President Trump has revealed that American taxpayers will indeed pay for the proposed border wall on the nation’s southern border.
On Wednesday President Trump admitted that his plan for the construction of a wall along the southern border of the United States will be funded by domestic taxpayers. During the 2016 campaign Trump promised several times that he would force Mexico to pay for the wall.
Trump’s comments came in an interview with ABC News, his first interview since becoming President. ABC has only released a short clip of the interview and will air the full interview on the evening of January 25. In the clip we hear President Trump state that the project that will start “in months.”
When asked who would pay for the wall – Mexico or the American taxpayer – Trump confirmed that the taxpayer will fund the project that is estimated to cost somewhere between $15 to 25 billion. “Ultimately, it will come out of what’s happening with Mexico … and we will be in a form reimbursed by Mexico, which I’ve always said,” Trump said. He was referring to the claim that U.S. taxpayers will pay for the wall initially and later be reimbursed by a payment from the Mexican government. Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has insisted that his nation won’t pay for the wall.
“All it is, is we’ll be reimbursed at a later date from whatever transaction we make from Mexico,” he said. “I’m just telling you there will be a payment. It will be in a form, perhaps a complicated form. What I’m doing is good for the United States. It’s also going to be good for Mexico. We want to have a very stable, very solid Mexico.”
Despite the claims that Americans will be reimbursed it would be wise to remain skeptical of the claims of Trump and his cabinet. Whether you want to admit it or not, Trump is a politician. He said many false claims to gain support and get himself where is today. Taxpayers will pay for the wall and they will not see that money again. But let’s imagine for a moment that Mexico does indeed reimburse the U.S. government. Do you really believe the federal government is going to send out a check to each taxpayer with a nice “thank you” note? No. If Mexico reimburses anyone it will be the U.S. government who forced their population to pay taxes to fund this totalitarian vision of a border wall.
The taxes that Trump will use to pay for this wall are taken from you through force. This means that if you do not pay your taxes armed agents of the government will come looking for you. If they are not satisfied they will steal more money from you or lock you in a cage. They might even attempt to kill you in an effort to forcibly collect fealty for the king and his court. So whether you support the border wall or not, if you value you freedom, you must acknowledge that it is wrong to force others to pay for your vision via taxation. Just as it was immoral for Obama to force Americans to buy health insurance, it is immoral to force Americans to pay for this border wall. Both actions were taken with the apparent mission to fix a problem (solve the healthcare crisis, solve the border crisis); however, they lose their meaning when implemented using force and theft via taxation.
Quite simply, this project is being funded with stolen money from the American taxpayer. If you want a border wall then organize and crowdfund to build a wall on your property. Do not force others to pay for your barrier through taxation. Finally, when Trump’s team spoke of the wall they mentioned creating new detention centers up and down the wall. I can see it now: a heavily militarized border with checkpoints and detention centers under the control of the federal government. This is exactly the type of tyranny that lovers of liberty and freedom have been fighting for generations. What happened to those who value freedom and oppose authoritarianism? Did you abandon reason and philosophy for brute force and fear?
The battle is not lost, but if you are not willing to call out the mistakes and crimes of Trump you are failing yourself. We must fight to keep all people in positions of power accountable to the people. Whether their names are Bush, Obama, Clinton, or Trump, they should always fear the awakened, organized, and empowered hearts and minds of the world. We must continue to stand together to oppose tyranny and theft. To avoid paying the State learn about counter-economics and start building freedom cells. It’s time to for our communities to organize and create the next stage of a free humanity.
Derrick Broze is an investigative journalist and liberty activist. He is the Lead Investigative Reporter for ActivistPost.com and the founder of the TheConsciousResistance.com. Follow him on Twitter. Derrick is the author of three books: The Conscious Resistance: Reflections on Anarchy and Spirituality and Finding Freedom in an Age of Confusion, Vol. 1 and Finding Freedom in an Age of Confusion, Vol. 2
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