The wall versus the shutdown: Comparing costs
January 31, 2019

From The Hill

The shutdown is over for now but the fight's not done, and Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer still have not convinced supporters of a border wall that its cost including the cost of the shutdown cannot justify the paltry benefits the wall will yield.

Their generalizations are not persuasive, and Schumer and Pelosi have little or no credibility with the voters who need to be convinced of the border wall's futility. They attack the wall as "immoral," a "waste of money," inhumane and ineffective, and accuse Donald Trump of throwing tantrums. Schumer pontificates, "The symbol of America should be the Statue of Liberty, not a thirty-foot wall."

To resonate with the voters who matter, a more credible spokesperson should explain some simple concepts:

Department of Homeland Security statistics put the cost at $21.6 billion. The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget predicts the entire wall could end up costing $25 billion — a cost of $200 per U.S. household. Even a Fox News statistician agrees...

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