But first, I don’t want to miss the opportunity to wish a very Happy Birthday to my good old friend Don Snook, who I have known for over 40 years, and to Gordon Martines. I hope both of them have a wonderful and blessed day on their respective B-days.
Now back to business as usual. It has been a very long time since I took the time to read the Las Vegas Sun, but they have recently published an article that attracted my immediate attention.
According to the Las Vegas Sun, Mexican authorities said last week they seized about 10 tons of marijuana in an elaborate tunnel with a rail car system that extended well into San Diego, California and was designed to smuggle drugs into the United States from Tijuana.
According to the Las Vegas Sun report, the tunnel was nine feet deep and about 2,600 feet long. It was lit, ventilated and built with metal beams to prevent collapse, with warehouses on both sides of the border that provide cover for trucks and heavy equipment.
It made me think that Donald Trump wants to build a wall to avoid the heavy traffic of illegal aliens into the United States. Those people pay the traffickers as much as $6,000 to $7,000 to cross them over.
Many have been abandoned in the middle of the trip and left to wish good luck in the rest of their crossing.
I always wonder how they are able to pay that huge amount of dollars, and finally reach their destination to apply and receive here food stamps, medical and monetary assistance as destitute people when they have had that tremendous amount of cash on hand. We need to remember that traffickers don’t give credit or arrange for installment payments. It is everything up front or no trip.
Let’s suppose that Donald Trump in fact does build that wall, which I don’t believe is going to help in the long run. Pretty soon traffickers are going to start leasing or renting those tunnels for (we could say) $10,000 to $15,000 to transport human beings and instead of illegal aliens, they would become illegal groundhogs.
There would be no way Trump could build a wall around the narco-tunnels and sooner rather than later the grand finale would be humans and drugs entering on a daily basis.
This is just the beginning of the suffering of the several million older Americans receiving Social Security, who are not going to receive a cost-of-living adjustment, commonly known as COLA, as early as next year. This is not only a situation for elder Americans, but also disabled Americans receiving Social Security retirement checks.
There is no country in the world that could support so many foreigners and maintain a decent living for their nationals.
The Social Security Administration reported that Social Security recipients receive cost-of-living adjustment only if prices rise. I wonder if all those people employed by the administration have noticed that everything has gone up to the sky — the cost of dairy products, meat, and even bread have all been raised to unbelievable prices.
Personally, I would like to know where they shop; so all seniors could stand on line behind them for cheaper prices.
Forget the wall, Mr. Trump; it is not going to work. In my most humble opinion all those people with the Social Security Administration took the COCA and forgot the COLA, so greatly needed by American senior citizens.
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Perly Viasmensky is the General Manager of the Las Vegas Tribune. She writes a weekly column in this newspaper. To contact Perly Viasmensky, email her at pviasmensky@lasvegas tribune.com.