Complaining of “Taco trucks on every corner” Is Capitalist Heresy

By William K. Black
September 2, 2016     Bloomington, MN

Donald Trump’s opponents have been having a field day with the latest gift from a Trump surrogate.  One of Trump’s few remaining Latino supporters, Marco Gutierrez, a businessman and founder of Latinos for Trump, made an unintentionally hilarious prediction about how awful America’s future would be if Trump were not elected.

“My culture is a very dominant culture and it’s imposing and it’s causing problems,” he told MSNBC.

“If you don’t do something about it, you’re going to have taco trucks on every corner.”

The context of Gutierrez’s nightmare of a nation besieged by omnipresent taco trucks was his attempt as the founder and leader of Latinos for Trump to make the best case for supporting Trump’s “great wall” and mass deportation of immigrants.  The strongest argument Gutierrez was able to conjure up in support was his fear of omnipresent “taco trucks.”

The left (and Trump and Gutierrez) missed the analytical point that this nightmare scenario is heresy according to the foundational principles of capitalism that Trump and Gutierrez preach.  Taco trucks will only be found at every corner if every block in every neighborhood in America loves their food enough to support an average of two taco trucks.  Indeed, competition would be so fierce that the taco trucks that were able to stay in business would have to be consistently superb.  Trump’s surrogate’s heresy is to label what capitalism considers a triumph to be a “problem” – because the triumph would be brought to us by Latino entrepreneurs.  Trump’s Latino surrogate wants a wall and mass deportation not for protection from “rapists,” but from Latino entrepreneurs who would offer superb services.

5 Responses to Complaining of “Taco trucks on every corner” Is Capitalist Heresy

  1. There is nothing about a ‘wall’ which is outrageous (Hilary once suggested a ‘barrier’), or tha people in the US illegally should be deported, because that comes down to enforcing immigration laws. My one problem is not with enforcing but the laws and the economic system behind it (in which there is no living minimum wage, but widespread worker exploitation), and the nations inability, through bigotry and stupidity, to handle, and indeed prosper from, virtually open immigration.

    My second problem is with foreign policy and the wars the US makes on other nations, and the exploitative trade policies which destroy other nations’ economies and thus virtually force people to come to the US in search of survival.

    A nation — as long as we have nation states — must have control of it’s borders and immigration. That’s a different issue from what immigration policies should be, and how ‘human resources’ (as dehumanizing as that term is), should be employed for the economy’s best advantage. As it is, the illegally entered immigrants are a net advantage to the economy, giving more into it than they get out — but that happens very inefficiently.

    Immigration (including slavery in one form or another) in US history has generally been based on how to exploit people, not on human rights, freedom, democracy, and other such high sounding phrases which are ignored when inconvenient to the ruling classes, or the manipulated masses.

    We need to address the actual problems of why we have people coming illegally and why we make it so difficult to immigrate legally — not the diversionary issue of enforcing of existing laws (although due process and how suspects and offenders are treated are legitimate issues in themselves).

    • Yes, it would be good to be able to have a serious national conversation about what our immigration policy ought to be– whether we should enforce existing laws and/or create immigration reform. Unfortunately, all we’re likely to keep getting from major media is sound bytes and click bait. And due to the hyper-polarization of our country by political propagandists, citizens can’t see to come together to solve problems, because we have more important things to do– like bash each other.

      There must be some way to bring citizens together to solve this and other problems– whether through combating the propaganda and/or bypassing it to just get together for citizen conversations and eventual action.

  2. I would call it race-on-race racism. But yes the economics is intriguing

  3. LOL, Trump and his whole campaign staff have foot in mouth disease.

  4. Ray LaPan-Love

    What a smug and thoroughly disingenuous article. I suppose though when there is so much misleading spin applied to a complex subject the resulting interpretations might come off in weird ways even from intelligent authors. The best example though of how mislead some of the most confused citizens have become is supplied by one of the commenters. His contribution being one quite pervasive on the internet during this election year, and consisting of the odd belief that all illegal immigrants come from a single race. This race, presumably, being ‘Hispanic’, but of course there are only 4 races and 2 of those must mixed together to get the ‘heritage’ Hispanic.
    Ironically too, I’m an old Labor-Lefty from the South West, far from being a Trump supporter, but I fully understand what is meant by “taco trucks on every corner”. But then I’ve had ‘illegals’ without driver’s licenses or insurance do damage to a car being driven by someone in my family. Also, I’ve seen what happens to our parks and public restrooms and schools. So, maybe before serving those who benefit from low wages, and overly saturated labor markets, a little more care needs to be taken to at least consider more than just the MSM drivel, and the conditioning thereof. It was not so long ago, after-all, when immigration was a labor issue.