While the nation watches congress and the president vie for the title of the least capable and least productive, a policy is developing in the White House to plunge the developed world into a trade war. A trade war that might sound good in Pittsburgh, but will benefit Paris more than Peoria.
As reported on June 30th in Axios, trump, against the advice of nearly all of the cabinet, made it clear that he intends to impose tariffs on steel and other imports. Tariffs as high as 20% and which may cover aluminum, semiconductors, paper, and appliances like washing machines.
TRADE WARS ARE CIRCULAR FIRING SQUADS. (COULDN’T WE PUT A SPECIAL SOMEONE IN THE CENTER?)
The ostensible target of this folly of a feud is China. But this trade war will affect American allies such as the UK, Canada, Mexico, Germany and Japan. Retribution and recrimination will start the vicious cycle. And Chinese steel is not even on the trade radar.  America’s largest steel importer is Canada, followed by Brazil, South Korea, Mexico, Turkey, Japan, Russia, Germany, Taiwan and Vietnam. China is not even one of the top 10 steel importers. So why China? We will leave that to the readers
WELL, IF YOU ASK ME, UH, WE’RE PROTECTING THE WRONG WORKERS [2}
Dan Pearson of the Cato Institute is quoted in the Mauldin article. Pearson states:
“[c]lamping down on steel imports threatens considerably many more jobs than “protecting” the steel industry from foreign competition can save. As Dan Pearson of the Cato Institute noted recently: “Steel mills employ 140,000 workers. Manufacturers that use steel as an input 6.5 million, 46 times more.” Steel mills’ $36 billion of productivity in 2015 represented just 0.2 percent of US GDP, Pearson explains that the economic value contributed by US firms that use steel was 29 times larger.”
The Mauldin article also recounts the 2002 steel tariffs imposed by George W. Bush. The Bush tariffs caused the loss of approximately 200,000 jobs in industries that rely on imported steel. Fifty-three percent of these losses occurred in ten states, seven of which went for trump in the last election.
Trump made explicit “promises” to blue collar voters to “bring back (our) jobs. If the plan is to bring back a few thousand in the dying coal industry and the diminished steel industry, while hundreds of thousands of other Americans lose their employment in ill advised trade wars, it is a promise that will ring vacant and hollow in 2020.
IF JEREMY BENTHAM HAD A COMPUTER, HE WOULD READ THE DESERT OF THE REAL!
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 A tariff on appliances is kind of ironic, since appliances are mostly made of steel. When the tariffs’ jack up the price of steel, American appliances will cost more. Who is the genius that sewer spawned that idea?
 Although the Authors abhor racism, prejudice and bigotry, there is an artful and mordant quote from the 1988 Vietnam War classic that captures the racism, bigotry and manifest ignorance in much of the white working class. When asked a question in a media interview of his unit, Animal Mother states: ”Well, if you ask me, uh, we’re shooting the wrong Gooks.”
 As if a job is anyone’s, unless she has invested capital in a business that employers her. “Our jobs” is a fraught statement in a world where countries compete against each other and attempt to gain competitive advantage. But it sure echoes in empty heads.