But we in El Paso are feeling better and better. And we're feeling safer and safer. As the new wall grows longer on our Mexico border here each day, in an inverse relationship, our fears grows shorter. Week by week, month after month, more and more wall brings less and less chance of terrorists and other undocumenteds violating our borders, threatening our freedoms and taking our jobs in the lettuce fields of Salinas.
Add to that the further fortifying of El Paso and we shall ultimately have one of the safest, most militarized cities in the country. I'm referring, of course, to all the new growth being experienced at our very own little Fort Bliss, Texas. (And I don't expect our plans will be diverted no matter the outcome of November's presidential election.)
Here then are some of the benefits being reaped locally, thanks to the wonderful generosity of all American taxpayers.
Ft. Bliss, Texas:
- 2005 population: 9,300 soldiers with 15,000 family members
- 2012 population: 37,000 soldiers with 53,000 family members
- $5 billion in construction on and around Ft. Bliss
- by 2013, a total of $25 billion will have been injected into the local economy w/$6.3 billion annually after that
- a new Army medical center will be built
- a $54 million on-post mall with national chain stores constructed
- 53,000 new jobs are being created
If things get really bad for you in Ohio, California, east Texas, etc., you may want to consider moving here. I'm sure we can put you to work. And our winters are mild, if you don't mind the military convoy-created traffic jams on our highways and the frequent background din of distant artillery blooming.