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Illegal Immigration

Dems Say Trump’s Border Wall Allocation in Funding Bill is Too Expensive

Written by Philip Hodges

Nancy Pelosi said that Trump’s border wall is ‘immoral, expensive, unwise.’

It was so bad that Chuck Schumer called it a ‘last-minute poison pill’ that the President tried to sneak into the funding bill or else risk having the government shut down.

There are all sorts of reasons to be opposed to building a massive border wall. One is that people intent on crossing the border will find a way. Just like how mass murderers are not hindered by gun control laws. If they’re intent on causing mass carnage, they’re going to do it. If they can’t legally buy a gun because of a criminal record, they’ll steal a gun or buy one illegally. 

For sure, having the type of wall that Trump campaigned on would greatly diminish border crossings. But another issue is that a giant wall won’t stop people from trying to enter the U.S. via the Pacific Ocean or the Gulf of Mexico. In fact, I would guess that more people will start crossing our borders along our coastlines.

But most of the people complaining about it don’t actually oppose it on principle. It’s ridiculous to think that Pelosi actually thinks that it’s too ‘expensive.’ She’s a politician, and a Democrat at that. No government-funded program is too expensive for her. They just don’t like it, because of Trump.

Trump did want to slip in a provision into the funding bill that would allocate $1.4 billion as a downpayment on the southern border wall. And that’s what Democrats balked at.

Now, that’s a lot of money to most people. But to the government, it’s a drop in the bucket. CNS News put things into perspective:

President Donald Trump’s request that Congress include $1.4 billion to fund the beginning of his proposed wall on the U.S.-Mexico border equals approximately 0.035 percent of what the federal government will spend in total this year, according to the latest estimate of fiscal year 2017 federal spending made by the Congressional Budget Office.

It also equals less than the Department of Health and Human Services spends in just twelve hours and less than the Treasury collects in taxes in four hours.

That is assuming that HHS spends money 24 hours a day and the Treasury collects it 24 hours a day.

In its baseline budget projections published in January, the CBO estimated that in fiscal 2017, which runs through September, the federal government will collect $3,404,000,000,000 in taxes and spend $3,963,000,000,000.

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The $1.4 billion Trump wants from Congress in this fiscal year to begin the border wall project equals 0.035 percent of the $3.963 trillion the CBO estimates the federal government will spend this fiscal year.

By comparison, the Department of Health and Human Services alone will spend an estimated $1,108,457,000,000 in fiscal 2017, according to the Monthly Treasury Statement. That $1,108,457,000,000 in annual HHS spending equals approximately $126,546,187 for each of the 8,760 hours in the fiscal year.

In other words, HHS will spend approximately $126,536,187 per hour this year—assuming that it spends money 24 hours a day.

That means that HHS spends in about 11 hours an amount equal to the $1.4 billion that President Trump wants this fiscal year for the border wall project.

In half a day—12 hours—HHS spends more than Trump wants for the border wall for the entire year.

The $3,404,000,000,000 that the Treasury will collect in taxes this fiscal year, according to the CBO estimate, equals about $388,584,475 in tax collections per hour.

The $1.4 billion that Trump wants for the border wall project this year equals about 3.6 hours in federal tax collections.

In just 4 hours, the federal government collects more in taxes than President Trump wants to spend for the entire year on the border wall.

The views expressed in this opinion article are solely those of their author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by EagleRising.com


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