Past Features

September 20, 2017

Defining what a wall is
How about defining what it is supposed to do?

..."his blunt way of raising the issue."
TPM -- September 18, 2017  
Fox Host: Trump Wall Is Just 'A Catchier Way' Of Talking About Border Security
   Fox News personality Greg Gutfeld on Sunday claimed that President Donald Trump's frequent, strident calls for a physical wall on the U.S.-Mexico border were actually just a metaphor for border security.
    “Saying ‘build a wall' is just a catchier way of saying ‘fix our borders,'” Gutfeld said.
    He said Trump negotiated with Democrats to fund “the wall, which is to say border security,” and called the President's demands for a literal, physical border “his blunt way of raising the issue.”

CNN -- September 15, 2017
Aide on Trump's border wall: 'Definition of a wall' needs a conversation
    One of President Donald Trump's key legislative negotiators called for a "conversation" over what exactly the proposed border wall would really be.
    "I think that what the definition of a wall is, is something that we all need to have a serious conversation" about, White House legislative affairs director Marc Short said on CNN's "The Situation Room."
    Short said, "in some cases," it would be a kind of fencing.
    "It is a myriad of different structures," Short said
Trump is Wrong About the Wall
Means Orientation is Bad Management
Glenn Spencer - July 9, 2015
    If Donald Trump went before his board of directors and said he was going to build fifty new shopping centers in Beijing without saying how this would affect profits he would be laughed out of the room.
    The same applies to border security. By saying he would build a wall along the US-Mexico border without saying what it would achieve, he has made a number of mistakes. As any US Border Patrol agent would tell you, they cannot see through a wall and that is a security risk.
    If anything, we need a double-layered fence as called for in the Secure Fence Act of 2006, but was killed by Sen. Hutchinson. (Trump can see what they actually built here.)
    More importantly, we need a border metric that will tell us if we have achieved the level of security the people want.
    I have proposed setting a goal of no more than 20,000 people getting past the US Border Patrol between ports of entry. Once that goal has been achieved - by whatever means - for a certain period of time, we could the address the issue of what to do with millions of illegal aliens in our midst.
    I was once a systems engineer and we called Trump's plan for a wall “means orientation” - focusing on how to do something, rather than a measurable goal. This is bad management.
    If Donald Trump wants to do something right away, he might start by finishing the 700-mile double-layered fence already approved by Congress (including Sen. Barack Obama) - as he moves to install a border accounting system.
     If Donald Trump would like to benefit from my systems engineering experience coupled with thirteen years on the border, he --- and any other presidential candidate --- can call and arrange a visit. 520-266-3443.
    While he is on my ranch, he might want to take a look at how 100,000 Americans feel about border security.
NOTE: Trump's team was supposed to visit me in 2015, but cancelled at the last minute.]