On Friday, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions sent a directive to US Federal Prosecutors to pursue the most severe penalties possible for drug infractions, even if it triggers large mandatory minimum sentences. Like the drug war itself, this new/old approach will prove a dismal failure. We’ll tell you why…
Candidate Donald Trump looking for votes from the 60% of the population who believe cannabis should be legalized . . . Your Editor Dennis Crenshaw
Trump answers legalization of marijuana question at Reno, NV rally on 10/29/15. His answer: he supports medical marijuana FULLY, and supports state. (Rights on the issue)
U.S. map showing which states have legalized marijuana for medical use and chart showing increasing support in the U.S. for legalizing the drug outright. Three states vote on legalization in November. Chicago Tribune 2012
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The #1 promise made by Donald Trump during his campaign and one of the reasons he was elected, in my belief, was his promise to stop the influx of criminal illegal aliens and to build THE WALL. Now he and his cohorts are backing down on that promise because the Shadow Government flunkies are threatening to hold up government funding. And how many times in my life have we lived through that threat from “either” party?
More and more it appears that Trump is just more of the same… no balls. Shame, shame, shame. . . Your Editor Dennis Crenshaw
Republican political leaders in Washington who condemned Obama’s plan to bomb Syria in 2013 are gung ho over President Trump’s bombing last week. Even “progressives” are jumping on the bomb band wagon. Are we all neocons now?
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President Trump’s decision to fire 59 Tomahawk missiles into Syria in retaliation for an alleged Assad chemical attack is said by the president to be in the “vital national security interest of the United States.” Does he think Syria is about to attack us? US Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) joins the show live from the studio.
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The “wall” will most likely be re-enforced precast concrete, vertical steel erected like highway noise barrier at 20′ high. Going rate (along our highways) about $1.5 million per mile. However, there is already some form of wall or barrier along some 650 miles of the border. But let’s say we wanted all the border to have nice new bight and shiny wall to make it pretty. Then the total construction would be around $2,899,000,000.00 ($2.9 Billion). Installed. Trump’s estimate was $8 to $10 Billion. And given the efficiency of government and government contractors, he’s probably not all that far off.
Of course, the wall by itself won’t be a 100% effective as a deterrent. Enforcement of existing and future policies and laws regarding immigration will be carried out by the US Border Patrol under the the management of Department of Homeland Security (another boondoggle factor, to be sure. So let’s say it costs $15 Billion.)
As to the number of Border Patrol agents required to cover 3 shifts, there are already 21,000 US Border Patrol Agents. Only about 2/3rds of those are along the Mexican border. Beginning about 2009 they have been hampered in enforcing the law by presidential decree. The agents are already trained, equipped, outfitted, and anxious to get back to doing their damn jobs. They are assisted by dogs, horses, drones, night vision cameras, night vision goggles, boats, airboats, hover craft, helicopters, planes and aerostats, thermal imagers, first rate communications arrays, ground sensors, and some of the best detection equipment the US can buy. The only thing they haven’t had in the past eight years is permission to do their damn jobs.
Illegal workers send (by wire transfer) $21 to $24 Billion home to Mexico (and Guatamala, Honduras, Belize, China, Russia, other) via Wells Fargo and other wire transfer every year. That’s $21 Billion REMOVED from the USGDP every year. Worse, it’s removed from local areas with highest numbers of illegal aliens. And it doesn’t include the free schooling, free health care, food stamps, nor does it reflect the estimated $150 Billion in drug money that is sent via other, less traceable means. “The Remittance Status Verification Act, introduced by then-Senator David Vitter (R-La.) in 2014 but never passed into law, would have fined senders of international cash transfers seven percent of the transfer amount if they could not show “proof of status under U.S. immigration laws.” (Source)
So that means that the $21 Billion just grew to more than $200 Billion.
In other words, a $3 Billion dollar wall coupled with a fee to send US dollars by illegal aliens will pay for the wall in about a month. But that won’t stem the tide of money leaving. It will, however, help stem the tide of illegal aliens.