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From: Solon4/20/2016 7:57:05 PM
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Why Small Business Loves Donald Trump

Let's face it, love him or hate him...small business loves him!

Small business has OVERWHELMING support for Trump

From his inflammatory comments about immigration and women to attacks on other politicians and countries around the world, Donald Trump has continued to infuriate his Republican opponents and create joy among Democrats and the media. And yet small-business owners continue to overwhelmingly favor him.

A survey released last week showed that 41 percent of small business owners viewed Donald Trump as the best presidential candidate--41 percent! Trump held double-digit leads over all his closest competitors. He also held a double-digit lead over Hillary Clinton. The poll was taken after the last Republican debate. Oh, and more women business owners favored him than men.

Why is this? What's going on?

Let's face it, love him or hate him...small business loves him. Trump is different. He's funny. He's fresh and interesting, and he may even be a little crazy. But he's taking a serious run at the presidency. Of course, there's a long, long way to the elections. But there are between 20 million and 30 million small businesses in America, and they employ more than half of the country's working population. Statistics also show that, in the past 20 years, two out of every three new jobs created here were created by a small business. This is a critical block of voters for any presidential candidate. And right now, Donald Trump is winning us. And for one big reason: Donald Trump is relatable.

We know Donald Trump.

Trump's bravado, honesty, and straight-talking is not what you get from a typical politician, is it? Which is why most small-business owners don't relate to politicians. But we do business with guys like Trump all the time. Back in May, Hillary Clinton declared that she intended to be the "small-business president." Really? Think about what it takes to run a small business: buying, selling, hiring, firing, doing deals, managing cash, keeping overhead low, making payroll. There's Hillary Clinton. And there's Donald Trump. Between the two, and as a small-business owner, who do you think understands us more? Exactly.

We relate to people who are more like us, who know our problems, know where we're coming from, know what we want. And Donald Trump, even though he's offered few specifics, gives the impression that he gets small business. How could he not--he's been a businessman all his life.

Will Trump look after our best interests?

As I wrote previously, Trump may surprise a few people if he becomes president. He's not averse to raising taxes on the rich, and his protectionist policies could hurt many companies that do business overseas. His unfiltered behavior could cause serious problems both in Congress and with our international allies, and that could all affect our economy. His intention to change Obamacare at this late stage could also have far-reaching impacts.

But small-business owners seem to have faith in him. They recognize that not all decisions are easy ones, and that there will be compromises. That's all part of negotiating deals. And that what Trump does. That's what we do. And we have faith that he will do what he does best. That's how he became so rich, right?

And speaking of being rich...

We relate to Donald Trump because he's not afraid to admit that he's rich. In fact, he's damn proud of it. Many small-business owners and entrepreneurs I know do what they do out of passion. And that's great. But ALL of them are in it for the money too. You don't run a business for very long unless you've got a strong profit incentive. And you don't sacrifice so much--your family, your life savings, your freedoms--without the hope of a big financial return. Those guys in Silicon Valley are creating the coolest tech ever, and I'm sure love that they're changing the world. But trust me, they love the funding rounds, the IPOs, and their stock price just as much.

Like Trump, we're also in it for the money.

And for the past few years, that's been kind of shameful. We're supposed to feel guilty for making a profit. The story has been that the evil one-percenters, by extension corporate America, and by extension the business community, has been the cause of all of America's problems. But not to Donald Trump. To him, businesses and entrepreneurs are the solutions to America's problems. And why not profit? Why not get rich? Why not fly in helicopters and ride in limos and enjoy the fruits of our labor? That's Trump's message. Everything runs in cycles. And it seems like the cycle is turning. Business owners like me appreciate Trump's message. We don't want to be like Jeb Bush or Ted Cruz. We want to be like Donald Trump.

Small-business owners will be a very critical part of the 2016 elections. I think whoever wins this group will win the presidency. There's still a long, long way to go. But right now, Trump is winning. Watch out.

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From: Solon4/21/2016 8:51:47 AM
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Cruz is crawling and the Trump haters are blubbering ridicule and tears in their pain.

The Trump Haters basically rely on 3 things:

1. Banning (all weak, ineffectual people prefer to be tyrants. They seek the safety of dictatorship where they can muzzle free speech and spout childish and uninformed nonsense, unopposed).

2. Ridicule (Talk about their hands , attack their families--try to find one time in their life where they got on the wrong bus or their limo had a flat!)

3. Lies (Lies are the stock-in-trade of the Whiners. Right now the Trump Haters are having a huge melt-down knowing that Cruz is done and that it will be full speed ahead as the RNC begins to unite and rally).

While the rest of us are wondering who the VP will be, the haters are trolling the internet swamp for insults they can air to make them feel better about themselves and their poor judgement and lack of character!

Here this whiner exclaims, "WOW! Blah blah blah, whining Donnie-blah blah!" While the rest of us are saying, "WOW! Cruz got ZERO delegates and barely a vote and has been soundly trounced in almost every State. And he is millions of votes behind Donald! So never mind New York! Maybe Cruz could win Texas (after all, he did win his HOME state in the primary)--but that about ends it.

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From: Solon4/21/2016 11:05:35 AM
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The "I Hate Trump" and "I hate Free Speech" dictator now tries to assuage his pain at Crawling Cruz's ignominious exit by pointing out that his own personal malignancy alerts normal people to keep his thread on their radar! Congratulations, Brumar! Your thread is popular because you and your hate-filled soul are anything but! Decent people everywhere keep their eyes on hateful misfits like you. Live with it or change.

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From: Solon4/21/2016 11:20:25 AM
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Another huge advantage, Donald has over Cruz and Hillary, et al. (besides his looks, that is!): He can move around in his private jet much more efficiently from rally to rally. Also, he needs very little sleep and has 3 times their energy. He doesn't drink or smoke. He doesn't even drink coffee. His energy is all natural!

Really an amazing man...

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From: Solon4/21/2016 4:57:57 PM
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The whole point of incorporating is to protect personal assets from business problems. Business is always a gamble. And Atlantic City was a gambling city. Period!

8 out of 10 businesses fail--6 out of 10 in the first 5 years. So Donald's record is so good it is almost beyond the atmosphere! He is a great businessman and will run America like a business. About time!!

The I Hate Trump people just make themselves look ridiculous with their absurd little attacks. How could they be so stupid not to understand economics 101?? Dumb as Hell!

Let's start with the facts. Donald Trump has never filed for personal bankruptcy. But companies that he owns have filed for Chapter 11 four times. The mere fact of these filings is somehow imputed to be a personal failing of Donald Trump. I have never heard anyone suggest that the filings were because of Trump's bad management. Perhaps they were, but a bankruptcy filing is not in-and-of-itself a sign of any sort of moral failing, lack of business acumen, etc. Sometimes businesses go bankrupt because they're poorly run, and sometimes because of factors beyond their control. The Donald wasn't filing for bankruptcy like 50 Cent to attempt to avoid paying an intentional tort judgment. And indeed, how, much, if at all, was Trump involved in the management of the companies? I wouldn't be shocked if he was basically licensing his name. In any event, Trump's response about his companies' bankruptcy filings is "what's the big deal? I took advantage of the law. So do lots of people." (My paraphrase.)

You know what? He's right. Bankruptcy is a background term to every contract. It's an embedded option. Lenders price for it. This is old news to bankruptcy scholars, even if it still shocks some people. (Sanctity of contract, they wail, forgetting that contracts are written against the backdrop of bankruptcy!) Trump had every right to file his companies for bankruptcy, and no one should weep for his lenders having lost money. They were sophisticated parties ("sharks" he called them, but that's a bit harsh, I'd just say "consenting adults"), who presumably priced for Trump's bankruptcy risk and had diversified portfolios. Frankly, Trump would be a fool if he hadn't filed for bankruptcy.

What ticks me off about the media questioning is that it suggests that Trump's move of "taking advantage of the Chapters" (spoken like an old bankruptcy hand...) imputs some sort of moral turpitude, while an entire business model—private equity—that is often touted as a pinnacle of American ingenuity (see Mitt Romney) is built on the idea of "heads I win, tails bankruptcy". That's the story of the leveraged buyout. Is that gamble really any different from Trump's? Leveraged gambling seems to be the story of America.

It's frankly quite refreshing to hear the Donald's honesty about bankruptcy. Makes me wonder if President Trump would have supported cramdown in 2009...

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From: Solon4/22/2016 7:15:24 AM
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When I read some of the "bright" remarks from the Trump Haters, I am reminded of this rant! The Dumb people are simply outbreeding the smart people...and we are in TROUBLE!

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From: Solon4/24/2016 7:17:27 AM
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/u/TrumpGal The compilation of Question Posts

I was a democrat, still am I guess other than my support of Trump. I'm not feeling particularly coherent tonight, so here are some quick thoughts.

I was horrified at the direction in which Bush took the country, destroying the prosperity of the Clinton era and getting us into needless wars. I was excited about Obama. I voted for him twice. Eventually I realized Obama was as big of a fraud as anyone else. TPP really solidified it for me.

When I really started to think about it, Obama was no different than Bush. He's not progressive at all. Sure, he came around to gay marriage (after initially being against it), he doesn't like guns (but could never do anything about it), but those are just wedge issues used to pit the parties against each other while the donor class laughs all the way to the bank. Obama and Bush are the same because they get money from the same people. When it comes to the stuff they care about, we will get the same no matter if the president is GWB, Obama, Bush, or Clinton.

Obama has supported the military industrial complex keeping us involved in endless wars, orchestrating regime changes and causing further destabilization in the Middle East, and arming the "moderate rebels" who are in fact al-quaeda affiliates. He's continued the Patriot Act and surveillance. He uses executive orders frequently even though he campaigned against that. Obamacare was originally developed by the conservative Heritage foundation and implemented by Romney in Massachusetts. It's a giveaway to the insurance lobby and it penalizes citizens for not buying a product on the private market - it should have been ruled unconstitutional, IMO. The TPP was drafted in secret by and for global corporations. How can the hope and change candidate support this stuff? I don't have links to support each and every point, but take a look at this list

I realized that we could not have another 8 years of this with Hillary Clinton. She will govern exactly like Obama, get involved in needless conflicts and sell out to corporations and big banks wherever she can. This interview with Elizabeth Warren really drives home who Hillary is: I also read up on how Wall Street feels basically fine with either Hillary or Jeb as president Now, sorry, that was mostly about why I'm not voting for the democrats this time around even though I was at some point what you would call pretty liberal.

Money in politics really is the biggest issue though. No matter what a candidate says they will do, the bottom line is they are bought and paid for and they will succumb to those interests. Trump is self-funded and bypasses this entirely. This is so, so important. It means he can make appointments to people who are actually QUALIFIED. He doesn't have to give jobs to political hacks and donors. He isn't part of a machine. I don't expect him to know everything, just to hire competent people and manage them well.

Trump is used to running a business where HIS money is the line. Look how he runs his campaign where HIS money is on the line. It was like pulling teeth to get him to put his first 200k on radio ads, while others have dumped 10s of millions down the drain to get worse results. I want him to run the country like this, as if his own money were on the line.

As far as social issues, I don't think he cares either way. He said he would look at Planned Parenthood and be open to funding the non-abortion things they do. He thinks gay marriage should have been left to the states, but he disagreed with Kim Davis and said the law is now the law.

He's non-interventionist. He wants to bomb the shit out of ISIS, working with Russia, but he doesn't want us to interfere with sovereign nations generally. I agree with this - ISIS is like the Nazis, and they are a threat to us, we have to take them out. Other candidates want to make a no-fly zone which basically means shooting down Russian planes and going to war with Russia... for what?!

He wants to build our infrastructure, not spend the money on wars or "nation building." He's said it's ridiculous we put money into building schools in Iraq, which get blown up anyway, but we can't put up a school in Brooklyn? Bringing blue collar jobs back is a big issue too. There are so many towns and counties that have become ghost towns when "the plant" closes down and moves to Mexico or China. The areas become severely economically depressed. These are people that want to work, not be on welfare. The number of people on food stamps exploded under Obama and the unemployment for blacks is depression-era. Wages overall have been stagnant for 10 years. These are the kinds of things Trump talks about.

In the same vein, he wants to improve our trade deals. We're a debtor nation, and it makes no sense for us to trade on terms that are so weak for us. Who benefits? Global corporations who can maximize profits by accessing more global markets but setting up shop in the countries that allow slave labor and headquartering themselves in the country with the lower taxes.

When it comes to immigration and security, this shouldn't even be an issue on party lines. I'm going to vote for the candidate that I think will make the country safe. Trump wants to bring back surveillance programs that worked in NYC. The Muslim ban may be extreme, but non-citizens have no constitutional right to come here. As for the wall, Hillary voted for a fence on the Mexican border that was never built, and this was the DNC platform in 1996 on immigration: Trump doesn't use PC language but there is nothing wrong with the concept of securing the border and deporting each and every person who is here illegally. Not all are bad people, but they are depressing wages in addition to causing crime.

Trump has also vowed to keep Social Security and Medicare intact, and wants to repeal Obamacare. He's supported single payer and universal healthcare in the past.

I'm sure there's more I haven't thought of but those are some of the main points why I like him so much.

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To: Solon who wrote (99)4/24/2016 7:18:57 AM
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/u/gabillionsOriginal post: I am a former NSA/CIA guy and business owner. Here's why I'm voting for trump

I'm absolutely tired of Trump supporters being characterized as "White, poor, and uneducated". I'm not any of those three things. It's no wonder that the country's political establishment has no idea why someone like me would vote for Trump. Here's why:

My reasons for Trump:

  • National security: This is a big deal to me. The other candidates haven't put forth a single item that improves it, except Trump. People laugh when Trump mentions The Wall, but it's actually a good idea. As someone who has worked closely with CBP/DHS and who worked at the National Counter-Terrorism Center in order to prevent terrorists from entering the country, the Mexican border is one of the weakest vectors of infiltration we have. Shoring this area up has only positive benefits: putting a large stop to illegal drug/weapons/human trafficking; making it exceedingly difficult for terrorists to enter the country unnoticed; giving us the ability to refocus a lot of the money spent on personnel patrolling the border areas.

  • Healthcare Plan: The plan that he just released is the absolutely best healthcare plan that any candidate has put forth. Although I was a Trump supporter beforehand, reading it made me only want to vote for Trump more, as it shows that he is both standing up for middle class americans (lowering premiums by allowing more competition; decreasing pharmaceutical costs; allowing individuals to fully deduct premiums) while still being compassionate to the poor (making sure people who can't afford healthcare can still get the healthcare they need). He even made it a point to say during the debates that he doesn't want people dying in the streets because they can't afford healthcare. Points like this are constantly glossed over as others attempt to demonize him.

  • Trump can make deals: This sounds ridiculous to people who support candidates like Ted Cruz (who would take a strong stance on things), but the reality in D.C. is that you have to be willing to work with people in order to pass legislation. I absolutely recognize this need for cooperation between political parties, and I don't want a president who people aren't willing to work with (Bernie Sanders included). When you are too far left or too far right, you take an untenable position. As Trump moves to the center for the presidential election (as all candidates inevitably do), I think he will leave the most room for cooperation with other political interests.

  • Foreign policy: This is hailed as Trump's weakest point, and people are not wrong. Trump as a figurehead of the United States, however, could prove to be a huge asset in one very important area -- repairing the relationship with Russia. Can you imagine a level of cooperation with a country like Russia where you're not each trying to fund multiple groups in middle-eastern proxy wars? Russia is very committed to eliminating terrorists/extremists, and cooperation with them could bring an end to the foothold that groups like ISIS have found in recent years. Strong, authoritarian figures only respect other strong, authoritarian figures, and Trump would represent the United States no longer allowing people to take advantage of its resources because of perceived weakness.

Why not Bernie

I get the excitement people feel over Bernie, and I started out for Bernie. The more I thought on all the things that sound nice such as free college, a living wage, racial justice, etc. the more I realized the inherent flaws with those things.

  • Free College: It sounds good from the outset, as education has been a key differentiator for people to move up in income. But making college free is effectively extending the education system by 4-5 years, and removing people from the legitimate pipelines of other career paths: the military, trade schools, immediately entering the job force after high school, and so on. There is absolutely good money to be made installing HVAC systems or fixing toilets/washers/dryers, but why would someone start down that path if they feel their degree means they deserve cushy job as a middle-management type. The end result is: everyone has a degree, therefore no one has a degree. People in my industry (software development) actually tend to completely disregard someone's degree when looking at a candidate, which is more akin to what the future of the work force looks like (excepting jobs that require a degree such as an engineer, medical professional, etc.).

  • Living Wage: I think most educated people can see the flaw to this type of plan. If I pay someone $15/hr plus the federally mandated medical benefits, etc. then as a business owner I would have to greatly increase the prices of my goods/services in order to have a chance at growing the business. So all the businesses increase their prices, the $15/hr buys less, homeowners/landowners increase rent in order to pay for the price increase of things, and you've effectively done nothing.

  • Racial Justice: Talking about race is just about the most un-American thing you can do. Who gives a shit where your parents/grandparents came from -- Who are you going to be? The politics of the left are to divide people by race, religion, sexual orientation, and then pander to each division. Trump might be a polarizing force, but that's a very good thing. Unity in the identity of being an "American" is a much more powerful ideal than saying "We're Black/White/Asian/Hispanic and we're American", because where does the division end? Do we then split up Hispanics by the individual country? I know for a fact that El Salvadoreans see themselves as completely different than Guatemalans. Should we then make sure that workplaces are made up of 1.2% El Salvadoreans and 0.6% Guatemalans. What if you have someone born of an El Salvadorean and a Guatemalan parent. There is no logical end to division. The laws of the country should be color blind. Unity in an American identity is the answer.

  • National Security: Say what you want about Obama, but when he got into office after having made so many promises related to reigning in national security elements, he was handed intelligence reports of how things really are. He then made the choice to change his stance in light of new information. Guys like Bernie are passionate, and that passion makes them stubborn. If Bernie gets into office, he would absolutely start cutting national security programs regardless of what information came in, as he has promised in his campaign platform. Knowing what I know, it would be an absolute disaster to see the country go down a path of dismantling the programs that have nullified most attempts to attack the United States.

Why not Hillary

  • Classified Emails: If I had done what Hillary had done when I held a TS/SCI clearance, I would be in jail for 10+ years without hesitation from any judge presiding over the case. This is a big deal, as the definition for Top Secret (which we all had to learn by heart in the military) was "which reasonably could be expected to cause exceptionally grave damage to the national security" if disclosed. She instructed people to wipe classification headings from documents and send them to an insecure server.

  • Making Deals: Hillary is the only other candidate I believe would actually be able to pass legislation, as she is also able to effectively make deals. With the way the Clintons act, though, I could never trust that their intentions would be for the good of the United States, with actions like pardoning one of the FBI's most wanted in exchange for a 1 million+ donation. In my mind, that only leaves Trump.

  • Other Things: There's a laundry list of my anti-Hillary sentiment, but they're all Trumped by the classified emails scandal. She's not a viable candidate because she committed a crime and will soon receive her punishment. If I know the administration that exists though, the plan is this: 1) Push forward any criminal action as fast as possible. 2) Conclude the case before the next president takes office. 3) Pardon Hillary so that the next president (Trump) can't force the DOJ to pursue a criminal indictment that she can't be pardoned out of.

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To: Solon who wrote (100)4/24/2016 7:19:57 AM
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When and how does Trump intend to court black voters? How will his base react if he does so?

I think he will have a lot to offer black voters. I've always said that the main issues of the day are "free trade" and immigration. It's been hurting everyone.

The immigration implications are quite large for the African American community. A lot of hispanic immigrants are moving into black areas and preying on them as part of gang warfare. Compton, possibly the most iconic black community, is now majority hispanic. I don't know where you all are from so you may be immune to it but blacks are not well treated by many hispanics who are moving into these areas.

Trump has highlighted the case of Jamiel Shaw, a really good kid who was gunned down by gang violence. He was 17 and probably going to Stanford to play football. But ...

Jamiel Shaw Jr., 17, a black youth, was shot in the head and back at 2150 5th Ave. in Arlington Heights about 8:40 p.m. on Sunday, March 2.

According to police, Jamiel was walking home when two Latino men jumped out of a white car and approached him. He was asked what gang he belonged to. When he failed to respond quickly enough, they shot him, police said.

The men sped away in the white car north on 5th Avenue, according to Officer Kate Lopez of LAPD's media relations office. Jamiel's father heard the shots and ran outside. He stayed by his son until medical personnel arrived, Lopez said.

The Southern Povery Law Center has noted this trend, writing a few years ago:

Driven by racial violence between blacks and Latinos, hate crimes in Los Angeles rose by 28% in 2007, hitting a five-year high, according to a report issued in July by the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission.

This sharp rise in racially motivated criminal activity contrasted dramatically with the overall decline in the Los Angeles crime rate last year.

The report documented 763 reported hate crimes, dominated by assault and vandalism. The largest category of crimes involved Latino suspects targeting black victims ..

The economic aspect has been devastating for the black community as well. This has a number of facets which include: immigrant from central/south America, foreign visa workers, and outsourcing.

Buzzfeed ran a really good article about this that I recommend everyone read.

“All you black American people, fuck you all…just go to the office and pick up your check,” the supervisor at Hamilton Growers told workers during a mass layoff in June 2009.

The following season, according to a lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, about 80 workers, many of them black, were simply told: “All you Americans are fired.”

Year after year, Hamilton Growers, which has supplied squash, cucumbers, and other produce to Wal-Mart and the Green Giant brand, hired scores of Americans, only to cast off many of them within weeks, according to the U.S. government. And time after time, the grower filled the jobs with foreign guest workers instead.

This is some pretty brutal stuff. You can see here that, while it's decreasing, black unemployment was higher than average during the recession and is still hovering around the 10% range. It's not just the black community either .. white blue collar (generally considered those without college degrees) workers are facing equally high despair, and have suicide rates even higher than African Americans:

The white working class, which usually inspires liberal concern only for its paradoxical, Republican-leaning voting habits, has recently become newsworthy for something else: according to economist Anne Case and Angus Deaton, the winner of the latest Nobel Prize in economics, its members in the 45- to 54-year-old age group are dying at an immoderate rate. While the lifespan of affluent whites continues to lengthen, the lifespan of poor whites has been shrinking. As a result, in just the last four years, the gap between poor white men and wealthier ones has widened by up to four years.

These problems are effecting all communities across the board. From Disney forcing workers to train their foreign replacements to jobs being outsources to Asia leaving dying communities in the US, the problems are very real. This is a major reason for the increasing inequality gap. The rich donor class always supports mass immigration, outsourcing, and more H1B visas. Cheap labor is all that matters to them, fuck everyone else. While Bernie also touches on some of this I only trust Trump to handle them. I believe he will enact more protectionist policies and encourage support for American workers. If you have any questions feel free to PM me further or ask anyone at /r/the_donald.

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From: Solon4/27/2016 8:38:58 AM
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"I love the idea of the Great Wall of Trump. I want to have a two drink minimum. Make it a big world-wide tourist attraction and everyday live drone shows whenever anyone tries to cross the border. I have not had this much hope for America since November 7, 2012..."

A Tourist Attraction?! Love it! That will pay for the upkeep on the wall and the patrols!!

Let us say (for the sake of simplicity) that a major welcome center/attraction center is located in every border state (California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas). Each one getting 10,000 visitors per day.

An admission of $20.00. Maybe $50.00 for family. And of course, food, drink, entertainment--etc. etc. etc!

Of course, I am just making up numbers--but if the wall is tendered out correctly and attracts the most high-tech, sophisticated construction features known to humankind...then AMERICA WILL SHINE BEFORE THE WORLD!

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