Democratic leadership is denying approval of the proposed $5.7 billion of funding for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
It may sound like a large sum, but a recent report from CBS 21 puts it in perspective: with around 328 million U.S. citizens, the wall would cost each person a mere $17.
Here’s some more perspective: $5.7 billion is just a small fraction of the federal government’s $4 trillion budget for this year.
“Compared to what the size of the entire budget or even the homeland security budget, it’s a small amount of money to help secure the border,” Rep. Phil Roe of Tennessee told CBS 21.
Compare $17 to the hundreds or thousands of dollars each taxpayer gives up every year to Social Security and Medicare expenditures.
Yet it’s still too high a price for politically-motivated Democrats who see illegal immigrants as future Democratic voters.
Democrats don’t want to miss out on the possible boost for their party when foreign nationals vote illegally in American elections.
Besides that, the possibility of President Trump securing the border and making progress to begin fixing the illegal immigration problem before the 2020 elections scares Democrats.
After all, what will it mean for Democratic candidates if they have to compete with a president who actually made good on his election promises to the American people?
Unlike Trump, current Democratic leadership isn’t interested in serving the American people, who elected someone to fix the border crisis.
Instead, CBS 21 reports that Democrats are only offering to shell out an even smaller $1.3 billion for border security. But make no mistake, money’s not the issue for them.
The program is estimated to cost taxpayers more than $49.109 trillion in its first ten years. This amount would fund the border wall a whopping 8,616 times over.
As we hit the 21st day of the government shutdown, here’s a final figure from the CBS 21 report: $5.7 billion could fund the entire federal government … for around half a day.
The Democrats fear what the success of a border wall could mean for their party, which is currently built on lies to the American voter.
That’s why they’re doing their best to stand in its way.