The National Economic Implication of a Taco Truck on Every Corner

On the first of September, a man named Marco Gutierrez was interviewed by journalist, Joy Reid who was a substitute for Chris Hayes on his program, All In with Chris Hayes (Weeknights at 20:00 EST).

In this interview, Marco Gutierrez, a Hispanic-American, spoke about the Mexican culture, why he founded the group, Latinos for Trump, and why, if the Mexicans are not stopped, because they are “a very dominant culture”, there will be “a taco truck on every corner.”

“My culture is a very dominant culture, and it’s imposing — and it’s causing problems,” Marco Gutierrez of Latinos for Trump told Joy Ann Reid. “If you don’t do something about it, you’re going to have taco trucks on every corner.”

This may sound like a bad thing because our very own American culture would be replaced with another, more dominant, and more delicious culture. The truth is that it would actually be very good for America, because this is exactly what we need.

It can be assumed that Gutierrez, was referring to intersections, not corners because that would be, in a word, absurd. An official census of intersections in the United States cannot be found, but in 2004, the Institute of Transportation Engineers estimated about 265,000 “signalized intersections.” The current number of stoplights in the United States would have to have increased to approximately 322,000 since 2004. Guessing that there are about nine un-signalized intersections for every signalized intersection, we can guess that there are about 3.2 million intersections in all of the United States and it would mean that, per Gutierrez’s vision of the future, we’d suddenly see 3.2 million conveniently located taco trucks.

If you assume that three people work in each truck, that’s 9.6 million new jobs created. The labor force in August was 159.4 million, with 144.6 million employed. Adding 9.6 million taco truck workers would help America reach nearly full employment, and that’s just the staffing in the trucks. Think about all of the other job creation: mechanics, gas station workers, Mexican food truck management executives, taco truck salesmen, engineers. We’d likely need to increase immigration levels just to meet the demand. Of course, we would run into problems such as not finding enough business because of the surplus of taco trucks. Other restaurants would likely suffer in a sea of other options and price wars undercut their offerings. The fierce competition would cause people to be let go from restaurants or competing taco trucks. This, more than the xenophobic, racial, and cultural fear-mongering some people might see in Gutierrez’s dire warning, is the real threat to America.

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