Whether or not you agree with President Trump that a wall along the U.S./Mexican border is a good or even reasonable idea, I think we all can agree that such a project would be enormously expensive.
Because I think it’s unlikely that the Mexican government will pay for a wall to keep people it doesn’t want from leaving a country they want to flea, and with our federal government already spending money it doesn’t have, it’s time for some outside the box thinking.
So here goes!
Most of us have been hit up with one or more requests to donate money to purchase a brick or paving stone to complete a monument or sidewalk in our community or for our Alma mater.
Why not finance at least a portion of the border wall with the sale of memorial blocks?
The government could use a check-off box on your tax return for Americans to donate money to purchase 1 or more 1 square foot blocks with the money going toward construction with the promise that the name of someone you choose would be emblazoned on it forever.
I got a great response to a question I asked the students in Mrs. Stephanie Braun’s Algebra II class at Delphos Jefferson Senior High School.
They inform me that a 700 mile long wall measuring 9 feet high would provide 33,264,000 such opportunities.
At just $100.00 a piece, our government could raise more than 3 billion dollars.
And if the government wanted to get really creative they could sell add space.
Companies like Warner Ladders, and travel agencies immediately come to mind.
It’s an off-the-wall (pun intended) and mostly tongue-in-cheek idea to be sure, but has anyone anywhere come up with anything better?
If so, I haven’t heard it.
That’s the way I see it.