Taxing “Mexican Imports to pay for the wall” isn’t making Mexico pay for the wall. It’s making you pay for the wall.
After all, Mexico doesn’t buy Mexican imports. Americans do. Americans will be paying more for produce, equipment, and consumer goods. American businesses will have to pay more for machinery, and will pass the extra costs to you.
This is the least effective way to reduce welfare costs I can imagine. The real solution to the high welfare costs: end all welfare, including educational and medical welfare.
In fact, the wall building project is itself basically just welfare. It’s a big huge government project, that will waste billions on needless government makework “jobs”. That’s money that we could better spend on almost anything else.
Let’s end welfare, instead of creating more welfare with this big government boondoggle.
Vice Chair, Libertarian Party
Author, Why Hillary Lost