Trump is considering a 20% tax on good imported from Mexico to pay for the wall
1. Does this not amount to charging Americans?
Would I not be paying for a wall I don't favor every time I buy (say) a six pack of Dos Equis?
2. Nearly 70 percent of our veggies come from Mexico. Isn't Trump condemning all of us to paying higher prices for food, especially in winter?
3. Would not Mexico retaliate by taxing the $316 billion worth of goods we send there?
4. Would this not result in fewer American imported goods being sent to Mexico, resulting in a loss of American jobs? Right now, some 1.1 million jobs depend on trade with Mexico.
5. Would there not be fewer jobs in Mexico, thereby rendering an already-unstable region even more unstable?
6. Instability invites insurrection. Would our purposes be well-served if narco traffickers or a fascistic military junta or Marxist revolutionaries take over in Mexico? If Mexico's (highly imperfect) democracy were to fall, wouldn't we then need to militarize
the border at a cost of God-knows-how-many-billions-of-dollars each year?
7. Would it not cost less in the long run simply to pay for the wall (if wall there must be) out of US taxpayer funds?