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I am not surprised that the Donald Trump folks have become so anti-Mexico. Trump started his campaign demonizing Mexicans. Now he has a senior advisor from wacko land commenting on Mexico. Here is from Politico:

The Mexican government opposes a border wall separating the U.S. and Mexico because it does not want to stop the northward flow of illegal drugs and undocumented immigrants across the border, counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway said Friday.

“Well they don’t want it, Gayle, because they want to continue to allow people and I assume drugs, since they’re not doing much to stop that, pouring over our borders,” Conway told “CBS This Morning” anchor Gayle King, who had asked her why Mexico should pay for a wall it does not want. “We have to look at America. Mexico should pay for that wall because they get an awful lot from this country through NAFTA and through other monetary disbursements.”

Here is the entire read: http://www.politico.com/story/2017/01/trump-mexico-border-wall-drugs-kellyanne-conway-234258.

Can you believe the dumbarse stuff that drooled out of her mouth?

Do they not understand the significance of our relationship with Mexico?

And then this tweet from yesterday:

Fox News ‏@FoxNews 48m48 minutes ago

.@POTUS: “The wall is necessary… because people want protection and a wall protects. All you have to do is ask Israel.” #Hannity

Equating Mexico to the Middle East? Idiots!

It is pretty obvious that Donald Trump’s folks are lacking in diplomacy and foreign policy skills. They pretty much botched the meeting with Mexico’s president. Putting out the executive order on the wall a week before the meeting was stupid. If they did it intentionally, which is a possibility with this bunch, it is doubly stupid. They are our next door southern neighbors. They are our third largest trading partner. We work closely with them on taking on the drug cartels. Why would we want to pull a fast one on them?

I am reminded by that scene in “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”, where Butch and Sundance are in South America and working as payroll guards.   They are riding with Strother Martin’s Percy Garris character. Here is from the script:

Butch Cassidy: [interrupting] I think they’re in the trees up ahead.

Sundance Kid: In the bushes on the left.

Butch Cassidy: I’m telling you they’re in the trees up ahead.

Sundance Kid: You take the trees, I’ll take the bushes.

Percy Garris: Will you two beginners cut it out.

Butch Cassidy: Well, we’re just trying to spot an ambush, Mr. Garris.

Percy Garris: Morons. I’ve got morons on my team. Nobody is going to rob us going down the mountain. We have got no money going down the mountain. When we have got the money, on the way back, then you can sweat.

You get the money from Mexicans, not from us.

That 20% tax in Mexico imports – a lot if it would be coming out of our pockets. No doubt, it will hurt Mexicans because less goods from Mexico will be bought. You want Mexico to pay for, you have to figure out how to pick their pockets and not ours – morons.

It is obvious they are lacking folks with backgrounds in international trade.

Then this tweet:

Lindsey Graham ‏@LindseyGrahamSC 8m8 minutes ago

Simply put, any policy proposal which drives up costs of Corona, tequila, or margaritas is a big-time bad idea. Mucho Sad. (2)

Again, another statement from my friend:

For Immediate Release

January 26, 2017                                                                    More Information: 323-332-6160

Statement of WCVI President Antonio Gonzalez on President Pena Nieto’s Cancellation of Talks with US

WCVI agrees with Mexican President Pena Nieto’s decision to cancel his trip to Washington, DC. Mr. Trump’s executive decisions to build a Border Wall on the US-Mexican border and accelerate deportations of undocumented persons (80% of whom are Mexican) coupled with his threats to leave NAFTA, heavily tax remittances to and imports from Mexico, and demands that Mexico pay for the Border Wall amount to a declaration of cold war against Mexico.

Given these circumstances President Pena Nieto had good reason to cancel the meeting with President Trump as it would likely have resulted in public humiliation of Mexico.

President Trump should study well the following:

  • Mexico along with Canada are the US’s most important trade partners. US-Mexico trade for example amounts to more than $500 billion per year. Mexicans in the US provide $25 billion annually in remittances to their families in Mexico -larger than any other Mexican GDP item except oil. 80% of Mexican exports go to the US market and 50% of Mexican imports come from the US producers.
  • More than 35 million Mexican-origin persons reside in the US, the vast-majority being US citizens. The US southwest (taken from Mexico thru two wars in 1835-36 and 1846-48) contain about 80% of Mexican-origin persons, again the vast-majority being US citizens. Mexican-origin persons in the US contribute at least $1.5 trillion to the annual US GDP.

WCVI calls on President Trump to stop his cold war against Mexico and Mexicans. Instead of hostility Mr. Trump should recognize the invaluable contributions of US-Mexico trade and Mexican-origin persons to growth and prosperity on both sides of the border. Binational issues and problems should be addressed in a mutually respectful and cooperative manner.

I am not in the mood for the MLB question today.

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