I’m a little conflicted about Brian Kolfage’s project to have citizens build the wall. Let me sum up what’s going on at the moment and then I’ll give you some thoughts.
His GoFundMe account is currently at a little over $20 million dollars. The big news today is that he has created a 501(c)(4) organization as a means of continuing the effort. There’s a lot of information at the new website for the non-profit — We Build the Wall, Inc. There is a very impressive list of people on the team.
This team has spent countless hours over the holidays reviewing all issues pertaining to the construction of a southern border wall. Unanimously, we have all come to the conclusion that:
-The federal government won’t be able to accept our donations anytime soon.
-We are better equipped than our own government to use the donated funds to build an actual wall on the southern border.
-Our highly experienced team is highly confident that we can complete significant segments of the wall in less time, and for far less money, than the federal government, while meeting or exceeding all required regulatory, engineering, and environmental specifications.
-Our team strongly believes that we can complete our segments of the wall for less than half of the government’s estimated costs on a per mile basis.
Brian was counting on the passage of HR32 as a means for money in the GoFundMe account to be transferred to the federal government for construction of the wall.
"Buy a Brick. Build a Wall Act." HR32. Introduced by Representative Warren Davidson. Donate to build the wall! https://t.co/3mhjHYn5Yc
— Jo (@BFleming101) January 4, 2019
I think we can all anticipate Nancy Pelosi’s reaction — “No.”
Creating the non-profit makes sense based on the political reality of the day. One of the details here is that if you’ve donated on GoFundMe and wish for the funds to be transferred to the non-profit, you need to go to https://bit.ly/2SIQyBg by April 10. Otherwise, your money will be automatically refunded by GoFundMe.
My basic thought is that I’ve already paid plenty of taxes and the single biggest obligation the federal government has is managing the security of its borders. As many have said, no borders, no country. I’m going to need a lot more convincing before I voluntarily allow myself to be taxed for something I’ve already paid for.
Can Brian pull this off without eminent domain? Yes. The 140,000-mile private rail network system in this country was built that way. It would be more interesting to me if “the wall” was a for-profit rather than a non-profit. Imagine, if you will, that you could buy shares in the “the wall” today similarly to shares in the railroads as they made their way across country.
How would “the wall” generate revenue? Well, one way could be the generation of electricity through solar panels. Another way would be a create a transportation system such as a Hyper-loop.
One of the problems with any infrastructure program such as this is upkeep and maintenance. A for-profit entity would be a better choice for reserving money for this.
The other obvious way “the Wall” makes money is if it can be sold. If Mexico decides to buy it, well there you go — Mexico will have paid for the wall!
On We Build the Wall, Brian says:
Democrats are going to stall this project by every means possible and play political games to ensure President Trump doesn’t get his victor. They’d rather see President Trump fail, than see America succeed. However, if we can fund a large portion of this wall, it will jumpstart things and will be less money Trump has to secure from our politicians.
I agree with the first two lines but I’m very skeptical about the last. The total amount isn’t the issue at all — the issue is that Democrats don’t want a wall. Period. El Fin. Whether it’s because they’re part of the Loony Left that truly wants open borders or whether it’s because they like the idea of a continual influx of an underclass or they just want more Democrat voters, they simply don’t want it and will fight it at every opportunity.
What we really need is to control the presidency, the House, and the Senate! Then we could get something done. Er, wait . . . . .
This has to be an all in solution. If the railroads all stopped at the Rocky Mountains and waited for the federal government to jump in and finish it, we probably still wouldn’t have railroads in the west!
So I’m going to wait and see. I wish Brian all the luck in the world but count me as “hopeful but skeptical.”