Thursday, January 26, 2017

President of Mexico tells Donald Trump to build his own damn wall. Trumpo responds like the child that he is.

Courtesy of CNN:

"Mexico does not believe in walls. I've said time again; Mexico will not pay for any wall," he said in a video statement posted to Twitter and translated by CNN from Spanish.

 Trump's response was of course all too predictable.

Holy shitballs!

So Donald Trump's vaunted negotiating technique boils down to "You do what I want or I will not invite you to my birthday party?"

President Nieto did in fact cancel his upcoming meeting with Trump, however earlier today Trump tried to spin it that the cancellation was mutually decided.

Anybody buy that?

I think our new question about Trump is to ask if there is any test of leadership that he WON'T fail?


  1. Anonymous11:07 AM


    Chicago from way back>

  2. I am heading to Mexico for vacation in a few weeks. This makes me a little nervous just leaving the USA. What else can this crazy man do to make the USA look bad.

    1. Anonymous12:03 PM

      Go. I live in New York City and see hundreds of Muslims every day, either tourists or residents, and they don't look particularly anxious here.

      The people of Mexico who rely on tourist dollars could care less about any saber-rattling by their president--particularly one who was considered a wimp and had an approval rating of 12%. Should it come as a shock he is now acting like a tough guy.
      He's just trying to get his numbers up. Pena Nieto knows that having America as a trade partner is indispensable to Mexico's economic security. Put another way, He needs us far more than the U.S. needs Mexico.

    2. Anonymous12:20 PM

      Puerto Vallarta welcomes you with open arms.


    3. Wear a Hillary button. You'll be fine.

  3. Anonymous11:38 AM

    Stay out of Cabo San Lucas. Trump is mad and has his baby thumb on the nuclear button.

  4. Becky Baker11:44 AM

    Oh I'm sure he'll be fine in a while. Trump just need a juice box and a widdle siesta. Maybe a diaper change, too.

  5. Anonymous11:50 AM


    Washington Post:
    It turns out Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner is also registered to vote in two states

    Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and one of his closest White House advisers, is registered to vote in both New Jersey and New York, according to elections officials and voting registration records, another high-profile example of how common it is for voters to hold dual registrations.

    With Kushner, The Washington Post has now identified four Trump family members or top administration appointees who were registered in two states during the fall election. The others are chief White House strategist Stephen K. Bannon; Tiffany Trump, the president's youngest daughter; and Treasury Secretary nominee Steven Mnuchin, as first reported by CNN...

    1. Anonymous12:09 PM

      I also read yesterday that Priebus might be registered in two states.

    2. Anonymous12:24 PM

      Gee, if any of us ever tried that, we'd spend time in a federal prison. Can you imagine the furor if Chelsea Clinton had done something like that?

    3. Anonymous2:44 PM

      Wow, looks like trump is right about the voter fraud, we are up to 4 just in his inner circle.

  6. Anonymous11:50 AM

    When will they confine this toddler to his playpen and take away any electronic communication devices. None of them are secured anyway...

    1. Anonymous1:57 PM

  7. Anonymous11:54 AM

    After just five days on job, Donald Trump is already plotting a vacation for next week

    “Mr. Trump is in the meantime pondering his first break away from the White House, a potential trip to Mar-a-Lago, his private club in Palm Beach, Fla., possibly the weekend of Feb. 3.”

    That’s right, Donald Trump has been on the job for all of five days, and he’s already announced that he’ll be taking a Florida vacation next week.

    1. Anonymous12:18 PM

      That's so the repubs can plan the next false flag attack to stop us from protesting. They care about " our ssfety " you see.
      Fuck em all. We willnot believe ANY attack they perpetrate. We are too awake now.

    2. Anonymous12:23 PM

      I suspect the people in Washington can't wait for him to leave, even if it's only for a weekend.

    3. Mar-a-Lago just doubled their membership fees.

      Emoluments much?

    4. Anonymous3:55 PM

      Oh vacation time, certainly deserves one, signing all those unconstitutional Executive Orders is hard work and wore out his little fingers. Posing for photos is really stressful.

      Vacation after 5 days, did he beat G.W’s. record?

      Where can we voice our complaints, you know like the republicans did when Obama took a vacation?

      Seriously, where W.H.lines are shut down.
      Trump attacked Obama for signing executive orders. He’s signing them 20 times faster
      Brand-new President Donald Trump’s pen has been a blur his first week in the Oval Office, signing executive orders 20 times faster than his predecessor. Trump once referred to President Obama’s executive orders as “major power grabs of authority.”

      Why is @BarackObama constantly issuing executive orders that are major power grabs of authority? This is the latest
      1:11 PM - 10 Jul 2012
      .....Trump repeatedly promised to reverse Obama’s “unconstitutional” orders, but has not limited himself to the rewind button.

  8. Anonymous11:56 AM

    Carl Bernstein: Republican leaders privately questioning Donald Trump’s mental state

    Over the past few days since Donald Trump took the oath of office, his behavior has gone from his usual erraticism to something more objectively disturbing. He now appears to be basing White House policy entirely around his own inability to accept that he had a small inauguration crowd and that he lost the popular vote. Quite a large number of Americans have been questioning Trump’s mental state on social media. And now it turns out some Republican leaders are privately doing the same.

    The bombshell came from legendary Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein, who made an on-air appearance on CNN on Wednesday evening. He revealed that even as Republican leaders gather in Philadelphia for their retreat, they’re privately discussing Donald Trump’s mental state. According to Bernstein, one of the Republican leaders described Trump as “delusional.” This means the GOP Congress has a real problem, because although anyone with clear eyes could see during the campaign that Trump had psychological issues, the Republicans had been hoping to use his presidency to ram through as much of their legislation as possible. But now it may be a different matter.

    With Trump’s approval rating having already plummeted into the high thirties before taking office, historically low for a new president, and his public behavior growing more unnerving, he could end up being an albatross around the GOP’s neck. Carl Bernstein’s on-air revelation on CNN that Republican leaders think he’s “delusional” hasn’t yet been posted online, but it caused enough of a shock wave that it’s already being discussed on Twitter. If even the Republicans in Congress fear their own president’s mental state, what will they do about it?

    1. This has been discussed before.

      There is a process by which Trump can remain as (alt)president as a figurehead but the VP, Pence, would have ALL of the power.

    2. Anonymous3:55 PM

      Seriously they are just figuring this out now!!!!

  9. Anonymous11:56 AM

    It may be a honeymoon period, Jessie, but despite the million-woman march and protests from all different directions, The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows that 59% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Forty-one percent (41%) disapprove.

    Maybe the sampling is biased but, comparatively, President Obamas approval rating was at 66% for the same time period in 2009.

    Now, I know, depending on one's perspective, the glass is either half empty of half full. Pundits like those at Five Thirty Eight are more interested in his unfavorable rating, which is somewhat confusing, because elections swing on who registered the most "thumbs up" votes at the polls, not those who voted "Nay!"

    Surprisingly, also, Five Thirty Eight relies on a poll of ALL Americans ( rather than "likely voters") and that in itself should be a red flag. It's the likely voters that go to the polls and in 2016 only 55% of voting-age Americans did.

    Is it a coincidence that his disapproval rating of 45% is precisely that of the the per cent of Americans who chose not to vote? I don't think so. People stayed home because they either usually do or were not motivated enough by either candidate to get out to vote.

    It could also mean that those on the left thought Hillary had the election in the bag and decided they needn't vote because others would seal the deal (diffusion of responsibility), and those on the right thought Trump had no shot so stayed home.

    Either way, an approval rating of 59% in light of the protests is surprising and I doubt any truculence from the Mexican president will impact that rating.

    1. Anonymous12:22 PM

      My husband overheard some senior citizens (like us) in the waiting room at our doctor's office today extolling all that Trump has done so far. These are people whose only news source is Fox News most likely. They are all on Social Security and Medicare. Just wait until Medicare is decimated but then, they'll just blame the cuts on President Obama and the Democrats in Congress.

    2. Anonymous12:30 PM

      Different polls show different things. Did you see the latest PPP poll that Rachel Maddow talked about last night on her show?

      It showed 44% approval, 44% disapproval.

      The parts of this poll that asked people what they believe about facts (like the crowd size at the inauguration and the women's march) are very interesting. There appears to still be a sizeable portion of the Trump voters who believe the "alternative facts" provided to them.
      Could they still be living in a parallel universe? Is Cambridge Analytica still pushing their buttons?

      I'll add this link for those who don't know what Cambridge Analytica is all about:

    3. Anonymous2:48 PM

      HA HA Nice try The Rasmussen Reports is REPUBLICAN.

      They called me a few times for their surveys and the questions are very bias, in fact if you say you are a Democrat, they end the survey.

  10. Anonymous12:04 PM

    Take that, Donald Trump: unofficial National Park Service Twitter account gains a million fans

    Badlands National Park enjoys 3000% increase in popularity after climate change tweets

    NASA launches unofficial Twitter account in defiance of Donald Trump

    EPA goes rogue, launches unofficial Twitter account that Donald Trump can’t censor

    Donald Trump’s Muslim refugee ban conveniently exempts three nations he does business with

    1. Anonymous12:20 PM

      We have such brave people working in our federal agencies. The Republicans have reviled them for decades now. I count them as true American heroes.

    2. Anonymous12:51 PM

      Totally agree with you, 121:20 PM!

      The majority of America is anti Trump and I truly believe he'll never make it through his first term, much less a second!

  11. Anonymous12:05 PM

    Department of Agriculture sticks it to Donald Trump with unofficial USDA account on Twitter

  12. Anonymous12:06 PM

    Badlands defies Donald Trump with unofficial “BadHombreLands” Twitter account

  13. Anonymous12:13 PM

    U.S. government scientists go 'rogue' in defiance of Trump

    "Employees from more than a dozen U.S. government agencies have established a network of unofficial "rogue" Twitter feeds in defiance of what they see as attempts by President Donald Trump to muzzle federal climate change research and other science."

    Nuclear 'Doomsday Clock' ticks closest to midnight in 64 years

  14. Anonymous12:17 PM

    He and his "presidency" are like a huge boil that is becoming ripe for exploding.

    With every prick & push from dissenters, Heads of State that cancel visits, 6 million people in the world protesting him & his lies, leaked photos & events, mocking at every turn, crowds booing him wherever he goes, his realization of what his role as Putin’s puppet (who is probably blackmailing/physically threatening him) entaills, and

    there will be The Final Straw for his fragile sanity and
    his Id will not allow one more slice and hack at his "entitled" authority... How dare they?

    and he will do something really, really stupid -- don't know quite what, but perhaps-- a full blown tantrum like a child who holds his breath, a psychotic episode, flailing around on the floor, spitting & snarling, threatening to kill the family of somebody, everybody, who disobey him, actually killing somebody...

    but it will be the heaviest rock in the very, very heavy sack of pathological problems he has been filling, showing himself to be totally unfit to hold his job. He will show himself to be madman he is...tick, tick, tick...

    Malania knows this and seems very afraid of him.

    Cue Amendment 25.
    Am I right that it will include every cabinet choice he has made? as in the poisoned fruit of the nut-job tree?

    1. I think it will be a race to see which breaks first: his mental state or his body.

      Mental melt-down or aneurism/stroke/heart attack?

      Now that SarahPAC is gone, time for a new wager. What will it be and when will it happen?

      I'll take stroke within six months.

    2. Anonymous6:37 PM

      Well he said he could shoot some one on 5th Avenue and no one would care.

  15. Anonymous12:18 PM

    Trump’s Voter Fraud Example? A Troubled Tale With Bernhard Langer

  16. Anonymous12:19 PM

    Democratic countries do not build walls. We take them down. Only totalitarian states, which are most afraid of their citizens learning how other people live, build walls. The Russians did it and the Nazis armed their borders so completely that they were tantamount to walls.

    Everyone in the United States should be opposed to building a wall between this country and Mexico. How un-American of Donald Trump. We have always welcomed people from other places, understanding that generations ago or just decades ago, members of our own families sought opportunity and freedom here.

    How long between building the wall to keep others out will it be used to keep people in? Not very long, I fear.

    1. Anonymous12:48 PM

      How can the wall building be stopped? I thought it had to have the approval of the U.S. Congress. How can Trump be countered in this endeavor? No one seems to come out and really counter the jerk!

      From what I've heard and read, he cannot initiate it on his own!

      If he does - IMPEACH, IMPEACH, IMPEACH
      and not allow the construction to go forward!

    2. Anonymous1:22 PM

      12:48: Paul Ryan already pledged $14 Billion for the wall (no idea where he all of a sudden has been able to find that kind of money 'lying around', but he did...)

    3. Anonymous2:52 PM

      They are lying so much about this damn wall it is boggles the mind. First they are going to put a 20% tax on everything from Mexico, then they aren't, then they aren't sure.

      Just wait until a reporter asks who is going to BUILD the wall, Mexican workers because they are cheaper and WHERE are they getting the materials, from MEXICO, cheaper and closer.

      More like BS first.

    4. Anonymous3:23 PM

      Could 2.5 billion be the ACA subsidy money that Ryan withheld on purpose so as to help Trump's complaint about Obamacare during the campaign, or was that 2.5 tossed over to the Dept. of Defense?

  17. Anonymous12:20 PM

    It makes me sick how Trump is talking about using tax/fee threats left and right. Mr. anti-taxes is using these as punishments. He's been talking about taxing remittances to pay for his f'ing wall. The person earning money here and who sends money to family is already pays taxes. Why should people sending their already-taxed money be penalized? And just to certain countries, or is Trump going to tax money going to Europe and all over? He's also now talking about a 20% import tax. He is really trying to squeeze and humiliate Mexico. He's inhumane.

    Of course, his family can just do whatever the hell they want to and keep raking in the dough, and even though Trump said they'd not take advantage of being in the WH--but they are, like with that doubling of Mar a Lago's annual fees from 100,000 to 200,00 a year. And of course the DC hotel is booked because of people trying to curry favor. And so on. Yesterday, too, there was a story in the news about how Trump is going to crank out hotels here in the US. It's all about taking advantage of his new position.

    God, I just want this POS to die.

    1. Good luck with cranking out more hotels in the USA, Trump. You can kiss your ass goodby in the sanctuary cities unless you mobilize the military to enforce construction.

      However, don't rule out Oklahoma City or Shawnee,Kansas. They have to be built for earthquakes though thanks to ya know... fracking Big Oil?

    2. He will. Just give it time.

      I think he's going to be the first president to die in office in a long time. Whether by natural causes or assassination is the only question.

  18. Anonymous12:26 PM

    Theresa May, the supposedly crazy British PM, sounds like a REAL states person in comparison.

    This cheeto dusted narcissistic megalomaniac must be removed from office any way necessary!

  19. Anonymous12:30 PM

    Petition Demanding Donald Trump Release His Tax Returns Breaks White House Record

    A petition on the White House website asking President Donald Trump to release information about his tax returns has now received more signatures than any other petition in the system’s five-year history.

    The petition demands that the federal government explain what it is doing to “immediately release Donald Trump’s full tax returns, with all information needed to verify emoluments clause compliance.” It garnered over 100,000 signatures within 24 hours of the president’s inauguration and has become the subject of a New York Times editorial.

    “The unprecedented economic conflicts of this administration need to be visible to the American people, including any pertinent documentation which can reveal the foreign influences and financial interests which may put Donald Trump in conflict with the emoluments clause of the Constitution,” states a brief description of the petition.

    As of Thursday afternoon, the petition had over 368,000 signatures, surpassing the previous record of 367,180.

    1. Anonymous1:15 PM


    2. Just means they are going to shut down the White petitions. Or at least censor the hell out of them.

  20. Anonymous12:31 PM

    America Longs For Democrats As 6 Days Of Trump Leads To 8 Point 2018 Ballot Lead

    It took less than a week of leadership from the unpopular Republican trio of Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, and Donald Trump for American voters to give Democrats an eight-point edge in the generic Congressional ballot for 2018.

    1. Anonymous1:26 PM

      I am sick and tired of that type of polls. In the end, the spineless Dems just will sit on their laurels and do nothing and LOSE AGAIN. Mainly because they refuse to do anything about voter suppression and general gerrymandering by the GOP.

  21. Anonymous12:43 PM

    So everything's going to cost the US consumer 20% more when Trump institutes his 20% tax on Mexican imports. What a smart business man NOT.

    I hope that Mexico can find new trade partners - the pain of leaving NAFTA will be felt in the short term but there are other countries to deal with. You have to wonder how the auto industry in the US is going to manage though without Mexico and you have to wonder just how much it's going to end up costing to own a car. Americans like things cheap - that's why you'd be hard pressed, looking around your home, to find things made in America. It's all made in China and other low wage countries.

    As a Canadian, Trump scares the shit out of me because he's nuts. He's likely going to adversely affect our country's economy too just to feed his fucking ego. And your government and industry leaders don't have the balls to stop him. WTF is wrong with your country?????????

    1. Anonymous1:39 PM

      The Trump effect on the US economy will be soon and disastrous and then it will spread. This presidency is sheer insanity. Be glad you live in Canada. Do NOT let the crazies take over!

    2. Anonymous2:55 PM

      The price of food is going to go up, we get a lot of food from Mexico, Central and South America in the winter.

      $10 for iceberg lettuce.

      Then the rest of the year the crops will rot in the fields because there is no one to pick it. Steel workers don't want to pick veggies @ $1.00/day

    3. Just wait until he starts in on China, you know, because his "negotiations" with Mexico are going sooooo well.

  22. Anonymous12:49 PM

    I'm with our friends in mexico. dump trump.

  23. Anonymous12:53 PM

    When will the military and law enforcement bust in and take bannon away along with the rest of the nasty nobodies? 153 thousand gallons of diesel spills in Iowa today and the deplorable nasty liars call it fake news. Time for trump to leave the building.

    1. Anonymous1:51 PM

      The sheriffs dept ( Austin Tx) already gave the middle finger to trump and Gov Abbott and stated they will NOT hold people for INS. Business as usual, once someone makes bail or does their time they will be released. Austin police dept will NOT do INS' job of tracking down illegals, they are busy enough in their sanctuary city and will not do the feds work for them.
      Now this is coming from Tx!

  24. Anonymous12:57 PM

    When are people gonna realize, the people with money pay for illegals. People should go after the hiring committees. Just like our insane chief, go after him, he hired low wage persons. Make him hire whites. Omg get a clue.

    1. Anonymous1:49 PM

      WE all pay for illegals and it saves us money. Do you want to pay triple for half the groceries you buy?

    2. Anonymous3:56 PM

      I live in the south.No one wants to do concrete work in August,put roofs on houses in July,pick vegetables any time,except illegals.Certainly not for the amount they will accept in pay.Without them food costs more,roofing costs more,brickwork and concrete costs more,food rots in fields. Good luck.

    3. Anonymous4:27 PM

      That's the basic hypocrisy of the equation: the GOP talks a good line on immigration but the fat cats benefit more than anybody. Cheap labor that won't ever get uppity, it doesn't get any better than that.

  25. Anonymous1:09 PM

    tRump will supposedly impose a 20% tax on everything we import from Mexico. Including all the food stuffs and cars and meds and ... Claims, he will thus get at least $10Billion/year from them

    1. Anonymous1:38 PM

      Most Americans do not want Trump's wall anyway. Why doesn't he pay for it with his personal billions if it's so important to him.

    2. Anonymous2:48 PM

      I don't see how adding a 20% import tax can be seen as making Mexico pay for the wall. First, it will cut down demand for Mexican goods, which will reduce Mexico's ability to pay. Second, the 20% added costs will be paid by the purchasers of the goods. Mexico will suffer due to decreased demand for its products, but any taxes added to the cost of the remaining sales will be paid by Americans, not Mexicans.

    3. Anonymous3:02 PM

      We get very few cars from Mexico, most of the autos produced in there are for overseas.

      i agree on the food.

    4. Trump doesn't get it.

      WE'LL be paying that extra 20%, not Mexico. The costs will be passed on.

      No wonder he's had so many bankruptcies. He doesn't understand economics. I'm not sure he knows how money works.

    5. Anonymous3:52 PM

      We will pay 20% more for food and many mfg goods.Mexico will also seek to find other trade partners,like China.That will reduce the amount of food and other goods sold to the US,and create supply and demand price increases as well. Just wait.

    6. Anonymous6:29 AM

      Mchallupa: "He doesn't understand economics. I'm not sure he knows how money works."

      His net worth is upwards of 4 billion, what is your net worth?

    7. Anonymous7:58 AM

      The bigger picture is he has put Mexico on notice. The US holds all the cards and they know it and Trump knows it. Liberals are the only ones that don't seem to understand America first.

  26. Anonymous1:38 PM

    Wonder who cleans trump tower toilets? and what nationality are they? How many are from other countries in the usa?

    1. Anonymous3:04 PM

      His hotel chain supposedly just put in applications for more H1 visas.

      He doesn't hire Americans and they are not unionized. His sons threatened to fire anyone that joins a union, so I image the wages are pretty low.

  27. Anonymous1:48 PM

    Aren't Trump ties made in Mexico?

  28. Anonymous1:48 PM

    69% of the fresh vegetables and 37% of the fresh fruits we consume in America come from Mexico, that is NOT counting the frozen vegetables and fruits, canned ones, seafood, and other food commodities we in the USA consume. Probably the wrong country to pick a fight with. Not only will food costs go through the roof, there will be shortages if Mexico really says fuck you.

    1. Anonymous2:09 PM

      Add to this how much CA provides to other states, but Trump thinks he's coming after CA too.

    2. Anonymous2:27 PM

      Trade wars are a two way street and Trump has his sights on Mexico, China and likely Canada. He doesn't care one little bit about how this impacts the lives of the working class.

      But if y'all think Trump's trade wars are a problem, just wait until he starts a real one.

      He's a horrible horrible mean evil corrupt made in America Hilter wannabe. He is despised and hated around the world.

    3. Be aware that there is a loose cannon in Canada also - Shark Tanks Kevin O'Leary who wants to take Canadians in the same direction as trump does in the US. Time for Canadians to fight back BEFORE he can gain power!

  29. Take your wall and shove your meeting.

    I imagine there is going to be a lot of similar sentiments being expressed by other world leaders toward the overinflated Cheeto in the Oval Office.

    No one is going to want to play with him. Watch him blubber.

    "Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto canceled a planned Tuesday meeting with President Donald J. Trump on Thursday, signaling a remarkable souring of relations between Washington and one of its most important international partners just days into the new administration."

    Considering Mexico is one of our number one buyers of exported goods and Trump wants to slap a 20% tariff on imported goods, Trump is royally screwing with our economy.

  30. Anonymous2:42 PM

    Judy Woodruff just smacked down kellyann’s lie, to her face, about trump being the first to back out of the meeting. It was the Mexican President that told trump to go to hell first.

    One huge issue that trump has not addressed because he is fixated on his damn wall is the problem of people overstaying their visas, like his wife.

    I know first hand, working as immigration paralegal that there are Indians on work visas that disappear or are not working (they are suppose to leave the country if they are not working).

    There were also Nigerians, that were suppose to leave and didn’t. In fact one had to go back home, get a new visa and re-enter the country. She left her children in the USA and took their passports to Nigeria and got them stamped as though they were in Nigeria.

    1. Anonymous7:02 PM

      I enjoyed the way Judy Woodruff handled Kellyanne. She was so polite, but kept interrupting her and asking her questions.

  31. Anonymous3:19 PM

    Well, maybe I can cross the border and buy things. Order things online, now!

  32. Anonymous3:20 PM

    Basically consumers are going to pay for the wall. But it won’t matter because they are first going to use our TAX money, then they will hope everyone will have moved on to trump’s next crisis and forget that we were never paid back.

    I doubt will never pass since American’s with foreign investments will get hit, ie trump.

    How a tax could make Mexico pay for the wall

    Press secretary Sean Spicer walks back endorsing a House GOP tax proposal that could make Mexico pay for a border wall.

    White House press secretary Sean Spicer suggested Thursday that the Trump administration backs a controversial House GOP tax proposal that could make Mexico pay for a border wall. He later walked back that endorsement, saying it's just "one possibility."

    Such an endorsement, less than two weeks after Trump dismissed the idea as “too complicated,” would have been a major coup for House Republicans. Senate tax writers are leery of the idea, known as a border adjustment tax. It has also drawn opposition from retailers, oil refineries and free-market advocates.

    How would it work?

    Under the House GOP plan, a 20 percent tax would apply to goods and services sold and consumed in the United States, whether they’re manufactured here or abroad. Exported goods would be exempt — their tax would be “adjusted” as they crossed the border. Companies also wouldn’t be taxed on profits they earnd abroad.
    U.S. corporations would not be able to deduct the cost of products they import from other countries
    How would retailers and consumers be affected?

    Retailers warn the tax would ultimately raise costs for consumers. But economists have said it’s more likely to come out in the wash, since the value of the dollar would theoretically rise because of the increased demand for U.S. exports and decreased domestic demand for imports.
    The effect on the dollar, in theory, means U.S. distributors and consumers would not actually bear the cost of the tax. But Americans holding foreign investments would be hit.

    What are the advantages of the proposal?
    The plan’s appeal is that it would shift taxes to where sales are made, rather than where profits and losses are booked. This would eliminate the incentive for corporations to use tricky accounting maneuvers to list profits in tax havens and avoid U.S. tax. It would also limit the incentive for companies to move abroad.

    It would raise over $1 trillion in revenue, which House Republicans want to use to balance losses from lowering tax rates overall. In some ways, it’s also simpler than the current system. There would be no need to calculate foreign credits, for instance, and there would be no point in profit-shifting shenanigans,since interest would no longer be deductible under the plan.

  33. Anonymous3:36 PM

    No sense getting worried at this point, trump and the republicans have no idea what in the hell they are doing. They make a statement and change it in an hour. In fact from listening to the PBS news about their little conference, it sounded like chaos.

    Trump has his slogan build the wall, with no thought processes behind it.

    Trump team walks back plan to fund wall with import tax

    White House press secretary Sean Spicer suggested a tax on imports could fund the border security measure before backing off the proposal.

    ..... Spicer's initial statement about a proposed import tax drew criticism on Twitter from two Republican Senators.

    "Tariffs are a tax on American families," tweeted Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.).

    "Border security yes, tariffs no. Mexico is 3rd largest trading partner. Any tariff we can levy they can levy. Huge barrier to econ growth," Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) tweeted.
    Graham then took a lighter approach: "Simply put, any policy proposal which drives up costs of Corona, tequila, or margaritas is a big-time bad idea. Mucho Sad," he wrote.

  34. Anonymous4:02 PM

    Not so fast, there, Gryphen. This ain't over.

    Remember, we no longer have that weak so-called leader in the White House. Finally we have a president who is unafraid to keep nookular on the table when dealing with our lessers to the south.


    Do I think Mr. Drumpf is going to nuke Mexico to encourage them to pay for his magnificent wall? Well... no, probably not.

    But, did I cancel my luxury golf getaway in El Paso later this winter? Of course, I did! I may be stupid enough to vote that lunatic, but I'm not crazy!

    The sooner the rest of the world comes to fear our president as many Americans are beginning to fear him now, one week into his god-forsaken term of office, the happier and more peaceful the world will be.

    Until it isn't.

    Batshit Crazy Conservative


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