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Great Wall of America Could Bankrupt the United States

Great Wall

This is an essay on the proposed Great Wall that the current administration wants to build on the Southwestern border of the United States.

A Great Wall Could Bankrupt the United States

Great Wall

The current president wants to build a Great Wall, I’m assuming, similar to the Great Wall of China. I’m no engineer, but everything I’ve read points to the fact that this is no small engineering feat, despite what he says that this Great Wall will be built quickly and with low cost. Some areas of the Southwestern border will be next to impossible to build a Great Wall, either because of the terrain or natural barriers like rivers.

What Took Centuries to Build…

The Great Wall of China took a couple of centuries to build, so to build something similar in this day and age might take a couple of decades. History has proven that these enormous fortifications aren’t impenetrable, as invaders will find a way to circumvent the wall, either by going around the wall, going through the gates, tunneling under the wall, or simply flying over the wall.

See also: A Wall Alone Can’t Secure the Border, No Matter Who Pays for It

It Would Be A Deterrent Only

A Great Wall would be a deterrent only. And an exceedingly expensive one. There are already walls and fences in place that has cost U.S. taxpayers some 7 billion dollars, not to mention the thousands of personnel needed to already manage and secure the borders. Again, certain areas don’t have fences or walls because of the terrain.

The Great Wall of China is a series of fortifications made of stone, brick, tamped earth, wood, and other materials, generally built along an east-to-west line across the historical northern borders of China to protect the Chinese states and empires against the raids and invasions of the various nomadic groups of the Eurasian Steppe. —Wikipedia

It Would Be Exceedingly Expensive

Although this Great Wall sounds like a good idea to most lay people, to me it sounds like an extremely expensive endeavor that could cost U.S. taxpayers billions and billions of dollars. Yes, somehow I believe we would end up footing the bill anyway. Already there’s talk about taxing imports up to 20%.

With a budget deficit that is already troubling, spending money on this Great Wall doesn’t seem feasible. It just sounds good to the people who voted for the current president. And a Great Wall will create a physical and psychological barrier between two adjacent countries that need to work together in unity. Creating another enemy south of the border isn’t in our best interests.

It Probably Won’t Be Completed in Our Lifetime

I doubt very much that a gigantic wall will be built within our lifetimes, nor even in 2 presidential terms… at least not a wall like the Great Wall of China, unless hundreds of thousands of workers are employed.

This enormous project could bankrupt this nation. Has anyone thought about that?

And with current human technology, even drones and a virtual fence haven’t been successful solutions, but in this day and age, it could be more practical to try and improve on drone and virtual fence technology.



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Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

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