As an aside, I have been a hard core free-trader for years, but I have come around.
Fair trade...not free trade.
“Fair trade...not free trade. “
We must be willing to leverage our national might to drive fair trade.
Sure, no tariffs or restrictions anywhere would be the ideal, just like World Peace is the ideal.
But that’s not the world WE live in.
“As an aside, I have been a hard core free-trader for years, but I have come around.”
Me too. I had looked at Free Trade as a way to break the unions, in addition to responding to our draconian environmental and safety regulations.
But Trump is dealing with those issues - environmental and safety regulations are being handled by his cabinet, union thugs will be reigned in by court decisions, as his judges take to the bench.
By the time Trump leaves, this country will be MUCH MORE POWERFUL than it has ever been, and people who hate this country (i.e., union leaders) will be put in their rightful places.
Fair trade...not free trade. Amen!
Trump is right on tariffs — Thats why he was elected
President Trump is simply doing what he said he would do during the presidential campaign protecting American workers and safeguarding our national security, all at the same time.
The Trump administration, in fact, has a clear and important goal in mind: to protect U.S. jobs and industries that we must have in this country for vital national security reasons.
First, as Peter Navarro pointed out recently to Fox News, the U.S. aluminum industry is down to less than 10 percent of fulfilling our own domestic demand. Six smelters have stopped production since 2013, leaving our nation with only five remaining.
And only two of those smelters are in actual working order. Our steel industry has shed thousands of jobs for decades, and is under real threat of someday being destroyed in the coming years unless it is protected in some reasonable way.
Second, our nations security is at stake if these industries were to disappear. As one senior White House official explained to me just this week, this could be a matter of life or death for our country.
Like real estate deals, the best ones are when two parties walk away happy from the closing.