Rand Paul Looking For Fiscal Compromise On Border Wall

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) just announced on CNN that while he is in support of barrier or a “wall” around the border as President Trump is pushing for, he is not in favor of spending an excessive amount of money when it could be spent elsewhere.

Here’s what he said:

“I remain a fiscal conservative, even on the wall. So, I’m not excited about spending 20, 30, 40 dollars billion on a wall. I’m still a believer that we don’t have money to spend. We’re $700 billion in the hole. I heard from somebody the other day that said we built 2,700 miles of concrete barriers on our interstates — you know, all those noise control barriers — we’ve done that for $2 billion. So, I think the price tag should be debated. And I think we can have barriers, and we will have barriers in certain places. I think we should also use technology, which is less expensive. But the barriers, I think we need to look at the cost of them. The people advocating for it are forgetting that they are fiscally conservative, and they’re just giving just enormous numbers. So, yes, I would look at the number very carefully, and while I will vote for money for barriers, I’m not voting for $40 billion for barriers.”

  • Gary Mathew

    A high voltage barbed electric fence would be much cheaper and easier to complete.

    • Tom

      An electrified fence would have to be monitored not only with expensive equipment, but also by border patrol officers, because with the right equipment, the electric wires could be cut or otherwise disabled.

  • W. Coyote

    Will there be a wall on the northern border as well? If not, why not?

    • Tom

      Not as dangerous people enter the United States from the northern border, the southern border is crossed by people of all nationalities, including drugs and drug dealers and a lot of immigrants from southern countries that have less desirable immigrants wanting to enter the United States.

      • W. Coyote

        Tom- Good morning and thank you for your reply. The border with Canada is longer than the border with Mexico and is completely unprotected. Seems to me that drugs and people would have a very easy time crossing. And who knows how many undocumented Canadians there are in this country.

        • Tom

          That’s exactly the way I see it, you hear about more crimes committed by people coming from the southern hemisphere than you do of immigrants coming from the northern hemisphere.

    • Daniel Brofford

      B/c the problem at the northern border is 1% of the problem we have in the southern border. Real easy to understand if you look at what is going on.

      • W. Coyote

        Daniel- Good morning and thank you for your reply. This was so long ago that I had almost forgotten about this article. If a wall makes us safe, shouldn’t the wall protect the whole border?

  • Richard Murvin

    the american people need to research the history of the Democrat party you will be surprised at the evil and how dishonest they are from the time they begin

  • Magik

    20 billion for a wall or 130 billion A YEAR for these illegals . You do the math .

    • Daniel Brofford

      Yeah it’s like these congressmen forget about that some how. It makes no sense. Like you said a one time expenditure of 20 billion or we can keep spending 130 billion a year. If they would take away the illegal benefits they give these illegals it would take a lot of pressure off of ice and the immigration courts. They would deport theirselves.

  • Gary Grissett

    EVEN FOR A PROFESSONAL POLITICAN YOU CAN DO BASIC MATH. IT COST THE TAX PAYERS OVER 8 TIMES AS MUCH EACH YEAR TO SUPPORT THE CRIMINAL THAN IT WOULD TO BUILD THE WALL.

  • BenjiMac

    Technology, instead of a real physical barrier, is useless. All it does is allow us to catch the people who have already come into the country, and then we have to take care of them. Much better to stop the problem before it happens.

  • Idaho Jim

    Starting in the 1960’s our government told us that we would be over populated ,over crowded and we need to stop having children. They pushed Birth control pills and later on they promoted Abortion and now same sex to our school age kids. Our people believed this , millions of our future Americans were Aborted ( murdered) Ever sense the govt. has been flooding the USA with people from all over the world, especially from 3rd world countries that hate the American people. The Govt. does not talk about overcrowding now. They blame us for not having babies and that we need the illegals to keep our country & economy growing. $134.9 Billion Taxpayers Dish out for freeloading illegals per year ( judicial Watch 2017 Dec.) $25 Billion for a wall , one time payment looks to me we would save Big time( $109.9 BILLION ) Building The WALL IN ONE YEAR . MAGA , Deport all liiegals !