Something there is that doesn’t love a wall,… Robert Frost
Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!–Ronald Reagan
“Berlin — the city which stands for the separation of Europe as well as the freedom of Europe — cannot watch silently as another country plans to build a wall,” — Berlin Mayor Michael Müller
From The Hill:
“I think the president is using every tool available to him to make sure that, as we put this wall up, he honors his commitment he made to the American people that it’s going to be paid for and that Mexico will pay for it,” Rep. Tom Reed (R-N.Y.), a close Trump ally and member of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee, told The Hill at the GOP retreat in Philadelphia.
“As we have been dealing on the committee on tax reform, one of the key components of tax reform is called border adjustability. That is a 20 percent tax on imports and a zero percent tax on exports.
“Anything that is going to promote American manufacturing, make American competitive, I’m going to be supportive of.”
Tom’s comments raise more questions than they answer:
- Should Trump “keep his commitment” even if Congress and the American people don’t approve of it? Really, Tom?
- Why should Mexico be forced to pay for a border wall? What would be the consequences of that?
- What are the consequences of a tax on imports? One is higher prices here. Other countries are sure to retaliate. Would we withdraw from the WTO?
- Reed begs the question by assuming that a wall promotes American Manufacturing. Would it? It certainly wouldn’t make America competitive, but it might do the opposite.
Will Congress really spend $15 billion on a wall because it was Donald Trump’s campaign slogan. I think we could find a better use for $15 billion.