Here’s an update on the tariff dispute between President Trump and Mexico, with Trump threatening to raise tariffs on imports from Mexico unless it takes action to stem the flood of illegal entrants crossing into the US from Mexico. One bit of advice for Mexico’s President: lecturing us that it’s a “fallacy” for the American President to want to put America’s interests first is probably not an effective persuasion tactic. At least, not with this President.
I know these sorts of confrontations give some people the vapors, especially when they send the Dow on a roller coaster ride…and I’m no fan of tariffs myself, which tend to set off trade wars that harm consumers and businesses on both sides. But we have allowed the US to be rolled over for too long, and a corrective is needed. And it appears that only alternatives are terrible liberal plans like the massive immigration reform proposed this week by “Beto” O’Rourke. It involves a lot of amnesty, open borders and spending tons of our money to make Central America so prosperous that people won’t feel like leaving. Sure, nothing works better than expensive, forced nation-building.
Central American nations already have abundant resources, hard-working people and climates better than many far more prosperous northern US states. It isn’t our responsibility to remake their nations in our image. If they want what we have, it’s within their power without their citizens having to flood across our borders illegally.
We don’t need to provide other nations with a free banquet at our taxpayers’ expense. All we should feel obligated to do is to loan them the recipe and let them follow it for themselves. And here it is: