a wandering woman writes

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Something there is that doesn't love a wall...

A word for the US Senate and House, now that I've read the day's news.

I spend a lot of time these days wandering around walled places. All the rage, this wall idea.

Nine or ten centuries ago.

Thing is, once I get inside the wall the Town Hall's guided tour inevitably details all the uninvited guests who made it by the wall. I've yet to see a wall that worked.

Do we really think the best solution to our illegal immigration problem is straight out of the 10th century (or the modern Middle East, always a good example to follow), only more expensive?

A 1200 kilometre wall, with a 1,200 million dollar price tag.

Yes, in fact, that is a million dollars per half mile, more or less.

Sound like a good move to anybody else?



  • An expensive piece of political posturing. Sometimes painting is the only relief

    By Anonymous John, at 4:27 PM  

  • Thanks for this link, John. I have to make this it's own post!

    By Blogger wandering-woman, at 4:50 PM  

  • Oh I put a sarcastic congratulations to the Republicans into draft this morning.

    Seems that the American onion growers and etc are losing massive amounts of money as authorities crack down on illegal Mexican immigration and workers.

    Here in Belgium I heard a story about a man employing a Pole to paint his house at black market prices ... however, the money was enough for the Pole to pay someone back home to paint his house, and have some change.

    I imagine the Mexican/American economy works a little like that?

    Walls drive me crazy ... but I guess that's no surprise to you :)

    By Blogger woman wandering, at 9:05 PM  

  • Well, if nothing else, the Great Wall of the Southwest will create some jobs, which is more than what GWB generally can manage to accomplish.

    By Anonymous AdriftAtSea, at 4:07 PM  

  • OK, Dan...but the guys who work for the construction companies that will build it......honestly..are there enough LEGAL workers? The ultimate irony to me is....are there legal construction workers enough to build the wall to keep the illegals out????? Or?? will it get REALLY ironic?

    By Blogger wandering-woman, at 4:33 PM  

  • If more immigrants from Mexico are needed, then let's increase the legal quota from Mexico not sanction illegal immigration.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:39 PM  

  • Thanks for the comment Anonymous; I couldn't agree more. A wall isn't the answer to what most certainly is a problem.

    Figuring you caught that nobody was sanctioning illegal immigration, just stating the obvious: a wall ain't the answer to anything, never has been.

    By Blogger wandering-woman, at 8:44 PM  

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