This will be a chronicle of news stories of how tariffs are bringing back American jobs. I will add any news story from a reputable source that shows how any tariff in America (particular from the Trump administration, but not limited to it) have brought back the jobs. If you have any such stories, please share the link in the comment section, and as long as it is a reputable news source, I’ll add it to my chronicle (and happily share a link to your cite upon request). The purpose here is to arm the people with information. Stories like these will be reported in media, usually local, but then forgotten and ignored by national media, so I want to arm us with facts that we can use to persuade our misguided fellow Americans who are still drinking the free trade koolaid.
Toyota expanding in Indiana to build Highlander I’m sure your sweatshop loving friends love to talk about how GM is downsizing. Even though GM has been planning this for years, all of a sudden, it’s Trump’s fault and those darned tariffs! Well, those steel tariffs aren’t phasing Toyota!
China is Paying for Most of Trump’s Trade War * from Bloomberg. This article cites a recent study showing that Trump is fighting it successfully, contrary to what Paul Krugman would have us believe.
US Steel to fire up another blast furnace in Illinois, hire 300 workers, according to marketwatch.com
Republic Steel Restarting Lorrain Factory, Adding 1000+ jobs following Trump’s Steel Tariffs, from WKYC (CBS) Channel 3 in Cleveland, OH
This Snopes article refutes the claim that Harley Davidson is closing a Wisconsin factory because of tariffs. (Liberals like Snopes, so throw this at them if they blame Trump for Harley Davidson downsizing.)
US Jobless Claims Decline to Lowest Level Since Jan. 1973 , a Bloomberg article published March, 29, 2018; weeks after Trump implemented the steel and aluminum tariffs and announced plans to hit China with about $50 billion in tariffs.
“Trump’s Tariffs Could Work“, from Thom Hartmann, a real progressive with integrity. No wonder MSNBC doesn’t want him.
“Why Trump’s China Tariffs Aren’t Crazy” In Yahoo Finance, by Rick Newman. While this article criticizes the steel tariffs, it’s generally supportive of the more recent tariffs on China.
Sources on the harm of “free trade” are getting harder to find, as they get buried under a barrage of neoliberal propaganda and cherry-picked studies from well funded think tanks.
“The High Cost Of The China-WTO Deal” by economist Robert E. Scott with the Economic Policy Institute. This economist explains the harm that had already been caused by “free trade” up until 2000, and argues against the “free trade” being pushed by Clinton in 2000.
I’ll scour the internets for more. Send me anything you have. I do realize there’s a trade-off, that tariffs can also cause some retailers or dock workers to lose jobs, but I contend that it is a net gain when we have a massive trade deficit. Mainstream media makes a fortune on retail advertising, and retail thrives on overseas sweatshops. Inevitably, mainstream media will be very favorable to “free trade” and will try to frighten us with talk of “trade wars” and by only focusing on the jobs lost, not those gained by tariffs.
A little about me: this issue is very near and dear to me. At 11 years of age, Ross Perot ran for President for the first time in 1992. For the first time in my life, I got really excited about politics and a presidential candidate. I walked the neighborhood talking to people and encouraging them to vote for Perot. At the core of Perot’s message was to protect America’s manufacturing sector, so that we would maintain a strong tax base, and not bury ourselves in debt. Had we listened to Perot, I don’t think we’d be over $20 trillion in debt now, and the Great Recession of 2009 would have just been another minor business cycle recession.
*I don’t care for the title, as it isn’t “Trump’s” trade war. China’s been waging it for nearly two decades. But the study is definitely worth citing. Your “liberal” friends likely trust Bloomberg, so this’ll throw them off their game a little.