Trump Set to Wreck Mexico with 20% Import Tax, Media & Progressives Lose Their Minds

Trump Set to Wreck Mexico with 20% Import Tax, Media & Progressives Lose Their Minds

President Trump has said over and over again that we’re building a wall and Mexico is going to pay for it. Every time he’s said it, the pundits and opposition party members have said that it was a fantasy. Half of them don’t even think the wall will be built. Just about none of them think Mexico is going to pay for it. With his executive order yesterday, Trump has moved to quickly build the wall. Now, we’re figuring out some of the ways that Mexico is going to pay for it.

Press Secretary Sean Spicer has announced that a 20% tax on all goods imported from Mexico is likely to be a part of a new tax plan being worked on in consultation with Republican members of Congress. This has sent the media and their progressive allies into a tailspin. I guess they thought President Trump has been joking this entire time.

(That’s one of the dumber tweets I’ve seen this year)

In short, people are losing their damn minds over “Trump’s 20%.” Of course, it might not even happen, given that this is how deals are negotiated. But Mexico’s attitude has forced a harsher line and if it comes down to it, then the tax will be put into place. Is it the ideal way to make them pay for the wall? No. However, this is the path Mexico themselves have chosen so far. I didn’t even care about making them pay for the wall myself, until I saw how nasty their politicians have been in the past week.

Now, I say do whatever it takes to extract the funds. Mexico could very well collapse without our support and everyone down there knows it.

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  • Renaissance_nerd

    The single greatest thing building a wall would do and sealing the border would do is it would stop the Mexican governments political pressure release valve. It would force the Mexican people to have a revolution and demand better from their government, and the Mexican government knows this.

    • Toastrider

      Ding ding ding. Mr. Renaissance_nerd, please pick up your award pack of wild game sausage at the front desk, you have won one (1) Internet.

  • Calum

    “I wonder how many white ppl will cry when #Mexico stops sending #avocados”

    LOL good Lord the same idiocy has been popping up repeatedly on /pol/ – these libtards really are fully detached from reality if they think the average (or anywhere NEAR average) human being knows what a fucking avocado is let alone cares if it disappears from shelves.

    • Toastrider

      According to Wikipedia (yeah, I know, bear with me), the avocado is also heavily cultivated in California or Peru.

      They really are stupid, aren’t they? California and Peru will be MORE than happy to take up the slack.

  • Silence Dogood

    Awww a walkout? How cute. They did that years ago when I was in college and I callously and openly opined that it meant very little to me. The difference between LEGAL immigrants and ILLEGAL immigrants? It’s in the name kids. The pointless, disruptive virtue signaling is just pathetic – and the actually illegal immigrants won’t DARE to walk out/call out of their jobs, because they would lose them. Another “perk” of being illegal and thus a criminal with no ability to redress grievances, right?

  • Silence Dogood

    Mexico needs to come to the table on this issue. They ARE the problem as far as our illegal immigration, drug and illegal weapon problem goes and they know it. Let the negotiating begin.

    • Toastrider

      What’re they going to negotiate with? They have nothing to offer. Mexico has been propped up these last couple of decades by outsourcing their unemployment issue to the U.S., and receiving money transfers back.

      To quote Unicron, ‘Your barganing posture is highly dubious.’

      • Silence Dogood

        lol you get bonus style points for quoting Unicron.

  • Toastrider

    Two things:

    How much do we actually import from Mexico? Would it really make that much of a difference in an overall grocery bill?

    And second, I love the tard who’s declaring February 14th as the day to take off or call in sick to ‘show solidarity’. That’s Valentine’s Day; I wouldn’t be surprised if a number of folks were taking that day off ANYWAYS to spend time with their significant other. But hey, they’ll claim all those folks supported them too.

    • Maintenance Renegade

      Depends on your diet and brand preferences, but the US produces a massive agricultural surplus so it’s not like anyone’s going to be at risk of going hungry. The single biggest detriment will probably be that winter tomatoes become very pricey but that’s hardly a significant problem.

    • Danlantic

      Our largest trading partners are (in $billions) for 2013 and [2015]:

      EXPORTS to them:
      Canada —– $300
      Mexico —— $226
      China ——– $122
      Japan ——– $ 65
      Germany —- $ 47
      UK ———— $ 47
      Korea ——- $ 41

      IMPORTS from them:
      China ——– $440
      Canada —– $332
      Mexico —— $281
      Japan ——- $139
      Germany — $115
      Korea ——- $ 62
      UK ———– $ 52

      Mexico is second or third,

      Source: US Census Bureau
      https://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/statistics/highlights/top/top1312yr.html

      BTW, a 20% tax on Mexican goods coming into the country would be paid by Americans. not Mexicans.

  • Mykeru

    It’s insulting how stupid the Mexican government seems to be on this. To have to explain it repeatedly over the last year or more and they still behave like this, they must be very ineffective and inefficient. Trump is going to wreck them. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/33afa7c1c68c41e5f28aba84957e4da20f05c9aab9d86eb478f474680123f995.png

    • Maintenance Renegade

      Yeah they’re hosed, the wall threatens their entire political status quo by cutting off their means of exporting their economic and social problems into the United States but fighting the wall to protect that status quo will only result in an even more extreme version of the policies related to the wall.

  • Maintenance Renegade

    A pretty good breakdown of exactly how the corrupt political class of Mexico has been working hand in hand with our own almost equally corrupt American political class to fuck over the average citizens of both nations and enrich themselves in the process:

  • DukeMagus

    This won’t fly. One complaint to the WTC and it all goes down.

    Also, it’ll increase inflation, and ‘Murica isn’t so well away from recession to play this card.

    There must be better plans to take.

    • Bradford C. Walker

      You expect the God Emperor to care what the WTC says?

  • Botiemaster

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but won’t this just make mexico product here 20% more expensive? We know from history that business is never the one who pays the price. It’s their customers. It especially pisses me off when the government whacks tobacco companies and here we are today, over priced cigarettes up the butt. Oh yeah, we really showed them who the boss was…

    • milk bone

      The way tariffs like this work is by making (in this case Mexican) goods less competitive because they are more expensive. So if you can buy an equivalent American product for, say, 5% more than the pre-tariff Mexican product, you’ll be encouraged to buy the American product rather than pay the additional 15% for the post-20%-tariff Mexican one. This will benefit American manufacturers and their employees, at the expense of the American consumer. It might even make possible the hiring of more American workers due to the increased business American manufacturers will do. Some people, of course, will decide that the additional 5% is too much and choose not to buy the product at all, reducing its market. How all this balances out depends on the actual numbers, and it may be necessary to adjust the amount of the tariff to achieve the desired results, once some statistics have been accumulated.

      The dent a 20% tariff would cause in Mexican exports, and subsequent loss to the Mexican economy would pressure the Mexican government to acquiesce to American demands that they take steps to curb illegal emigration across their northern boarder, perhaps in exchange for a promise to return to the status quo ante.

      However, the Mexican government could respond by devaluating the peso by 20%, enabling Americans to buy the same Mexican products, now tariffed, for the same price (in dollars) they used to pay. Currency devaluation would have other detrimental effects on the economy and quality of life in Mexico, so they would likely avoid this. China, though, has successfully maintained a trade surplus with the US in part through manipulating the exchange rates for the yuan.

  • I had no idea tequila prices were so important to these people.

    • Fatherless

      It’s the only.import our well informed anti racists can name.

  • Fatherless

    Higher tariffs mean higher prices and higher employment. I thought everyone knew this. Sad!

  • ash

    Amazing how all of a sudden progressives don’t like taxes. Amazing how all of a sudden they are for the free market.