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on beneficial competition that drives
down prices – and cut off domestic
manufacturers from markets overseas.
At the same time, the reality of today’s
global economy is that there are countries
that don’t play fair. It’s hard for the free
market to compete with the dumping of
steel being churned out by Communist
China and sold at less than what it costs
to make – because it’s big government,
and they can.
Given this reality, one could argue that it’s
reasonable policy to protect free-market
industry from the meddling of centrally
planned totalitarian regimes.
There’s also the issue of national defense
– and the fact that it would put the US in
an awfully weak position to be dependent
upon global rivals for the basic materials
needed to supply industry and the
manufacture of military hardware.
Regardless of where you stand
philosophically on tariffs as a tool in
trade policy, if your community is a place
where long-awaited industrial jobs finally
arrive, your neighbors are likely to be
pretty happy. And with several steel and
aluminum makers announcing plans to
hire workers and ramp up production, to
blue-collar workers looking for a break
it might sound like the American Dream
There’ a lot of talk around industry these
days about a perceived labor shortage
and the need for good workers – and it’s
talk you didn’t hear much of during the
previous administration. Even before the
tariff announcement, things appeared to
be looking up.
The need for welders, truck drivers,
miners, and laborers is a real thing – we
hear about it constantly – and it’s a real
sign that the economy is finally on the
From a political standpoint, the impact is
real in the shift from an anti-industry to a
pro-industry mindset in the White House.
If you’re a Trump fan, you might credit
the current president with the industrial
resurgence. If not, you may feel that that
the departure of Obama-era policies, by
itself, was enough to get the economy
moving again. But either way, it’s a good
Regardless of where you are on the
political spectrum – and regardless of
how you feel about the President and
tariffs – the word on the street is positive:
American industry is on the upswing, and
that’s good for all of us.
Whether these tariffs will ultimately help
or hurt remains to be seen. The impact
may vary among different companies
and different segments of industry. But
the bigger picture is the fact that this
administration is trying to do right by
American industry and workers.
This is a welcome change from the
previous administration, which sought to
shut down industry with overburdensome
regulations – and particularly targeted
So while folks debate the benefits vs.
risks of steel and aluminum tariffs – and
the industrial and mining sectors that
directly benefit rejoice – we can all be
glad in the knowledge that the need to
support American industry has finally
come back to the forefront.
While there’s plenty of room for debate
about specific policies, the bottom line is
that our President is taking action to help
us grow the American economy – and
that’s a good thing.