Why that Stupid Border Wall Will Never Happen

Why that Stupid Border Wall Will Never Happen

And Even if it Does... Americans Will Pay For It
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Good grief... If you truly believe that a SOVEREIGN nation is going to pay for a wall to reinforce OUR southern border, you will be sorely disappointed. What a pompous position to take and how blatantly arrogant one must be to actually believe that there would not only be a "huge" and "beautiful" wall to adorn our southern border, but that somehow Mexico is going to pay for it? Listen up and listen good. This wall will never happen and even if it does, rural America is going to fit the bill.

Not only is the southern border some 2000 miles long, but it encompasses so much protected and privately owned land. Good luck forcing those people to move their ranches and farms and homes... Not even the government wants to cede that sovereign American land to build an impractical wall. Building the wall through the Rio Grande? Across the topographical nightmare that is the U.S.-Mexico border? With estimated costs ranging anywhere from $10 billion to $30 billion, Trump's proposal will absolutely be pulling money out of the American peoples' pockets. And then what? We erect a wall and all of a sudden illegal immigration stops? Now you must hire a few hundred or thousand border patrol workers to monitor the wall, especially under its construction. Then once it's finished, illegal immigration magically stops? Trump must not realize that planes exist. Surely he must also be forgetting the dozens of underground tunnels that drug smugglers navigate in order to cross the border. Roughly 30% of the border is already adorned with some sort of barrier and officials that monitor those patches say it does almost nothing to stop illegal immigration. This isn't even a partisan issue at this point. Many republicans representatives have come out in opposition to the wall. Republican Rep. of Texas Will Hurd, whose district spans about a third of the southern border, has said that "building a wall is the most expensive and least effective way to secure the border," in a statement earlier this month.

Trump claims that Mexico will reimburse the United States after it begins construction with TAXPAYER MONEY. That's right folks. Mexico is going to pay us back after we build the wall, even though Mexican officials, and President Peña Nieto, himself have adamantly stated that they will under no circumstances pay for the wall. Not only will this wall negatively impact American households economically, but it will come with negative environmental impacts as it would cut right through Big Bend National Park.

And what about the 20% tariff on imports from Mexico to pay for the wall? You know, our third-largest trading partner and close ally? First things first, if the United States hits Mexico with a trade war, Mexico can retaliate right back. Take cars for example. We make some of the car parts, export them to Mexico, they build the cars, and export them back to us. If we put a 20% tariff on all of those cars coming in, what is to stop them from putting a 20% tariff on the car parts we send to them to actually build the cars? Or think about this: What happens during the winter when Florida and California have low tomato yields and we have to rely on Mexico for tomatoes? What about avocados? Or beer? Or computer monitors, insulated electrical wires, telephones, refrigerators, air conditioners? Are you really willing to pay more for your everyday items to fund a wall that will almost certainly be ineffective? My educated guess is that the same people who voted for Trump, in large part for more secure borders, are people that are not in the financial position to pay more their everyday items. Otherwise they would not have voted for Trump in the first place.

The President's insistence on a border wall is not only embarrassing on the global stage, but has the potential to be financially and politically crippling while yielding little to no positive outcomes. We would be alienating one of our closest allies and trading partners. There is staunch opposition to the border wall on both sides of the party line and the cost of building and maintaining the border wall far outweighs the benefits of its construction. I truly hope the President reels in his outlandish plans and goes back on his word, just as he has done time and time again throughout the election cycle.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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A Little Skepticism Goes A Long Way

Be informed citizens and verify what you see and hear.

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These days more than ever before we are being bombarded constantly by a lot of news and information, a considerable amount of which is inaccurate. Sometimes there's an agenda behind it to mislead people and other times its just rumors or distortion of the facts. So, how do you sift through all this and get accurate information? How can you avoid being misled or brainwashed?

This is an important topic because the decisions each of us make can affect others. And if you are a responsible citizen your decisions can affect large numbers of people, hopefully positively, but negatively as well.

It's been said that common sense is not something that can be taught, but I am going to disagree. I think with the right training, teaching the fundamentals behind common sense can get people to have a better sense of what it is and start practicing it. All you will need is to improve your general knowledge and gain some experience, college is a good place for that, then add a little skepticism and you are on your way to start making sensible decisions.

One of the fundamental things to remember is not to believe a statement at face value, you must first verify. Even if you believe it's from a trusted source, they may have gotten their info from a questionable one. There's a saying that journalists like to use: "if your mother said, 'I love you' you should verify it.'" While this is taking it a bit too far, you get the idea.

If you feel that something is not adding up, or doesn't make sense then you are probably right. This is all the more reason to check something out further. In the past, if someone showed a picture or video of something that was sufficient proof. But nowadays with so many videos and picture editing software, it would have to go through more verification to prove its authenticity. That's not the case with everything but that's something that often needs to be done.

One way of checking if something sounds fishy is to look at all the parties involved and what do they have to gain and lose. This sometimes is easier to use when you're dealing with a politics-related issue, but it can work for other things where more than one person/group is involved. For example, most people and countries as well will not do something that is self-destructive, so if one party is accusing the other of doing something self-destructive or disadvantageous then it's likely that there is something inaccurate about the account. Perhaps the accusing party is setting the other one up or trying to gain some praise they don't deserve.

A lot of times all it takes is a little skepticism and some digging to get to the truth. So please don't be that one which retweets rumors or helps spread misinformation. Verify before you report it.

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