Connect with us

government

Trump’s Wall Receives Massive Bidding Interest… But Can it be Built?

Published

on

Despite massive protests and anger across the country, President Trump is sticking to his core campaign promise and building his infamous border wall. At least, he’s moving forward as though the wall is coming. While there are still many hurdles to overcome, Trump — through the Customs and Border Patrol — has started taking bids for construction of the wall. And the president has some pretty specific requirements… What are those requirements? And what can we expect moving forward?

What Can We Expect to Happen to Trump’s Wall Moving Forward?

A surprising number of construction companies put in bids to build the wall. More than 700 companies submitted bids, in fact. However, the reality is that only a handful of companies have the size, experience, and resources to handle the project.

So how does the government pick?

#1 What Can We Expect to Happen to Trump's Wall Moving Forward? | Trump's Wall Receives Massive Bidding Interest... But Can it be Built?

The government announced that bids and plans must be submitted by March 29th to be eligible for consideration. Then, a committee will review all submissions and choose the top 20 plans to for contractors to then detail cost and execution strategies. From there, multiple prototypes will be built out before selecting the winning companies.

What will the wall look like?

Trump and the CBP were pretty specific about what they’re looking for. For starters, the wall can be no shorter than 18 ft. tall. However, the government envisions a 30 ft construct. The wall must be climb-resistant with anti-climbing fixtures, and be able to withstand tools ranging from chisels to blowtorches which might be used to breach it.

The wall must go down into the ground at least 6 ft. in order to prevent tunneling underneath, should have a see-through appearance, and include sliding parts to allow for cars and people to pass through as needed. And on the U.S. side of the wall, it must be physically appealing in color, anti-climb textures, and overall appearance, and blend in with the surrounding landscape and environment.

In addition to all of that, CBP is requesting two types of bids — one for a solid concrete wall, and one from “alternative materials”, which leaves companies open to provide new ideas to the government. That could come in handy as the logistics and practicality of building a 2,000 mile long, 30 ft. high, solid concrete wall can be extremely daunting.

What happens now?

#2 What Can We Expect to Happen to Trump's Wall Moving Forward? | Trump's Wall Receives Massive Bidding Interest... But Can it be Built?

The truth is, nothing.

Trump still faces so many legal and logistical challenges that no type of foundation can even begin being put into place for many months, if not years. However, Trump is prepping for the process in true Trump style and just moving forward. And that means that he’ll continue to move forward with the process so that when/if he gets a green light, he’s ready to begin construction immediately.

Watch This video regarding Trump’s wall from Wochit News:

Traders should keep an eye on the bidding competition and heavily invest in whichever company or companies secure land the jobs, as shares of those companies will skyrocket.

What does Trump’s America First Plan look like? Find out more right here!

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more news updates!


The statements, views, and opinions of any article, contribution, editorial, or advertisement in this publication are not necessarily those of The Capitalist or its editorial staff, and are not considered an endorsement, sponsorship, or recommendation of any referenced product, service, issuer, or groups of issuers.

This publication provides general information about certain subjects, and should not be construed or taken as advice (legal, financial, investment, tax, or otherwise). Do not construe or take any information in this publication as a solicitation, offer, opinion, or recommendation to buy or sell any securities, bonds, or other financial instruments or to provide any legal, financial, investment, tax, or other advice or service about the suitability or profitability of any financial instruments or investments.

The Capitalist disclaims any liability for the accuracy of or your reliance on any statements, views, opinions, or information in this publication.


 

Continue Reading
3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. Pingback: Neil Gorsuch Looks to Cruise to Supreme Court, and Democrats are Powerless to Stop it

  2. greenlantern1

    March 23, 2017 at 12:46 AM

    Was there EVER a wall at Trump’s Taj Mahal?
    Were Americans Ray Kot, Sunnil Rattu and Martin Caballero MURDERED there?

  3. Pingback: Labor Shortage From Border Policies Could Impact $1 Trillion Infrastructure Spending Program

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

government

‘Storm Area 51’ Event is a Joke, but the Military is Serious

Published

on

Storm Area 51 Event is a Joke but the Military is Serious

Key points:

  • Over 1 million jokingly pledge to storm Area 51 to expose the existence of aliens.
  • The U.S. Air Force publicly discourages anyone from participating.
  • The public continues to have a good laugh by creating memes.
  • The real history of Area 51 involved flight testing.

What is the Storm Area 51 Event?

Over one million people have jokingly pledged to storm Area 51 in the hopes of finding evidence of aliens.

Area 51 has long been associated with alien activity and is frequently referenced in pop culture as a secret government base that holds aliens or alien technology.

People are signing up through a Facebook event called Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us.

However, the event is satirical and many “joining” the storm are simply having a good laugh online.

The details of the Facebook event state, “If we naruto run, we can move faster than their bullets,” and concludes with “Let’s see them aliens.”

“Naruto running” is a reference to a Japanese anime, in which the main character runs with his arms straight back. Most of the discussion on the event page is likewise humorous.

The supposed plan is to gather a large group at the Alien Tourist center and “coordinate their entry,” with the nearest lodging being over 20 miles from Area 51’s runway.

The joke event will take place on Friday, September 20, 2019, between the local hours of 3 AM and 6 AM.

Their goal is to discover and expose the secrets of Area 51, which some speculate involves aliens.

The U.S. Air Force Responds to the Area 51 Event

Although the Facebook event is intended for humor, the U.S. Air Force publicly discouraged anyone from actually participating.

Laura McAndrews, a representative of the U.S. Air Force, told the Washington Post,

“[Area 51] is an open training range for the U.S. Air Force, and we would discourage anyone from trying to come into the area where we train American armed forces. The U.S. Air Force always stands ready to protect America and its assets.”

On another occasion, a spokesman explained to NPR that “The U.S. Air Force is aware of the Facebook event encouraging people to ‘Storm Area 5’” and “Any attempt to illegally access the area is highly discouraged.”

With over 1 million people attending the event on Facebook, the U.S. government is now monitoring the situation.

The internet continues to joke about Area 51

The subject of Area 51 and the government’s response make for rich comedic content. The public has largely reacted by creating memes and videos online.

On Twitter, popular hashtags to follow are #Area51 and #Theycantstopallofus. Here’s a popular “training” video of attendees preparing for the event.

Even famous brands like Burger King are poking fun at the event.

With all the humor it’s unclear how many individuals will actually attend the Storm Area 51 event and what will happen.

There’s no discernible leadership or event coordination, but some have expressed genuine interest in going.

Connie West, co-owner of a local lodge, told NPR, “Yes, it sounds like a joke, but there apparently are some people who want to check out the joke.”

She goes on to explain that several people have called her to book rooms for September 19th and 20th.

But joke or not, the U.S. Air Force stands ready to defend Area 51.

The Real History of Area 51

In 2013, the CIA formally disclosed information about Area 51. In this document, the public learned that the U.S. Air Force acquired Area 51 in 1955 to flight test the U-2 spy plane.

The U.S. government admitted to being deeply secretive about Area 51, but not for the reason of extraterrestrials. Area 51 was a secret because the U.S. was developing a plane to spy on the Soviet Union during the Cold War.

The government’s effort to keep Area 51 a secret fueled public speculations that aliens were involved.

Additionally, locals reported strange objects flying high in the air, which were likely the U-2 plane. This furthered suspicions of the existence of alien technology at Area 51.

Its actual purpose is to serve as a training ground for the United States Air Force. Historically, the Air Force has used Area 51 to flight test planes.

Continue Reading

Business

Trump Team to Talk NAFTA This Week…

Published

on

https://thecapitalist.com/trump-team-talk-nafta-week/

Frame this Kodak moment; I agree with President Trump as he calls NAFTA the worst trade agreement in American history. We have been on this trajectory since 1961, and NAFTA was the foot on the gas of a car crashing through plate glass…

Trump now wants to fulfill one of his core campaign promises; to make better a deal for American workers. The Trump administration will begin to renegotiate NAFTA on Wednesday with counterparts from Mexico and Canada. The first round of talks are to kick off in Washington, D.C. hopefully, this goes better than his efforts to repeal and replace, well, you know…

Ignoring the past as prologue…

While every president likes to pretend that the jobs issue is the fault of the last administration, Trump blames NAFTA for millions of lost jobs and thousands of shuttered factories in America. Nonpartisan congressional research concluded in 2015that NAFTA didn’t cause a jobs exodus, although many other studies have concluded the exact opposite.

https://thecapitalist.com/trump-team-talk-nafta-week/About 14 million American jobs depend on trade with Canada and Mexico, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a business advocacy group. But roughly 800,000 jobs were lost to Mexico between 1997 and 2013, to the Economic Policy Institute, a research group. Moreover, this study leaves out jobs lost to Chinese and Indonesian workers.

Trump even credited his tough talk on NAFTA with getting him to the White House. Trump supporters have reported that they voted for him in part to see him renegotiate better deals. Although, he never really said how on the campaign trail so it’s not clear exactly what Trump plans to do to get that “better deal.”

When U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer outlined the administration’s NAFTA objectives in July, he included a top goal which was to reduce the U.S. trade deficit with Mexico, which last year hit $63 billion.

A spanking like last summer?

Last summer, when Candidate Trump went to Mexico, he looked like a chastised toddler standing next to Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto when his “build the wall” rhetoric was at full tilt, only to be re-energized two hours later by his base at an Arizona rally. Could this be a repeat?

Trump’s ultimate aim is to increase the number of American factory jobs. One possible way to do that is to force companies to produce more parts in the United States. There is a key part of NAFTA known as “rules of origin.” It means a certain percentage of parts in a product, such as a car, must originate from North America.

For example, 62% of the parts in a car sold in Mexico, Canada or the United States must come from there. The Trump administration has hinted it could raise that percentage and that it plans to more strictly enforce the standards for rules of origin. However, trade experts caution that forcing more parts to be made in America could mean car prices go up.

https://thecapitalist.com/trump-team-talk-nafta-week/Trump’s team also runs the risk of contradicting the very trade deal Trump has bashed. Experts say his administration’s list of NAFTA objectives is nearly identical to key parts of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP. Trump withdrew from that deal before it became law, but not before making his opposition to it a center piece of his campaign, sounding more like Bernie Sanders…But U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross says TPP’s sections on labor and environmental standards are a “starting point” for NAFTA negotiations with Mexico and Canada.

Trump promised Americans he would bring together the best negotiators to get a new deal. He appointed Ross, Lighthizer, National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, and White House trade adviser Peter Navarro to lead on trade policy. Meanwhile, Lighthizer tapped John Melle, a career USTR official who was not nominated by Trump, to lead the talks. Melle was on the original USTR staff in 1993 that helped get the deal across the finish line in Congress. NAFTA became law in 1994.

So much for the swamp and that sort of thing…Sleep tight.

 

Continue Reading

government

Penalty Reversed in ACA Battle

Published

on

In a bold move to look like your cool uncle who sadly still rocks the mullet, Donald Trump has removed the Obamacare tax penalty for not carrying insurance by way of executive order. This was probably one of the more hated parts of a plan that was not at all the single payer (or even public option) platform Obama ran on in 2008. Despite holding a majority for two years in both houses, the ACA was what we got stuck with.

What Exactly is ACA?

The GOP’s recent drubbing in the Senate was well earned; in their repeal/replace debacle, they had a “continuous coverage penalty.” I’m sure their mamas were proud; it increased premiums for people buying insurance, if they had no coverage for 63 consecutive days within the previous 12 months. In other words, losing your job or your provider bailed out of the ACA, meant that you’d be facing an increase, regardless of how long you were previously covered…So thankfully, their Ebenezer Scrooge bill went south, hard!

However, this is a double edged sword; while the tax penalty is gone, many are still under insured, or uninsured. This screams the question; since we had to buy insurance, under law, why weren’t carriers, who were paid subsidies by the government, not mandated to participate for pre-determined amounts of time? If business owners were mandated (over 50 employees) to provide benefits, why weren’t carriers mandated to stay in a plan that they made billions from?

That’s more than I have room for here. However, consider this; you have a break in your taxes but you still need coverage. Alternative methods include non-profit, reference based pricing organizations that can provide quality health care for as low as $100 a month. What is reference based pricing? Simply put, if I ask the Blues (Shield and Cross) if they ever find errors in billing, they’ll say, “NO!” Ask Medicaid if they find errors and their answer is always.

In reference based pricing, the carrier rides the provider like Zorro. I know of one case where a woman had an $80,000 knee surgery knocked down to $17,000 through Christian Healthcare Ministries. She had this plan while unemployed, covering her and her husband for $150 a month! Even after she got another job, she kept the plan because it cheaper than her employer paid health plan. A 20% deductible on $17,000 is less than on $80,000…

Watch this video from Fox News regarding the ACA reform:

There secular versions like Medical Cost Share. Companies have been using this for years and with these lower cost non-profits, available to self- employed and unemployed people, we don’t need no stinkin’ ACA…

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more news updates!

The statements, views, and opinions of any article, contribution, editorial, or advertisement in this publication are not necessarily those of The Capitalist or its editorial staff, and are not considered an endorsement, sponsorship, or recommendation of any referenced product, service, issuer, or groups of issuers.

This publication provides general information about certain subjects, and should not be construed or taken as advice (legal, financial, investment, tax, or otherwise). Do not construe or take any information in this publication as a solicitation, offer, opinion, or recommendation to buy or sell any securities, bonds, or other financial instruments or to provide any legal, financial, investment, tax, or other advice or service about the suitability or profitability of any financial instruments or investments.

The Capitalist disclaims any liability for the accuracy of or your reliance on any statements, views, opinions, or information in this publication.

 

Continue Reading

Trending

Copyright © 2019 The Capitalist. his copyrighted material may not be republished without express permission. The information presented here is for general educational purposes only. MATERIAL CONNECTION DISCLOSURE: You should assume that this website has an affiliate relationship and/or another material connection to the persons or businesses mentioned in or linked to from this page and may receive commissions from purchases you make on subsequent web sites. You should not rely solely on information contained in this email to evaluate the product or service being endorsed. Always exercise due diligence before purchasing any product or service. This website contains advertisements.