I have to admit to a certain pleasure at Contender Donald Trump's irreverent, unconventional, oft idiotic approach to presidential politics. Certainly, given the abysmal records of both House and Senate over the past few years, almost anything that is different is refreshing.
It is hard to select one item to comment on about Trump's campaign, but the selection was made much easier this week by Contender Scott Walker (Governor of Wisconsin). More of that later.
My choice of one item of Contender Trump's campaign to talk about is THE WALL.
In general, Contender Trump has been pretty light of detail in his broad-ranging proposals, but a couple of weeks ago he released his detailed policy on immigration. He promises to triple the number of US immigration officers, to end job visas for foreign students, to deport undocumented migrants, and, in contradiction to the Fourteen Amendment, to end automatic citizenship for babies born on US soil.
In addition (fanfare please), Contender Trump has proposed to build a wall all along the 2000 mile (3200 km) border between the USA and Mexico, and to make Mexico pay for it. To be fair, some of it (less than a third) has already been built, mainly in Arizona.
"“The Mexican government has taken the United States to the cleaners,” says the Trump policy paper. “They are responsible for this problem and they must help pay to clean it up.”
When questioned about the viability of such a fence, especially given the enormous costs and limited success rate of the existing George W. Bush mandated fence, Contender Trump had this to say: "Building a wall is easy, and it can be done inexpensively. It's not even a difficult project if you know what you are doing."
Almost everyone involved in policing the US-Mexican border, almost everyone involved in building the existing fence, says that it is an impossible task, not worth the money both to build and maintain. Not only impossible to build, but it won't stop the flow anyway, much like George W. Bush's high-tech virtual wall was an inordinate failure.
Needless to say he would want the world to know such a magnificent structure to be known as The Trump Wall.
I mentioned above that it was Wisconsin Governor, Contender Scott Waker, that made me pick The Trump Wall as the one Trump policies to comment on. The reason for that is in a recent NBC interview Contender Walker, when asked whether it would be necessary to build a wall between the USA and Canada, said it was worth considering.
My friend Steve Alessi (a founder member with Annamaria Alfieri of Sicilians for Kubu) sent me an article about Contender Walker's pronouncement and suggested it was to keep Canadians flooding across the border to take advantage of the US's free health care.
Anyway, as ambitious as The Trump Wall is, the Walker Wall is off the charts. The border between the two countries is the longest border between any two countries and has severe problems associated with it. However, to be fair, a start has been made already - it is policy to maintain a clear path along the border for its entire length.
To give some insight into the enormity of Contender Walker's idea, take a look at this fascinating video.
|The two candidates arguing as to whose wall is biggest.|
Stan - Thursday
PS. In researching this blog, I discovered to my amazement that there are dozens of walls or fences between countries around the world. You can find out about them here.