Problems and Solutions

pre·var·i·cate (prəˈverəˌkāt)

  1. speak or act in an evasive way.

“he seemed to prevaricate when journalists asked pointed questions”

synonyms: be evasive, beat around the bush, hedge, fence, shilly-shally, dodge (the issue), sidestep (the issue), equivocate, waffle;

temporize, stall (for time);

hem and haw;

rare : tergiversate

“you have prevaricated so often through this testimony that the truth has become unrecognizable”


1) A wall along the border
2) Mexico will pay for it

According to the Candidate, “We will build a wall, a big beautiful wall along the border with Mexico and Mexico will pay for it!

Except that it may not be a wall…

According to the Secretary of the interior, it may not actually be a wall; and according to the President, it may not extend along the entire border.

Oh, and except that it may not be the Mexicans paying for it.

The Mexican President, Enrique Peña Nieto, has emphatically stated that Mexico will not pay for any [expletive-deleted] wall. So, the president is demanding that you pay for it and is willing to have a standoff in which the government shuts down because he cannot satisfy his unrealistic campaign promise.

So, in short: in order to wall off the country and “keep us safe” the president wants a wall (which may not be a wall). He wants it along the border with Mexico (or possibly part of the border with Mexico). In addition, he swears that Mexico will pay for (but probably not – so we US Citizens should start reaching for our check books). Oh, yes! Moreover, he wants it NOW so he is willing to have the government shut-down if he doesn’t get it. Do we all understand!?

That’s the prevarication; so, what’s the solution?

As that well-worn business trope goes: “Don’t bring me problems, bring me solutions.”

So, here’s the solution. We already have a wall that isn’t actually a wall that is along the border (but not all of it) and NOBODY has to pay to build it, it’s already there. Feel safer now!?

Wherever you are today, I hope you will listen critically to the noise coming out of this administration.

Don Bergquist – January 10, 2018 – Lakewood, Colorado, USA