President-elect Donald Trump’s most notable campaign promise was that he would construct a “big beautiful” border wall, and that he would make Mexico pay for it. “I would build a great wall. And nobody builds walls better than me, believe me. And I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great great wall on our southern border and I’ll have Mexico pay for that wall” he said famously.
But like most of his campaign promises, it turns out that Trump was lying through his teeth. CNN reports that Donald Trump’s transition team is planning to use the federal appropriations process to pay for the wall.
The Trump team argues it will have the authority through a Bush-era 2006 law to build the wall, lawmakers say, but it lacks the money to do so. Transition officials have told House GOP leaders in private meetings they’d like to pay for the wall in the funding bill, a senior House GOP source said.
So you and I are going to be paying for the wall. House Republicans seem to be excited at the prospect. Rep. Luke Messers (R-IN) admits that it’s “big dollars, but it’s a question of priorities.”
An MIT study projects that Trump’s border wall will cost somewhere around $38 billion dollars. Hypocrite Republicans complain endlessly about how we can’t afford to spend money taking care of our retired seniors and impoverished children, but are freely willing to blow billions of dollars on a useless wall that will ultimately do little to stop immigration into the United States.
It will be interesting to see how the deplorables react to this little piece of news.
Colin Taylor is the editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.