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How Trump Wins on Trade
Townhall.com ^ | March 7, 2018 | Andy Schlafly

Posted on 03/07/2018 1:50:05 PM PST by Kaslin

When President Trump announced he would protect American jobs by imposing tariffs on foreign-made steel and aluminum, naysayers of both parties rushed to the nearest microphone or TV camera. Pundits and politicians alike pretended to be “shocked, shocked” that Trump meant what he said as a candidate, and that he actually means to deliver what he promised during the campaign.

The Swamp, in short, is not happy. But cheers rose from the manufacturing belt that runs through the states that put Trump in the White House: Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Iowa.

“This is a good thing for the steel industry and for our country,” said Tim Timken, the fifth-generation leader of TimkenSteel, which has 3,000 employees in Ohio. “We’re standing up to our foreign competition and essentially saying enough is enough,” he added.

While foreign lobbyists warned of a new “trade war” in which other countries retaliate against the United States, U.S. Steel CEO David Burritt pointed out that “We are, and have been, in a trade war for decades. Countries which have economically prospered by creating our current trade imbalance will face repercussions to their own economies if they choose the path of retaliation.”

Peter Navarro, director of the White House Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy, debunked the notion that the United States could lose a trade war with Europe or Asia. “We are the most lucrative and biggest market in the world. We have the lowest tariffs in the world, we have the lowest non-tariff barriers, we are the free-tradingest nation in the world."

“And what do we get for that?” Navarro asked. “We get every year a half-trillion-dollar trade deficit that transfers our wealth to other countries and basically offshores our jobs and our factories. All we are asking for is fair and reciprocal trade.”

The rest of the world wants unlimited access to the American consumer without complying with American regulations and without paying American taxes. “Under my administration,” Trump boasted in his speech to CPAC last month, “the era of economic surrender is over.”

“We’re renegotiating trade deals that are so bad, whether it’s NAFTA, whether it’s the World Trade Organization, which created China. China has been like a rocket ship ever since, and last year we had almost a $500 billion trade deficit with China” ? money that finances the growing Chinese military.

Critics are exaggerating the cost to consumers by adding a tax to foreign-made steel and aluminum. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross ran the numbers and found that the aluminum tariff would add just six-tenths of a cent to the cost of a soup or beer can, while the steel tariff would add about $175 to the cost of a $35,000 car.

Tariffs are much like the out-of-state tuition that state colleges charge students whose families have not supported the college through taxes. Most state colleges require out-of-state students to pay more, and most people fully support that sensible requirement.

Similarly, tariffs help level the playing field between offshore manufacturers that escape the extra burdens and costs of operating a business in America and providing jobs to Americans. Requiring those foreign companies to pay more for the privilege of selling to American consumers is perfectly logical given how the foreigners have not been paying American taxes or complying with our regulations.

The resistance to tariffs comes from the same never-Trumpers who assured us that Trump could never be nominated or elected. Peter Navarro noted that nearly all the other presidential candidates opposed Trump on trade, but “guess what? He beat them.”

Thirty years ago, when Donald Trump was in his early 40s, his views on trade were much the same as they are now. He told Larry King that he was “tired of watching other people ripping off the United States.” He told Oprah, “I’d make our allies pay their fair share.”

Trump told Letterman that nations such as Japan have “totally taken advantage of the country. I’m talking about the [trade] deficits. They talk about free trade [but] they dump the cars and everything else.”

Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, who supports the Trump tariffs, observed that “Free trade hasn’t worked well for West Virginia.” Maybe that explains why Trump carried West Virginia with 69 percent of the popular vote, a whopping 42-point margin over Hillary Clinton in that formerly Democratic state.

Just as entrenched politicians in D.C. have blocked Trump’s efforts to build a Wall, they also protest too much at his effort to impose a few tariffs. Yet the approach of a tariff-less society has been a catastrophic failure for the American worker, so it is time to try the approach that originally made our country great.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Government
KEYWORDS: manufacturing; presidenttrump; tariffs; trade; trumptrade
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1 posted on 03/07/2018 1:50:05 PM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Excellent article:

http://www.unz.com/pbuchanan/why-is-the-gop-terrified-of-tariffs/


2 posted on 03/07/2018 1:56:25 PM PST by gaijin
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To: gaijin

Just saw that a hundred GOP reps signed a letter to President Trump. Traitors all of them, anyone that wants to keep the current system is an enemy of America.


3 posted on 03/07/2018 2:01:21 PM PST by Souled_Out (Our hope is in the power of God working through the hearts of people.)
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To: Kaslin

4 posted on 03/07/2018 2:16:08 PM PST by gaijin
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To: gaijin
You Missed it

http://freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3637622/posts

5 posted on 03/07/2018 2:23:52 PM PST by Kaslin (Politicians are not born; they are excreted -Civilibus nati sunt; sunt excernitur. (Cicero)
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To: Kaslin

Surprise, surprise, all of sudden there is a serious discussion about how the U.S. has been screwed on international trade for over fifty years. Fancy that? Go get ‘em Mr. (Common Sense) President Trump!


6 posted on 03/07/2018 2:26:19 PM PST by iontheball (lLL)
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To: Souled_Out
Just saw that a hundred GOP reps signed a letter to President Trump. Traitors all of them, anyone that wants to keep the current system is an enemy of America.

Absolutely correct and dead on.

7 posted on 03/07/2018 2:29:19 PM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn)
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To: Kaslin

When you think about the Globalist Republican Party is as big a threat to prosperity as the Democrats.


8 posted on 03/07/2018 2:30:47 PM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn)
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To: Taxman

Self ping.


9 posted on 03/07/2018 2:38:56 PM PST by Taxman (Replace the income tax with the FAIRtax and abolish the IRS!)
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To: Souled_Out

Look how simple it was when just one man smoked out hundreds and even thousands of traitors to the American voter.

Hooray for president Trump


10 posted on 03/07/2018 2:43:27 PM PST by Balding_Eagle ( The Great Wall of Trump ---- 100% sealing of the border. Coming soon.)
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To: Kaslin

Exactly. What could the other guys do that’s more retaliatory than what they already do? He’s not starting a trade war; there’s been an asymmetric one for decades in which the US just chose not to fight back.


11 posted on 03/07/2018 2:45:12 PM PST by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Still Thinking
...the US just chose not to fight back.

And we are just starting to put our shoes on!

12 posted on 03/07/2018 3:02:18 PM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Souled_Out

Is there a list of the signatories? I know Lyin’ Ryan will be there, what other quislings signed?


13 posted on 03/07/2018 3:19:19 PM PST by Finatic (Sometimes I think it would be nice to just get it on and get it over with. Once and for all.)
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To: Still Thinking

<>What could the other guys do that’s more retaliatory than what they already do?<>

Hmmm. Well, for starters, China could stop or buy less of our treasury debt, meaning higher interest rates which the FED has already promised.

In any event I would like to once again buy more stuff manufactured in the US.


14 posted on 03/07/2018 3:34:00 PM PST by Jacquerie (ArticleVBlog.com)
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To: Jacquerie

Yeah, I wasn’t actually being literal and saying there was nothing retaliatory that could be done, but rather that in a climate where everyone craps on the US and the US does nothing, then the US has a lot more room to go negative than the others do.


15 posted on 03/07/2018 3:38:35 PM PST by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Kaslin

Manchin has to go.


16 posted on 03/07/2018 3:39:29 PM PST by arrogantsob (See "Chaos and Mayhem" at Amazon.com)
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To: Kaslin
This is a good thing for the steel industry and for our country

Tell that to the markets!

17 posted on 03/07/2018 5:20:51 PM PST by grobdriver (BUILD KATE'S WALL!)
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To: Kaslin

” We have the lowest tariffs in the world, we have the lowest non-tariff barriers, we are the free-tradingest nation in the world.”

“And what do we get for that?”

Say it over and over and over and over until all the dumbass free-traitors shut up.


18 posted on 03/07/2018 10:04:47 PM PST by JPJones (More tariffs, less income tax.)
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To: Kaslin; Jim 0216; AuH2ORepublican

No one will be winning if food prices go up, not all us have Wilbur Ross’ kind of money.


19 posted on 03/07/2018 10:30:29 PM PST by Impy (I have no virtue to signal.)
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To: Impy; Kaslin; AuH2ORepublican

And again, by operation, U.S. tariffs will force higher prices on those items upon which U.S. tariffs are imposed. Like shooting yourself in the foot.

So-called “trade wars” consist of one country shooting itself in the foot because the other shot itself in the foot. Insanity.

Answer? DON’T shoot yourself in the foot because the other guy did. Let the voluntary cooperation between buyers and sellers in the open supply and demand of marketplace free from government interference work it out and do what it does best: CREATE WEALTH.

In the meantime, get rid of the CAUSE that cripples our cost-effective, superior America products: government meddling and interference which CREATES POVERTY.


20 posted on 03/08/2018 7:21:45 AM PST by Jim 0216
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