It was perhaps Donald Trump’s favorite line from the 2016 campaign. He would announce the “great wall” he planned to build on the U.S.-Mexico border, and then he would ask his adoring, brain-dead supporters who would pay for the wall. The response always came back the same:
Sounds good to the idiots who believe whatever the Con Man-in-Chief says, but of course it’s complete and utter bullshit.
Now we know how Trump plans to pay for his wall: With cuts in the Coast Guard, the Transportation Security Administration, and Federal Emergency Management Agency. Oh, and also by sticking it to homeowners who buy flood insurance
The Washington Post has obtained a document from the Office of Management and Budget which proposes a steep surcharge on homeowners with flood insurance. As the Post reports:
“Homeowners in flood-prone areas of the country also would be levied a surcharge on their flood insurance.”
This would apply most notably to those who own homes in Miami. Why Miami of all places? The Miami New Times explains:
“Why? Because not only is flat, low-lying Florida the state with the largest number of flood-insurance policies, but also more insurance policies exist in Miami-Dade County alone than in three U.S. states.”
Using the same perverse logic being employed by the Trump administration, the New Times makes a telling analogy:
“The idea makes roughly as much sense as subsidizing AIDS medication by charging more for clown licenses.”
And that’s certainly apropos when you consider the clown who now serves as the American head of state. When he’s not playing footsie with Russian agents or tweeting out his latest bizarre conspiracy theory, he’s busy trying to throw as much red meat to his ignorant supporters as he can get away with.
Need a wall built? Just ask Donald Trump to construct it. But have your checkbook ready, because he’s gonna expect you to pay for every single brick.
This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org