On Sunday, Last Week Tonight host John Oliver explained the logistical stupidity of Trump’s plan to build a wall along the U.S. and Mexico border.
The border wall is one of the few policy proposals Trump has talked about in detail, so instead of mocking or dismissing it out of hand, tonight let’s take a serious proposal by a serious presidential candidate seriously.
Most importantly, Oliver points out the irony involved in a candidate who claims his presidency will follow the dictates of sound business practices, when in fact the fulfillment of Trump’s proposal to build such a wall will no doubt increase our fiscal deficit.
The Congressional Budget Office estimates that wall maintenance costs will exceed the initial construction costs within seven years. It’s a big, dumb thing that only gets more expensive over time. It’s like getting a pet walrus: you think it’s stupid now, but wait until you learn what a bucket of sea cucumbers costs. You’ve not prepared for that!