Man of Steel

If the American Dream was flat-lining, the Trump administration may be acting as a defibrillator. Against furious opposition from within and without, President Trump is taking a step in line with the Republicans who made the GOP America’s Party.

“I think there’s been an awful lot of advice,” said Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) “this president doesn’t seem to be taking it.” After Trump approved the tariffs, House Speaker Paul Ryan said, “I disagree with this action and fear its unintended consequences.”

Is it any wonder that a partisan who reveres Atlas Shrugged as gospel would fear sacrilege against free trade? By contrast, our first president kept Cato, a Tragedy and a Bible close to heart. Egoism versus virtue, greed against God.

Establishment Republicans present a cheap simulacrum of their former glory and are America’s Party no more, they are Wall Street’s party, wittingly or otherwise. The GOP is largely disconnected from the hearts and minds of Middle America, a consequence of a Republican establishment that has enshrined free trade—pro aris et focis be damned—as the singular sacred cow of our republic. Even as the president prepares to perform a long overdue tauroctony and although Americans are not thoroughly ignorant of economics, Republicans don’t get it. They cannot fathom why Middle Americans have chosen to rally in favor of tariffs or in favor of economic nationalism.

And rally Americans have. Ed Goeas of Tarrance Group found 88 percent support for products “Made in America” to be taxed less than products made overseas. In January, Rasmussen showed nearly 50 percent of Americans believe the federal government should “place tariffs on goods from countries that pay very low wages to their workers,” compared to just 26 percent of Americans against tariffs on foreign countries. Most recently, Morning Consult showed 59 percent of Americans believe it is “important” that the United States place tariffs specifically on China. Still, Republicans have proven profoundly tone-deaf against this myriad of grievances.

Beyond the economics petri dish, the impact of exporting of blue-collar jobs has resulted in a decrease in marriage and fertility, an increase in single-mother households, and an increase in the number of children raised in poverty. Free trade fundamentalists might attempt to divert attention away from the plight of your citizen-neighbors, by pointing to the expansion of the service sector as testament to the universal good of free trade. Does that really compensate for all of the middle class jobs we have hollowed out? No, it doesn’t. Lee Spieckerman points out, “the services sector entails a much smaller proportion of well-compensated middle income jobs than does manufacturing.”

“Services include Wall Street banks and financial firms,” Spieckerman adds.

As corporate media—with its endless supply “free trade conservatives,” pundits, “libertarian Republicans,” professors, and economists—intensifies its attacks, consider that so-called experts have consistently turned out for doomsaying ahead of the president’s successful policy implementations. Larry Summers, former advisor to Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, and past president of Harvard, predicted that “10,000 will die per year due to tax reform.” It’s getting more and more difficult to tell the difference between The Weekly Standard’s, “Trump’s tariffs punish consumers,” and the New York Time’s claim that words are violence.

Widescreen televisions are probably cheaper than they’ve ever been, and we have supplanted well-compensated work with part-time and seasonal employment in the service sector. Never mind that real wages of Middle Americans were just 5 percent higher in 2013 than they were in 1979, while the lowest-earners in America were paid 5 percent less in 2013 than they were in 1979. Pay not a pittance of concern to the problematic social and cultural phenomena associated with the hollowing out of Middle America which has correlated with historic suicide, depression, and addiction rates. What matters are all the trinkets, knickknacks, and novelties you can consume for a bargain price, as the praises for free trade continue to linger on our lips.

Americans will no longer be cowed into acquiescing their economic annihilation. Republic Steel in Ohio and Granite City Steel in Illinois are already preparing to fire up the furnaces in anticipation of Trump’s tariffs. Republic President and CEO Jaime Vigil said the company is “more than prepared to support market demand that has been previously supplied by imports. We maintained our Lorain facility while it’s been idled waiting for the opportunity to restart and it appears that time is finally here.”

American manufacturing has been “in a trade war the last 15 years and they’ve been savaged and they’re losing,” says Duff Shea, president of San Antonio-based steel supplier Alamo Iron Works. Nucor CEO John Ferriola says Trump is “simply leveling the playing field, treating [other countries] the way that they have been treating us for over 30 years.” Nucor, the largest steel producer in the United States, plans to invest $240 million into a new rebar mill in Florida that will employ 250 people and pay an average annual salary of $66,000. Magnitude 7 Metals announced the opening of a smelter in Missouri that will employ 450 people (and up to 900) at an average annual salary of $64,000. And this is just the beginning.

“We know that if we’re given a level playing field, we can go toe-to-toe with anybody in the world,” said Tim Timken of TimkenSteel Corporation. “What I can’t do is compete with foreign governments. That is what we’ve been doing over the last couple of years.” The attacks against the president at the hands of Beltway partisans in the pockets of Wall Street may be legion, but they belie the economic nationalism that still roars in the heart of American industry.

Despite the hubbub over doomsday price increases on everything from cars to six-packs, high-profile automobile manufacturers would like to assure you that the sky isn’t falling. Florida-based Pacific Boat Trailers has announced that they will not hike up the price of their products in response to tariffs, because “loyalty to the American metal workers and to our Country was more important.” This is what economic nationalism looks like, real patriotism.

It has been especially disappointing see popular right-wing commentators misinform Americans. As Spencer P. Morrison points out, countries with large trade surpluses are richer than those with large trade deficits on average.

But perhaps the biggest lie of all is that free trade has ever been an actual thing. Thirty European nations impose a value-added tax (VAT) as high as 27 percent on U.S. imports. Among our top four European trading partners, the VAT is 19 percent in Germany, 20 percent in Great Britain, 22 percent in Italy, and 20 percent in France. Our European trade partners slap a tax on our imports, then rebate it on exports to the United States. The VAT is a tariff, only not in name.

China maintains a 25 percent duty on U.S. car imports. Also, it is a nation that denies its people basic freedoms and rights. If the Chinese government is one that enslaves and tortures millions, then there is very little freedom behind that “Made in China” label, beside the freedom of the “consumer” to look the other way from up high on their “shining city on a hill.”

While there is little we can do for the plight of the Chinese, we can help our own. Americans are witnessing their factories roar back to life in the Rustbelt, they’re seeing the return of jobs they were emphatically and condescendingly told “are just not going to come back.” The president’s defiance of an establishment that has long forsaken the forgotten man has sent him striding far out in front all others in the Beltway. “Steel matters as a symbolic issue, it’s connected in people’s minds with trade, and jobs,” says John Green, a political analyst at University of Akron.

In his bold move, Trump might just take America through a boundary no establishment Republican has had the courage to cross, and if successful, he will let drip away the “free trade” illusion once and for all to the great benefit of this nation. Trump, his constituents, and the captains of American steel and aluminum understand sacrifices must be made in the short-term to secure America’s future and rebuild America’s engine of prosperity, the middle class.

What Americans stand to regain in the long run by means of economic nationalism, is sovereignty itself.

Photo credit: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

About Pedro Gonzalez

Pedro Gonzalez is assistant editor of American Greatness and a Mount Vernon Fellow of the Center for American Greatness.

Photo: US President Donald Trump speaks at Snap-On Tools in Kenosha, Wisconsin, April 18, 2017, prior to signing the Buy American, Hire American Executive Order. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

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183 responses to “Man of Steel

  • I’ve argued here and elsewhere we should use a VAT to pay for the welfare state. And eliminate the payroll taxes so the cost of labor goes down.

    • In the words of Pat Buchanan: “We should tax foreign-made goods and use the revenue, dollar for dollar, to cut taxes on domestic production.”

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    • As much as the Dems gas on about ‘Medicare for all’, I could totally get behind a Medicaid expansion financed by a VAT on most imported goods, especially Chinese made goods.

      After all, it was the outsourcing of good manufacturing jobs post PRC/MFN that saw many people lose their employer provided health benefits, so it only seems fair that the nation which took the jobs should help bear the expenses related to their loss.

      • Have you ever looked at what Medicare pays for services around 10% of the bill. If everyone had it Dr’s would make less than the minimum wage. You must remember that the government spends 20% just to administer a program. Government workers are unfireable. I’d look at the VA if you want to envision government healthcare. Maybe you’d like to get yours through them.

      • Yes, I get all that but I still think a Medicaid expansion funded through VAT on imports would have been far better than the job-killing monstrosity of Obamacare (which has functioned as a Medicaid expansion, only funded by raising premiums on the middle class).

        Obviously a private sector job that pays well enough to afford insurance on the open market is the best possible alternative.

      • I remember reading some time back, that for every dollar of welfare spent just $.26 went to a client. The balance of the dollar ($.74) was spent to administer the program. That’s just criminal it’s so inefficient! Just plain crazy and wrong!

        I love Trump’s business acumen that calls bullsh*t on that kind of thing. Boeing was gonna overcharge us up the wazoo for our newest fighters. That is, they were, before Trump put his foot down. Our allies in Nato were trumpeting their generous social programs while we made up for their stiffing the Nato alliance. Their negligence gave them extra funds to play with at home. No longer. He put a stop to that, as well.

        President Trump gets nowhere near the credit he deserves! If we keep him around for a full eight years and maintain our majorities in the Senate and the House, he may successfully pull the country out of the hole into which we’ve been descending. Trump could make the nation great again as is his aim. I pray God we give him that chance.

    • The problem with linking one form of taxation to one spigot of the public fisc is that the voters will always choose to increase the taxation and increase the flow from that spigot.

    • VAT tax increases the cost of our goods, it taxes every process involved in manufacturing and distribution.

      • No it does not. Just like sales tax, the final consumer pays sales tax. As a business, your purchases that are processed do not pay sales tax. Do talk to someone who does purchasing for a business beyond tissue paper, coffee and diapers.

        And VAT tax will not increase cost. As I said in my post, it replaces 15% plus in payroll taxes and erases income taxes and all those crazy deductions that earn our Senators free trips and bribes. 17% VAT across the board and business lobbying gets cut out. No federal taxes saves so much grief and stress in May and April each year. Frees up hours for every working man in America.

    • I would go further. A 17% VAT on all products and services (except foods and other basics produced in the USA) and eliminate payroll taxes and federal income taxes and corporate taxes. Now lets see if companies want to manufacture overseas.

      It will also free up thousands if not a million computer literate people to replace foreign workers needed to fill in computer related jobs. And save people the stress and time spent on taxes, which could be better utilized to relax and take a vacation.

  • The fetishization of free trade reaches utterly absurd depths. As you point out, China is not a free country, how then can we call this free trade. Aiding tyrannies and accepting one sided deals has never been free trade.

      • Hence the chorus from BOTH parties. Wall street is not dumb enough to pick a side.

    • How about foreign countrues place a ‘tariff’ on trumpy’s globalist resorts?

      Fair is fair.
      HB

      • Trump would absolutely love it, agree with it, delight in it, promote it, adore it, relish it, cherish it, revere it, pay tribute to it, magnify it and finally enshrine it into law.

      • That’s okay hb, we’ve known for some time that you believe in free trade as opposed to fair trade. Like the rest of Wall Street you’ve been contributing to both party’s. So sad you lost your shirt this time around dude.

      • Hehehe, that’s okay, tt, Free trade is Fair trade, but that is not what trumpy is all about.
        HB

      • Absolutely, I bet you will lose and that :

        taek kenn Historybuff • 21 hours ago

        Trump would absolutely love it, agree with it, delight in it, promote it, adore it, relish it, cherish it, revere it, pay tribute to it, magnify it and finally enshrine it into law.

      • Still poorly educated? Snowflake-in-Chief Drumpf loves snowflakes like you.

      • Lol!!! Poorly educated? You’re the idiot who can’t spell the presidents name.

      • LOL!!! Poorly educated? Drumpf was Drumpf’s grandfather’s name until he changed it. Moron!

      • Sorry dude but the presidents name is Trump, or haven’t you heard yet you dope. We Don’t have a president Drumpf you moron. We DO have a president Trump though. That’s okay though dude. We can at least allow for you to hide, as best you can, from reality and it appears that referring to Trump as Drumpf really is the best you can do lol!!!

      • A little testy??? Hows about a lot. Such is usually the case when I find myself having to deal with a single dimensional (I’m being magnanimous) rube such as you bubby.

      • Wow! I’m impressed. You know some big words for someone with a fifth grade education. Thanks for playing.

      • Keep looking up Brucee; fifth beats fourth every time baby lol!!!

      • Unfortunately Trump resorts support local business and local labor. They already pay a 17% tariff. A direct retaliation would trigger a direct war whose victim may be NATO that the EU needs more than USA. With the fall of NATO EU would be hostage to Putin.

        Tariffs are good for America. It is juts that it s tough to rewind in one day as global businesses are so intertwined.

        As for China, it could hurt if Trump decides to print million dollar notes worth 4 trillion and deliver to the nearest Chinese Embassy. China’s choice would be to use tem or warehouse them. And lose the security of parking its money in Treasuries. It can then invest in Pakistan or India or Middle East. All risky ventures for China whose assets can now be frozen if they don’t behave.

        Trump and USA are in control.

      • Hehehe, utter nonsense, of course.

        Why do you lie? trumpy blasts ‘globalists’…. and then goes right on being a ‘globalist’… and being a big liar.
        HB

      • Hehehe!

        I was a CROOKIE until CROOKED turned into a banana republic like leader. Liar, Manipulator, BILLY_PIMP, and a be President with any and all means.

        So I turned into a supporter of TRUMP, the SWAMP SLAYER.

      • It’s been a year and a half. Your ho lost. Get over it. Or maybe don’t get over it because it’s people like you that bring a smile to my face when they post “bbutubutbut he’sss a wyar” (sorry, it’s tough imitating a five year old online).

      • This is a grown up discussion.
        You probably can’t read the sign.

      • Do you know for sure that they don’t already? It would not surprise me to find out that European businesses make foreign-held businesses pay some kind of extra tax.

      • If they haven’t, then they probably will start now.

        trumpy is building a lot of ill-will towards America,,, both from withing America, and from without.
        HB

      • How about foreign countries place a tariff on the left’s pet industries, namely, media/entertainment and tech.

        Fair ir fair. Plus, it’s a long time coming.

      • How about no artificial tariffs to begin with… and let competition, efficiency, quality determine what we buy and how much we pay for it… instead of trump?

        eh?
        HB

      • That is a silly comment. If there are real estate taxes in the locales where Trump owns real estate, I’m confident that he is paying taxes unless he’s taking advantage of ‘tax loopholes’ that every other real estate own can also.

    • If only the U.S. allows “free trade”… but other countries have tariffs… is that really free trade?

      • Who cares? Why would the government taxing me for things which I want to buy produce wealth? Every dollar taken in the form of a tariff is spent by useless union government bureaucrats. Sure, it makes them more wealthy but every single person who is taxed is worse off.

      • Basically, you don’t like to pay for government services. You should move to someplace that doesn’t have them, like, say, the interior of the Amazon jungle.

      • Either $4,000,000,000,000+ (just by the feds alone) a year or back to the stone age?! DERP.

      • No, I am just pointing out that you don’t like ‘taxes’ but, apparently, would prefer to live in a country that has taxes because they are used for things that make an economy possible. Whether the government collecting and deploying tax revenues does not efficiently and effectively is really a different question.

        My impression from your remarks is that you think all taxes are a drag on the economy from which they are collected. If that is the case, then you should support tariffs as the money collected from tariffs come from other economies.

        As for POTUS Trump’s tariffs, they are predicated on the notion of ‘reciprocity’. POTUS Trump’s administration will mirror any tariff — or tariff-like — trade barriers. All that other nations need do to avoid these tariffs is lower their own tariffs and trade barriers.

  • Fantastic article. That the heavy hitters in Republican Party are breaking Reagan’s 11th commandment is a disappointment. Trump has economics and national defense, twin rails so important to maga, in mind and all that the powers that be have overseen hasn’t been impressive, so give Trump a chance. Wish our side would hesitate before ripping him.

    • Given his success in affecting the name change from USSR to [just] Russia, Ronald Reagan would be far more disturbed at the strong financial obligations to Vlad and his Oligarchs seemingly harbored by Stormy’s Ex and his [indicted] associates.
      In fact.., RR would encourage breaking that 11th commandment.

      • As displayed in a well articulated rebuttal to my “opinion”, with those with whom I respectively disagree, I’m rarely impressed with the level of intellect associated with the author of the respective rebuttal.
        However.., your [preadolescent] response, while clearly not in the category of a intellectually substantive rebuttal.., is indeed the rare exception. Your response made an impression.
        I’m quite impressed that a child like you, I’m guessing 9 or 10 years of age, managed to go online, access the internet, find this enlightening social media site and display for all to see what America’s children are capable of doing – if just given the chance.
        Your mom and dad must be so proud. They likely “imagine” the day when you can string together 2 or 3 sentences, forming a paragraph, articulating a well stated, appropriate, substantive rebuttal.

      • Brian = not just poorly educated, but very poorly educated.

      • Well.., you make two (2) ignorant and baseless assumptions – in the form of accusations – rather than intellectual debate the merits of Reagan 11th Commandments as “was” the subject at hand.
        The first false assumption, an accusation in nature, curious in it’s instinctive use by you, more like a reflexive mental preoccupation, making one wonder why you have a sexual preoccupation in such an act (Hmmm!), when discussing politics.
        Your second assumption, another false accusation, to wit: me hating Reagan. You should begin to come to gripes with the notion that many, millions like me, who voted for Reagan (twice), Bush (twice), McCain (once), Romney (once).., Republicans not Democrats, Conservatives not Liberals, are quite suspicious of Trump’s Russian related history and present “guilty” behavior.., and [we] want The Honorable Robert Mueller III to do what he is known to do best.

      • What? What are Trump’s financial obligations to Putin? That is a strange thing to reply, Danny Alt.

        And bringing the paramour into this convo is silly. Big deal Trump is a playboy… and exactly who did not already know that, i have to wonder. Considering the scope of the whole metoo witchhunt, it seems like being a playboy is the least noxious way for guys to behave, eh?. So, rather than exploiting women, Trump just dates, grabs and/or beds willing women. Not a huge deal in the overall scheme of things.

      • If everyone knew it, why did he pay her $130,000 for her silence? Big deal Drumpf is a traitor, right? Big deal Drumpf is profoundly incompetent and lazy! Big deal Drumpf is a criminal! Big deal Drumpf is a pathological liar! Big deal Drumpf is a complete fraud!

      • I agree !

        The notion an American President, and his hand picked employees, would have financial obligations to the oligarchs of Regan’s adversarial Russia.., is indeed a “strange thing” to acknowledge.., particularly when desirously ignorant of the dangerous reality of that previously unprecedented reality.

        While it may be “fiction” to you, it has been well known to all in NYC’s Real Estate Community and beyond.., and well known to a circumspect FBI for years,”individual Russians have invested heavily in Trump properties, and following Trump’s bankruptcies in the 1990s he borrowed money from Russian sources.”
        And “In 2008 his son Donald Trump Jr. publicly said that Russia was an ‘important source of money’ for the Trump businesses.”
        Those “facts” combined with the assistance requested of Vlad by Trump.., given to Trump by Vlad and his oligarchs.., Trump’s inexplicable “refusal” to say anything deservingly negative about the biggest despot in the world, a despot presently committing chemical warfare assassinations in European countries to dispose of his political adversaries.., Trump’s efforts to stymie The Honorable Robert Mueller III.., are collectively the basis of my “strange” reply.., and the belief of many if not most Americans today.

        And your comical references to a “paramour” when referencing a “porn star”, a stripper and pole dancer Trump had paid off to keep quiet, and your claim regarding Trump “grabbing” only “willing women” – while 19 (yet to be sued for libel) victims say otherwise, your ignoring the likely campaign finance violations associated with paying off the “paramour” (aka Porn Star) and possibly paying off 5 or 6 other such “paramours”.., all that not being “a huge deal in the overall scheme of things”.., is [either] your idea of a tongue in cheek joke.., or utter ignorance.

      • You have valid evidence of this strong financial obligaton? Holy crap. You should get that Adam Schiff and Mueller because I am sure your sources are much better than theirs.

      • I took the specific measure to infer an opinion by using the specifically designed english language word “seemingly”.
        “Seemingly” is a particularly functioning word that is universily intended to imply, universily excepted to mean “that’s the way it ‘seems’ to most observers, that is to say observers with some level of intelligence, observation skills, and reading comprehension skills.

        Accordingly.., I have deduced you are not in the category of the aforementioned “observers”.., nor are you “comprehending” written material and/or “interpreting” that that is publicly known to date regarding Trump’s well established long standing relationship with Putin and Russian Oligarchs.., and you likely have a particular justification for Trump’s present day highly suspicious public behavior regarding Vlad, public demeanor toward Vlad.., and praising comments about the murdering despot Vlad Putin.., otherwise you too would be among those “most observers”.

        Finally.., I am confident that my intended and “valid”use of the specific term “seemingly” will likely change in my near future responses in venues such as this one. It will, first, be publicly and formally elevated, by The Honorable Robert Mueller III, specifically to “there exists ‘valid’ evidence that Putin has had Trump by the short hairs for decades”. And that logically explains Vlad’s motive in taking great measure, significant effort and expense to assist Trump ascend to The American Presidency.
        Today.., Trump is “seemingly” a “Muscovite Candidate”.

  • Classic Roadrunner. No matter where MrTrump is headed, Wily Coyote throws something in his path, lights up explosives, and the result is always the same : Beep Beep.
    MAGA, one day at a time.

      • One (meaningless) special election loss at a time :)

        fixed it for ya. you’re quite welcome

      • You’re still down over 1000 losses since Bath House Barry took office.
        .
        Keep screaming at the sky, loser.

  • The tariff charged on goods imported from each nation should be proportional to the trade deficit with that nation

  • Forgetting that at least 2/3 of the job loss in manufacturing is accountable to productivity and automation, and that the European VAT is imposed on all goods, whether imported or not (therefore is not a tariff), this is still an absurd article.

    When Old Bone Spur and Ivanka start making their products in the US, get back to us.

    Hint: Don’t hold your breath.

      • One way or the other you pay more. If our economy leaves too many of us in jobs that can’t finance necessities of life (housing, food, education, health care) taxes will go up.

        From what I can see, It’s the trump voter who doesn’t understand that this applies equally to cars, clothes, televisions, and the sheetrock and steel that goes into a home.

        And the hypocrisy is clearly with the person who has his chintzy clothing made in China while yelling at the consumers of steel (now that he no longer builds things himself). And with his fans who call him a “man of steel” while ignoring what he’s been doing for decades.

        Oh, and the trump resorts continue to prefer hiring workers with European accents to workers from the town next door.

  • And, btw, the American companies that have the VAT put on their products also pay taxes in the US on their profits. VAT should be applied at the point of adding value. Let the producing countries decide on their VAT before they export it.

    • The VAT applies equally at the purchase point, irrespective of the place of manufacture. The VAT on a refrigerator sold in Munich is equal whether the machine is made in Germany, Czech Republic, China, or Wisconsin.
      It is not a tariff.

      • There should be zero vat on imports by definition. Only when they are marked up or made into something more valuable.

        The maker of the machine enhances value where they do that and should be taxed there.

  • For decades now, Americans have suffered dearly, paid the price– from unfair trade practices. Its destroyed families. When
    you’re in your 50’s and lose your job and can’t find another job for years… people give up, its heartbreaking, some to alcohol and/or drugs, many lost their homes, etc.
    The “service economy” does Not replace those jobs in any way, shape or form.
    At least the pendulum is swinging back, and the ultimate goal is reciprocal trade.

    • 40 years ago 520,000 people were employed making 120 million tons of steel per year in the US.
      Per capita consumption of steel is way down and we still consume about 120 million tons per year. We have 140,000 employed making 70 million tons, we import the other 50.

      If tariffs cause all steel to be made here we’d reemploy 100,000 people (assuming no loss in manufacturing jobs in companies that use steel, an assumption that is 100% false. The increased cost of steel here will cause users to offshore their manufacturing or automate to cut costs.)

      But in all events we’ve lost 380,000 steel jobs.

      The fact remains that the main cause for the destruction of the blue collar middle class is automation.

      And automation is only going to continue to eat jobs.

      • I’ve never understood the argument that because a certain quantity of jobs are inevitably going to be lost through automation/native productivity gains, additional job loss through outsourcing/foreign competition somehow becomes acceptable. If anything, the fact that there’s already existing native pressure on employment should make us cautious about subjecting employment to additional non-native pressures (At least if we care about decently paying private sector employment, which I believe we should for a whole host of reasons).

        Not necessarily saying you’re making that argument, just pointing out that you seem to be conflating two separate and distinct forms of employment pressure (Automation and outsourcing).

      • Because the cure – tariffs – is worse than the disease; for starters the jobs gained in raw steel making will be offset by jobs lost in manufacturing by companies that buy the steel.

        You must think the guy who said this was an idiot:

        “So-called protectionism is almost always self-destructive, doing more harm than good even to those it’s supposed to be helping . . . . Protectionism almost always ends up making the protected industry weaker and less able to compete against foreign imports.”

        So who said this?
        Ronald Reagan.

      • First of all, that’s still unresponsive to my point – if you wanted to argue against tariffs, why not just say so directly instead of making some spurious comparison to automation.

        And second of all, Ronald Reagan also used tariffs (and the threat of tariffs) to save the motorcycle industry and push Japanese steel and automakers to adopt VRAs (which also had the added benefit of pushing Japanese automakers to begin opening US operations, which now employ tens of thousands of Americans).

        This dogmatic defense of any policy billed as ‘free trade’ is historically false, intellectually wrongheaded and economically destructive.

        That said, not looking to gin-up some extended polemic, just presenting an alternate view.

      • The comparison to automation wasn’t spurious, it wasn’t even a comparison.

        The fact is that the problem is the loss of opportunities for jobs that give blue collar workers middle class lifestyles. And the main reason for that is automation, not outsourcing. So the “cure” of tariffs really isn’t much of a cure at all.

        By the way, the opposite of stupid tariffs isn’t free trade. That trump’s proposal, lauded in the article, was stupid is shown by the fact that the actual tariffs implemented are full of exceptions and holes. Note that the author totally fails to note that and pretends that trump has actually implemented the announcement (something he never does).

      • Everything is dynamic, automation is also causing many accounting jobs to disappear.
        But that’s much different than China over-producing steel and flooding the market with cheap steel.
        There are laws against dumping steel and other products.

      • China produces over 50% of all steel and aluminum in the world.
        They’re selling to countries we’re importing from…..
        They’re selling to countries which perform other processes to the steel, and then sell it to us, too.

      • Now worldwide steel prices drop as companies try to sell the steel that would have gone to the US. So the prices of good made outside the US drops, and the prices of the same goods made in the US rises due to the tariffs. You don’t have to be an economist to figure that is not a good thing.

      • China exports about 10% of its production. Given that the government’s priority is in meeting domestic demand some surplus is to be expected. By amortizing fixed costs over anticipated demand, and pricing accordingly, surplus production is cheaper (this is normal in manufacturing. It’s why auto companies sell to fleet purchasers so cheaply – fixed costs are amortized over the basic production run the “fleet” purchasers are essentially buying surplus). Again, since China has no reason to under anticipate demand, some surplus is inevitable.

        We can set tariffs, but that will only encourage “countries which perform other processes to the steel, and then sell it to us,” to do more.

        That’s why the domestic companies that use imported steel are so frightened by these tariffs.

      • Yeah, on one hand he denies he’s comparing job loss due to native productivity gains to job loss to outsourcing, but then he immediately turns around and does exactly that.

        Truth is that the two are separate and completely distinct things. Productivity gains in domestic industries are a net national good, while outsourcing of domestic industries to foreign sources is a net national loss.

      • “Note that the author totally fails to note that and pretends that trump has actually implemented the announcement (something he never does).”

        Analysis completed by Heritage determined that 64 percent of the policy prescriptions were included in Trump’s budget, implemented through regulatory guidance, or under consideration for action in accordance with The Heritage Foundation’s original proposals:

        https://www.heritage.org/impact/trump-administration-embraces-heritage-foundation-policy-recommendations

      • “or under consideration for action…”

        Meantime, let the swamp things loose:

        “President Trump’s decision to impose tariffs on imported steel and aluminum has prompted a stampede by foreign countries and companies and their American partners pressing for exemptions and exclusions that could be worth billions of dollars in trade.
        Corporations and foreign leaders are leaning on personal relationships in vying for meetings with White House officials, hiring lawyers and lobbyists to defend them, and drafting messages to persuade the public of the importance of free trade.”
        https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/16/us/politics/trump-tariffs-lobbying.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fpolitics&action=click&contentCollection=politics&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=2&pgtype=sectionfront

      • Until the shooting starts. When the world retaliates, we are f***ed. Just wait.

      • Agree, and I throw in that Republicans have been the champions of ‘right to work’ and against unions. So they want non-union $20 an hour jobs not the $40 union jobs. Now with tariffs, a tax on consumers, there will be more $20 an hour jobs, and owners will profit. And this is bringing back ‘the middle class lifestyle? (At the possible cost of high paying jobs at places like Boeing).

      • $20 an hour is decent pay in most of America. And better than $10 an hour.

      • Agreed. But the weakening of unions has caused less money for labor, and more to capital. That clearly relates to the hollowing out of the middle class.

      • Some further reading from NYT. He makes great argument:

        The fact that technology reduces well-paid industrial employment is no reason to reduce it further through open trade policies. And the example of China today, as well as that of the United States in the 19th century, shows that preference for domestic producers does not have to mean fossilization. Nationalist economies have some of the world’s most impressive records of growth and technical advancement.

        Tariffs are not magic. Sometimes the unintended consequences at home and retaliation from overseas can be devastating. But trade wars, like shooting wars, shouldn’t be avoided with pre-emptive surrender, which is what the free-trade regime amounts to for America’s long-term security and middle-class prosperity. Steel towns throughout the Northeast and Midwest have been losing a trade war for decades because they cannot count on their leaders in Washington to fight for them.

        Free trade is a clear and simple rule, and the economic theory of which it is a part is elegant and logical. But it is only a partial truth. The value of the middle class has to be weighed in political terms, not merely economic ones, and national security has a strategic logic all its own that springs from different and darker assumptions about human nature than the hopeful logic of economic efficiency.

        https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/08/opinion/trump-tariffs-economics.html

      • Funny how you leave out McCarthy’s final, and almost fact-free sentence. Since 70% of the job losses in our factory towns are due to automation, that line, “a free-trade system that has built up the People’s Republic of China while hollowing out the factory towns that once made America great” is demonstrably untrue.

        Question:
        When did you warn the citizens of Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania about the inevitable result of their chasing inexpensive, foreign made goods?

      • The exporting of blue collar jobs forced us to lean on automation. If automation was the cause of blue collar job loss, rather than a symptom (which it is), then it would be impossible for us to open new factories, new mills, and new smelters—but we are doing just that. Thanks helping illustrate another free trade fallacy!

      • ROSS PEROT spoke against NAFTA when it was being planned. And how right he was. Mexico and Canada could have had NAFTA with low custom and border taxes that could be adjusted to account for illegal employee flow, drug flow and equalizing labor laws.

      • True!

        Here is another. Bush placed 30% tariffs on Steel in 2002. There were no cries of TARIFF will take us to war. The EU defied Bush for a different reason. They did not want to join USA in the war against Al Qaeda but wanted to join USA in rebuilding Afghanistan and Iraq, which really was getting a piece of the business action.

        Tariffs produced results when Trump placed tariffs on solar panels; a Chinese company said they would invest $410 million in Florida and hire 800 persons.

      • Tariffs are destructive, counter-productive, and dumb. They hall NOBODY in the long run. After the world retaliates to Trump’s bumbling idiocy, we will be screwed.

      • You think so.

        Read this and tell me who has more taxes on imports.
        https://www.carfax.eu/article/customs-clearance-and-import-tax-usa.html

        10% on cars plus 19%-22% VAT. And have you purchased gas, they call petrol in Europe. It is sold for half the price on bill boards except that the price is in liters and not gallons, which means twice the price.

        Here is the beauty about the VAT charged to a foreigner. They will tell you don’t get charged, you just pay now and get a refund. Smart way to tell you it is zero because 90% or more don’t have the time or know how to file for a refund during their short visit for pleasure or business.

        So yes. Call it tariffs or call it VAT. I am for a reciprocal VAT on any country that taxes US products. Apply the same import duties on cars from Europe that they charge on US cars.

      • VAT is paid by everybody. If you had been to Europe you would see in 5 seconds why our cars don’t sell there. They don’t want minivans and F150s on their tiny roads. Besides, American quality sucks – on virtually all products.

      • So place a VAT on every service and product sold in the USA and remove payroll taxes and federal corporate and income taxes. Except on basic foods and living items only. And open Medicare enrollment to all (for a fee for those below 65).

      • LOL, really? Thank you for saving me the trouble of ever reading another word you say.

      • Ronald Reagan imposed a tariff on Japanese autos. The result: they opened manufactiring plants in the US and created thousands of good-paying jobs for American workers.

      • Protectionism is good. Reagan was an actor who chopped wood well.

        Patents, Copyrights, Trade Secrets, Non-disclosure agreements, non-compete agreements and the like are protectionism. And they make wealth for many companies and individuals and keep prices of products high.

        Borders and VISAs, locks on homes, fences and territories are also protectionism. And they are not going away any time soon.

      • If automation is increasing the output per worker (and steel workers now produce 10x more than in 1980.. bigger than change in imports) and demand is dropping, employment in the industry is fundamentally declining. There are industries that are growing, and will continue to, like battery storage (as the technology catches up). Why on earth would you single out the declining employment industry to force consumers to subsidize.
        .

      • First of all, I would argue that a tariff isn’t subsidy. In fact, I’d argue that allowing subsidized foreign industries (like China’s) unimpeded access to our market is an unfair impediment imposed against our own domestic industry.

        And second of all, even if there are native long term trends pushing employment lower in a particular industry, that hardly argues in favor of subjecting employment in that industry to even more non-native pressure in the form of outsourcing.

        In reality, many of these arguments are a form of globalist neolib hocus-pocus – just because there are some native and unavoidable trends exercised against wages or employment in a particular industry hardly obliges us to subject ourselves to non-native and avoidable pressures (like competition with a slave-wage, mega-polluting merchantilist state like China).

        Although I don’t expect you to agree with any of that – I’m merely offering you the courtesy of a reply.

      • I can understand the argument in regards to China. And I’d understand a multilateral, thought through approach to that.. long overdue. But the steel and aluminum tariffs didn’t address that, they were targeted at PA-18.

      • Automation is rarely mentioned in discussion about jobs leaving the U.S. Take, for instance the steel industry. In 1980 it took ten hours to produce what is now done in two hours. You can’t walk into a factory anymore without seeing robots in nearly every job. Robots work 24/7, don’t have benefits, never call in sick and work for minimum wage. Same thing is happening to our trade partners.

      • When the undoubtedly pork-laden infrastructure bill is passed, steel production will soar. Why do you think Nucor plans to invest $240 million into a new rebar plant, rebar which is used to reinforce the steel and concrete used in bridges and highways?

        Increased steel production will jumpstart iron ore mining and smelting in the upper Great Lakes states, particularly MI, MN, and WI. It will also increase demand for coal from PA, WV, OH, and KY to be transformed into coke. Now, who do you think those miners, smelters, cokers, and steelworkers — many of whom are minorities — will vote for in 2020?

        Pay attention: Trump is breaking the Democrats’ stranglehold on the heavy industry unions in critical swing states with his tariffs.

      • Then we need to stop the importation of people into our country. No jobs due to automation, then we don’t need more mouths to feed.

      • You should really research this. Today’s automated facilities make better steel with less people. As less as 20 persons running a company that once employed 1000. I have union facilities with many workers and old and dirty operations and non-union clean and automated facilities that a handful of the crew sit and watch and monitor operations on monitors in air-conditioned cabins.

        And wrong on automation. It is the automation jobs that also need tariffs so the technology once owned by USA returns to the USA.

      • Unfortunately, Paul, none of these collectivists have ever read “Free to Choose” or perhaps “Anthem”. They would have the government outlaw the electric light, to save all of the candlemaker jobs.

    • Loss of jobs and of shore manufacturing. That is an American problem created by American greed. Cant blame the world if American businesses like Apple and Boeing decide that they are going to make their products in China or elsewhere because they can make more profit.

  • All our economic problems are a trivial matter compared to the ever worsening loss of social cohesion and trust in this society. Social cohesion and trust are the foundation of a society. Where is our foundation? A society with a strong foundation can survive a severe economic storm. Even without a storm, our society seems to be disintegrating. What’s going to happen when a storm hits our foundation-less society?

    This excerpt from a Real Clear Politics article called “What California’s Racist History Can Teach Us” is a good example of why I consider the left wildly insane and totally distrust them. Our society most surely is now sailing in uncharted waters. Time will tell what fate has in store for us.

    “The rest of the country would never believe that a state that has essentially declared itself a sanctuary for undocumented folks was, for nearly all of its existence, the most xenophobic in America. But not only is that true, it’s also why the legislature — now run by Gen X Latinos who came of ageduring the last gasp of white America in California — has become so stridently pro-immigrant. It’s not just because it’s the right thing to do, but to atone for the sins of their predecessors.”
    https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/what-california-s-racist-history-can-teach-us-battle-save-ncna856131

    • We younger generation do not believe in the profit-oriented, capitalism society you built for us. We want to move more towards a holistic society where people enjoy life, work less, and work with each-other instead of trying to destroy each-other while working 60 hour weeks. Raise taxes on the wealthy back to Eisenhower rates, soak the rich.

      • You don’t believe in anything.
        One large man made or natural disaster and most of you will be swept away as the government dependent children that you are.

  • Who is this guy trying to kid?

    “And rally Americans have. Ed Goeas of Tarrance Group found 88 percent support for products “Made in America” to be taxed less than products made overseas.”

    This guy fails basic retail marketing… as known by any Amazon, Walmart, Target customer… Put two ‘same’ products on the shelf, side-by-side, different prices, and the cheapest will nearly always be selected by consumers.

    This guy wants the middle class to pay more… while trump”s rich elites will NEVER feel the cost increases that we must bare. Demagoguery at its worst.
    HB

    • Trump making his junk in China, employing illegals, yet his voters eat it up. MAGA indeed!

      • Yea… and like all of trump’s wailing against ‘globalism’… yet he retains his ‘global’ properties even while still trying to build a ‘trump towers’ in Moscow.

        And his supporters… eat it up.
        HB

  • I gave a copy of this Real Clear Politics article called “What California’s Racist History Can Teach Us” to a Mexican friend at work in Chicago. He read it and agreed this situation is very bad. He said groups like La Raza in California want to make it their country.
    https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/what-california-s-racist-history-can-teach-us-battle-save-ncna856131

    He said it’s a very stupid idea because it would just end up a lawless place like Mexico controlled by the drug cartels. Last month a different Mexican friend at work was telling me he grew up in a small town near the border. He said it was taken over by a drug cartel about 10 years ago. There were large ranches outside of the town which they used as their headquarters. I asked him if they just told the owners to get out. He said no, they just killed them.

    Why are the California Mexicans too stupid to understand this is almost certainly how their California/Mexico would end up? These Mexican leftists in California are waging a race war against white people but how about the fact that many Mexicans are white? Why do white leftists in California support this idiocy? Apparently they’re too stupid to realize that they’re also white.

    I’ve always gotten along quite well with Mexicans but it could well be that Midwest Mexicans have already become more American than those near the border. Certainly a disastrous situation though. Just seems to get worse and worse. Very much a low intensity civil war rapidly heading for far worse. Economic issues are important but the disintegration of our society is obviously a much more important issue that needs to be dealt with. Hopefully it’s not too late to do so.

    • The fears of Mexicanization are entirely unfounded. Americanization occurs fairly rapidly; vast majority of people are fine with CA as it is and enjoy being Americans. Stop terrifying yourself.

      • Not true. California has awful issues with Hispanicization, as a result of Latino immigrants no longer assimilating. “Americans” in the traditional sense are a minority in California. If you are a Latino and you disagree, you are a race traitor or a brown Uncle Tom. That is the reality of my state.

    • Read “The Tenets of Chicano Nationalism” . There’s absolutely a bigger agenda, what’s happening in California is not an accident.

    • Maybe it’s because as Santayana noted, “Those who failed to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”

  • So Pedro is an economic socialist now, and he’s on-board with what Bernie and other pro-union progressives have been doing? Or he only wants specific wages for industries that benefit Republicans? Laughable.

  • When a writer has to stretch and mislead this much, there isn’t a good argument. He quoted the communications manager of a single GM plant that prices won’t rise. I didn’t know plant communications directors set GM pricing.

    And the VAT argument conveniently leave out the fact that it’s a consumption tax. And it’s paid when domestic goods are purchased.

    Empirical evidence, from steel tariffs, showed as many or more jobs lost in 1992 from companies using steel and aluminum as were gained.What is different about this tariff so that won’t happen again? Boeing alone, out biggest exporter employees nearly as many as in the steel and aluminum manufacturing.

  • Here’s an excerpt from a Peggy Noonan article in the Wall Street Journal called “Over Trump, We’re as Divided as Ever” March 10-11, 2018. She talks of the positive things Trump has done like rolling back excessive regulations, tax reform, a good Supreme Court judge and many conservative judges on lower courts but she says “So you, moderate, centrist professional, should feel high enthusiasm for Trump. And yet you don’t, not really. What you feel is disquiet, and you know what it’s about; the worrying nature of Mr. Trump himself.”

    “It all feels so dangerous.” And “Centrists and moderates are seeing what Trump supporters cannot, will not see.”

    I would say though that such people are blind to what I see which is that the left has become quite insane and sees white people as the enemy that must be defeated. The problem we have here is that even if it’s true that Trump is a totally worthless person he’s still infinitely better than anything on the hate whitey, open borders ( the border state of California is now a “Sanctuary State” ) ever more insane left.

    So why don’t these people see what I see? Probably because they’re not familiar enough with the nightmarish history of so much of Europe and Asia during the dreadful twentieth century to know how distressingly common it is for societies to become insane and attack themselves and others plus many of them probably don’t read enough to know what’s going on here.

    “The Censorious Left’s Latest Mania: ‘Decolonizing Everything’ has a subtitle which says “Their obsession with destroying white, euro-centric ‘domination,’ wherever it may be, has become patronizing and authoritarian.”

    “The move to decolonize is not based on a nuanced critique of the West’s historical legacy. We cannot have a discussion that asks how and why colonialism occurred, and considers its impact then and now, because the conclusions have already been decided for us. Rather than questioning the past we must remove all trace of it from our universities, architecture, and food. We must start history afresh.”

    Anyone familiar with Mao’s Red Guard during the Cultural Revolution ( 1966/1976 ) would immediately recognize what’s going on here.
    http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/the-censorious-lefts-latest-mania-decolonizing-everything/

    “Controversial ‘Problem of Whiteness’ course reintroduced at UW-Madison”
    http://www.thecollegefix.com/post/40421/

  • If by “steel” you mean “treason” then you are probably right.

  • I’m a conservative and I love this President. He is more conservative than any of the Republicans that claim that value. But he doesn’t let that get in the way of common-sense trade. I travel to Brazil, and they put 100% tax on imports from the USA. China has basically stolen all of our Intellectual Property (or in many case we’ve given it to them in exchange for bad deals). They’ve outplayed us. I’ve lost faith the the current Republican establishment, starting with John McCain and Lindsey Graham. Idiots. Get on the Trump train – he’s really trying to fix this broken system. Even the some of the Repubs in Congress suck, the way to help our President is to make sure Repubs and conservatives vote in November!

  • I was recently watching a YouTube video about how Swedish schools are trying to eliminate gender distinctions. Swedish feminists are very powerful. They believe women are oppressed by men and the only way to stop this is to change the culture by eliminating gender distinctions and this can be done by their schools.

    This seems quite insane to me plus how will they ever assimilate refugees from the Middle East like the Muslims and Assyrian Christians from places like Iraq? I work with many Assyrians in Chicago and I know them quite well since I talk to them every work day. No way will they give up their traditional culture to assimilate into something so perverse and the Muslims certainly never will either.

    This leftist culture is the exact opposite of Islamic culture. Which culture is stronger? Obviously the Islamic/Christian culture from the Middle East is far stronger so what does that mean for Sweden’s future? These Assyrians and Muslims will mop the floor with these Swedish feminists and their limp-wristed, neutered boyfriends.

    I used to feel sorry for Swedes for being foolish enough to import such impossible to assimilate people. Now though I feel sorry for the Muslims and Christians from the Middle East who are expected to assimilate into an obviously insane culture. Leftists seem to be insane wherever they are. Why is that?

    Such a crazy world we live in. Time will tell what fate has in store for us.

    • Unfortunately, Scandinavians have lost their bearing and thus are degenerating. They have no ideology, no fire in their bellies, only a left wing consumerism. Ideology always wins over consumerism. Scandinavians have no chance against Islam and Assyrians. And that’s the way it will be.

      • They remind me of the Eloi from the movie “The Time Machine.” When the Morlocks would get hungry they’d bring in some Eloi and have them for lunch. I wonder if the Swedes are familiar with that story. Perhaps it’d be better for them if they aren’t.

    • You know, if you spent as much time bettering yourself as you did pissing and moaning about “white victimization” or whatever it is you post repeatedly about 12 times per article you would probably lead a much more satisfying life.

      • How many replies do you begin with the word “dummy”?

        I honestly feel bad for you man. You got a lot of anger and hate in your heart. Maybe take a break from the internet a bit; I assure you people are less obnoxious in real life.

        Try getting out there and meeting people that have different backgrounds from you. I assure you that once you do, you’ll find we all more or less want the same things in life – and it’s easier to work with each other rather than against to achieve it.

        Best of luck

      • Dummy. You’re a good example of why I so despise white leftists. You hate whitey fanatics have ruined this country. We’re all on a sinking ship due to your grotesquely insane stupidity.

        I recently read a comment, apparently by a foreigner, who was gloating about the disintegration of America. He said we deserved it. The disastrous failure of the American experiment though is going to send shock waves all over the world and have a profoundly negative effect everywhere, even where he lives.

        Certainly one effect of this will be to totally discredit the idea that “diversity” is something wonderful which is a shame since for the most part it did work quite well.

  • Most of the people I work with are from Vietnam, Mexico and Iraq ( Assyrians ). Without these foreign immigrants I don’t know what the company would do for skilled labor since it’s seems so scarce plus we have such huge numbers of dysfunctional people in our society that even if we brought back jobs it’d often be impossible to find people functional enough to be hired. That’s another reason why there’s more and more automation.

    I think one of our most basic problems is lack of self discipline. I’d like to see schools teach self control and the power of habit. Habit is like fire. If it’s under control it can heat a home. If it’s out of control, it can burn a house to the ground.

    Many years ago I read a book about a Hindu saint ( the Shivapuri Baba ) who said “Discipline gives strength. A bird gets its strength from air. A king from his army. A man from his sense of discipline. Without discipline a man, be he a king or a Yogi, is but a human beast.” That book ( Long Pilgrimage: The life and teaching of the Shivapuri Baba by John Bennett ) made a great impression on me. I read it many times and underlined all my favorite passages. It’s a shame such ideas aren’t taught in our schools. This is something that would give kids a foundation for the rest of their lives.

    Here’s a link to a book review from “Real Clear Books” that’s also quite interesting.

    “Habits are the invisible architecture of daily life. We repeat about 40 percent of our behavior almost daily, so our habits shape our existence, and our future. If we change our habits, we change our lives.”

    Better than Before: A Psychological Field Guide to Harnessing the Transformative Power of Habit.
    How to lay a steadfast foundation for “the invisible architecture of daily life.”
    https://www.brainpickings.org/2015/03/23/better-than-before-gretchen-rubin/

    • Big Labor unions boss the U.S. school system and what their unionized teachers teach the children. Children today are treated as a commodity to be developed, not as human beings. Big Labor’s Marxist/collectivist influence in education and in government bureaucracy is the death-knell of this republic.

      • It’s really horrible what’s been done to our education system. Instead of teaching kids about how to develop something as important as self control our wonderfully progressive leftists use the schools to teach kids that white people are devils and that just because you were born a boy or girl doesn’t mean you can’t simply switch genders if you feel like it.

        The left is insane. How it is that so many people can find something appealing about leftist ideology is truly an incomprehensible mystery to me. I’ve always liked reading history and when I’d read about countries like Germany, Japan, Russia and China which became quite insane for periods of time during the dreadful twentieth century I’d wonder what it would feel like to live in a society that had become insane. Now I know what it feels like.

  • Republicans and conservatives have no principles, values, or morals. This is but one more example. If Obama enacted tariffs they would be screaming communism. But AG knows what happens to media that says bad things about their orange messiah so they take whatever he does as gospel and form the apologism from there.

    • If Obama said [that] “If you own a successful business in America, you didn’t build that”, I’d call him a communist. Heck, if his mentor was a card carrying member of the CPUSA, I’d call him a communist. If his own wife ADMITTED to never being proud of America, I’d say that her husband wasn’t particularly proud of America either.

      Not the liberal idiot, though. They’d elect that flop eared Marxist anyway. Twice.

  • As though Trump and his minions could give a good goddam about anyone that works for a living. The best analogy for the Republican tax cut is a huge loan that has your children’s signature on it. Only you’re not keeping the money you’re borrowing; no most of it by far is going to the already-rich. Trump is doing to America exactly what he’s done to every entity he’s been in charge of–cheat the investors, milk it for its assets to enrich himself, and then bankrupt it. Whatever the net benefits of these tariffs–and it’s not at all clear that the benefits will outweigh the costs imposed by retaliatory actions from aggrieved trading partners–they are simply another pointless political sop. Steel and coal? What about the 30,000 retail employees that lost their jobs when Toys R Us collapsed this week? Trump hasn’t been bragging about finding them new jobs. There are only 50,000 coal miners in the entire U.S. Why are their jobs more important? Where is the emphasis on developing the AI industry, robotics, green energy, plastics substitutes, and environmental recovery, which are going to be the leading industries for the rest of the century. Instead, Trump, if he’s even interested, is trying to resuscitate 20th century industries.

    • So you haven’t figured out how to buy toys online yet? You know they sell binkies too?

  • Anyone ever wonder why a Marxist like Obama and a “republican” like Paul Ryan can both agree on “free trade”? Short answer: they are both part of the globalist uni party and their differences make no difference in the end. Culture and economics are inseparable. Culture creates our economic behavior and our economic behavior affects the culture. It’s no wonder for the past thirty years we have had Darwinian trade because our culture has been dominated by Marxism. And in turn Marxist culture produced the ravaged middle class-the aim of Marxists everywhere. Add to the foul brew untrammeled immigration (another Marxist goal – mixing nationalities and people to collapse nation states) and we are where we are because the culture which has prevailed in this country, from EVERY CULTURAL sector has been Marxist. Trump is fighting the Marxist revolution which has spread its tentacles wide and deep in every corner of this country. Free trade at our expense but to the benefit of COMMUNIST China? But of course. Maybe some would be surprised to learn how many of our “elites” admire Red China and wish we could be just like they are. I’m not.

  • When the rest of the world retaliates and we can’t sell America products anywhere, and the layoffs come by the tens of thousands, and microwaves cost $1,500 and toasters cost $200,

  • Call me old-fashioned and living in the past, but I fail to see how we could have won WW2 if we had had to rely on Chinese steel and foreign aluminum.

  • RNC has been sending me big thick envelopes with Trump’s name all over, claiming it’s a “survey” to help President Trump succeed in his drain-the-swamp agenda. I’m throwing them in the trash unopened. I’m listening to what Conservative candidates have to say and if they are genuine, I support them directly. Personally, I believe DNC operatives have infiltrated and subverted RNC. Candidate John McCain’s dealing with ‘Republican consultant’ Steve Schmidt is exhibit A.

  • This is exactly like the idiot minimum wage arguments. If they have no external costs, no “unseen” as Bastiat called them, why not a minimum wage of $100 an hour? If tariffs are good, wouldn’t tariffs of 100% be even better? And, even though basically unconstitutional, wouldn’t tariffs at every State line also be good?

    Something, something, jobs trade something something? The guys who ran the Soviet Union heartily agree!

  • This is an excellent article summarizing the case for challenging, changing and, if necessary, withdrawal from the most of the multilateral trade agreements (MTAs) which the American elite have, quite literally, forced on the American Republic and its people.

    My view is that NAFTA is the lynchpin to bringing the process of managing the adverse effects of these MTAs. Canada and Mexico are being used as transhipment points for goods that have been interdicted or tariffed in other MTAs. As far as I can determine, there have been 6 of the total of 7 rounds of NAFTA negotiations with none of the most important issues to the US even being resolved.

    The announcements of tariffs that affect Canada and Mexico — and subsequent temporary suspension of same — are, at least in part, a negotiating tactic. The tariffs have put Canada and Mexico ‘on notice’ that the US is serious about withdrawing from NAFTA if the substantive issues regarding ‘rules of origin’ are not addressed.

    POTUS Trump is right: No one wants and actual ‘trade war’ with the US. However, our ‘trading partners’ would prefer that the ‘trade massacre’ that has been going on for the last 30+ years continue.

    POTUS Trump and team are letting our ‘trading partners’ know that the US is prepared to engage in what Secretary Ross calls ‘reciprocity’. This is a nice way of saying that the US will, henceforth, mirror any tariff — or tariff-like — trade actions. When you hear the word ‘reciprocity’ coming from a Cabinet member this is what it means. Our ‘trading partners’ are well aware what ‘reciprocity’ means, but the US public seems to not understand that, whether there is ‘free trade’ or not, the US is going to get trade reciprocity.

    The multinational corporations that have profited the most from these MTAs are the ones who are getting their bought-and-paid for shills in government and media to oppose the idea — and reality — of reciprocity ‘by any means necessary’. But, the instant that trade reciprocity becomes reality, they will adjust. You can look for these multinationals to use their influence in other countries to change the behavior of the governments in these other countries, as long as the US stands firm.

    The author does a good job of undermining the ‘pro-consumer’ counter-argument on trade, however, every American needs to know that ‘pro-consumer’ in this context is that same as ‘anti-jobs’. The ‘pro-consumer’ argument was no doubt focus-group tested as the best way to sow ‘fear, obfuscation and doubt’ (FUD) on the idea of ‘America First’. However, the notion that multinational corporations are now the consumer’s ‘friend’ is endearingly laughable however sinister.

    Don’t drink that ‘pro-consumer’ Kool-Aid and hold fast to ‘America First’ and ‘reciprocity’.

    What is amazing about the American Character is that, even after decades of abuse, the only thing that Americans really want from trade is a level playing field, simple ‘fairness’. It shows you just how remarkable a people the Americans are.

    What has the lapdogs of the multinationals yapping is that POTUS Trump and his Cabinet are saying is that there will be reciprocity one way or another. It is up to our ‘trading partners’ to decide which way it is going to happen.

  • trump should not have avoided military service as he has a real skill that would have been useful in Vietnam. He is an excellent verbal sniper; always hiding, shooting and moving to a different place. He never speaks directly, always equivocating. He avoids press conferences, setting where he could be nailed down on his views, content to hide behind his phone/ twitter.
    We’ve elected this terrible person who cannot help but be a terrible president.

    • So, you are in favor of the Chinese stealing our jobs, technologies, and wealth? Trump is against those things. Thanks for the post, Comrade Xi.

  • If leveling the field is a trade war, then consenting to being robbed is surrender in advance.

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