am I right?
Today President Donald Trump signed an executive order to begin construction of the wall he promised along the US/Mexican border.
So President Trump is fulfilling one of his campaign promises…but Mexico isn’t going to pay for it.
It’s highly unlikely that Mexico will pay for the wall — Mexican lawmakers have repeatedly said they wouldn’t — so the substantial cost will likely fall on the US government.
We’re on the hook and it’s gonna be a whopping big bill!
“The cost to build the ‘easiest’ sections of the existing fence were between $2.8 [million to] $3.9 million per mile, according to the US Government Accountability Office,” the Bernstein note said. “However, given that these figures exclude labor costs, land acquisition costs, and relate to construction in accessible areas with favorable construction conditions, the cost of Trump’s wall is widely expected to be greater than $15 billion and perhaps as much as $25 billion.”
Although the expense won’t actually be the biggest issue. That will be the acquisition of the property from uncooperative land owners, environment issues like rivers and mountains, and the availability of building materials.
The analysts predicted the wall would be 40 feet tall and 1,000 miles long, go 7 feet underground (to prevent tunneling), and be 10 inches thick. The simplest construction material to use would be concrete, according to the analysts — and based on concrete prices and the estimated size of the wall, that cost alone would be around $700 million.
And guess who the supplier in the area best equipped to provide the amount of cement needed? CEMEX…the Mexican cement company! Go figure. I don’t think that fits in with the presidents Buy American slogan.
So what would any other government agency do when building a public structure? Sell naming rights!
My suggestion would be to involve Taco Bell…Run to the border!
President-elect Donald Trump has continued his threats against American manufacturers who move their plants and the related jobs out of the country with 35% tariffs on the manufactured goods that they import back to the states. The lure of low wages in countries like Mexico and China and Viet Nam may be too overwhelming to prevent those job migrations despite those threats. And here is just what might happen (and there is a hint of this in some of the press around the Carrier plant and a rumored American iPhone plant).
We might very well see new small highly automated American plants building cell phones, TVs, washers, dryers, lawnmowers, microwaves, textiles, etc…plants that stay or come back. Plants that employ 120 people instead of 800 like 15 or 20 years ago. And their productivity will be huge! Just huge! And their output will be sold in the American market and the American market only…cause it’s gonna cost 30, 50, 80% more than products made overseas.
And American plants and American jobs will continue to move overseas but their output will be sold overseas in Europe, Japan, China, India and emerging markets worldwide. They won’t be re-imported…they won’t incur the 35% tax…and the American economy will suffer. Suffer bigly. Suffer from higher prices and a loss of jobs for exported goods when those foreign markets retaliate by not purchasing American manufactured goods or agricultural products or American services.
With the exception of, perhaps, Texas governor Rick Perry, no public official wants to publicly admit an obvious fact: The United States of America will likely be forced to invade Mexico. It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when. The question then becomes: What to do with Mexico after we invade it and wipe out the drug cartels (as much as can be). Does the United States merely return Mexico to a nation state of corrupt politicians, failed economic policies, and lawlessness, or do we annex Mexico and turn it into the 51st state?
While we’re at it, we might as well go ahead and invade Canada….that way we can secure that pesky northern border once and for all.