Professor Anika Hartz is working on research that could prevent millions from developing neurological diseases.
Keith: Let's do a little math, just as a reality check... A ballpark figure for 1 cubic yard of concrete would be about $90. The southern border is just under 2,000 miles, or 10,560,000 feet. (We'll use 10.5 million as a nice round number) Let's assume that the wall will be 2 foot thick (probably thicker, but again, round numbers). Let's assume the wall will be 10 feet tall, on average. (loving the round numbers). So, what we end up with is 10,500,000 x 2 x 10, or 210,000,000 cubic feet of concrete. Divide by 27 to convert to cubic yards and you get 7,777,777 Multiply that by $90 and we get $699,999,930. Tack on 3 strands of razor wire along the top for the entire 2000 miles (because you KNOW they'll want razor wire) for a mere $19 million and we're up to almost $719 million. To put that in perspective, the entire federal budget for 2015 was $3.8 trillion. Our $719 million would account for almost 19% of that. Even if we cut the thickness of the wall in half, we're still paying almost 10% of a full year's budget. So, we've already spent 19% of a full years budget and we haven't added the costs for delivering the materials, metal reinforcement for the concrete, abutments, the base, any sort of gates or catwalk for access, and labor (which will at least double, if not triple the cost). By the time we're done, we'll have spent 25% to 40% of an entire years budget on what would amount to little more than a symbol, because you know if they want to circumvent the wall, they'll do so, either by tunneling under it (which they are already doing), flying over it or by simply hopping on a boat and sailing around it. Who's going to pay for all that. It certainly won't be Mexico.