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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 Protect our economy

    I think tariffs are good as a temporary measurer when our economy is doing bad, implementing tariffs to spark job growth and foster entrepreneurship. Tariffs would be more effective if it was coupled with stronger anti-trust laws which would break up conglomerates thus foster more equitable market. We need fair markets not free markets.

  • Allows for other countries to steal our jobs

    By having tariffs it encourages people in the US to produce their own goods making more jobs. If there is free trade it allows other countries to manufacture and produce goods, just to be shipped into the United States and sold. We can not forget about the jobs of citizens.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Tariffs have no point, they demote internationalism and they are anti-consumer

    Tariffs were first put in place to stop people buying suspicious items like disguised bombs, so why are they still here? All they do is demote internationalism, which is vital in our day and age, tariffs just make it harder to get the things you need, if you're a poor person, you don't want to waste you're time looking at all of the items that you need but can't afford because tariffs increased the price of items. Tariffs are anti consumer items meant to benefit only the producer, not to make people's lives better for the majority, they are bad.

  • Americans Pay the Cost of Tariffs

    In every country it always is and must be the interest of the great body of the people to buy whatever they want of those who sell it cheapest. -Adam Smith

    Why should we impose an effective tax on the masses to protect a small group from global competition? This type of protectionism is deplorable.

  • ECON01: Definitive NO

    The simple logic is that if America can't compete in cost per unit vs Asian countries, forcing the production back to the US will mean that same goods are going to be more expensive and AMERICAN consumers will have no choice but to buy those expensive products if their demand is inelastic. There's no denying that some American workers get to hold onto their jobs a bit longer. But subsidizing an uncompetitive industry in the form of tariff is a very inefficient and counterproductive way to do it. Ultimately, it will fail when those now barely employed can't afford their own expensive products. To anyone in this global economy, you either move up or move out. Can't hole up and play with yourself.


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