Credit to: Donald Trump Continues to Wage One-Man Trade War on American Workers BY: JAY WILLIS
The tariffs aren’t doing what the White House wants them to do. A $12 billion emergency aid package isn’t going to help.
As president, one of Donald Trump’s very favorite discussion topics is trade wars, because it allows him to employ grandiose military rhetoric while burnishing his image as a hard-nosed, bluff-calling maven of the boardroom. “Trade wars are good,” he scoffed when he announced the first round of tariffs earlier this year, “and easy to win.” The promise of this White House is that with a billionaire genius dealmaker at its helm, Americans will see themselves on the winning end of countless expertly-negotiated business deals—the sort of thing to which Washington’s hapless, lily-livered politician class could only aspire.
Four months later, let’s check in on this particular prong of Donald Trump’s multifaceted plan to make America great again. From the Washington Post:
The White House plans to announce on Tuesday a plan to extend $12 billion in emergency aid to farmers caught in the midst of President Trump’s escalating trade war, two people briefed on the plan said, the latest sign that growing tensions between the United States and other countries will not end soon.
After the prices of soy and other commodities plummeted in response to retaliatory tariffs, the administration, says the Post, began brainstorming ways to soothe the fears of angry growers “without backing down on Trump’s trade agenda.” This solution is roughly the equivalent of waking up every morning to kick yourself in the dick as hard as you can, and then after much diligent dick-kicking, announcing that you’ve decided to invest in a state-of-the-art titanium cup to prevent your dick-kicking habit from having any further deleterious effect on your health and happiness. You declined to consider the obvious alternative—not kicking yourself in the dick anymore—because doing so would have been a tacit admission that your decision to start kicking yourself in the dick was a profoundly ill-advised one in the first place.
As is the case with many policies espoused by this president, his eagerness to engage in international trade wars is complicated by his fundamental inability to understand what they are, why they occur, or how they might affect the people he represents. The possibility, for example, that other countries might slap tariffs on American goods in response to his tariffs on their goods—particularly when it comes to countries with command economies, which by their nature are better equipped to deal with tariff-adjacent hardships than the United States—seems to have never occurred to him. In four months, Donald Trump turned the party of principled fiscal conservatism into a champion of eleven-figure, taxpayer-funded bailouts that subsidize crops rendered worthless by his own harebrained policy choices.
Tariffs are the greatest! Either a country which has treated the United States unfairly on Trade negotiates a fair deal, or it gets hit with Tariffs. It’s as simple as that – and everybody’s talking! Remember, we are the “piggy bank” that’s being robbed. All will be Great!4:29 PM – Jul 24, 2018
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Farmers aren’t the only ones getting hammered by his obstinance. Washing machine prices are up about 20 percent thanks to his steel and aluminum tariffs, prompting companies like Whirlpool—which at first applauded the tariffs as a “positive catalyst” for the industry—to revise their profit outlook in this “very challenging cost environment.” In Michigan, a maker of door lock components has scaled back employee overtime as sales slump. A nail manufacturing firm in Missouri says that it might lay off half of its 500 employees by mid-August, and all of them by Labor Day. None of this matters to Donald Trump, who treats every problem like a fight over his appearance fee for another season of The Apprentice, blissfully unaware that every day he holds out forces more of his own people to quit their jobs and look for work somewhere else.