It doesn't look good...
Ugh. If one sound could encapsulate all of my emotions from January 20th until now it would be “ugh.” Granted, I’m not a right wing, conservative extremist, white male… so I feel like I have some justification to my feelings right about now. But I digress. During Trump’s unprecedented road to the White House, one of his biggest ideas to gain votes was to build the infamous wall along the Mexico/U.S. border. Who would pay for it? Mexico of course. Mexico’s response? “F*ck no” of course.
Alas, Trump was elected and recently signed an executive order to start building the damn wall. Mexico obviously stuck with their adamant refusal to pay a penny for it so Trump needed a new plan. Allegedly, we’re going to build the wall anyway with our own tax dollars and Mexico will refund us, of course. Mexico’s response? “F*ck no” of course. Wonder how that will turn out.
When Trump finally understood that “no means no” (in terms of Mexico paying for the wall… we still have a ways to go with the meaning behind a sexual assault “no”), he had to come up with a new idea of how we would pay for the famous border wall. The day after he signed his executive order, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer stated the administration could possibly instate a new 20% border tax on U.S. imports from Mexico.
How It Works
As the White House so often does, they used much fancier language to describe a simpler concept that Twitter user Scott Wants so eloquently put: “A 20% tax on Imports doesn’t mean #Mexico pays for the wall, it means US citizens pay for the wall one higher-priced #avocado at a time.” So while it sounds like Mexico is still somehow included in the payments, you better believe it’ll be your dollars that will be paying for it.
And it won’t just be the avocados!
No More Margs
Say good bye to cheap tequila too. Of course, this is all hypothetical for now. Just days before Trump pulled this idea out of his derrière he mentioned in an interview with The Wall Street Journal that the mere idea of a border tax was “too complicated” to consider or discuss.