Scoot: Wait, now we're paying for the wall and Mexico pays us back?
by Scoot,posted Jan 6 2017 11:45AM
One of the promises that defined the Trump campaign was the promise to build a “beautiful” wall on the border between Mexico and the U.S., but one thing that made that promise so bold was Trump insisting that Mexico would pay for the wall to be built.
Many people in political circles questioned how Donald Trump, as president, could force Mexico to pay for the wall, but in the face of much skepticism, Trump continued to insist that Mexico would pay for it and the crowds at rallies cheered as if they were certain Trump would force Mexico to pay for a new wall that separates our two countries.
We are now learning that Trump wants to start building a wall using U.S. taxpayers’ dollars, but Mexico will pay for the wall later. While that is possible, there is no doubt that many Trump supporters who were cheering at the idea that Mexico would pay for the wall did not think that our tax dollars would be used at the outset.
Would the promise to build a wall and make Mexico pay for it have been as effective during the campaign if it had been known that the U.S. would pay for starting to build the wall and Mexico would pay for it later?
Trump supporters could argue that as long as Trump gets Mexico to pay for the wall then it doesn’t matter if Mexico pays up front or if the U.S. is reimbursed by Mexico.
If Hillary Clinton had won the election and revealed that her promise to build a wall and make Mexico pay for it actually meant that U.S. taxpayers would foot the bill for the wall and Mexico would pay later, critics would blast her for deceiving voters. We are reminded daily of the political hypocrisy that plagues our great nation.
It is true that if Mexico ultimately reimburses the U.S. for building a wall on the border then Trump was right when he said he would make Mexico pay for the wall, but I wonder if the promise to build a wall and make Mexico pay would have been as effective during the campaign if it had been known that taxpayers would actually pay for the wall now and Mexico would reimburse the U.S.?
Technically, Trump is not breaking a campaign promise with this plan, but I’m sure he didn’t want to reveal that part of his plan during the campaign. And so we are, again, reminded that politicians – on both sides – will say whatever it takes to get elected knowing they realistically cannot do what they promise to do.