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Free trade flimflam

It has never existed on this planet. And it never will.

Generally-speaking, the US has low to zero tariffs on darn near everyone — well, we did until recently. That’s changing, and it’s changing because other nations won’t drop their tariffs.

EU nations generally levy a 10% tariff on US cars. Ours is 2.5%. Explain to me why we should allow that, when the entirety of the EU is considered a first-world nation and needs no special protection.

Canada tariffs a wide variety of agricultural products, from dairy to beef. Some of the tariffs are outright confiscatory, including dairy at more than 200%. Please explain to me how this is “free trade” and why Canada should have zero (or near-zero) tariffs on steel they wish to export into the US — especially when some of it is being diverted from China to evade anti-dumping penalties we leveled against them.

If the G7 is about first-world nations doing business on equal footing, which is it’s claim to fame, then let’s insist that it be exactly that. Those who are unwilling to live up to the rules can get out or be kicked out, but it’s time to quit pussyfooting around and coddling jackasses who think America is their ATM machine to prop up whatever political fetish they have been afflicted with today, whether it be rapefugees or glo-bull-warming.

Know what actually makes free-traders, libertarian ideologues, libtards, and NeverTrump GOPe nitwits alike squeal in horror over this? The possibility that, after so many years of being the world’s whipping boy, America’s willingness to be taken advantage of via the free-trade/tariff grift might at last be coming to an end.

How they can think they’re going to somehow win more votes by being viscerally opposed to Trump’s insistence on putting America first—which is exactly what Karl is getting at in his last line above—is way beyond me.

Update! Schlichter slams the elitist scam.

I keep asking the establishment shills why America has some moral obligation to tolerate foreign countries imposing higher tariffs upon us than we impose upon them. Seems facially unfair, right? So, there’s got to be a really good reason because how can you support our working people facing a higher obstacle to trade than the foreigners do? I’m just wondering what’s wrong with a level playing field. Fair is fair, right? But I never get a good answer.

When your job gets shipped to Oaxaca so somebody who looks like Mitt Romney can import the products you used to make back into the USA, don’t look to the elite to care. Care? They’ll applaud.

They are seeking to ensure their own gravy train doesn’t get derailed. This is why they tell you, in between informing you how stupid you are, that there are only a few tariffs out there and they don’t matter. Well, they sure as heck don’t matter to these think tank jockeys and media scribblers. They are not the guys getting up at 4 a.m. to milk the cows or to harvest the soybeans the tariffs target. They’ve never worked on a vehicle assembly line in their lives, so what’s it matter to them if Germany’s tariff on US cars is four times ours to theirs? Of course, the tariffs on US products don’t matter to the elite. They aren’t the guys who lose their jobs when their company picks up and moves to Vietnam.

I don’t like tariffs. I’d tear them all down, everywhere, just like Trump proposed. But the elite isn’t for that. It’s only against tariffs we impose to retaliate for the tariffs the foreigners impose.

Pretty much, yeah. But as I said above and Kurt provides examples of, it ain’t just the tariffs they’re against here. It’s the oh-so-gauche notion of putting America first that really frosts their nuts.

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