- - Wednesday, December 19, 2018

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Washington politicians must dispense with the drama of shutting down the federal government over the issue of payment for the southern border wall. There is a very simple way to finance such a project.

Consider the process of civil forfeiture upon seizure of international-drug-cartel and American-street-gang money, assets and real property incident to the arrest of these principals. Thereafter, vest not only this money, but the money derived from the sale of these assets and properties into a dedicated fund to pay for the wall.

With this approach, two things might happen: The wall could be paid for by 2020 and more importantly, Schumer, Pelosi and Trump could all just calm down over Christmas and for once cease and desist their usual back-biting, hyperbolic invective initiatives.

EARL BEAL

Terre Haute, Ind.


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