Hot nightclubs have a cover charge because they can. People want to be there and they are willing to pay. Shitty bars have to stage wet t-shirt contests and midget-tossing just to get people in the door. I mention this because Mexico is considering charging Americans an entry fee under the mistaken idea that we desperately want to go to their teetering-on-the-third-world shithole. And like everything else stupid, this is Trump-related.
Fox News reports:
A top Mexican official on Tuesday said that Mexico may consider charging a fee for Americans entering the country in what could be seen as a retaliation to President Trump’s call for a border wall.
Foreign Secretary Luis Videgaray, in a meeting with Mexico’s top legislators, called Trump’s plan an “unfriendly, hostile” act, and called on his colleagues to consider the entry fee.
“We could explore — not necessarily a visa, that could impede a lot of people from coming to Mexico — but we could perhaps (have) a fee associated with entry. This is something that I’m sure will be part of our discussion, and I believe we can find points of agreement,” said Videgaray.
This is some stunningly short-sighted thinking here. Doesn’t this guy understand that if Mexico starts charging Americans to enter that the US will do the same thing for Mexicans coming here? Nobody from the US needs to be in Mexico, but millions of Mexicans have to come to the US to earn a living. The only loser here would be Mexicans.
Maybe this guy figures most Mexicans sneak into the US so an entry fee wouldn’t affect that many of his countrymen, I don’t know.
Videgaray wasn’t quite done threatening the US if we don’t kiss their ass on illegal immigration:
“If the negotiation on other themes — immigration, the border, trade — isn’t satisfactory to Mexico’s interests, we will have to review our existing cooperation. This would be especially in the security areas … and that involves the national immigration agency, the federal police and of course, the armed forces,” Videgaray said.
Oh no, what will we do if the Mexican government doesn’t stop illegal aliens and drugs from coming into our country? Oh wait, that’s what’s going on right now with the lazy corrupt Mexican army and national police force. That’s also the point of Donald Trump’s wall on the border; to slow down the flow of illegals and narcotics. If the Mexican government were doing anything, there would be no need for a wall.
Another thing this guy doesn’t get is that Mexico doesn’t have any leverage to negotiate or threaten. If they want to start a trade way, they will get crushed and our economy won’t even notice. If they want to start charging Americans an entry fee, we can cut off remittance, the money Mexicans living in the US send back home, and they would be totally screwed.
The only real courses of action Mexican can take is to work with Trump on renegotiating NAFTA and helping to keep their citizens from illegally entering the US. Any threats or actions against the US will result in a Mexican economic collapse.
Sure, Mexico does have the “donkey show” but they are fooling themselves if they think Americans are going to pay a cover charge to see it.