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originally posted by: MysticPearl
I read your full OP and am unsure of the point of it.
originally posted by: DigginFoTroof
So we all knew this wall issue was either going to be a bunch of BS or a total white elephant and with the new estimate and hideous prototypes of the wall, all that is panning out. If this goes through, Trump should be impeached for wasting tax $$ and there should be extreme scruitiny to the company and contractors working on the wall and a complete cost breakdown of everything related to it. Hell, China built cities to house 5million + people for just over 10 billion and completed this in a couple years! How much more simple is a wall. Yeah, Trump knows how to build walls, he's the bestest at it cuz he said so, its gots to be tru.
So if the wall is $30 billion, that would pay for 666,667 people employed for one year at $45,000 per year. If you decide to put 24,000 people on the wall as gaurds, the $30 billion would last 28 years (longer if there was interest on the money, which would actually make it about 40 years). Now 24,000 people is a little unrealistic as if it was manned 24/7 and split into 8 hour shifts, then 8,000 people per shift. On a 2,000 mile border, then that is a man every 1/4 mile or a 2 man team every 1/2 mile.
Now if you allocated 1 billion per year at $45,000 per year then that would still be 22,222 people, or 3.7 people per mile (so about 10% less). considering there are hundreds of miles that are impassible these numbers still come out to be more than 4 people per mile 24/7 at 8 hour shifts.
I can see a lot more advantages of a program like this than a wall as it would provide employment, and good employment for people. It could also be used as training or for people to server 2-4 weeks per year as a reserve duty rotating in from all of the states. I guess this could be drawn from national gaurd and reserve troops and even active military personell, or if that is illegal then there could be a program where people from those branches "transfer" out for their 2-4 week tour, and get paid by border patrol for that period. I'm sure something could be worked out to make it legal, DC is never short of making laws work for them when they want to, I'm surprised they haven't tried to legislate physics.
How many of you people think a wall is the best idea? IDK how many people would really be needed to man a wall, especially with some aerial survaillance (lighter than air video/sensor equipped ships) could greatly multiply the amount of area one person could cover/man.
I'm not to keen on having a huge wall on any border for a number of reasons but I do think there need to be borders that are respected and if they aren't then putting people on them isn't a bad idea. A wall makes me think of Soviet era Berlin.