You’ve got to hand it to Donald Trump and his hand-picked advisers!
While some have been getting upset just because his pick for Education, Betty Devos, seemed unaware of the difference between judging a child’s proficiency or their progress (she actually didn’t seem to understand that there could be a difference) or her beliefs on the teaching of evolution, his economics team have shown the sort of startling grasp of economics that Joe Hockey had when he said that he’d pay for Liberal promises by not spending money on Labor proposals that we couldn’t afford. (You may need to think about that for a second.)
No, they’ve announced that they’ll make Mexico pay for the wall by imposing a twenty percent tariff on Mexican imports!
Gee, that’ll fix those Mexicans. Using the same concept, I think we could solve all our Budget problems overnight by imposing 100% tariff on goods from
Now some of you may see a little flaw in this logic, but in case you haven’t picked up yet, I’d just like to put forward the question that’s on my mind. Is the Trump team really that stupid or do they now believe that if the public was stupid enough to vote them in, then Americans will buy just about anything… Apart from Mexican goods, of course, after the 20% tariff.
And no, the flaw in the argument isn’t simply that a 20% tariff would lead to a reduction in people purchasing things from south of the border – although such a thing is likely, and in that sense, Mexico would be “paying” for not paying for the wall. However, just as Australians would be the ones paying it if we imposed that 100% tariff on Chinese goods, then it’ll be those suckers in the USA who’ll be paying the tariff on Mexican goods.
“You’re an idjut,” I can hear some of those good ole boys who support Trump, “President Trump is only imposing it on Mexican goods, so they’ll have to pay it.” And I’m trying to wonder if they’d ever get it, no matter how many times I tried to explain.
But much and all as people may try to suggest otherwise, many of Trump’s supporters were educated and intelligent… Or at least capable of grasping reality. Surely some of them must be starting to get edgy. Surely some of them must be worried that they dismissed some of the stranger things Trump said as part of the game; necessary to get him elected, but once he was POTUS, then he’d start using the sort of business acumen that enabled him to be so successful… After all, how many people can have as many bankruptcies as him and still end up so wealthy?
I can hardly wait until Australia’s (sometimes) resident village idiot, Tony Abbott, comments on this one.
>Sigh< It's going to a long four years.