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“It’s complicated…”

Just like Trump’s “nobody knew that healthcare could be so complicated,” Ryan Zinke is learning that building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border “is complex in some areas.”

Montana’s former Congressman and current Interior Secretary wonders how you build a wall in a river.

“The border is complicated, as far as building a physical wall,” Zinke said in remarks first reported by E&E News. “The Rio Grande, what side of the river are you going to put the wall? We’re not going to put it on our side and cede the river to Mexico. And we’re probably not going to put it in the middle of the river.”

No hay problema. I’m sure Mexicans would be happy to put it on their side of the river.

Between the geographic challenges, endangered species issues and billions of dollars it’s going to cost U.S. taxpayers, building the wall is a “reality check,” according to the Associated Press.

Zinke’s Department of the Interior is responsible for about a third of the 2,000 mile border — 632 miles of federal and tribal lands.

When he resigned as our sole representative in Congress to become Interior Secretary, that was Montana’s gain and America’s loss.

For the rest of the country, though, there is solace in knowing that Zinke has some serious headaches ahead.




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Pete Talbot

'Papa’ Pete Talbot is first and foremost a grandfather to five wonderful grandchildren. Like many Montanans, he has held numerous jobs over the years: film and video producer, a partner in a marketing and advertising firm, a builder and a property manager. He’s served on local and statewide Democratic Party boards. Pete has also been blogging at various sites for over a decade. Ping-pong and skiing are his favorite diversions. He enjoys bourbon.

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  • Zinke now getting sued by Northern Cheyenne Tribe and host of conservation/environmental groups for rashly lifting coal lease moratorium and being fossil-fuel ‘toady’ to enrich coal companies who don’t pay fair market value on coal and enjoy nice subsidy when coal companies pay pennies on a ton of coal and then JACK UP the prices ten-fifty fold when EXPORTING the coal overseas, where we spend BILLIONS on the US Navy which needs the MONEY by charging FAIR MARKET VALUE to help pay for defense, right COMMANDER Zinke?

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