By Rick Oltman, June 6, 2019
On May 30, 2019, President Trump issued a statement that said in part:
“Accordingly, starting on June 10, 2019, the United States will impose a 5 percent Tariff on all goods imported from Mexico. If the illegal migration crisis is alleviated through effective actions taken by Mexico, to be determined in our sole discretion and judgment, the Tariffs will be removed.”
That tariff is scheduled to begin next Monday and increase by 5% each month to 25% on October 1st.
On Wednesday, June 5th, Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other administration officials met at the White House with Mexican officials and didn’t reach an agreement to avoid the tariff on Mexican goods.
Meanwhile, we are hearing complaints by elected officials about the tariffs, worries about who will be “hurt,” and by how much.
If these same Washington politicians who have been giving only lip service to enforcing our immigration laws actually got in gear and did something to support the only president in decades to try to stop the flood across our border, tariffs wouldn’t be an issue.
The issue is border security. The best form of law enforcement is prevention. And preventing hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens from entering our country, whether it is done by U.S. policy and law enforcement, or by the government of Mexico through which the flood passes, is all that really matters.
As for those whining about the “cost” to Americans, let me remind them that we live in a country with a demand economy. The consumers drive the demand, the sellers of goods and services respond to meet that demand.
Businesses importing into our country don’t have to increase their prices to cover the tariff. But they can increase their prices, if they think the market will accept it.
Consumers can pick other products made domestically or imported from another country. That is what an open market allows. You can turn the product over and see if it is “Hecho en Mexico,” and decide to pay any extra cost or pick a competing product that doesn’t reflect the tariff being imposed.
The part of this discussion that I have not heard is the fact that if the American government was doing its job, had been doing its job for the last 30 years, enforcing our immigration laws, we wouldn’t be using tariffs to coerce the Mexican government into being the ones to actually, you know, secure our southern border.
You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. [Winston Churchill.]
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