Saturday, January 7, 2017

Another Trump 'Bait & Switch': The Mexican Wall Now To Be Paid For By U.S. Taxpayers

Trump shows original elaborate Mexican Wall plans during campaign. Now, he wants Americans to pay for it.

It turns out now that all of Donald Trump's gullible groupies have been played yet again, as he's done a turnabout on the much ballyhooed Mexican Wall - which construction cost he vowed to put on Mexico during his idiotic campaign.   How many people swallowed this bullshit is hard to say, but given so many Trump voters have virtually believed everything this blowhard has said, the proportion is likely stupendous. (They also likely swallowed Trump's bilge about "lock her up" and he can replace Obamacare while leaving certain provisions in place, like kids remaining on parents' plans until age 26).

Again, Trump  originally vowed to build an impenetrable, concrete wall along the southern border and insisted Mexico was going to pay for it - despite a former Mexican leader (Vicente Fox) telling him  to "fuck off".   Now, as reality seems to be descending,  Trump has changed his tune to a plan in which American taxpayers — at least initially — would foot the bill.  Sorry, but I did not vote for this fucker, and have NO intention of paying for any dumb,  fuckin wall.  If Trump and his minions want it that badly let them get the dumb Trump voters who fell for his BS to pay for it.

Never mind, like their other walk backs, the Trump shills are trying to spin this too, insisting that "no campaign vow has been broken". Huh? I guess they can get that past their dumbass, comatose followers and gaggle of groupies, but for those of us paying attention it was a classic bait and switch.

Top Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway in an interview with CBS yesterday morning claimed "Nothing has changed from our perspective" and that Congress was"taking it on themselves to explore different options to pay for the wall."

What options? There are only two: Either American taxpayers have to pony up for this Rube Goldberg scheme, or the Mexicans. And as per Vincente Fox's follow up tweet this a.m. ('How many times must I tell you Trump, we aren't paying for your fucking wall!') it is clear the Mexicans  aren't signing on. Nor can Trump, despite all his bluster, make them.

That leaves Americans holding the bag. How much will this farce cost? John Oliver about four months ago did a rough 'back of the envelope'  estimate -  based on Trump's early specs (solid concrete, 20' high, 2' thick, 750 miles long)  - that it would come to over $50b. Just imagine how many teachers' salaries that $50b could pay, and Trump wants already burdened taxpayers to foot the bill. Especially when they'll have to pay enormously high deductibles, e.g. $5k a year, once the ACA is repealed and the new Repub plan put into place. As we know, Tom Price, the guy appointed to HHS to dismantle it, loves huge deductible plans (Denver Post, today, p. 17A, 'Obamacare Repeal Winners: The Young, Healthy and Wealthy')

But hey, I guess the Trump voters don't mind being played for fools over and over again. I suppose in their spare time they can come up with all sorts of rationalizations for why Trump would never really carry out his appalling bait and switches. Dream on, Trumpsters!

Or perhaps they are gullible enough to swallow the codswallop in Trump's tweet:

"The dishonest media does not report that any money spent on building the Great Wall (for sake of speed), will be paid back by Mexico later!"

Ah yes, "dishonest media". Whenever the verifiable (non fake news)  media hold his feet to the fire and out his BS, they are "dishonest". But when the Mexicans spit in his foolish face, as they will, I suppose Trump's next tweet will read:

"Dishonest media refuses to say I have Tau Ceti extraterrestrials ready to build wall at NO cost to Americans! Forget Mexicans!"

According to an AP report filed yesterday,  under the plan being discussed, the new construction would be pushed through without any new border legislation, relying on a 2006 law that authorized more fencing along the southern border. Congress would pay for it in its annual spending bills.

Again, note the secondary 'bait and switch':  you Trumpies are now reduced to having a FENCE, not a wall, and certainly not the $50b extravaganza initially envisaged by The Donald.  But it's estimated even this fence will cost from $300m to $1b and have to be paid by taxpayers, because neither Mexicans or ETs are going to pay up.

Trump told the New York Times in an interview Friday that the spending plan would help "speed up the process," and insisted that even if taxpayers pay upfront, "We're going to get reimbursed."

By whom? Tau Ceti aliens? Santy Claus?    Idiot that Trump is, he insisted the money would likely be recouped through a renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, which he had criticized often in the past.  So let's get this straight:  as opposed to repealing and ditching NAFTA - which he also promised his troupe of follower fools - he now wants to retain it as a vehicle for getting Mexico to renegotiate and pay for the wall.

And if you really believe that will go down, I have a plot of seaside land in Barbados for you at the fire sale price of one buck! (Sargassum not included)

Never mind, Trump - lost in a different, separate reality, maintains: "Mexico will pay for the wall, 100 percent. They don't know it yet, but they're going to pay for the wall."

Oh, and I suppose the ETs don't know it yet either, that they will be the default builders when Mexico tells you to shove it where the Sun don't shine.

Bear in mind, for those who forgot, this is the same loon that tried to tie Ted Cruz' dad to Lee Harvey Oswald in the Kennedy assassination. This despite all the evidence shows Oswald wasn't even involved, and the guy (in a blurred photo) Trump took to be Cruz' dad was another member of the Cuban group run by Carlos Bringuier.

I mean, Trump is so steeped in his own fake news orbit he no longer is able to distinguish fantasy from reality. In this respect, the guy is absolutely the wrong person to occupy the most powerful position in this country in 2 weeks.

But, as if by some karmic justice, the plague the Trump dolts have visited upon us, will now come down on them too. There has to be some schadenfreude in that!


Darrin Rychlak said...

The Trump phenomenon is explained elegantly by the psychology of the Right Wing Authoritarian ("RWA"). RWAs cave to any authority that supports their prejudicial worldview. This RWA worldview is borne of a gnawing fear of everything and a raging superiority complex. These people are immune to rational debate / facts that challenge their fear-based views. Any dissension from an authority's prejudice is violently attacked and shut down.

Native intelligence is not part of the RWA calculus. Stupid people and smart people alike can be RWAs who do stupid things because, at heart, these people are afraid to the extent of cowardice and they will accept anything buttressing their conception of matter how ridiculous or absurd the prophylactic / remedial measure may be. RWAs don't like guns, they love guns...the ultimate decider in a dispute. Foreigners are strange and a threat. Domestic solidarity by economic class is impossible b/c class peers are competitors for their piece of the economic pie.

Dr. Robert Altemeyer is really a great source on this matter.

Take care and have a healthy New Year,

Copernicus said...

Thanks for some great insights on the RWAs, also the link!