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    Tariffs need to be increased first of all.(I am from the US). If the tariffs were higher then the money it costs to outsource products might make companies start to use Americans to produce goods. I believe it is always better to have any country use their own people to do the jobs to get things made, instead of getting poor little Chinese people to make our shoes and toys, and yes i do realize that china is not the only country that companies use to make cheaper products, but its a big one. If tariffs were higher then the companies would not make as much money off foreign people and more local citizens would have jobs, and more businesses would buy materials from inside their own countries.

  • tariffs bring money one way or another.

    Tariffs are meant so people will buy more domestic products rather than imported ones. With a tax on the imported product, businesses in the country can sell their products and make more money. If people still buy the imported product, then the money from the tax will still go to the government. Either way it goes, the country is gaining money.

  • Tariffs shape trade policy

    Tariffs shape trade policy. They promote buying products from our own country and not out sourcing quite as much. Exporting and importing are both important parts of our relationship with other countries. But it is still good to focus on our own businesses and companies. Tariffs are just a way of doing this.

  • Yes, tariffs serve a purpose.

    I believe that tariffs are good because they serve a purpose that helps insure that a country won't as easily outsource jobs to other countries, and there is way too much of that going on currently for our country's good and for the good of our economy. It's not just that I'm pro-America in my beliefs about outsourcing, but outsourcing puts foreign workers at harsh risks also.

  • Tariffs move jobs here or keep them here

    With out tariffs we will continue to bleed jobs to other countries with cheaper labor cost. This will continue to add to the unemployment rate of over 17% and increase the money bleeding from the U.S. and not coming back. Tariffs keep the jobs in the U.S. and the money stays too, which will be spent on housing , food and other stuff.

  • Eat locally, think globally

    I think tariffs are important. It is only fair if you have them. It also helps to create a local food clothes or whatever system, because it is often cheaper.
    And also rather buy an product from my home country, which is a little more expensive, then buy a product from the other side of the world, which was shipped or something and where the workers don't earn enough money for. Just think about it. ;)

  • Tariffs shape trade policy

    Tariffs shape trade policy. They promote buying products from our own country and not outsourcing quite as much. Exporting and importing are both important parts of our relationship with other countries, but it is still good to focus on our own businesses and companies. Tariffs are just a way of doing this.

  • Yes, tariffs serve a purpose.

    I believe that tariffs are good because they serve a purpose that helps insure that a country won't as easily outsource jobs to other countries, and there is way too much of that going on currently for our country's good and for the good of our economy. It's not just that I'm pro-America in my beliefs about outsourcing, but outsourcing puts foreign workers at harsh risks also.

  • Tariffs a forgotten tool of the past

    Our industrial revolution was supported and propped up by Tariffs. Without Tariffs the financial stability we have enjoyed would no longer exist. It is win win, salaries for jobs that come back increase, the government requires less taxes. I wonder why is it that when we had Tariffs taxes were low? Is it the american business was then able to pay their fair share or were they collected in Tariffs from the wealthy people buying exotic items? Either way I say end this trade imbalance, China does not deserve a fairer shot at surpassing the US, Communism is not for America.

  • It Always hurts to EXERCISE-Human RIGHTS worldwide are Deplorable

    Many get very upset when there is a shake up. Some say this is not the "right shake up"...Yet the bottom line is that for many yrs (right & left Admins) we have had our WHOLE COUNTRY OUT OF ORDER. I want to still see taxes held at bay-& this can be troublesome...Yet may occur for a season.Yes, International Trade can be a benefit--but again---it must be IN ORDER, without dishonesty, lies, deceit, using old women & children, disabled for cheap, dangerous Chinese (whatever) goods just so we have our $ stores. Those of you choosing Communism ...Do you truly think that the POOR who work up to 12+ hrs a day in HORRIBLE circumstances are benefitting from these Tyrannical Leaders they work under? We have Family that have been in these factories in China, Mexico etc. People are found BEATEN & DEAD if they don't follow the rules of these horrid Despots WHO WE SUPPORT, WITH OUR CHEAP PRICES-when we live comfortably Bly & have so much? Get real--it's like America supporting SLAVERY so that we can have a cheaper cord for our cell phone? It's a horrid argument. It's time to pull back these destructive, INHUMANE countries into doing right, not stealing our $$'s, paying a tariff to go into our coffers. Will it up our prices & put a bit of strain on America...Yes, some. Will it fix all the communistic human rights issues...Of course not. But the rebel teenagers out there in the world finally need a wake up call to play ball FAIRLY w/America-& hopefully "some" will be looking at Democracy for their own people. Tariffs vary w/ many kinds---Revenue, Valorem, Specific, Prohibitive and Protective. The 1st three can have positive or negative impact depending on how handled. Prohibitive and Protective Tariffs are often highly beneficial...Especially protective. In general, they can shake things up (like exercise, or working out) & upset people on the front end. In the long run, they call to account countries that today, have practiced a lot of illegalities. Once the first rush of laws are in place, I see Trump settling down into a more balanced regimen of exercising accountability w/these dishonest countries that have gamed us for a long time. It's a strategy - as he often has one "up his sleeve" & would freak out to much. I don't like seeing the stock exchange bumbling around W/MY INVESTMENTS...But we're still high than under Obama & it will even out in a short season. This is about pulling in the reigns in after years of stupidity, Human Rights violations, Criminal Inequality and a thrust to Protecting our Country again.

  • depends on Circumstance

    A tariff is a tax placed on imported goods. Each country has separate regulations, but there are five main types of tariffs: revenue, ad valorem, specific, prohibitive and protective.

    A revenue tariff increases government funds. For example, countries that do not grow bananas may create a tax on importing bananas. The government would then make money from businesses that import the fruit.

    An ad valorem tariff means that the tax applies to a percentage of the import's value such as a set number of cents on every dollar of value. A specific tariff, on the other hand, means that the tax is not concerned with the estimated value of the imported goods, but rather is based on specific amount of the goods. This type may apply to the number of goods imported or to the weight, volume or other measurement of the goods.

    A prohibitive tariff is one that is such as high cost that it keeps the item from being imported. A protective tariff is used to raise the price of imported goods as a protective measure against the competition from foreign markets. A higher tax allows a local company to compete with foreign competition.

    Protective tariffs can be advantageous as they can help foster the local economy, but sometimes they can also make the price of the item so expensive that companies must charge more. For example, when gas prices become too high, industries such as the trucking industry may have to charge retailers more for delivering products. The retail industry then has to mark up their items to allow for their increased transportation costs in order to make the same profit they once did. The end result is that consumers pay more for the goods.

    I don't like them however because it keeps the most efficient producers and companies from growing and becoming better.

  • Bad bad bad

    Tariffs destroy the ability of the
    international market system to allocate resources efficiently. This is obviously bad. When a tariff is enacted, it raises prices on imports, which lowers domestic demand for imported goods. This then reduces the incomes of the exporting countries, which in turn causes them to demand less of foreign exports.

  • Bad bad bad

    Tariffs destroy the ability of the
    international market system to allocate resources efficiently. This is obviously bad. When a tariff is enacted, it raises prices on imports, which lowers domestic demand for imported goods. This then reduces the incomes of the exporting countries, which in turn causes them to demand less of foreign exports.

  • No no no

    Tariffs are bad for farmers. Although the manufacturers benefit from it, how about the farmers? It's just not fair. I thought America was for the equal. And what about the amendment asserting that their will be equal opportunity under the law? For these reasons, I strongly believe that tariffs are frankly absurd.

  • Tariffs are just backfiring on the country

    Irstly it leads it leads to an in-efficient allocation of resources. EG If in australia we put a tax on t-shirts of say $50 then it would be cheaper for us to make T-Shirts in Aus that to buy them from China. But that would pull resources away from things we are good at in Australia, like digging rocks out of the ground and selling them. So its better that we concentrate on digging out rocks and let China make t-shirts etc.

    Its also bad beacause it sets off a round of tit-for-tat tarrifs. Say we tax chinese tshirts at $50 - they might say - right well then we will tax iron ore at $500 a tonne. And you can see how the whole thing would spiral from there.

  • Tariffs Go Against Free Trade

    We live in a consumer-based society. The United States used to collect revenue by imposing tariffs on foreign goods. That won't fly in today's world when people want cheap goods made with cheap labor. Tariffs aren't the way to go anymore--the best way for the US to collect revenue is on excise taxes, sin taxes and a national sales tax.

  • Tariffs are not good for countries which depend on imports.

    Since tariffs are an indirect tax it is mostly taken from the consumers by increasing the prices of the goods and services. For countries without resources and which are unable to produce their own goods and services have to depend entirely on these imports hence normal people with less incomes have a hard time with increase prices on their necessities. But it is also good in its own ways but higher taxes wont benefit people.

  • Super super bad

    Tariffs often end in an increase in price for domestic goods as well, not to mention the loss of jobs for people involved in trading. Tariffs do not create more jobs, they destroy them, and they are not good for the economy. Tariffs are bad; always have been, always will be.

  • Needless and counterproductive government intervention

    Free international trade is empirically proven to benefit the economy of a given country. If there is a country that can produce a given good at a cheaper price relative to other countries, the citizens of the other countries are better off financially when they purchase from that country. This applies to the United States. There are foreign companies that, by and large, produce goods (Cars, TV's, cellphones, Clothes) at a lesser expense than American manufacturers. Thus, these foreign companies dominate American markets. There is a demand for these products because they are cheaper, and there is no need for useless tariffs that would only drive the cost of these goods up. This would happen regardless of whether the company chooses to manufacture abroad or not.

  • I can partially stand liberals, but not uneducated protectionists'.

    Read economic thought and theory. There are many creditable studies on the inordinate negative effect tariffs have on trade relations, the economy and ultimately the consumer. This was one of Adam Smith's criticisms of Mercantilism. It just doesn't make sense, despite what you might feel it COULD DO. What it will do in reality will be worse than you are expecting. Don't believe me? Go read.


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