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Reuters estimates that The Wall for which Trump voters voted may cost as much as $21.6B, and take 3.5 years to build. The Federalist estimates that illegal immigration costs the nation $135B per year. (It’s probably safe to assume the publications have offsetting bias, so we’ll just go with their numbers.)
Using these figures, the wall costs 15% one year’s cost of illegal immigration, and has a payback period of 57 days following completion, with the assumption that an in-progress wall does not drive down illegal immigration, probably a false assumption. This also assumes, probably also incorrectly, that The Wall […]
With the 100% probability that OBOR will raise living standards across Eurasia, 10 suggestions:
- Build an “OBOR-Americas.“ Look at OBOR as a model for similar infrastructure from Alaska & Canada to Tierra del Fuego, enriching everyone along the way: road and rail links, seaports. Add airports where it makes sense. Add an electrical grid and Venezuela can start selling their oil again to benefit the region by burning it into electricity, increasing manufactures. Then they’ll all need cars to get to work so will buy gas. Will Venezuela play? They can get on-board or OBOR-A will avoid
If we were serious about the debt, we’d stop fighting dumb wars we don’t even try to win. One policy re-adoption could save a majority proportion of half-a-trillion dollars annually ($585B in FY2016), thousands of lives of our soldiers, tens of thousands of lives of our opponents, and make the entire world a safer place.
Shouldn’t that be the goal of our defense policy?
We don’t need to continue to enrich Lockheed and others building toys we won’t use to win combat in which we shouldn’t be involved. And if we won’t use them to win, what […]
It is a truism that the window breakers and car-fire setters are ignorant of history. Too many of us are. The Right, having allowed the Left to take academia in full-frontal assault in the 1960s, its ramparts undefended by adults who ought to have known better, bears more than a bit of blame for this.
Nonetheless, the history that adults find it tiring that the Left refuses to grasp (“Progressive” policies that have been tried in every geography, culture and time always degrade, rather than improve, human lives) is only half, and not the most important half, of the history […]