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The INSANE Border Wall Cost

Updated: May 30, 2019

The Republican obsession with constructing a border wall across the entire almost 2000 mile Mexican border is about as useful as a homeschool education in Alabama.

First off, ever wonder why Texas is such an odd shape? It’s because much of the border is located on the Rio Grande River…

Because of that, we would have to build the actual wall well within American borders (sometimes miles), which makes the land on the other side basically useless, not to mention the damage to the environment.

Also 33% of the border is on Native American tribal land, and 66% of the border is privately owned, so the American government would have to use what’s called "eminent domain" in order to force those people off their land, but they’d still face years of being tied up in lawsuits, in addition to the untold millions in compensation to the property owners, which would include the value of the land, buildings, and a bunch of other things including relocation costs.

That’s probably why ALL of the politicians who represent the areas where border walls would be constructed are against the border wall (Republicans AND Democrats).

But we haven’t even gotten to the best part! According to Trump’s own Office of Management and Budget (OMB) — which of all the organizations who do these estimates would be most similar to the nerds who don’t get laid — they say the actual cost to just build the stupid thing is roughly $60 BILLION.

To put in context, that’s 41 percent more costly than the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) estimate a few years prior, 2.7 times as expensive as Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan estimated, and I can’t say for Trump because he's changed his budget numbers more than he has wives!

Democrats by the way estimated the cost to be $70 billion, but that may even be conservative, because get this, according to the Cato Institute, THE most prominent libertarian think tank, due to typical construction cost overruns, the type that are likely when dealing with lawsuits and the Rio Grande, the border wall cost is likely to rise to be between 2x to 3.3x the original $60 billion estimate, which is somewhere between 120-200 billion!

As a comparison: $200 billion can pay for our ENTIRE annual budget for policing (100 billion), incarcerations (80 billion), AND NASA (19 billion) COMBINED!

And that doesn’t even count the approximately ($750 million to more likely) $1 billion or more that we’ll need to spend every year — FOREVER — to maintain the wall (and that’s a conservative estimate). Now keep in mind, with $1 billion dollars you could buy ALL of Trump’s assets and you’d still probably have MILLIONS of Rubles left over!

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