Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Encourage Growth Instead of a Trade War

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Encourage Growth Instead of a Trade War

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Public debate is healthy, but it needs to cover both sides of issues we all struggle with. The Post-Gazette editorial board has taken positions of late that are one-sided and support the current national administration. When supporting protectionist policies, the PG has not given voice to other important factors.

First, the alleged decades-long trade war is largely of our own making. Tax policy has made it productive for American companies to offshore manufacturing, and even service sector jobs like call centers have gone overseas, where there are sources of labor cheaper than domestic workers. Instead of putting up barriers to foreign goods, we would be smart to change our own policies to make it economically disadvantageous to build factories overseas or outsource to foreign contractors.

Whining that the rest of the world is unfair to us, and then taxing American business in the hopes that domestic production will increase, seems a fool's errand. …

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