I have been spending the last few days going back and forth with some Trump supporters over on another right leaning site. I keep asking for some qualifications or at least some positions beyond the fact that he is not a politician, has his own money thus eliminates the need to whore himself out, and does not give a damn what people think of him. Yes, I like all of those, but is there anything else in that suit of his? I keep listening to interviews (the latest on Sunday with Chris Wallace) but somehow answering various policy questions with ,”I want to be unpredictable” dazzles the believers as astute, compelling and insightful. They remind me of those 2008 Obama rallies where the teenage girls would get all wet in the loins from his mere appearance. Damn the qualification, I’m in love, leave me alone.
One of Trump’s biggest attention grabbers was his fence and how he was going to get Mexico to pay for it. Illegal immigration is a huge problem, but a fence is only part of the solution. Make no mistake, fences do work;
Hungary said Monday its shutdown of the border with Croatia had put a stop to the influx of migrants and refugees.
Only 41 people crossed into the EU member state on Sunday, the government said.
“The border closure is working, it has effectively stopped illegal border-crossing,” government spokesman Zoltan Kovacs told reporters in Nagykanizsa, close to the Croatian border.
“The Hungarian government is determined to keep the measures in place as long as is needed,” he said.
“We are continuously monitoring the situation at the Slovenian, Croatian and Serbian borders, and are ready to react to any situation which might develop.”
The figure of 41 represents a new daily record low in 2015 for Hungary, which witnessed up to 10,000 people stream across its borders daily since the summer.
In a bid to stem the influx, Hungary sealed its Croatian border with a razor-wire fence early Saturday, barely a month after it shut its frontier with Serbia.
Given the influx of Obama refuges over running Europe, this was a wise move. But here’s the deal, given that the Mexican/US border is about 2000 miles, is it really possible to have this kind of success and reduction in illegal border crossers with a fence that long?
Building an impregnable wall along the border would cost about $20 billion. That is over half of the entire 2015 DHS budget, $38.2 billion. Doable, but is it prudent? The initial cost does not include maintenance. Cameras, drones, beefed up border patrol, all part of the pie. But even that, if I believed it would shut down the illegal border crossings to a trickle, even then I might consider it doing it. Now factor in the millions (pick your number) of illegals already here, and the ridiculous interpretation of the 14 Amendment that gave us anchor babies, no matter what we do, when we zig, they will zag.
But back to Trump. I want him to want this job as much as Hillary does, to put in the hours of preparation that she is putting in, to learn about how the political world works and understand that being a CEO, where you can get your way just by stomping your feet, does not prepare you for the presidency, where the separation of powers makes foot stomping pretty ineffective.
An interesting article in Barron’s this week recounts how several years ago a low level analyst wrote a report describing how one of Trumps properties was poorly funded and poorly run, giving it a “sell” recommendation with a possible bankruptcy in it’s future. Trump went after him personally, ruining his reputation and getting him fired, all for doing his job as an analyst. Turns out the guy was right, Trump did bankrupt the property (1 of his 4 bankruptcies over the years), and analyst had the last laugh suing Trump, which they settled out of court. We already have a petulant thin skinned crybaby in the White House, do we really want another one?