U.S. Steel, AFL-CIO, and Others Praise Trump's Tariff Hikes on Steel and Aluminum

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    Before we get to the U.S. Steel and AFL-CIO statements, let's consider a little history about tariffs and their success--under Republican administrations:

    From Lincoln to William McKinley to Theodore Roosevelt, and from Warren Harding through Calvin Coolidge, the Republican Party erected the most awesome manufacturing machine the world had ever seen.

    And, as the party of high tariffs through those seven decades, the GOP was rewarded by becoming America's Party.

    Thirteen Republican presidents served from 1860 to 1930, and only two Democrats. And Grover Cleveland and Woodrow Wilson were elected only because the Republicans had split.

    Why, then, this terror of tariffs that grips the GOP? . . .

    “Trade wars are not won, only lost,” warns Sen. Jeff Flake.
    But this is ahistorical nonsense.

    The U.S. relied on tariffs to convert from an agricultural economy in 1800 to the mightiest manufacturing power on earth by 1900.

    Bismarck’s Germany, born in 1871, followed the U.S. example, and swept past free trade Britain before World War I.

    Does Senator Flake think Japan rose to post-war preeminence through free trade, as Tokyo kept U.S. products out, while dumping cars, radios, TVs and motorcycles here to kill the industries of the nation that was defending them. Both Nixon and Reagan had to devalue the dollar to counter the predatory trade policies of Japan.

    Since Bush I, we have run $12 trillion in trade deficits, and, in the first decade in this century, we lost 55,000 factories and 6,000,000 manufacturing jobs.

    Does Flake see no correlation between America’s decline, China’s rise, and the $4 trillion in trade surpluses Beijing has run up at the expense of his own country? (Patrick J. Buchanan: Why Is the GOP Terrified of Tariffs? | VDARE - premier news outlet for patriotic immigration reform)

    The United States Steel Corporation (U.S. Steel) and the AFL-CIO, the biggest American federation of labor unions, as well as Senator Bernie Sanders, with whom I agree 90% on trade, have come out in strong support of President Trump's decision to impose high tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. U.S. Steel has also praised Trump's recent tariff hikes on washing machines and solar panels. Let's start with the ALF-CIO statement.

    AFL-CIO:

    For years, we have called attention to the predatory practices of some steel exporting countries. Such practices hurt working people and cheat companies that produce in the U.S. We applaud the administration's efforts today to fix this problem. Effective enforcement of trade laws, including section 232, is critical to leveling the playing field and ensuring that U.S. steel producers and their employees have a fair shot in the global economy. Secretary Ross, Ambassador Lighthizer and Director Navarro have rightly advocated for these actions despite opposition from the Wall Street wing of the administration. This is a great first step toward addressing trade cheating, and we will continue to work with the administration on rewriting trade rules to benefit working people. (Steel and Aluminum Tariffs Good for Working People | AFL-CIO)

    U.S. Steel:

    We are pleased to see the President's action on products critical to American manufacturing and energy production. We are hopeful the President will similarly use his authority to establish a broad Section 232 remedy targeting steel imports that threaten U.S. national security by undermining our industry, economic competitiveness and the industrial foundation on which our manufacturing sector rests [this is exactly what Trump is doing by raising steel tariffs]. We believe broad and decisive action against the multitude of foreign producers is fundamental to protecting our national security and American jobs.” (U.S. Steel Issues Statement on Presidential Tariffs on Imported Washing Machines, Solar Panels | United States Steel Corporation)

    Globalists and free traders ignore the fact that a proven result of high tariffs is that they are designed, in part, to encourage foreign companies to manufacture their products in the U.S.
    The idea is NOT to keep foreign goods out of the country but to induce foreign companies to move production here. If a foreign company moves here, it hires American workers, pays American state and local taxes, and must compete with American companies on a level playing field.

    Democratic politicians from the Rust Belt states have voiced support for President Trump's tariff hikes:

    Rust-belt Democrats praise Trump's threatened metals tariffs

    Democratic congresswoman supports Trump's tariffs: We can't afford to lose US steel production

    Brown Welcomes Trump’s Plans to Finally Act on Steel Imports | U.S. Senator for Ohio


    Further reading on tariffs, protectionism, and trade:

    Free Trade vs. the Republican Party

    https://enforcement.trade.gov/download/factsheets/factsheet-prc-alum-ext-adcvd-final-032911.pdf

    https://enforcement.trade.gov/steel/license/documents/execsumm.pdf

    U.S. Department of Commerce Finds Dumping and Subsidization of Imports of Silicon Metal from Australia, Brazil, Kazakhstan and Norway

    Section 232 Reports

    U. S. Steel Issues Statement on Department of Commerce Section 232 Report | United States Steel Corporation

    Unions praise Trump on steel tariffs


     
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    I bet they praise him. They get to charge even more for their steel now that big gubmint is forcing people to buy it.. Well... until manufacturing flees. Enjoy higher prices across the board until then.
     
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    Tariffs will rise prices, cost jobs, and lead to a recession.
     
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    No, they won't. Did you even bother to read the OP or any of the links? If tariffs are so bad, why have so many countries done so well by protecting their economies with high tariffs? Heard of China? If tariffs and protectionism don't work, how has China grown into an economic powerhouse so quickly? If tariffs don't work, why did they work so well for America for decades?
     
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    mikegriffith1, we all know who you are, how your goofy theories on economics and history are just invalid.

    I think you still follow skousen and jbs and the freemen's institute, so I am not too concerned with your nonsense.

    Yes, tariffs will rise prices, cost jobs, and lead to a recession.

    However, I think Trump is using the threat to cut some trade deals more favorable to the US with the promise that he won't impose tariffs.
     
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    All those commie organizations are now pro republican, will the GOP be able to live down the fact that they can never use the rhetoric of communist organizations helping to decay the US society?
     
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    In the "old economy" tariffs have a much bigger impact, in this "race to the bottom" economy with China in the WTO, massive low tax rates in America and manufacturing slowly returning, these tariffs will work. The fact that they are broad is actually better in my opinion, as China and Americas so-called allies cannot circumvent it.

    Put some trust in Trump and Wibur Ross, they make the rest of the government look like lemonade stand champs. Outside of Tillerson, these two alone know their shyte, don't listen to the fear mongering. I said from the moment the announcement was made that China won't do f all to retaliate, they simply cannot risk the massive trade imbalance, they have way more to lose than America, a nation which has been decimated over 30 years.
     
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    China's done an excellent job of protecting their sweatshops and slave labor. All those decades where republicans were "protecting" the U.S. with tariffs?

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    After those decades were over, the U.S. went on to become the wealthiest and most powerful nation on the planet. The lone world superpower.
     
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    Let's just ship all manufacturing to China & Mexico, why should we try and protect our jobs?

    I know you want to live in a 3rd world state, I understand Socialism is your only salvation...

    We can start a Go Fund Me account to send you to your favorite 3rd world country, so please let me know which one it is?

    I think you'll be impressed with the amount we can generate in a short period of time, do you have a recent photo I can use?
     
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