The AP reports that “Under pressure to take action,” Obama yesterday (May 25) ordered 1,200 National Guard troops to boost security along Arizona’s border with Mexico, thereby “pre-empting Republican efforts to force a congressional vote to send the troops.”
Obama is asking $500 million for the 1,200 National Guard troops, which by my calculator, comes to $416,666.66 per National Guardsman!
As George Uré of UrbanSurvival points out, that “might sound like action” until Uré also whipped out his calculator:
First, the border is 1,969 miles long. That’s one Guardsperson for each 1.64 miles of border. But now suppose (for the sake of discussion) that it takes six guardspersons behind the scenes to put one on the front lines? Someone has to cook, some one to run motor pool, command them, communicate them and Lord above all, someone to PR and photo-op them. 250-million people cross that border a year and some estimates run 10,000 illegals per day.
Wait! It gets worse. The AP continues:
The National Guard troops will work on intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance support, analysis and training, and support efforts to block drug trafficking. They will temporarily supplement Border Patrol agents until Customs and Border Protection can recruit and train additional officers and agents to serve on the border, according to a letter Tuesday from top administration security officials to Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich.
All of which means that the 1,200 National Guard troops Obama grandly ordered “to boost security along the border” will be administrative jobs, NOT actual troops on the ground guarding the border. Just what we need: More government paper-pushers with bloated salaries, all paid by taxpayers, aka suckers.
Smoke and mirrors, folks. Obama is a con man. Don’t believe anything this punk says. Today’s news is that Obama has still not responded to Texas’ request for border assistance:
[Texas] Gov. Rick Perry has sent letters to Obama, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano requesting National Guard troops for the Texas-Mexico border. Almost a year and a half after the first letter was sent, Perry hasn’t received an answer.