Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Tariffs Are Likely to Backfire

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Tariffs Are Likely to Backfire

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Byline: Times-Union Editorial Board Starting a trade protection war might help a few industries, but it's likely to backfire on the economy as a whole.

Our View

President Donald Trump's announcement that he will impose tariffs of 25 percent on imported steel and 10 percent on aluminum may make about 140,000 workers in those industries happy.

But there are 6.5 million Americans employed by industries that use steel, The Wall Street Journal editorial page stated.

And those 6.5 million Americans stand to be negatively affected by Trump's tariff.

In effect, Trump has just handed foreign carmakers a cost advantage.

And guess what? Canada buys more American steel than any other nation. But Canada gets hit the hardest from Trump's Gatling gun approach.

Let's hope somebody Trump trusts will give him a lesson on the Great Depression and how restrictive trade policies only made things worse. The Smoot-Hawley tariff is recognized as making the depression worse.

In the 21st century we live in an interconnected world. The U.S. is no longer an economic island, nor should we want to be.


In their zeal to pursue a weapons ban, some Democrats have fallen prey to false facts.

One example is the statement that mass shootings increased 200 percent since the assault weapons ban expired, said U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, a Democrat who represents Parkland.

The facts reported by PolitiFact:

The assault weapons ban lasted from 1994 to 2004.

A report by the U.S. Justice Department said renewal of the ban likely would be "small at best."

The 200 percent increase only works by going back to 1900.

Rates of mass shootings have not been higher in the past 10 years than in late 1980s.

In any case, it's difficult to ascribe one factor to mass shootings.

PolitiFact rated the claim as "Mostly False."


The Duval County School Board has opposed proposals to arm teachers.

As this Editorial Board has previously stated regarding concealed carry proposals on college campuses, there is a great difference in training that person for combat. …

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