By: Brian Evans
As a conservative, constitutionalist, and proponent of free trade, I have always believed that tariffs, or any form of government intervention in the free market is not only an unwise decision, but a huge mistake. However, through the evolution of world economics, and as the nations of the world have had their economies fused together, they have likewise become dependent upon one another for the basic survival of our national interests, conservative thought has had to change as well.
In fact, before our nation melded with other nations into a global economy, economists didn’t have to be concerned about China, or other nations, who utilize the idea of ‘free trade’ as a weapon against honest trading partners around the globe. For decades, the United States has allowed China to commit intellectual thievery against our own inventors, scientists, tech companies, and manufacturers. Our leadership has permitted China to levy massive tariffs against our farmers, manufacturer, businesses, and the American workers. As a result, the American consumers have paid the cost in their pocketbooks. To make matters worse, China has used currency manipulation against the United States, as a method to make their products cheaper, and to incentivize Americans to buy Chinese products over those Made in America. Top that with the fact that they steal our countries products, and then manufacture cheap knock offs to rob American innovation and profits. Regardless, President after President, Legislator after Legislator, all promised to reign in the out-of-control Chinese regime, but when push came to shove, each and every one, simply took a back seat and not only allowed, but enabled the Chinese crimes against the American people.
Now, we finally have a President who is not only willing to claim he will fight against the Chinese corruption, but he is willing to act on those claims. In all, it is called leadership! Leadership that has brought on a whirlwind of attacks, primarily from the Progressives in Washington, around the country, and the world, but even from some ‘free market’ conservatives. Regardless of the substantial criticisms he received from across America, President Trump did the unpopular action….TARIFFS! However, as the tariffs went into effect, and as his critics lambasted his action as reckless, the tariffs began to have a positive affect on not only the American economy, but American businesses, manufacturers, factories, and the American workers.
Don’t get me wrong, I am a strong believer in the free market, and against tariffs. However, as times have changed, the rules have changed, and the world economic stage has become so far out-of-balance, that virtually every country takes advantage of the United States, and the American worker. In fact, we have foreign countries levying massive tariffs against American goods, and the American workers, while America has refused to counter those tariffs and taxes… in the name of ‘free trade’. Ironically, is it really free trade when one country levies massive taxes (tariffs), and is it anti-free trade for the opposing country refuses to counter the levies to rebalance the scales, and remove the incentive for foreign countries to levy those taxes against American made products? The answer….BLATANTLY NO! In fact, it is quite a stretch of the truth for President Trump’s critics to claim that he is turning his back on the conservative concept of ‘free trade’. Instead, the President is acting as the protector of the American worker, the American economy, and putting American’s interests in the forefront of his trade policies. Furthermore, President Trump was renegotiating NAFTA with Canada and Mexico, when the President said…
“The United States has been taken advantage of for many decades on trade. Those days are over.”
President Donald Trump
He also went on to say that…
“You want a tariff free. You want no barriers. And you want no subsidies. Because you have some cases where countries are subsidizing industries and that’s not fair.”
President Donald Trump
Therefore, although President Trump has countered foreign countries tariffs that have been levied against America, his ultimate goal is to re-level the world economic stage, so that it is fair for everyone, including Americans!
Now, as President Trump has elevated his pressure to re-balance trade with foreign nations, communist China is working to influence the 2018 midterm elections, with anti-tariff films that are targeting Republican districts, especially in pro-Socialist California. In fact, they have produced a propaganda video that focuses on the hardships of California farmers, and chalk it up to President Trump’s tariff policies that are targeting…WAIT FOR IT……..CHINA!