Trump, Trade & Teriffs

The most important thing we can do now as citizens, is support President Trump in negotiating trade deals around the world; more specifically, communist red China.

I will make three main points, then explain:

1. What do we trade if we do not make anything? Exporting factories is not free trade.

2. What can the Chines buy from us when they make four dollars an hour?

3. Manufacturing is military might.

What is being sold as “Free Trade” is not really trade at all, outside of raw materials and if the United States has been reduced to trading soy beans, pork and dairy, we have a problem. We need to make things.

As China has benefited greatly by the one-sided trade deal, so have our farmers as they ship food stocks to China. I believe our farmers are patriots and understand that markets will adjust. President Trump should stop usingtariffrevenue to subsidize farmers.

With the exception of farmers, those of us out here in the real world feel little to no effect of the tariffs.

What we now have is global labor arbitrage allowing jobs to move to nations where the cost of doing business and wages paid to employees is less expensive. We outsource the bulk of their manufacturing to Third World countries, where labor is dramatically cheaper.

Jobs outsourced from developed countries to China alsoallows a threat that firms can move offshore helps to keep a lid on wages.

Politicians, republican and democrat cannot rail against income inequality without addressing the issue of trade and the offshoring of good paying manufacturing jobs.

The trade issue should also addressthe climate change problem as China is a major polluter. So demarcates should lobby China to reduce their carbon emissions, good luck, or seek to bring our factories home. As our factories come home, they will be built or rebuilt using the latest technologies that produce the least amounts of pollution possible.

Nations with a lower cost of labor such as China, India and Mexico, paying employees much lower wages, what can they purchase from us, outside of foods? We simply do not produce things the rest of the world wants at a price it can afford.

Companies that manufactured here were conceived and grown in the USA, likely to have been funded by our banks, using deposits from average citizens, grew using our labor and knowledge. Companies that once supported whole towns, participated in community efforts and celebration. Companies that paid a good wage, enough where a mother could stay home, raise children in a decent home, take a vacation every year. These companies have left the communities and people who made them for cheap labor with little if any regulation or environmental standards.

If returning good paying manufacturing jobs and much cleaner factories is not a good enough reason to support President Trump trade negotiations, national security is.

Manufacturing might is military might. War is won with the ability of one nation to produce more weapons of war than the other.

If we were to get into another war like WWII a war that depended on America’s ability to produce massive amounts of military equipment, we could notwin because with all of our advanced technology, we are just not building andproducing things like we used to.

I want President Trump to be hard on this issue, to have all products involved in military application to bemade in the USA; from the most sophisticated computer chips to the thread in a GI’s sock.

With more than 700 billion being spent on our military budget, it is surprising that our ability to manufacture is overlooked.

This works both ways, our products sent to China and used in military application has to stop for the purpose of national security.

Being a Purple we offer solutions.

President, Trump cannot tell China what to do, he can tell China what we will do.

Tariffs are used to restrict imports by increasing the price of goods and services purchased from another country, making them less attractive to domestic consumers.

President Trump became the first president to threaten and impose tariffs to try and reshape the flow of trade. His purpose for new and higher tariffs? Shrink the  U.S. trade deficit, boost U.S. production and increase good paying manufacturing jobs.

The purpose of a tariff is generally to protect domestic production and jobs, countries generally impose tariffs to protect certain industries that are perceived as essential. President Trump can also impose quotas or other non-tariff trade barriers to restrict foreign companies from competing in domestic markets to safeguard domestic industry.

However, Tariffs will force a tradeoff between consumers and workers. In helping our manufacturing sector, creating more jobs and improving workers lives is a good trade. 

The U.S. imports from Chinaaccounted for 21% of overall U.S. imports in 2018 and we can afford to have this reduced with little inconvenience.

We need to require all industry involved with our military to manufacture here, in the USA, with no exceptions. I see little harm in China making furniture and toys, But only in factories certified as clean, non-polluting, and onlywith a tariff.

The talk of China’s commitment to honor U.S. intellectual property rights is nonsense in my opinion. Our companies went willingly to China, knowing they would have to partner and share property and information.

We also propose that any US company receiving R & D funding from the federal government (our tax dollars) be required to manufacture here.

Do notbe fooled as pundits. Analystssee every stock market dip as a fear of a “trade war”, the selloffs are more a result of the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy then trade.

We are not helpless; we have been week, Republicans, Democrats and Citizens. If we do nothing, nothing will change. China will continue to prosper, we will continue to decline if the citizenry allows it, as it has been.

So support our President, he has put us first, going up against powerful people, establishment politicians, entrenched bureaucrats and globalists. It is time We Come Home, it is time We put America First, it is time We return to a system that once served us well and can again.

By: G T Zorn                                                                                                       Purple50.org

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