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Low End estimates for Trump’s border wall – 18 Billion Dollars

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One of the funniest stories of the month has been some MAGA rubes deciding they can self-fund Trump’s Stupid Fucking Wall™. As of this writing, the MAGAbots have pledged $7,146,127 of their self-stated goal of $5,000,000,000. This translates to slightly over 0.14% of the $5 billion number. In other words, not even one third of 1 percent of $5 billion. At this rate, the wall funds will be raised in time for Trump, Jr. to get out of prison. I think GoFundMe takes 2% of the total too, that’ll have to be factored in.

By the way, the figure of $5 billion is not enough to build the entire SFW™, but only a small portion of it. It also doesn’t include eminent domain litigation, construction overruns, graft, and terrain challenges. Nor does it include subsequent maintenance costs – if the SFW™ only lasts 3 years before collapsing, that won’t make the MAGAbots happy.

The USA Today reported earlier this year:

The cost of President Donald Trump’s promised U.S.-Mexico border wall could be much higher than previously thought because the administration has not fully accounted for factors that can add to the price, a new report from a congressional watchdog agency says.

The U.S. Government Accountability Office report, published Monday, found the agency overseeing the planning and construction of border barriers, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, has identified 17 priority areas for wall construction without doing a cost analysis for each area. The cost to construct 722 miles of barriers in those priority locations was estimated at $18 billion.

But costs vary widely depending on topography — increasing with the steepness of the terrain — and the price of land, especially in Texas, where most parcels along the border are privately held, the report states.

“Without assessing costs as part of the prioritization process, CBP does not have complete information to know whether it is prioritizing locations that will use its limited resources in the most cost-effective manner,” the report said.

A USA TODAY Network analysis found some 5,000 parcels of private land are within 500 feet of the border in Texas, and legal action to acquire them could add years to the project. During the last round of construction, stemming from the 2006 Secure Fence Act, the government initiated 300 condemnation cases against Texas landowners. About 85 of those cases remain in litigation.

(click here to continue reading Cost estimates for Trump’s border wall too optimistic, report says.)

If we use the government’s low-ball number of $18,000,000,000 to build only 722 miles out of the 1,900 total US/Mexico border, that’s roughly a cost of $25,000,000 per mile. Keep giving away your money, MAGAbots…

I'm With Stupid

Also, unless we adopt a new Constitutional Amendment changing how Congress works, private citizens cannot dictate what Congress does with funds. The Congress could take the money and spend it on something crazy like homeless veterans, or hand it out in suitcases stuffed with $100 bills to the children being kept in cages on the border. Or hold a big, big party inviting everyone born on a Monday. Whatever Congress chooses. 

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Power of the Purse:

“All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with amendments as on other Bills.” — U.S. Constitution, Article I, section 7, clause 1

“No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law; and a regular Statement and Account of the Receipts and Expenditures of all public Money shall be published from time to time.” — U.S. Constitution, Article I, section 9, clause 7

 

(click here to continue reading Power of the Purse | US House of Representatives: History, Art & Archives.)

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December 20th, 2018 at 4:08 pm

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Emolument Man was uploaded to Flickr

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Actual title / artist unknown.

And this photo was taken before Cheeto Hitler took office, before most people had even heard of the word, “Emolument”…

Google it yourself, but here’s a thumbnail version:
What, exactly, is the Emoluments Clause?

It is 49 words in Article I of the Constitution.

“No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.”
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I took Emolument Man on August 06, 2011 at 02:07PM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on August 17, 2017 at 07:48PM

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August 17th, 2017 at 7:34 pm

Three Dollars A Verse – Afternoon Stroll was uploaded to Flickr

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A sequel of sorts to another photo, taken on another day.

Division and Damen.

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I took Three Dollars A Verse – Afternoon Stroll on July 30, 2017 at 12:17PM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on August 01, 2017 at 08:18PM

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August 1st, 2017 at 7:31 pm

Crumbling Institutions was uploaded to Flickr

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West Loop somewhere

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I took Crumbling Institutions on June 25, 2012 at 03:35PM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on March 09, 2017 at 09:40AM

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March 9th, 2017 at 12:41 pm

Moorish Science Temple of America inc was uploaded to Flickr

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Temple Nine, 1000 N Hoyne, Ukrainian Village, Chicago.

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I took Moorish Science Temple of America inc on June 16, 2013 at 01:55PM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on August 24, 2016 at 01:42PM

((Sometimes, not all times, but more than half of the time, these automatic IFTTT posts are created twice. Too lazy to troubleshoot, so this is an apology for all the future times it will happen))

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August 24th, 2016 at 12:47 pm

Moccus – Porcine God of the West Loop was uploaded to Flickr

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Fulton Market

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I took Moccus – Porcine God of the West Loop on September 29, 2011 at 11:33AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on May 03, 2016 at 03:34PM

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May 3rd, 2016 at 2:47 pm

Imagine No Smoking No Trespassing was uploaded to Flickr

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Fulton Market, West Loop

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I took Imagine No Smoking No Trespassing on August 10, 2014 at 05:15AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on April 16, 2016 at 01:10PM

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April 16th, 2016 at 12:30 pm

The World Is Full of Troubles was uploaded to Flickr

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Grand/Milwaukee/Halsted construction

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I took The World Is Full of Troubles on March 16, 2015 at 11:50AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on March 18, 2015 at 02:35PM

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March 18th, 2015 at 9:19 am

Northside Stranger’s Home – mural by William Walker was uploaded to Flickr

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Cabrini Green. Mural apparently in danger of being lost.

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In a neighborhood pulsing with bulldozers and construction crews, the small church with the giant mural has managed to stand untouched, on an island of concrete and brittle grass, looking as lonely and alluring as a lighthouse.

The mural is faded now, its reds and yellows battered by sun and snow, but it’s otherwise in good shape.

"Is there any graffiti on this piece?" said Pounds, who wears his gray hair in a short braided pigtail. "No. Thirty-five years, and no graffiti. That’s a real testament to the power of the piece."

But a for-sale sign recently went up on another of the church’s walls, the one that faces east toward the brand-new "eco-condos." If the mural’s lovers don’t act fast, Chicago is apt to gain a few more kitchens with granite countertops and lose a piece of art that Pounds believes is every bit as valuable as the Picasso sculpture in the Loop.

In 1972, an African-American artist named William Walker climbed some scaffolding and began to paint this 1901 church next door to Cabrini-Green.

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I took Northside Stranger’s Home – mural by William Walker on June 15, 2009 at 03:54PM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on August 15, 2014 at 04:46PM

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August 15th, 2014 at 9:59 am

Lumper Need Not Apply was uploaded to Flickr

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West Loop/Fulton Market

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I took Lumper Need Not Apply on September 29, 2013 at 01:07PM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on May 09, 2014 at 02:46PM

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May 14th, 2014 at 8:09 am

Collaboration by Left Handed Wave and Hanna Waldron was uploaded to Flickr

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Street art, Lakeview somewhere (added geolocation, but it is not precise).

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I took Collaboration by Left Handed Wave and Hanna Waldron on April 19, 2014 at 12:41PM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on May 07, 2014 at 06:08PM

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May 9th, 2014 at 1:56 pm

Still Sorry Somehow was uploaded to Flickr

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South of the Loop

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I took Still Sorry Somehow on May 17, 2009 at 11:42AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on April 20, 2014 at 12:34AM

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April 21st, 2014 at 12:03 pm

There’s Something Funny Going On was uploaded to Flickr

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Street Art, alley north of Belmont/Clark

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I took There’s Something Funny Going On on April 19, 2014 at 01:13PM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on April 20, 2014 at 12:36AM

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April 20th, 2014 at 3:42 am

Boots Sox Pants Shirts was uploaded to Flickr

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Army Navy Surplus store on Lincoln.

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I took Boots Sox Pants Shirts on March 08, 2014 at 03:33PM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on March 10, 2014 at 02:46PM

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March 30th, 2014 at 7:14 pm

No Frenzied Shrieking Crowd was uploaded to Flickr

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alley, Loop, Chicago

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I took No Frenzied Shrieking Crowd on November 30, 2013 at 04:07PM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on March 26, 2014 at 11:11PM

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March 27th, 2014 at 8:47 am