trump??"

Bowsniper,

Thanks for the link. My take away from that is, currently the administration is asking for $3.2B to "build or replace" 74 miles of wall thru 2020. And there is a proposal in place to spend another $18B over 10 years to cover 1/2 the border, but Trump hasn't voiced support for that plan, yet.

So, there is a plan, sort of, but it's far from complete. Is that fair? Are you the least bit curious about the rest of the plan? I know I am.

Certainly 74 miles is better than nothing. And considering there's no other plan for the rest, at least none that I've seen, I think Congress should vote to pass it. Hell, they've probably already wasted $3.2B in lost productivity, while bickering over it.

Matt

From: Rocky
07-Jan-19
Matt, What plan that emanated from Washington ever held guaranteed numbers regarding funding? Future events, many times unforeseen, pro and con dictates the response.

That you are concerned is honorable. That you have been convinced that "something" should be addressed immediately, more so.

The Rock

From: BowSniper
07-Jan-19
Fair enough, if you want to say the 5 billion is not enough to completely solve the problem. And thus, do nothing?? Stall, delay, punt.... how has that worked so far? There are over 11 million people here now that would laugh and agree with you. Yeah team?

But a new more effective wall DOES START to solve the problem. Everywhere a wall was added had helped to drastically reduce illegal crossings. The border agents say they need more wall, and a bigger wall to properly secure the border. Why would you deny that request? Just because you hate Trump that much? Really?

All this nay-saying and hand wringing (*for decades, both parties) has allowed our immigration problems to grow like a cancer.

We need a secure border. A wall works. A bigger wall works better. We have a prototype tested that works. Let's get on with it!

Stop with the contrarian nonsense. Congress needs to agree on how much we can spend each year to build an effective wall. And let's spend that much each year, every year, until we can fix this problem. Mile by mile. Prioritize areas per border patrol recommendations. And as the wall goes up, and illegal entries go down, it will show some real progress that the American people can unite behind.

No matter how much they personally dislike the Donald.

From: HedgeHunter
07-Jan-19
Trump Construction can take the bid. Do it in record time and under budget.

The Socialists will love that.

KAG and K it SD

HH~

HH~

07-Jan-19
No Justin, as usual you are petty and incapable of displaying a proper Christian position. I am praying for you.

From: Grey Ghost
07-Jan-19

Grey Ghost's Link
Bowsniper,

I'm coming around to your logic. Especially when I read reports like the one in my link.

"Customs And Border Protection Paid A Firm $13.6 Million To Hire Recruits. It Hired 2"

So, we have money already earmarked for more border security agents, but our floundering federal government can't even manage to hire those agents without wasting millions of tax dollars. At least a wall doesn't rely on incompetent politicians to manage our money once it's built.

Maybe there is a method to Trump's madness after all. ;-)

Matt

From: BowSniper
07-Jan-19
GG - people are emotional and lack real staying power administrations come and go... but a formidable wall will still be standing.

We went from cranking a car by hand (*American made) to standing on the surface of the moon (*American made) in just 50 years!! We can sure as sh1t secure the border, once we finally decide to stop playing politics games and just do it.

Now there will always be the occasional someone who gets through, but if we can cut the numbers down 90-95% I think we can call it a victory. For all Americans regardless of party affiliation.

That ties up less border agents, frees up the courts to more quickly process legitimate amnesty requests, and we can finally stop releasing tens of thousands of illegal immigrants to the US interior for future trial (*that we never see again).

An effective wall is the beginning of real change. But its going to be a long and expensive process. That finally starts. Now.

From: slade
07-Jan-19
""No Justin, as usual you are petty and incapable of displaying a proper Christian position. I am praying for you. ""

So now the better than Maverick is not just telling rubes what a "true" conservative means, now he's judging and degrading another for being incapable of displaying a proper Christian position..........ROLMAO

07-Jan-19
"No Justin, as usual you are petty and incapable of displaying a proper Christian position. I am praying for you."

Says the guy who has done nothing but take pot shots this whole thread. From your initial attempt to start the "Mental Sparring" you seek, to the repeated insults you hand out and disguise as such. You define the term belligerent, narcissistic, and egotistical.

Thank you for the prayers.

07-Jan-19
Did you miss Bible study this Sunday as well Slade?

07-Jan-19
Justin,

You take disguised shots all the time. And you use to do it and sign off with God Bless. Doesn't feel so great does it?

I didn't know three words were one term??

Are you praying for me?

From: JTV
07-Jan-19
The building of the 'wall' was OK'd long time back, remember that you wall deniers .... Trump dosnt need funding thru congress to get it done .... there are many other ways to procure the needed monies .... hell, Obama used $300 BILLION in his last year that wasnt earmarked for specific use and he used it for varying reasons .. ... $300 BILLION !! .......... not to mention the pallets of money he sent to Iran .....

From: HedgeHunter
07-Jan-19
Could care less of yer ideology now. The wall is cometh.

Will watch with anticipation as the Lib's come to the table begging for a deal before the 2020 gets close in the windshield.

HH~

07-Jan-19
Frank, you have acted this way all along. I see you are back to the typical Frank behavior of playing the victim now.

If you think those three words have the same meaning and use, then you aren't as educated as you try to appear. Maybe it just isn't your wheel house.

I stopped praying for you after the last barrage of PM's telling me how good of a person you were. How people just misunderstood you. How you are so humble. ETC.....

There is also no need to act concerned about my relationship or, my well being. No one does what you do and truly cares about anyone but themselves. And, to constantly turn every discussion into a critique of where I stand in my relationship with Christ, isn't the irony you perceive it to be.

07-Jan-19
Justin,

I remember our private exchange totally different. I remember you thinking you were a psychoanalyst on myself, as well as others. I walked away thinking what an arrogant ass.

I know what the three wordS mean, they do not make one term. I guess neither of us are as bright as we think.

Justin, you have acted the same way you do all along as well. As I said previously, when I first started to read your posts I was taken back by your extreme bluntness, your veiled pot shots at people, and then signing off with God Bless. It appeared to me an attempt to not be criticized by using His name, but I did not see those actions as genuine.

I only decided to call you out on it when you thought you could keep attacking me for something I had done, that was over with. That's what my point was of bringing up something you no longer do. It seems to me you justify your same behaviors you have no qualms about bashing someone else for. And you fail every time to see you are doing it. I know what I am doing, it is intentional.

Go back and read some of your posts. There typically is a shot at someone in them, not always, but typically. I seldom take a shot initially, I discuss issues. I take shots back when I receive them. I hate bullies. You take a shot at someone for disagreeing with them, Matt being the latest target. All of us can be annoying, ALL OF US. Cut some slack and others will as well.

I don't think I said I was humble, more on the line I know in the scheme of things I am a nobody. I am questioning your accuracy on statements because I sincerely do not care what someone I will never meet thinks. That is not a slam at you or anyone else. I remember saying to you I worry what God thinks, Robin next, then other family and friends. I can admit I have justified to myself being much less than a Christian with you, again I hate when perceived bullying takes place. Your last post seems mostly about painting me a certain way in the eyes of others, a defensive posture. Maybe I am wrong. I am fairly an open book to read.

The ball is in your court. I would like to move on. If you keep attacking me, I will respond in kind.

Fair enough? (That seems to be popular today. And you should never give up praying for someone that you think needs it.)

From: Solo
07-Jan-19
From GG's link: [U.S. Customs and Border Protection] "had paid Accenture Federal Services approximately $13.6 million of a $297 million contract to recruit and hire 7,500 applicants, including Customs and Border Protection officers, Border Patrol agents, and Air and Marine Interdiction agents. But 10 months into the first year of a five-year contract, Accenture had processed only "two accepted job offers,""

GG, no where does your NPR article state that hiring those 2 agents have cost us $13.2 Million as you've eluded to. It clearly states it is an ongoing process of a 5-year contract aimed at hiring 7500 new agents at roughly $396.00 each.

More specifically, these types of foolish, impractical contract practices have infiltrated our government for decades, and have worked hard towards destroying our nation. It's stupid thinking like this that people have come to expect. And Trump has been very vocal about these stupid guv'ment practices throughout his arrival on scene.

This is one example of why today's definition of being 'Presidential' is now nothing more than electing a smooth-talking, ear-tickler-in-chief. In-arguably, Trump is the furthest thing of that from of any of his 44 predecessors. He's even more clumsy than GW ...

From: HedgeHunter
07-Jan-19
Npr

Some terd used NPR as a source?????

Holy Shite’

Dude must be getting paid by the Politburo.

NPR is what they blast out on the Res in ND, SD, MT where theres nothing else.

Talk about BS. If anyone is using them as a source there prolly getting reach around funds from the DNC.

HH~

07-Jan-19
Frank, if you can't communicate well enough express your thoughts, don't expect me to be able to read your mind. A term in modern English is a word to common folk. But, you aren't common so, I can see the confusing variable in this.

You can type all the lies and insinuations on here that you want. You have proved to me that you are very good at it. I dismiss about 75% of it anyway. However, I have never talked with you about one single other poster. Here is why. I don't care much for you. Never have. And, I likely never will as long as you posses the personality you exhibit here. If I were unsure about someone, I'd only talk with friends I trust. You aren't that. That's just the truth. Nothing more and, isn't meant to be a poke at you. I made that clear in the PM's. I wish you no harm but, have no desire to share my personal time with you. This isn't your classroom. This is grown men who have far outgrown your impact and, don't need or appreciate the chastising.

Keep on Keeping on Frank. If you are one thing, it is predictable.

07-Jan-19
Justin,

You have proven to me you are not trust worthy. 18 year old students have more honor than you. You know where I stand, as I said it is your call how we interact going forward.

I don't lie, you obviously don't recognize the truth.

Keep on keeping on yourself. You are just as predictable.

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