That’s true - she’s just about as knowledgeable as most of the twentysomething bartenders I’ve known
But we also actually have a dude in the White House right now who thinks Mexico has several billion lying around - that they’d happily hand over- for a wall
Let’s face it - high public office is not a place for serious people
Orange Man Drumpf and Pixie Dust Cortez are the exemplars of our typical leaders moving forward
we all get to choose our brand of stupid
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During the campaign I don’t think Trump thought Mexico was going to directly pay for a wall. He probably thought that renegotiating NAFTA would produce (insert x # of billions $$) over (insert x # of years) in savings to our economy or securing our border would produce (insert x # of billions $$) over (insert x # of years) savings to our economy, but in today’s campaign slogan, twitter age, that’s too much nuance, and just doesn’t sound as good as “We’re going to build a wall and Mexico’s going to pay for it!” I think the plan all along probably was he would later claim the billion in savings meant Mexico was indirectly paying for it.
Yes yes I know
And in fact, I'm sure that is probably what he was thinking, since he above all others knows that money is a shell game.. to be played with, hidden, and called something other than money when the wrong people are looking
But he packaged it and sold it at his rallies as "Mexico will pay for it" without elaboration - because like populists on both the left and the right, he knew that he couldn't break out his graph chart and explain it .... so he put it together in a way people who he has little respect of amity for would understand
I don't feel the need to paraphrase or explain Trump - he and every other populist politician have been explained over the years already - ad nauseum.... if he renegotiates NAFTA and recoups an actual 10 billion dollars in GDP, he still has to go through Congress for the money - and he has, in his own lovable way made damn sure that they will say, in exactly Nancy Pelosi's words, "NO WALL, NO DISCUSSION"
But yeah that NAFTA renegotiation is great
And a couple good jurists on the SCOTUS