“”The notion that a 20% tariff is a way of forcing Mexico to pay for the wall, it’s just a falsehood. It’s a way of forcing American consumers to pay for the wall,” says Edward Alden a trade expert at the Council on Foreign Relations.
First, about 6 million U.S. jobs depend on trade with Mexico, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Experts say those jobs would be jeopardized if Trump restricts trade with Mexico.”
See A 20% Mexico tariff would pay for the wall. But it would hurt AmericansNormally, I don’t criticize handicapped people. They do wonders with what they have sometimes. In the case of Trump, I’ll make an exception. He’s a demagogue/narcissist/pompous ass/bully as well as mathematically challenged. In particular, he’s rich enough to afford handlers who could deal with the maths but chooses to rush to judgment/over a cliff taking USA with him… I hate that…
Anyone past 8th grade can understand that USAians paying 20% more for goods because they came from Mexico is not forcing Mexico to pay for the damned wall. USAians would pay for it and have less money to spend on food/shelter/clothing/transportation/energy/stuff that matters. It would be a tax by Trump on his own people. To the extent that it reduced imports from Mexico, it would also reduce employment for jobs supplying Mexico with raw materials, parts, services too, particularly if Mexico responded by applying their own duty on goods/services travelling the other way… No one wins in a tariff war except the tax-collectors and clerks, you know, people Trump promised to reign in if the poor working class would only vote for him. Just the idea that Trump would conceive this solution as feasible brings him great discredit. He’s not a leader. He’s a destroyer of trust, friendship, loyalty, wealth, industry, jobs…
He’s challenged in so many ways too. He can’t evaluate an anecdote for passing the smell test so he Tweets silly things like the idea that millions of extra votes were cast in 2016. USA has a problem of not enough people voting. Such people just won’t make the effort to cast extra votes particularly if some work were involved like taking time off work and travelling to another state. Then there was the “birther” thing. How did an intelligent adult figure that was correct? He uttered the nonsense so often that he must have believed it. He wasn’t even grown up enough to apologize, ever. He just finally admitted Obama was born in USA. He’s challenged in the conscience/shame department.
He’s so convinced himself that he was a winner he got angry when folks mentioned that Obama had more people in attendance for inauguration. What’s with that? POTUS, the guy with the weight of the world on his shoulders sees ants and not a whole forest of important issues. How many ways it this guy flawed? I wouldn’t mind if he just stayed home and supplied giggles for his family but he’s foisted himself on the world stage now. We don’t have to accept his legitimacy. To do so endangers all we have and for which we stand. Even Trump railed against political correctness. It’s politically correct to respect Trump but it’s wrong.