By The Wasp Report
1. Levying a tariff is a more human way to fund the government.
The government is something that we must live with even though we'd be better off without it. So, if we are going tolerate the presence of government by not immediately taking up arms against it, then we are going to have to fund it somehow. Eliminating taxes is a great start for exponential economic growth but it is not enough if we still have an out of control government printing money like it is going out of fashion. As our economy becomes stronger it attracts foreign goods, a tariff on which could be used to pay down the massive amount of debt our government has created. This would strengthen our dollar, attract more foreign goods, and eventually bring us back into the black. This would not only create a better standard of living for the American people, but if foreign goods continue to cross our border in spite of the tariff then it is an indication that we are providing value to the world.
Before 1913 there was no peace time tax on someone's labor and we still had roads, schools, police, fire departments, and a military. Taxing someone directly for the income they make with nothing but their own two hands is slavery. If I do not own my own hands and if I'm not fully entitled to the income I generate from them, then I'm a slave. This is an irrefutable fact, but I would never say that I'm entitled to show up at some shopping mall and to start trafficking my wares without paying any sort of rent or fee. I could just as easily walk out into the forest where no one wants to go and sell my wares there, but if I want to do business where all the customers are then I need to pay. Someone put effort in creating that space, so if I want to do business there I have an obligation to support its maintenance. Basically what I'm saying is that taxes are involuntary, but paying a tariff is a choice. If you don't want to pay our tariff then there is an entire world of people you can market your goods to other than us.
2. Not everyone can have a job that requires a degree
In the past the United States built factories. This created jobs and economic growth. When the United States started opening itself up to one sided free trade agreements these jobs went overseas. I remember when I was a young boy, my father was listening to public radio in the car and an economist on this radio program was explaining how we were transferring from a manufacturing economy to a “service economy.” He claimed that this was a good thing because everyone will go to college and have better things to do with their lives then waste it away slaving in a factory.
Now we have more people going to college than ever before and we have more people underemployed than ever before. It's either because they have chosen a degree that is not marketable or they were not competent enough to gain employment in spite of their degree, but it is not because there are a lack of jobs available. Fortune 500 companies are always complaining that they have more positions available that require more than four years of education or specialized skill sets than there are people currently unemployed, but there are just a lack of qualified candidates.
Based on what I know about human genetics, IQ, and just plain common sense, the fact is that some people are just meant for the trades. No amount of education or public funding will ever change this fact. The poor and the working class will always be with us, and I don't think they all want to stand around being over educated baristas. We don't need to replace our manufacturing jobs and the people who hold these jobs with workers from the other side of the world who can do it “cheaper.” Especially when the goods are cheap because of fraudulent currency manipulation by the Chinese government and the horrifying conditions Chinese workers are subjected to. We neglect our own people so that China can abuse theirs. These are our people and they deserve their place in our society.
Dumping is when a country's government buys up surplus products with funds stolen from taxpayers and the sells those products to a foreign country at a loss. In the United States, agriculture is already heavily subsidized by the US Government, which causes there to be a large amount of surplus agricultural production that our government buys up and dumps it into the markets of third world countries causing their agricultural industry to collapse. This is basically a welfare system for farmers in the guise of food aid. The government spends as much as $20 billion tax payer dollars on some of these Food Aid scams.
We've done this to African nations as well as India. It was so bad that after an earthquake in Guatemala, their government had to ban the import of US grains because it was ruining their economy. I am a big fan of free trade and a global economy, but when there are bad actors why shouldn't we be allowed to protect our manufacturing base when we've already invested so much capital into it? If dumping is so harmful to third world countries, then why is it all of a sudden a good thing when countries like China do it to us? Australia's economy was recently damaged by China dumping concrete onto their markets and just last year China was accused of dumping steel onto the Australian market as well. Australia has already put up trade barriers with China to slow their steel coming in. If China can't dump their steel in Australia then they are going to try to dump it here. Now Trump's 25% tariff on steel is starting to sound pretty reasonable to me.
4. Foreign Countries Lack Environmental Regulations
I've heard it said that when Chinese people visit Europe or the United states they often remark about how clean the air is. Environmental regulation is important for people to live healthy lives and the entity that poses the greatest threat to the environment is the government. China is a case study in how centrally planned economies strip and squander the resources of the planet. In China the top soil is rapidly being depleted due to collective farming practices and there is a whole down that suffered mercury poisoning due to the water being contaminated by a near by factory. Flint Michigan tap would be top shelf bottled water in some places in China.
Russia nearly drained the Aral sea bone dry and North Korean's have clear cut most of their forests in order to stay warm in the winter, but it's not just water and air that are affected, it's also our food. Our economy is so warped that we ship live chickens into China to be processed and sold back to Americans. Why that isn't a complete waste of our resources defies reason, but what is worse is that our food is being processed by a Chinese worker, who I'm sure just wants to provide for his family, but cares nothing for the American families who are hurt when he is ordered to add chemicals, preservatives, genetically modified ingredients, and sometimes even bits of plastic to our hamburgers and chicken nuggets.
5. Free Trade is just a back door to enforce IP law
There are many places in the world that are not friendly to intellectual property law and this is mostly out of necessity. Countries like India and China are so poor that the black market in pirated media and knock off products are a vital part of their economies. Around 2/3 of China's economy is trade in black markets knocks ranging from pharmaceutical drugs to Yamaha bikes. When we enter into free trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership we are enforcing America's draconian IP laws on third world countries. This means that 2/3 of China's economy evaporates because some rich Hollywood elites didn't get their cut from people who wouldn't even be able to afford to pay for their movies in the first place. Things like the TPP and NAFTA are just imperialism disguised as free trade and as a Libertarian I find them offensive.