Building a wall won’t solve America’s real problems

To the editor:

The central principal of economics is scarcity. We must give up something of value to get something of value. In other words, we have to set priorities.

Ninety percent of the illegal drugs that enter the U.S. are through the legal ports of entry. Legal citizens of the United States kill thousands more U.S. citizens each year than illegal aliens do. Most of the mass killings in the United States involve semi-automatic weapons with large magazines. Half of all illegal aliens enter the U.S. on legal visas and overstay their visa with no working mechanism to track, arrest and deport them.

Our prescription drugs are the most expensive in the world. The cost of health care in the United States is the highest in the world. The number of uninsured Americans is over 27 million and rising. Among the world’s countries, we are 43rd in life expectancy. Our education system is a dismal 26th in the world. We have the highest incarceration rate in the world. The recent criminal justice reform bill is a start but there is much more that must be done.

The United States is the still the richest country in the world but more and more of that wealth is flowing into the hands of a very few, incredibly wealthy Americans. According to a recent article in Fortune magazine, the U.S. is near the bottom of country rankings for income equality. Only Turkey, Chile, and Mexico rank worse than the United States. The United States ranks 11th in the world in up-to-date infrastructure.

Building a giant wall on the southern border will not solve any of the serious problems facing America. It will only take resources away from doing the things that really matter.

Harry M. Geedey