Can anyone tell me what Republicans are thinking when they reject tariffs on Mexico?
Are they thinking?
Seems unlikely. They are programmed to support free trade because, well, because their grandparents supported free trade. Yeah, that makes sense, because nothing else has changed much in the last 75 years, right?
Under current circumstances, free trade is a misnomer for free lunch, and it ain’t the United States that is eating, folks. We are just footing the bill. As President Trump said, we are the world’s piggy bank.
But this situation with Mexico goes far beyond free trade.
What Republicans don’t seem to grasp is that the alternative to the president’s threat of tariffs isn’t free trade; it is war. Mexico has made a conscious decision to weaken the United States by allowing an invasion of its own citizens and others from Central America into the United States. And as President Trump said in 2015, they are not sending us their best.
President Trump came up with a plan to force Mexico to assist us, but he must not weaken. Trade representative Peter Navarro supposedly said we may not need to have the tariffs go into effect, because “we have Mexico’s attention now.” Baloney. That’s just Charlie Brown falling on his back one more time when Lucy hides the ball.
We simply cannot allow a million illegal immigrants to enter our country every year. Period. I support the president doing whatever he needs to do to get it done, but I am afraid these idiot Republicans will talk him out of following his instincts again. Every time they do, we take two steps backward, and the Democrats strengthen their hand.
Frank Miele writes from Kalispell, Montana, at www.HeartlandDiaryUSA.com and is a columnist at Real Clear Politics. To support my work, please consider buying my “Why We Needed Trump” trilogy, which documents the downward spiral of the USA before Trump arrived on the scene. The books are available at Amazon in paperback or Kindle editions. Thanks!