Trump's Tariffs On Mexico Are Antithetical To American Society
Start writing a post
Politics and Activism

Trump's Tariffs On Mexico Are Antithetical To American Society

Tariffs only destroy freedom.

35
Trump's Tariffs On Mexico Are Antithetical To American Society

Recently, President Trump has imposed a 5% tariff on Mexico for the country's unwillingness to solve a "supposed" illegal immigration problem at the U.S. southern border. He has detailed that these tariffs will gradually increase until the "problem" is solved.

As a bit of a background, a tariff is a tax or duty to be paid on a particular class of (in this case) imports. So, because of this declaration from Trump, Mexico must now pay an additional 5% tax on all of the goods imported from them that we as Americans enjoy.

Now, what exactly do we get from Mexico? Well, according to CBS News...

"The U.S. imported $372 billion worth of products from Mexico in 2018, more than our trade total with Canada."

"'U.S. trade with Mexico is basically all about cars,' said one expert, with the U.S. importing $93 billion worth of cars or car parts last year, including $22 billion worth of car engines, $5 billion in car seats and $5 billion in chassis."

"Second to cars is tech equipment, including $26 billion of computers and computer parts, semiconductors, and software."

"Americans also imported $6.7 billion worth of vegetables and $5.3 billion of fruit and nuts from Mexico"

How does that make sense? We are punishing a neighboring country for exporting goods that improve the wellbeing of all Americans that consume these goods. Yes, it is incredibly backward. Tariffs that are imposed, such as this one, dramatically harm the everyday, average Americans.

Not only that, but if Trump is to stay true to his "free market" ideals regarding trade, he would understand that the government (himself) deciding who specifically is allowed to create value for a country is cronyism and only benefits the wealthy special interests rather than the people he is supposed to be representing; the American people.

But who can blame Trump? This is something he has done his entire career as a businessman. He has looked out for himself, his bottom line, his personal wealth, and his profitability which leads to a conflict of interest in decision making, not the value and common good.

You want a politician who is continually looking out for the wellbeing of Americans? Look at Bernie Sanders. Recently he visited the annual Wal-Mart shareholders meeting to propose that they hear employees out, put a representative on the board of directors, and finally stop paying their workers a starvation wage, a wage that leaves their workers unable to afford the basic necessities of life.

The difference between the two could not be more clear.

Trump's Interest: Wealth

Bernie's Interest: People

Report this Content
Featured

Patriotism doesn't end with Independence day

If you can be proud of your country on he 4th of July, you can be proud all year long.

4609
Patriotism doesn't end with Independence day
Photo by Rob Martinez on Unsplash

I'm the child of a Marine Veteran. He may have been out of the service by the time I was born, but the Patriotic Pride he lived by has been my family's life line. I grew up with the American Flag hanging in my front porch. My dad has the "Proud to be a Marine" license plate in the front of his car. And red, white, and blue is a completely acceptable way to decorate your living room. But it doesn't end with just that. You need to know why we celebrate freedom.

Keep Reading... Show less

According to Katy Perry, "Baby You're a Firework." I don't know if she was referring to the Fourth of July when she was referencing fireworks, but this song has allowed this generation to rejoice. The song "Firework" allows people of all ages to appreciate the lyrics, as the song brings forth a positive state of mind. Unfortunately, just like the song, not every knows what the Fourth of July is actually for. Many just assume it is that one time of year you get to spend time barbecuing and see fireworks light up the sky. Even though many are not aware of the American historical significance, this holiday has annually encouraged people to come together happily, which could very much be the importance of it.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

Why Fourth Of July is America’s Biggest Frat Party

It’s the celebration of our great nation, and you’re all invited.

3740

It’s the celebration of our great nation, and you’re all invited.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

10 Revolutionary Women To Remember This Fourth Of July

The patriots of the American Revolution aren't the only ones who gave us the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

3583
10 Revolutionary Women To Remember This Fourth Of July

Independence Day is almost upon us, which means that for most Americans, it'll be time to bust out the lawn chairs and grills, gather around family and friends, and praise our history through patriotic garb and grand fireworks displays. It's the one day of the year where everyone forgets their political biases or historic inaccuracies, at least for a while, to look back on the hazy, illustrious history of the United States.

But, while we celebrate what people like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Patrick Henry did for this country, they are not the only ones who embodied the very virtues that our nation loves to advocate for. This Fourth of July, here are ten American women who history tends to forget, despite the groundbreaking things they did for their country.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

13 Ways Barbie Movies Shaped My Childhood

My childhood would not have been the same without them.

10036
Taylor Hawk

Barbie movies were a huge part of my childhood. I mean huge. If you are like me, I welcome you to take a healthy dose of nostalgia as I explain how Barbie movies shaped my childhood. The movies...

Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments