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"Socialism is expensive. Security isn't," said House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who gave a price comparison of the two issues. (Associated Press)

The hair-raising cost of socialism

- The Washington Times

It is always good to look at the bottom line. Take the cost of President Trump’s southern border wall — billed as an outrage by the hostile press — versus the cost of socialism, often portrayed as a the feel-good, forward-thinking ideal.

FILE - This March 9, 2016, file photo, shows a stop sign in front of the international border fence in Nogales, Ariz. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey says building a wall isn't the only way to provide security along the U.S.-Mexico border. Ducey made border security a key issue of his 2018 campaign for re-election, and during his first term created the multi-agency Arizona Border Strike Force to focus on border area crime, especially drug smuggling. (AP Photo/Astrid Galvan, File)

Existing border barriers work — and we need more of them

- The Washington Times

When CNN’s Jim Acosta tweeted a selfie video from the U.S.-Mexico border, he was roundly mocked and ridiculed for claiming he saw no “crisis” at the “tranquil” spot where he stood. Of course he didn’t. Because where he stood was on the safe side of a steel barrier protecting him (and the rest of America) from illegal border crossings.

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- The Washington Times

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