jersey city cheap apartments A frightening glimpse into a Trump presidency
Let us suppose it is July 2017. presidency a year ago, won the November election, narrowly, but the polls are certainly suggesting such a thing is possible.
Trump’s three most disruptive campaign promises were also the three that had the most appeal to his core voters, and he is implementing them fast. They are: a 40 per cent tariff on all foreign imports, an end to free trade deals, and tight curbs on immigration especially the famous “wall” on the Mexican border.
It won’t be a wall, of course. It will be the kind of high tech barrier countries build when they are serious about closing a frontier. There will be a ditch for 3,000 km along the US Mexican border. It will have a three metre high razor wire fence along the front edge, facing Mexico, and another along the back edge.
The front fence has a high voltage current. The back fence carries the video and infra red cameras and motion sensors that detect attempts to cross the ditch, and the remotely controlled machine guns that respond to those attempts. There are also landmines in the ditch. Why? Because long experience has shown the only way to really close a border is to kill people who try to cross it.
The “wall” is not yet finished in July 2017. It will take years to complete,
at a cost of $30 50 billion. Already, however, there are daily deaths among tens of thousands of Mexican protesters who gather at construction sites and a few among Mexican American protesters on the other side of the fence as well. evaporate, has broken diplomatic relations with Washington, as have several other Latin American nations. State Department experts are worried a radical nationalist regime may come to power in Mexico, but “establishment experts” are not welcome in the new White House.
Negotiations for a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership between the US and European Union have been broken off, and the Trans Pacific Partnership will never be ratified by Congress. The bill to end the North American Free Trade Agreement is making its way through Congress. The new laws will go through in the end, and the most important casualty will be US China trade. China is already in a thinly disguised recession, and the impact of new trade measures will turn it into a political crisis that threatens survival of the Communist regime.
Japan will be at America’s side in this confrontation, but its European allies may not. Trump’s pro Putin posture has not gone down well in the EU, which worries about Russia’s intentions, and his demands Europe’s NATO members pay more of the alliance’s costs have not helped.