Climb over it, tunnel under it, or walk over it

Tongue in cheek or not, let’s admit, it’s an imaginative response to a rotten idea.

After leaked federal government documents revealed a “preliminary” plan to put up nearly 400 miles of security fencing up along US-Mexico border, without regard to the impact it might have on regional commerce, and after failing to get a viable response from elected officials and the media by other means, the McAllen, Texas Chamber of Commerce president took a different tack:

Steve Ahlenius, president of the McAllen Chamber of Commerce, sent out an e-mail to 140 media outlets nationwide Tuesday morning with the subject line: “McAllen, Texas calls for wall around Washington D.C.”
“We feel the need to protect ourselves from bad legislation, bad ideas and a waste of tax money,” Ahlenius wrote.
“A wall around their homes and businesses will give the legislators and Washington bureaucrats a better understanding of what kind of message this action will send.
“Let’s see if they decide to climb over it, tunnel under it, or walk over it.”
[…]
As of Tuesday afternoon, Ahlenius said he had only received a couple of media phone calls, one from an Univision outlet in Miami that conducted a quick interview.
Still, McAllen Mayor Richard Cortez — who had yet to read the e-mail when contacted Tuesday afternoon — dropped high praise on Ahlenius for his efforts.
I’m glad he’s taking a proactive role in bringing attention to this issue,” the mayor said. “There has not been a proper debate on the issue of the border fence and immigration yet.
As for Ahlenius, while Congress probably won’t be approving his plans for a wall around Washington, D.C., anytime soon, he remains hopeful plans for the fence here will be scaled back.
“Like us putting a wall around Washington (D.C.), how silly is that for us to talk about? That’s how we feel about what they’re doing,” Ahlenius said.

via Rachel Maddow

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One Response

  1. If we’re talking about politicians, then my money’s on tunneling rather than climbing.

    And the Bushies will just use dynamite.

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