Ten Beloved Mexican-Produced Items You Already Buy That Will Cost Significantly More If President Trump’s Proposed 20 Percent Border Tax Comes To Pass.
It’s been only one week since Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, and he’s already managed to put the country – and the world – on edge through various means.
Yesterday, though, he caused a particular stir when his press secretary, Sean Spicer, suggested that the administration would consider asking Congress for new 20 percent tax on Mexican imports — a statement that the administration is already somewhat walking back — in order to pay for the construction of a wall along the entirety of the Mexico-U.S. border.
The administration would do well, we’d think, to walk this idea back completely. Mexican-made products are among some of the most universally loved creations. Just consider the following 10 products that are made south of the border, and how your life might change if their costs were increased by a 20 percent border tax on your wallet.
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- Tequila. The best tequila comes from Mexico, you already knew that.
- Limes. Almost every lime consumed in the U.S. comes from Mexico. So have fun taking your extra-pricey shots of tequila at the bar when they charge you extra for limes — or, worse, if they replace them with lemons.
- Beer (Corona, Tecate, Dos Equis, Modelo). Your favorite Mexican beer will be pricier now, too. So much for the rising popularity of this niche in the beer industry, eh?
- Mexican Coca-Cola. Nothing goes with a plate of tacos like a Mexican Coke… and a tax hike? Are you surprised to hear that Mexican Coke is produced and bottled in Mexico? You’re an idiot.
- Topo Chico Mineral Water. If the border tax indeed comes to pass, only the boujee-est of hipsters will be able to afford to continue their ongoing romance with this mineral water that’s bottled in Monterrey, Nuevo León.
- Avocados. Here’s a sobering fact: Americans would have to buy 25 billion avocados to pay for President Trump’s proposed wall.
- Various cars. Dodge Ram pickups, Ford Fusions and Volkswagen Jettas are actually all made in and imported from Mexico, not from Detroit or Berlin.
- Flat-screen televisions. Did you know that Mexico is the biggest exporter of flat screens in the world? Oh well, maybe that ol’ box you keep in your garage still works.
- Tomatoes. You say “to-may-to,” and I say that more than 70 percent of tomatoes eaten in the U.S. come from Mexico.
- Trump Clothes. I mean, they’re pretty tough to find as is, since Macy’s no longer carries this line, but the fact remains that The Orange One’s ties, shirts and suits are all made in good ol’ Mexico.