Common Sense and Fences

by James Glaser
September 20, 2006

I used to raise sweet corn in my garden in Northern Minnesota and learned that I had to fence it if I wanted to keep the raccoons out of my corn. Now when I built that fence I had to build it all the way around the garden. Fencing just two or even three sides did no good at all, as the raccoons would walk around until they found an open section.

Raccoons are smart. They walk all the way around your garden, and if still they can't find a way in, they will start to dig under your fence, so you have to bury the bottom of the fence under the ground to stop them from getting in.

Right now Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist is saying, "It's time to secure the border with Mexico." He has a bill which calls for building a 700 mile fence along the border. Being that this is an election year, that sounds like a good idea. The only trouble is that our border with Mexico is almost 2,000 miles long.

Like the raccoons trying to get into my sweet corn, the Mexicans that are trying to sneak into our country will soon learn where there is no fence, and they will find that they still have over 1,300 miles of open border to make their way over here.

Common sense would tell you that a partial fence is a waste of money. If you are going to close the border with a fence, you have to have the fence close the whole border.

Remember this when Bill Frist runs for President in two years.

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