You may think this is just another liberal rant from a trump hating liberal, but it actually isn’t. I am not a liberal, although I do hate what trump represents in our society, I am a realist and for me the one reality America has failed to understand is that everything is connected. The idea that you can live life as you wish and not effect others has always been an illusion carried over from earlier times when the population was smaller and the world seemed vast. We now know that the world is finite; however, we still function like it is infinite.
The purpose of this post is to explain this through the example of building the Mexican border wall proposed by President elect trump for the people who fear and hate Mexicans, as well as, the greedy who see a chance to profit. My focus will be on who will pay for it. President elect trump has vowed many times that he would make Mexico pay for it. Fine. Besides the fact that I don’t think they can afford or would want to, here is one thing the Americans who voted for trump don’t realize. How do countries pay for major projects? That’s right, taxes. So, Mexico will have to tax their citizens for the money to build our wall, right. Where do a lot of Mexicans get their salaries to pay taxes? That’s right, American companies or companies tied into companies selling product in America. You know, trucking companies paid by American companies to bring cheap stuff from Mexican ports to your local Walmart. Companies that make cheap parts to sell to China to make cheap stuff sold in America. So if trump manages to get them to pay, don’t be surprised if cheap crap starts costing more. Also, it may be hard to believe, but some of the money used to build the wall would come from drug cartels. Where does a lot of their money come from? Yes, a lot of stupid Americans and their kids. So, who really is paying for the Mexican border wall in trump’s plan? Yep, you.
Now, let us look at the situation where trump can’t get Mexico to pay. Well, he has already pledged to cut corporation taxes on top of the overly generous breaks the wealthy are getting now. In fact, I believe he has painted himself into such a corner that he won’t raise taxes at all. Without more taxes coming in where will he get the funds to pay for the wall. The only thing left is to divert money from federal programs to pay for it. On the block are probably welfare, food stamps, social security, housing assistance, etc., you get the picture. Basically, any program that republicans have felt took money away form the wealthy to give to the poor. Three cheers right. Many of you felt the same way. Do any of you have family on social security or pay taxes to social security? Guess you don’t want to get anything out of it. Oh, and yeah, losing these programs will have no effect on the wealthy since they did not use them before. You like being fairly certain the beef you buy at Walmart is safe to eat? Look at the trouble we have with a strongly funded FDA. Less funding means less inspectors, which will be fine with a lot of business people in the industry. Recalls cost money. Like cheap prices at your grocery store? What happens when millions of people can no longer pay for food with food stamps and store sales drop drastically? Initially, the stores will drop prices to gain customers, but if customers have no money that won’t work. Stores will either go out of business from selling too many items below cost to garner business or they will have to raise prices to make a profit at the lower sales volume. If you do not understand how big a deal social security, welfare, and food stamps are, you have never shopped in a Walmart on the first of a month. Did you think people all picked the first of every month to go shopping? Also, companies producing items for stores will need to let people go to keep their costs down if they are not selling enough. Wonder if trump will steal from unemployment for your wall? So, if we are required to pay for the Mexican border wall, do you think people like trump are going to step up to the plate, that trump will force them to chip in, or you will pay trough lost federal services? Bingo, again the answer is you.
Well, good luck with that.