Don't Blame Tariffs for Rising Costs

Real Clear Politics

March 27, 2018

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By Todd Hitt

Anyone surprised by President Trump’s decision to impose tariffs on Chinese products and on steel and aluminum imports from a multitude of countries wasn’t listening during the 2016 election. They apparently didn’t hear him when he pledged to fight back against countries that, for years, have been fighting trade wars against U.S. industry.

It was a mistake not to take the president seriously. The tariffs themselves? I don’t like them, but to the extent they’ll allow the United States to negotiate better free trade agreements, they’re worthwhile. Americans still prize free trade, but they also want it to be fair.  

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