Monday, October 02, 2006
OK. The Senate has approved the 700-mile border fence, which - as we detailed in a recent column you can find below - is a monumental waste of money. But will they build it? I doubt it. First, the Senate appropriated $1.2 billion for the fence, which Republicans say would cost about $2.2 billion. But a more reliable estimate would be closer to $7 billion. Just as an example, a 14 mile stretch built on the border near San Diego is costing $126 million. In addition, as Dave Montgomery of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports in his article "Border Fence Faces Obstacles," environmentalists and landowners will fight it. What do YOU think?