How Should America Respond to Mexico's Tariff War?

By John W. Lillpop

Given the fact that Mexico is almost entirely dependent on the United States for its economic viability, one would expect authorities in that nation to avoid confrontations with America the great.

However, Mexico is governed by a gaggle of corrupt, inept, and greedy elitists who simply cannot accept American dominance over their failed state.

That fact was made clear recently when Mexico decided to increase tariffs against U.S. products in retaliation for a common sense decision to keep unsafe, dangerous Mexican trucks out of America.

As reported at World Net Daily, in part:

"Mexico has announced a decision to increase tariffs on 90 U.S. products in retaliation for a congressional decision last week to remove the funds for the Department of Transportation's Mexican truck demonstration project, making it clear the NAFTA trucking is by no means finished.

WND reported one day after signing the $410 billion omnibus funding bill into law, along with its provisions ending the DOT Mexican truck demonstration projects, President Obama instructed the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to work with Congress, the DOT, the state department and Mexican officials to come up with legislation to create 'a new trucking project that will meet the legitimate concerns' of Congress under the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA.

Then the Mexican Economy Department told a news conference in Mexico City that the new tariffs will affect about $2.4 billion in trade, impacting 90 agricultural and industrial products exported to Mexico from some 40 U.S. cities, according to the Associated Press.

Teamster President Jim Hoffa characterized the Mexican government's threat as an 'absurd overreaction.'

'The right response from Mexico would be to make sure its drivers and trucks are safe enough to use our highways without endangering our drivers," Hoffa said. 'The border must stay closed until Mexico upholds its end of the bargain.' "

What a novel concept. Welcome to America, Mr. Hoffa!

Unfortunately, with Barack Obama in charge, America is likely to concern itself more with the needs of Mexico than America and her citizens.

If the president were a genuine patriot and committed to America First!, a number of responses could be made to Mexico's "absurd overreaction," including the following:

* Immediately cut off all U.S. aid to Mexico

* Terminate funding for the Merida Project handout

* Secure US-Mexican border with armed force

* Round up and deport the 12-38 million illegal aliens currently in America

* Intercept the $30-50 billion sent to Mexico by illegal aliens each year and use said funds to pay for stolen public services, and

* Bill the government of Mexico for the hundreds of billions of taxpayer money wasted on services for illegal aliens.

With America in a serious economic decline, much of which is the result of providing public services to illegal aliens from Mexico, it is past time to take bold steps to protect the interests of the American people above those of that failed state to our south!