Trump, Tariffs and Trouble

Trump must put higher tariffs on the Chinese because the Chinese produce without the costs we are encumbered with;  we pay better wages, we have higher healthcare costs, we pay for employee parking, we have all kinds of costs in production.  The Chinese can charge far, far less and all of us take advantage of that at Target, Costco, Walmart, even nice stores:  MADE IN CHINA.  Everywhere.  Simply put, we can’t compete, and we haven’t been.  So, this is a huge problem and the only solution is tariffs.

The Chinese are now attacking certain products with higher tariffs in retaliation.  Guess what they’re attacking hard?   PRODUCE…fruit, grapes, etc., all of which are farmed in Republican areas….much of it in California, where a lot of Republicans live in our Central Valley.   So, suddenly, Republican farmers are faced with backing a president who, by placing higher tariffs on Chinese products, is causing them to lose business.   Think the Chinese aren’t doing that on purpose?  Of course they are.

Are WE that clever, that cagey, that evil, that targeted,  in our business dealings?  I don’t think so.

Are we stuck?   I’m thinking ‘yes’.   So now what?


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15 Responses to Trump, Tariffs and Trouble

  1. Put a tariff on all the chinese “students” entering this country.

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  2. bocopro says:

    Two economists approaching a Y on their paths from different directions come upon a pile of manure blocking the junction. The older one says to the other, “Look . . . if you’ll eat that, I’ve give you a million dollars.”

    The younger one thinks about that for a while and figures since something has to be done and he’ll be richer for doing it, he eats the pile and collects the million.

    Now they’re going along the same path, and before long they encounter another pile of manure blocking the way. This time the second one tells the first one, “O.K. This time YOU eat it and I’ll give YOU a million dollars.”

    So he considers the situation, realizes that he’ll get his million back, and decides to eat the pile.

    As they walk along together, the younger one who ate the first pile says, “What are we doing? I mean, we both have exactly the same amount of money we had to start with, but we’ve each eaten a pile of manure. How are we any better off?”

    So the older and wiser man who first made the offer of a million for eating the manure tells him, “Yes . . . what you say is true, but remember – we’ve engaged in two million dollars’ worth of trade.”

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  3. geeez2014 says:

    Ed..WHY? I’m personally involved in Chinese students at our high school, and my own is arriving in about 3 weeks…..What I see is they start to like the American kids and start to fit in …kinda nice.

    Bocopro…good! Except I don’t think it’s quite the exercise in futility in real life! I hope not.


  4. Kid says:

    Well, I know China’s stock market is going down while ours is rising. Outside of that we can’t just let 200 billion head out of the country to China every year.


  5. geeez2014 says:

    Kid, imagine the Chinese watching our political scene, picking products that will make Republican-centered areas suffer, therefore possibly not voting for Republicans in the Midterms?

    This is just as much meddling as Putin’s probably done….


  6. Kid says:

    That’s a good point. Awfully hard to vote for democrats though. Especially when farmers affected by this are being further subsidized.


  7. geeez2014 says:

    Kid, I’m thinking the same thing…those folks won’t vote for Dems…we just have to have people on the ground there reminding them that not voting at all IS voting for the dems…
    Trump’s the one subsidizing, and they say the farmers are NOT HAPPY about the hand outs….


  8. bunkerville says:

    Why in the world did Trump ever start this trade stuff now a few months before the election? It probably will work out in the end, still major disruption to our Red States.
    Florida starts early voting next month if not sooner.
    Foolish move. All he had to do was wait a few months..

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  9. geeez2014 says:

    Excellent point, Bunk….Why, indeed? I think he needs to start being less the optimist about things he doesn’t know much about…. I can only imagine how much his handlers tried to prevent it and now poor Kudlow has to go out there and support it. I’m hearing from people very close to some in the WH that the inside crew is feeling more like they have to protect America than protect him. That’s not great.

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  10. Mal Telloian says:

    One thing I believe we are missing here: As consumers, do we really want to pay more for the stuff we’re now getting at bargain prices? Mens dress shirts reduced to $5. Women’s blouses for $10? 50″ flat screen T.V’s for $500? We’ve come to expect those prices due to the country of origin. Its not only China, but Bangladesh, Turkey, So. Korea, India….I even saw something made in Armenia!
    Really! Its the old “for every action, there is an equal reaction” or something to that effect.
    i.e., b4 careful what we wish for.


  11. Mal Telloian says:

    BE careful………etc


  12. geeez2014 says:

    Mal, that is DEFINITELY a point….talk about doing away with that tax benefit middle income folks apparently got! Yes, we just CANNOT COMPETE…and China knows that.
    How Trump thinks he’ll solve this is beyond me, of course.

    This is why it’s SO dangerous that China knows exactly that and Trump thinks he’s going to out think and out wait them on this tariff thing…..yikes!


  13. I was at the range waiting behind a guy at the counter paying for his range time.
    The guy behind the counter asks, “How did those guys do that you were helping?”.
    “Oh! They were naturals!”.
    I asked him who he was helping and he replied that they were a couple of young Chinese college students who had rented an AR-15.
    I then asked him if it ever occurred to him that they were Chinese military here in the United States at the University of Michigan acting as students but in real life were intelligence agents?
    He understood as soon as I said it. Nothing else made sense.


  14. That’s why I want to see a ban on Chinese students coming to this country. They are stealing our intellectual property and spying on us. Perhaps not your students.

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  15. geeez2014 says:

    No, Ed, my students barely speak English and couldn’t even hold a gun properly if their lives depended on it…they’re clumsy, very rich (rich enough not to need money from anywhere but their stinking rich folks), lazy and …I hate to say this, but……..not smart. (Chinese kids in our colleges have been paying kids to write papers and take their tests in large amounts, so let’s stop thinking they’re so much smarter than we are).
    But when ANY nationality’s young people are buying guns, ammo, and using a range? I’d have thought that’s a red flag. Sadly, your guy can do nothing about it. But inform the FBI and hope.

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