- Jan 29, 2015
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Border Wall: Monument for the People, Not Pols
Profligate politicians have never met a multibillion-dollar infrastructure project they didn't like -- except when it comes to President Donald Trump's border wall.... Think about it.... Boston's Big Dig black hole, the nation's most expensive highway project, burned through $25 billion and was plagued by deadly engineering incompetence, endless cost overruns, leaks, lawsuits and debt.... California's high-speed rail boondoggle is a $100 billion bullet train to nowhere. Gov. Jerry "Moonbeam" Brown promised a 2020 completion date for the miracle transportation system. The latest estimates predict it won't open until at least 2033, and the costs keep rising.
Seattle's ill-fated Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement topped out at $4 billion in local, state and federal funds for a two-mile bored road tunnel that will finally open next month -- nearly four years behind schedule and hundreds of millions of dollars over budget.... What the Big Dig, bullet train boondoggle and Seattle squander all have in common is that political elites, lobbyists and corporate heavy-hitters trampled over grassroots citizen opposition to get their way. Too many government construction projects are built because these publicly subsidized gravy trains reward campaign donors, powerful public employee unions and assorted control freaks in the urban planning and transportation sectors.... Another glaring example? Across the country, voters have repeatedly rejected billion-dollar sports stadium and arena subsidies over the past 30 years -- only to be sabotaged by bipartisan alliances overruling the will of the people. I used to run a watchdog website called "Porkwatch" filled with so many field-of-schemes case studies that I couldn't keep track of them anymore.... Then there are all the tax-funded highways, bridges, museums and other edifices glorifying Beltway swamp creatures.... President Trump's defining battle against the Beltway to fortify our borders -- by concrete, steel, increased manpower, electronic surveillance, all of it -- isn't just about fulfilling a campaign promise. The wall is a necessary monument to sovereignty in a nation clogged with billions of dollars of worthless political monuments to Me, Me, Me.
Democrats were shocked when Reagan proclaimed "tear down that wall, Mr. Gorbachev", They never wanted the Russians to collapse. Now the Progress Marxist Socialist Democrat Left scream, "you will never build a wall to protect Americans, President Trump".
Funny isn't it, Obama would not have had any problem demanding $36 billion for one of his pet projects Solyndra. After all, he demanded, AND RECEIVED, $800 billion for his un-stimulating stimulus. The stimulus bill that funded Solyndra received no Republican votes in the House and only three in the Senate.
Perhaps President Trump should promote the Wall as a “Shovel Ready Project” and watch Progressive Marxist Socialist Democrat heads explode all over D.C.