It’s only been two or three days since I celebrated the departure of Free Trade Jew Gary Cohn, and already I’m seeing signs that even this is not going to be much of a help for the foundering #MAGA agenda.
Take the new tariffs, for example.
They sounded wonderful at first glance, but like almost everything else decent we’ve seen come out of the Trump White House, there’s always a catch.
Actually, exemption is the word for today, but the point still stands.
President Donald Trump, following through on one of his most controversial campaign promises, signed two proclamations Thursday that implement tariffs on imported steel and aluminum but exempt Canada and Mexico.
I guess all that nasty but based Campaign rhetoric targeting Mexico was just that – hollow screams with nothing as back up.
Trump signed the tariffs in the White House’s Roosevelt Room, surrounded by workers who will supposedly benefit from the moves. The tariffs will take effect in 15 days.
The moves will slap a 25 percent levy on steel and 10 percent charge on aluminum. White House officials say the tariffs are an essential matter of domestic and economic security.
“A strong steel and aluminum industry are vital to our national security,” Trump said. “You don’t have steel, you don’t have a country.”
The same could be said about border walls, deportation forces, and the true strength needed to smack down seditious elements inside the government.
In addition to the exceptions for the two NAFTA partners, the White House will give other nations the opportunity to justify why they shouldn’t be included.
“If the same goals can be accomplished by other means, America will remain open to modifying or removing the tariffs for individual nations, as long as we can agree on a way to ensure that their products no longer threaten our security,” Trump said.
What the hell is this even supposed to mean?
Tariffs are meant to be used as protection and security measures for the workers of a nation, with the heaviest focused on industries and goods that are essential for economic prosperity and survival.
Typically, the only “exemptions” that would be granted would be to nations that export next to nothing of the targeted material, but at the same time export large amounts of something the imposing nation lacks in sufficient quantities.
Determining further exceptions will depend on whether countries can convince Trump that there’s a “satisfactory alternative means” for resolving trade inequities, said an administration official familiar with the tariff proclamations who spoke on condition of anonymity.
“We’re going to show great flexibility,” Trump added.
What I’m seeing in Trump’s bombast is just another rewording of the standard Cuckservative platform.
“We oppose DACA not because we actually want to deport these subhuman animals, but because Barack Obama failed to consult Congress.”
“We oppose Hillary Clinton’s warmongering not because we are Isolationist, but because she didn’t plan to set up huge occupation armies.”
“We oppose Chinese steel exports not because we wish to build up and rehabilitate industries that are native to America, but because we just want them to stop sending us garbage that could be warped with a candle flame. Proper material is perfectly acceptable so long as the shipping manifests are correct.”