A couple of months ago, when President Trump first began threatening tariffs to make our international trading more fair to U.S. businesses, I posted about listening to NPR coverage of the hog crisis.
There must have been a crisis; I heard a vignette on every news show on NPR about pork production. They spent two weeks focused on hog farmers. We must have heard an interview with every hog farmer in America who was willing to say something critical about the proposed tariffs. Of course, NPR kept making the point that the farm community had voted overwhelmingly for President Trump, and they repeatedly implied that President Trump was betraying the people who had voted for him.
Over the past three weeks I have heard a similar focus from NPR. I think I may have heard every small business in America that uses steel in manufactured products. They speak critically about how tariffs might harm their businesses. NPR spins this into an anti-Trump campaign.
For the past couple of days the story about steel changed slightly. Now I keep hearing different Europeans and Europhiles declaiming how the tariffs recently announced by Team Trump are “unjustified” and “illegal.”
At least, on NPR, their long format means that eventually you will learn something useful. I heard a particular interview with a U.N. spokeslady. She explained just how it is that the proposed tariffs are considered illegal. President Trump says that a healthy metals production capability is needed in America for national security reasons. She says that this is not true, because America can always import all the metals we need from our friends and allies such as Canada or the Europeans. The fact that American metals production industries are getting killed by unfair foreign subsidies to metals producers should be of no concern. And, the tariffs are being put forward under a provision of international trade law that invokes national security. So we should just relax, let our metals production businesses fail, and go forward in reliance on our friends and allies in Europe and Canada.
Thanks to NPR for that clarification. Now I understand why these tariffs are so desperately needed.
Go, Trump, go. Do not trust our “friends and allies.” Make America strong again.