America Needs Tariffs Now
America was built on tariffs. The U.S. Constitution gives Congress–and Congress alone–the power to regulate commerce and put tariffs on products coming into the country.
“The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises [...]
To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations [...] “ (U.S. Constitution, Article 1, Section 8).
Yet we have given up this right–we have given up our Constitutional rights earned through the blood of our Founding Fathers, allowing the foreign World Trade Organization (WTO) to dictate how we trade with other countries. The WTO doesn’t like tariffs and rules against us when we try to protect ourselves from foreign predatory practices. Our Founding Fathers must be rolling in their graves knowing we gave up the freedoms they fought for.
Tariffs were originally set up by Alexander Hamilton, the first U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, to help protect American industries. During the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln, then leader of the new Republican Party, similarly implemented a 44% tariff to protect American industries and generate funds for the war and the construction of railroads.
After World War II and during the Cold War, the U.S. government lowered trade barriers and instituted what is known as “free trade.” The U.S. economy was fine then, as we were one of the few nations with an economy left. But once the rest of the world got back on its feet, the new goal seemed to be to knock down the U.S. economy–and they have clearly attained that goal.
We are now a conquered nation; defeated in the economic war, we fight for jobs given to us by foreigners. Companies from China, India, Japan and other countries are given tax subsidies and other benefits to relocate just a few jobs here in America. States fight each other, seeing who can give up the most for a handful of jobs. We are, for the most part, becoming a colony again–owned and controlled by foreign masters. Who will stand up now as our politicians hand over the keys to our wealth and freedom to our competitors?
Please contact your Congressperson and ask them what they are doing to stop this, to bring back tariffs, and get us OUT of the foreign WTO.