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  • Trump’s strange trade-war bedfellow

    03/09/2018 11:21:50 AM PST · by TBP · 44 replies
    New York Post ^ | March 7, 2018 | Seth Lipsky
    President Trump may have lost his chief economic adviser over the trade war he’s hatching with China. It looks, though, like he gained one recruit — Charles “Smoot” Schumer. Schumer was nicknamed “Smoot Schumer” some years ago for Utah’s Reed Smoot, a notorious protectionist. The Smoot-Hawley tariff act, passed in 1930, helped precipitate the Great Depression. America spent decades overcoming the consequences of the error. Not until Trump, though, did a president win office on such a pointedly protectionist platform. Trump announced last week he was going to start with tariffs on steel and aluminum. It humiliated National Economic Council...
  • Trump on Trade: Better Than Smoot-Hawley?

    03/09/2018 7:03:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 28 replies ^ | March 9, 2018 | Michael Barone
    Donald Trump's announcement that he is imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from other countries has aroused little enthusiasm and much criticism. It evidently prompted the resignation of Gary Cohn as head of his National Economic Council. It has also prompted free trade-minded Republicans in Congress to propose repealing Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, which delegates to the president the power to adjust trade restrictions and impose tariffs. It's not clear exactly what trade restrictions Trump is poised to impose or whether negotiations with Mexico and Canada will end the North American Free Trade...
  • Poll: Americans Increasingly Supportive of Tariffs to Protect U.S. Against Globalization

    02/07/2018 9:00:48 AM PST · by mac_truck · 72 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/6/18 | John Binder
    Americans are increasingly supportive of tariffs on cheap, imported goods from foreign countries to protect American industries and workers against wild globalization. In a poll by Rasmussen Reports, roughly 50 percent of Americans said the federal government should “place tariffs on goods from countries that pay very low wages to their workers,” as opposed to only 26 percent of Americans who said tariffs should not be imposed on foreign countries. About 24 percent of Americans said they were “not sure” if the government should use tariffs to protect American industries. Additionally, a plurality of Americans, about 44 percent, said the...
  • Trump touts terrific tariff to fix manufacturing job loss in New York

    04/11/2016 5:10:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | April 10, 2016 | Kyle Feldscher
    Donald Trump played up his plans to tax companies that move jobs out of the United States as he tried to appeal to blue collar workers in a New York rally Sunday. Speaking for about an hour Sunday in Rochester, N.Y., Trump recited statistics about the area's loss of manufacturing jobs and economic hardship in recent years. He reiterated his desire to tax goods sold by companies once based in the United States that moved away to find cheaper labor. The plan has been widely panned by economic experts. But the Rochester crowd ate it up. "I'm the only one...
  • Trump's Got It Right on Trade

    01/28/2016 5:12:03 PM PST · by Kaslin · 57 replies ^ | January 28, 2016 | Peter Morici
    Donald Trump has been savaged by economists and media aligned with establishment candidates for tough positions on trade—including a 45 percent tariff on imports to force China to the negotiating table. Actually, he's got it right. Establishment Democrats and Republicans embrace free trade because it puts free markets first with benefits any decently trained economist should extoll. Unfortunately, trade with China and many nations is hardly market-driven. It hurts U.S. growth and victimizes America's families. Obama's six-year expansion has averaged 2.2 percent annual economic growth and added 13.6 million jobs. Coming off a similar bout with double-digit unemployment, Reagan delivered...
  • Donald Trump: A 21st Century Protectionist Herbert Hoover

    08/29/2015 9:14:18 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 70 replies
    Newsmax ^ | August 29,2015 | By Stephen Moore & Lawrence Kudlow
    By Stephen Moore & Lawrence Kudlow Here's a historical fact that Donald Trump, and many voters attracted to him, may not know: The last American president who was a trade protectionist was Republican Herbert Hoover. Obviously that economic strategy didn't turn out so well — either for the nation or the GOP. Does Trump aspire to be a 21st century Hoover with a modernized platform of the 1930 Smoot-Hawley tariff that helped send the U.S. and world economy into a decade-long depression and a collapse of the banking system? We can't help wondering whether the panic in world financial markets...
  • Kudlow: Why Trump's protectionist ways will hurt the economy

    08/26/2015 5:47:02 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 168 replies
    CNBC ^ | Aug 26 2015 | Kudlow and Moore
    Here's a historical fact that Donald Trump, and many voters attracted to him, may not know: The last American president who was a trade protectionist was Republican Herbert Hoover. Does Trump aspire to be a 21st century Hoover with a modernized platform of the 1930 Smoot-Hawley tariff that helped send the U.S. and world economy into a decade-long depression and a collapse of the banking system?
  • Donald Trump vs. Smoot-Hawley's Ghost [Protectionism Fear Mongering Cripples GOP]

    07/23/2015 6:02:37 AM PDT · by Moseley · 6 replies
    Fairfax Free Citizen ^ | July 23, 2015 | Jonathon Moseley
    Donald Trump’s candidacy raises more urgent issues than the Donald’s sometimes poor choice of words: Trump has sparked a less-noticed but far more important debate about the future of our nation’s economy, the sustainability of American life, jobs, and a decent salary for Americans. This ultimately fuels the economic strength of the United States that makes it possible to defend our nation and its people. It’s about Smoot-Hawley. I am talking about the myth, the ghost, the coat hanging on the back of the door that looks like a monster in the dark, the nightmare that makes uninformed and gutless...
  • As Bad As ObamaCare Is, Hawley-Smoot Tariff Act Was Worse

    06/16/2014 6:30:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    IBD ^ | 06/16/2014 | By BURTON A. ABRAMS
    Tuesday marks the anniversary of one of the most destructive pieces of legislation in U.S. history: the Hawley-Smoot Tariff Act of 1930, which triggered a disastrous trade war, intensified the Great Depression and helped set the stage for World War II. Unfortunately, as the Affordable Care Act and Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act demonstrate, Washington continues its long-held tradition of passing ill-conceived legislation. The Affordable Care Act and Dodd-Frank, both passed in 2010, clearly have hurt the U.S. economy: increasing business costs, slowing hiring, adding to the uncertainty that investors face. But Hawley-Smoot arguably was worse. The...
  • How to reverse the destruction of American jobs: Replace (all) taxes, with one 100% import tariff.

    01/02/2011 9:14:39 AM PST · by Cringing Negativism Network · 87 replies
    For far too long, American conservatives have become accustomed to "blaming" the destruction of American jobs (rightfully) on unions and lawyers. It's all true, but while it's true - America is falling apart. Blaming those who caused the problem won't prevent the destruction of our great nation.
  • The Ghost of Smoot-Hawley Stalks Congress (Are we condemned to repeat the mistakes of the past?)

    10/04/2010 5:25:10 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Real Clear Markets ^ | 10/04/2010 | Bill Frezza
    Just when you thought Congress couldn't possibly do more damage to the battered economy the House of Representatives, in a bipartisan act of impotent fury, voted 348-79 to light the fuse of a global trade war. Not since Herbert Hoover and Franklin Roosevelt tag teamed to turn a cyclic recession into the Great Depression have Democrats and Republicans jointly indulged in such destructive economic legislation. Congress is upset that China has pegged its currency to the dollar, as do many countries seeking monetary stability, not allowing it to appreciate as Uncle Sam prints up trillions. So the House passed the...
  • Stimulating Our Way to Depression

    09/27/2009 4:50:52 AM PDT · by Scanian · 1 replies · 250+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | September 27, 2009 | David Nace
    In 1932, FDR had an opportunity to change the conventional way that governments deal with a recession. His predecessor, Herbert Hoover, who also had a tendency towards central planning, had started the process. Instead of allowing markets to correct themselves as they had in all the previous panics, as depressions were then called, both men instituted programs of government intervention. Hoover signed the Smoot Hawley tariff even after many of the leading economists of the time personally implored him not to sign it. A tariff would help improve farm prices, which was a cornerstone of the progressive movement. He asked...
  • Carbongate (Obama's EPA Cover-up)

    06/26/2009 6:07:35 PM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 63 replies · 6,753+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 26, 2009 | Investor's Business Daily
    Climate Change: A suppressed EPA study says old U.N. data ignore the decline in global temperatures and other inconvenient truths. Was the report kept under wraps to influence the vote on the cap-and-trade bill? This was supposed to be the most transparent administration ever. Yet as the House of Representatives prepared to vote on the Waxman-Markey bill, the largest tax increase in U.S. history on 100% of Americans, an attempt was made to suppress a study shredding supporters' arguments.
  • Only Warming Is On The Left (Mark Kirk And The GOP's Cap-And-Traitors)

    06/29/2009 5:36:24 PM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 19 replies · 1,784+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | Jun | Investors Business Daily
    Climate Change: A switch of four Republican votes would have defeated Waxman-Markey, the Democrats' global warming legislation. But like the Clinton Btu tax, the bill could die in the Senate and turn the House over to the GOP. What were these RINOs thinking? The GOP is supposed to be the party of low taxes and free markets. Rep. Mike Castle, one of the eight offered an explanation right off of President Obama's teleprompter...Illinois Republican Mark Kirk, who has senatorial ambitions to replace the choice of impeached former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, Sen. Roland Burris, demonstrates why GOP fortunes in the Land...
  • Debunking The "Smoot-Hawley Caused The Great Depression" Myth

    02/04/2009 2:40:10 PM PST · by UCFRoadWarrior · 309 replies · 6,095+ views
    Vanity | February 4, 2009 | UCFRoadWarrior
    "The Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act caused the Great Depression" as a number of talk-radio show hosts, politicians, and cable news channel reporters have lamented in recent weeks. "The 'Buy American' clause in the Stimulus Bill will be another Smoot-Hawley" rails others. Did Smoot-Hawley cause the Great Depression? The answer to that is "no". Did Smoot-Hawley continue the Great Depression. The answer to that is "no", also. -------------------------------------------- When it was announced last week that the proposed "Stimulus Bill" would contain a "Buy American" clause, every advocate of Free Trade...from conservative GOP members to Socialist European Union politicians...decried the "Buy American" clause,...
  • Balancing Trade Act of 2007

    02/28/2009 9:56:50 AM PST · by dtom · 14 replies · 395+ views ^ | 2007 | open congress
    Balancing Trade Act of 2007 To require that, in cases in which the annual trade deficit between the United States and another country is $10,000,000,000 or more for 3 consecutive years, the President take the necessary steps to create a more balanced trading relationship with that country. previous 110th session of congress
  • China: Can Smoot-Hawley only happen in the US?

    02/26/2009 9:37:08 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 36 replies · 764+ views
    China Financial Markets ^ | 02/26/09 | Michael Pettis
    Can Smoot-Hawley only happen in the US? February 26th, 2009 by Michael Yesterday in a meeting I was asked by an investor why, even while I have been writing maniacally about the crucial importance of global cooperation, I was so consistently pessimistic about the possibility of the major economies arriving at a “grand bargain” that will minimize over the long term the cost of the current crisis. I think, in fact, that a nasty fight over trade is very probable and I worry that not only will trade conflict come as a huge shock to China’s economy, but also that...
  • Forgotten Facts About Smoot-Hawley for the Stimulus Package Buy American Crowd

    02/05/2009 11:36:21 AM PST · by frithguild · 44 replies · 1,126+ views
    2/5/2009 | frithguild
    The Republican Party of the 1920's swept into power during a financial crisis. Errors in the Fed’s monetary policy in 1919 in kept rates too low to benefit the sale of Victory bonds. The Fed then tightened excessively due to inflation, creating a financial shock and depression from 1920 to 1921. At that time, the Republican Party viewed increasing tariffs as good policy. Thus, during the sixty seventh Congress, the Emergency Tariff Act of 1921 was passed as a temporary measure until a more comprehensive measure could be drafted. Ultimately, Fordney-McCumber passed in 1922, imposing an ad valorem rate of...
  • President Obama To Water Down 'Buy American' Plan After EU Trade War Threat

    02/03/2009 6:41:48 PM PST · by Steelfish · 12 replies · 510+ views
    London Times ^ | February 3, 2009
    February 4, 2009 President Obama to water down 'Buy American' plan after EU trade war threat The European Union warned the US yesterday against plunging the world into depression by adopting a planned “Buy American” policy, intensifying fears of a trade war. The EU threatened to retaliate if the US Congress went ahead with sweeping measures in its $800 billion (£554 billion) stimulus plan to restrict spending to American goods and services. Gordon Brown was caught in the crossfire as John Bruton, the EU Ambassador to Washington, said that “history has shown us” where the closing of markets leads —...
  • Top Republican: Scrap 'buy American' stimulus clause

    02/02/2009 10:56:33 PM PST · by Tempest · 141 replies · 2,118+ views
    The US Senate should strip a "Buy American" clause from President Barack Obama's economic stimulus plan, the chamber's top Republican said Monday amid anger at the restriction from US allies. "I don't think we ought to use a measure that is supposed to be timely, temporary, and targeted to set off trade wars when the entire world is experiencing a downturn in the economy," said Senator Mitch McConnell.