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Donald Trump's Policies - Part One, the Wall.

My wife and I have been discussing politics and economics for a few months now. I have Donald Trump to thank for this. Before his candidacy, I could never get her to listen to Tom Woods, Brion McClanahan, Jason Stapleton, or even consider reading anything from thinkers like those on this list. But Trump came, and I am reaping a wonderful unintended consequence. It’s almost enough to make me want to vote for him. Almost.

I’m sure my story can be repeated by many people during this election cycle. Everyone in my circles is against Hillary or Bernie. They’ve been die-hard Republicans all the way, but this year that is different. They don’t like Donald Trump. But why don’t they like him? No one can give a clear, meaningful answer. Sure, he’s had sins in his past and present. What politician hasn’t? Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m against sin as a solid, “Repent and turn to Christ” Christian. But I’m not sure that the Donald’s sins are enough to keep me from voting for him.

If the politician up for election has rock-solid liberty-minded, laissez-faire oriented Policies, though a sinful past, I’d still choose him over a squeaky-clean, straight-laced boy-scout, who holds to socialist, interventionist, war-hawkish ideology. The former hurts himself and those closest to him, while the later harms more people on a larger scale. Yes, sin is bad. It is stupid. Yet, one can’t forget that the issues of theft and murder are also sin, and governments (made up of people) can, and often do, sin on a great scale.

So, what is the big deal with Donald Trump? My wife keeps telling me to look at his policies. Those who have been in the game long enough know that looking at or listening to a politician’s policy pontification is close to a waste of time. They have to say what they have to say to get elected, and then afterward, they seldom do what they promise. That’s the game. But even if Mr. Trump were to follow through with even half of his policies, what would those policies be? Maybe I’ve had my head in the sand, but I’ve not read or heard anyone really talk about his policies.

Maybe I’m not the right person to discuss the issues, but here is the first installment of what should be a seven part series –

The Wall.Donald Trump’s stance against Mexican immigration is almost legendary even this early in the election. He’s promised to build a wall to stem the on-rushing Mexican tide. Taxpayers immediately balk at the Idea, but Trump has a plan. He wants to force Mexico to pay for the wall. How would that work?

According to Trump’s website, the Donald is going to invoke the Patriot Act’s provision, Section 326, which states the “know your customer” rule. He wants to use this rule to make Mexico pay a one-time $5-10 billion fee in order to keep receiving $24 billion in annual trade revenue.

Trump plans to make this happen by having the government intervene in private business dealings such as Western Union in order to put pressure on the Mexican people. This, seemingly, should then put pressure on the Mexican government, who then, in his mind, must capitulate. If the plan works, and Mexico capitulates after 3 days of the interventionist ideas, then the Mexicans will pay for the wall as a result of Trump’s strong arm tactics.

Visa policies are also mentioned, which does add an interesting twist to the proposals. Trump seems to be all for Mexicans coming into the country. If I’m reading him correctly, Trump wants those Mexicans to pay the proper fees, and then they can enter. But those who don’t pay, don’t enter. Sure, that seems straightforward, but doesn’t this idea undermine the issue of trying to keep jobs for Americans? Doesn’t this idea seem to say, “If the government can’t make money off of your entrance, then we don’t want you entering?” That’s what appears to be at the heart of the matter, not that “jobs are being taken from American citizens.”

The last comment in the summary statement is interesting. “We have the moral high-ground here, and all the leverage.” Says who? Even if we do, does that give any government the authority to force another government to do anything? That form of aggression surrenders any moral high ground, and should be repudiated.

*Nota Bene – I didn’t even begin to cover the evils of the Patriot Act here. Let me just say that its enactment was purely de facto after 9/11. No American citizen voted upon it, and its provisions are completely unconstitutional, especially in that it violates the “no illegal search and seizures” statement found in the 4th Amendment of the Constitution. The idea that a President can then use unconstitutional American laws to force another nation to do anything is frightening to me, and it should be to you too. What’s the worst that can happen? Mexico could go to war with the United States. Sure, we’d most likely win, but that’s not the point. War is sometimes necessary, but it’s never good. In this case, we’d be well past surrendering the moral high ground. We’d be the internationally aggressive bully, not to just Iraq, Afghanistan… but to our next door neighbor.

I’ll keep working through Trump’s policies as he has them stated on his website. Tomorrow, I’ll visit his Health Care Reform. Until then, I’d love any comments. Perhaps I’m miss-reading or miss-understanding something. Maybe I could have been harder. Let me know.

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Donald Trump's Policies - Part One, the Wall.


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