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Should the U.S. levy tariffs on foreign-made steel and aluminum?

Tariffs, taxes on certain imports or exports, are often used by countries as a way to stimulate their economies. Occasionally, high tariffs are even used by a nation as a way of  “punishing” another nation for engaging in what they perceive to be unfair trade policies. Recently, President Trump announced a plan to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imported from foreign nations. Trump claims these tariffs are necessary to protect the United States steel industry.

Critics of these proposed tariffs believe that they will actually be detrimental to the United States economy and steel industry. Rather than slowing or halting the import of foreign-made steel and aluminum, experts believe that the prices of these products will drastically increase. Because American-made products are already more expensive than foreign-made products, the consumer is likely to be hurt by this tariff.

Those in favor of the tariffs believe that they will give the United States steel industry a greater opportunity to compete with other nations. The U.S. consumer will almost always choose the brand with the lowest price, the U.S-made steel which will be far less costly because of the tariffs on foreign imports. President Trump believes these tariffs will protect the U.S. steel industry and create and preserve jobs in this country.

We want to know what you think! Should the U.S. levy tariffs on foreign-made steel and aluminum?

Current Standings:
Yes: 44%
No: 56%
  • Coleman from Montana

    I believe that the US should raise tariffs on imports of foreign steel because president Trump is correct when he claims it will make American steel more affordable and more affordable for American producers to buy. This will give the US a better opportunity to compete with foreign countries. This is because the consumer will choose the lower price. When the tariff is added it will make foreign made steel and aluminum much more expensive. This will benefit the US economy and boost steel sales and production. This will also create more jobs for our raising economy and will preserve jobs as well. Even if this doesn’t work out we can still lower the tariff back to where it was previously. This is why I believe that president Trumps raise on foreign tariffs is a good idea for this country.

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  • Richard from Florida

    As the world’s reserve currency, our U.S. dollar is overvalued relative to nations which we trade with. The Chinese also use illegal practices to give their producers an artificial competitive advantage over our manufacturers. From exchange rate manipulation, intellectual theft, and illegal dumping, the Chinese have decimated our entire manufacturing sector. The Economic Policy Institute has calculated a total loss of 3.4 million U.S. middle class manufacturing jobs to China between 2000 and 2015. Even more jobs were lost because those workers used to spend their disposable income in their communities. Mainstream economists agree that the China effect has contributed to greater income and wealth inequality in our nation. Entire urban centers, such as Pittsburgh, PA, St. Louis, MO, Birmingham, AL, Youngstown, OH, and others used to have strong union based middle income steel manufacturing jobs. All of those urban areas have become impoverished. In turn, economic hopelessness, income stagnation, and networth decline have culminated in a nationwide opioid addiction health crisis. Violent crime, which had declined for decades, has once again increased. Unless action is taken to bring some of those jobs back to this nation and resolve our unsustainable trade and capital imbalance, we will, as a nation, continue to decline. All mainstream economists agree that large perpetual trade and capital deficits aren’t sustainable in the long run. Even the Federal Reserve has noted that a rapid correction (I.e. severe devaluation of our USD) would have tangible and devastating consequences for us.

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    • Matthew from Mississippi

      I didn’t think about that, although, the majority of our steel ( greater than 75%) didn’t come from China in 2017. I think that this comment applies to other industries more than steel.

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      I didn’t think about that, although, the majority of our steel ( greater than 75%) didn’t come from China in 2017. I think that this comment applies t…

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  • Chelsey from Michigan

    It will help bring in more money and stop our resources from going elsewhere

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  • Jonathan from Montana

    Yes, because I support America.

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  • Andrew from Texas

    While having the tariff will effect the US steel/aluminum economy in the short run because most of the raw metals are shipped to use then other countries buy them from use the tariff will cause us to have to build factories in order to make the metals. This will open up more jobs for people who don’t have jobs and it will be another job that you can get right out of high school instead of going to college if you don’t have the money or simply don’t want to go.

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    While having the tariff will effect the US steel/aluminum economy in the short run because most of the raw metals are shipped to use then other countr…

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  • Kevin from Texas

    Opening factories in the U.S will give jobs to many people 😻

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  • Evan from Wisconsin

    Though these tariffs are only on steel and aluminum, they effect the nation possitively in so many different ways.

    1. Trade deficit: Currently we export less product than we import. This means that more American dollars are leaving the country than coming in. Tariffs encourage companies to use American products. This in turn will decrease our imports.

    2. The Economy: If more product is being manufactured or processed in America, we will have more jobs.

    3. Income for our government: Tariffs will bring money into our government. This in turn could make in possible to decrease our income tax, or any other tax for that fact.

    In the short term, the price of steel and aluminum products might go up, but in the long term all the benefits listed above will make America healthier economically, not sicker.

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    Though these tariffs are only on steel and aluminum, they effect the nation possitively in so many different ways.

    1. Trade deficit: Currently we…

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  • Ryan from South Dakota

    From what I’ve heard, and I may be underqualified to write this argument, foreign industries already had import tariffs against the United States, hence the “unfair trade deals”. Also, on the shallow end of the debate, keeping foreign metal out of the U.S. seems like it would really help our metal industry here in the homeland, which, in a perfect world would mean more jobs. Like I said, I’m probably underqualified to talk about this, but it seems like it should work.

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    From what I’ve heard, and I may be underqualified to write this argument, foreign industries already had import tariffs against the United States, hen…

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  • Eli from Indiana

    I think that it is important that we levy tariffs on imported steel and aluminum because the countries that are importing the most like China subsidize their companies and make it so they can sell their steel and aluminum cheaply and operate at a loss. We need these tariffs to make American companies competitive again because our companies are private companies and they can not sell their products at such a low price because they still need to profit. These tariffs will also help bring jobs back to that industry and help protect current american jobs. This is why i believe that we need these tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

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    I think that it is important that we levy tariffs on imported steel and aluminum because the countries that are importing the most like China subsidiz…

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  • Nicholas from Michigan

    Due to China’s immense force within the realm of generating power and their socialized industries, the Chinese steel manufacturers are paying less than any American company would. The Chinese government has been moving towards owning the entirety of the country’s steel producers, and as such, workers are paid by the government. Given that the electric and man-power costs are covered, Chinese steel producers have an unfair advantage over American steel which would harm the American industry if left alone. This also depends on the quality of steel that China is importing into America. If the steel is low quality, the tariff is not warranted, as most companies would recognize the low quality and not pay even the low price for it. Now if the steel is high quality, then the tariff is necessary, because companies will buy at the lowest possible cost for any given good of comparable quality, without much regard to where it is from. The tariff Trump is enacting makes logical sense because of the unfair advantages that Chinese steel producers have from being owned and subsidized heavily by the government.

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    Due to China’s immense force within the realm of generating power and their socialized industries, the Chinese steel manufacturers are paying less tha…

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  • Avraham from Tennessee

    Tariffs are not typically successful in the long term, however, they do generally accomplish their short term purpose of bringing businesses home and securing local economic security. This tariff will hopefully force US car manufacturers and beer can manufacturers to begin buying local again, which will increase quality as US goods will be made with US materials. Furthermore this will allow the US to finally begin to import less and eventually produce enough local product to export more.

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  • Chayton from Oregon

    Increasing tariffs on foreign made steel, and other products would increase the need to make more of these products in the United states. And due to that it would increase jobs and would build up our economy. Creating a chain of events that would be better for the US, it would also keep more money in the United States economy, because we wouldn’t have to spend that money on foreign made products.

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    Increasing tariffs on foreign made steel, and other products would increase the need to make more of these products in the United states. And due to t…

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  • Devin from Michigan

    This is merely overdue retribution for (1) existing Chinese tariffs of American goods and (2) the dumping of lower-quality Chinese products on American soil.

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  • Patrick from Virginia

    It will bring in more money to the United States and it will also improve the US steel industry.

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  • Dylan from New York

    President Trump was right to place a 25% tariff on steel and a 10% tariff on aluminum. The U.S. should levy a tariff on foreign made steel and aluminum. This will protect American jobs. In Granite City, Illinois U.S. Steel rehired 500 employees after President Trump announced new tariffs on steel and aluminum. The U.S. had a $556 billion trade deficit in 2017. We need to take action to reduce the trade deficit or our economy will collapse. China has a 25% tariff on American cars and Germany has a 10% tariff on American cars. Guess what the U.S. tariff on imported cars is. Only 3.5%! It is time to put America First! We cannot continue to keep loosing in trade. We cannot sit back and let countries rip America off. America needs reciprocal tariffs. Opponents of these tariffs say they will hurt consumers. This is false. They will only raise the price of a $35,000 car by $175. It will raise the price of a Campbell’s Soup can by 6 tenths of a penny. It will raise a can of Coca-Cola by 3 tenths of a penny. In exchange American wages will go up and jobs will be created.

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    President Trump was right to place a 25% tariff on steel and a 10% tariff on aluminum. The U.S. should levy a tariff on foreign made steel and aluminu…

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  • Taylor from Indiana

    I believe the US should levy taxes on foreign steel company products because people will always choose the less costly product, which would be the foreign products, but with levied taxes, that money will stay with the US goods. By having people buy from US companies, it will allow more occupations to be preserved. Although the thought of less costly steel and aluminum products from other countries are nice due to price, the bigger picture is better if the American people use their money to obtain American products so the insurance of jobs in that field is held. The US could even look at lessening the prices of steel and aluminum products now, while additionally placing tariffs on foreign products, which would amount to an even more popular vote about levying taxes. Along with keeping jobs open in the US, by buying US products we know the employees making the products are ensured safe and sanitary working conditions and their rights are protected. When we import goods, we do not know the extent of unsanitary and unjust working conditions and hours those employees might go through to make the products that we are paying little money for, thus causing them to not have a big paycheck that could potentially effect their family.

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    I believe the US should levy taxes on foreign steel company products because people will always choose the less costly product, which would be the for…

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  • Dylan from New York

    President Trump was right to place a 25% tariff on steel and a 10% tariff on aluminum. The U.S. should levy a tariff on foreign made steel and aluminum. This will protect American jobs. In Granite City, Illinois U.S. Steel rehired 500 employees after President Trump announced new tariffs on steel and aluminum. The U.S. had a $556 billion trade deficit in 2017. We need to take action to reduce the trade deficit or our economy will collapse. China has a 25% tariff on American cars and Germany has a 10% tariff on American cars. Guess what the U.S. tariff on imported cars is. Only 3.5%! It is time to put America First! We cannot continue to keep loosing in trade. We cannot sit back and let countries rip America off. America needs reciprocal tariffs. Opponents of the steel and aluminum tariffs say they will hurt consumers. This is false. They will only raise the price of a $35,000 car by $175. It will raise the price of a Campbell’s Soup can by 6 tenths of a penny. It will raise a can of Coca-Cola by 3 tenths of a penny. In exchange American wages will go up and jobs will be created. Steel is a necessity for America’s national security. We need to be able to produce steel for our military.

    https://www.cnbc.com/video/2018/03/02/watch-wilbur-ross-use-a-can-of-campbells-soup-to-defend-steel-and-aluminum-tariffs.html

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    President Trump was right to place a 25% tariff on steel and a 10% tariff on aluminum. The U.S. should levy a tariff on foreign made steel and aluminu…

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  • Matthew from Mississippi

    I believe that hiking foreign steel prices is a good thing. Products made in America aren’t too common to begin with. We also have better worker services (Unions, Minimum wages) here than many other places (Russia, Brazil, Mexico), so increasing the market for U.S.-manufactured steel would end up benefiting more people- more steel requirements mean more job opportunities in the United Sates, which could enable many homeless people to obtain a steady wage. We also have greater emission regulations, which could help slow down climate change, while also slightly improving Brazilian air quality. Less demand means less factories means less pollution. In 2017, US steel imports exceeding 1 million metric tonnes were from Canada, Russia, Brazil, Germany, Japan, Turkey, South Korea, and Mexico according to the International Trade Administration (ITA).
    There is also the possibility that this tariff gets repealed in the future. It’s existence would provide a period of respite and increased demand for U.S.-made steel, enabling the companies to revamp, improve, and cut back on costs. This, in turn, could help U.S-made steel prices remain competitive against foreign government-subsidized companies’.
    What about this smells bad?

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    I believe that hiking foreign steel prices is a good thing. Products made in America aren’t too common to begin with. We also have better worker serv…

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  • Dylan from New York

    President Trump was right to place a 25% tariff on steel and a 10% tariff on aluminum. The U.S. should levy a tariff on foreign made steel and aluminum. This will protect American jobs. In Granite City, Illinois U.S. Steel rehired 500 employees after President Trump announced new tariffs on steel and aluminum. The U.S. had a $556 billion trade deficit in 2017. We need to take action to reduce the trade deficit or our economy will collapse. China has a 25% tariff on American cars and Germany has a 10% tariff on American cars. Guess what the U.S. tariff on imported cars is. Only 3.5%! It is time to put America First! We cannot continue to keep loosing in trade. We cannot sit back and let countries rip America off. America needs reciprocal tariffs. Opponents of these tariffs say they will hurt consumers. This is false. They will only raise the price of a $35,000 car by $175. It will raise the price of a Campbell’s Soup can by 6 tenths of a penny. It will raise a can of Coca-Cola by 3 tenths of a penny. In exchange American wages will go up and jobs will be created.

    https://www.cnbc.com/video/2018/03/02/watch-wilbur-ross-use-a-can-of-campbells-soup-to-defend-steel-and-aluminum-tariffs.html

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  • Stacey from Kentucky

    I say yes the because these tariffs may be able to protect the U.S. steel industry and create and preserve jobs in our country. It will also give the U.S. a better chance at competing with more of the foreign nations. The steel industry is crucial to the U.S. and this could be a huge advantage to our economy. I believe President Trump is making the right choice because ultimately we must maintain the industry. It will help bring in more money and stop our resources from going elsewhere.

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    I say yes the because these tariffs may be able to protect the U.S. steel industry and create and preserve jobs in our country. It will also give the …

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  • Hannah from Kentucky

    I think that raising the tariff would help American businesses. We still may need imports now and then, but as the tariff cost rises the cost for the imported steel will increase as well. The American made steel will be cheaper by comparison and people will be more likely to buy it. As the demand increases, the supply will need to increase as well. This will create more jobs for unemployed Americans.

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    I think that raising the tariff would help American businesses. We still may need imports now and then, but as the tariff cost rises the cost for the …

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  • Elizabeth from Kentucky

    I think Trump should in fact impose tariffs on steel and aluminum because in the long run it will promote American-made products. The higher tariffs will influence American companies to utilize our own country’s products rather than turning to other countries for imports. The tariffs will make American steel much more affordable for American producers to buy and make foreign steel more expensive. The consumer will choose the lower price and overall it will promote American-made products.

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    I think Trump should in fact impose tariffs on steel and aluminum because in the long run it will promote American-made products. The higher tariffs …

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  • Rachel from Kentucky

    I believe that the US should levy tariffs on foreign-made steel and aluminum because it will benefit our economy and steel companies. It will make American steel more affordable for Americans and will give the US a better opportunity to compete with foreign countries. This will make foreign goods more expensive, making Americans choose US goods. This will benefit the US economy and boost steel sales and production.

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    I believe that the US should levy tariffs on foreign-made steel and aluminum because it will benefit our economy and steel companies. It will make Ame…

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  • Hunter from Kentucky

    I agree with this as we have to think of what Trump’s main line was “Make America Great Again”. This is what he is trying to do, He wants everything to be made on U.S soil so it is at easier access to us that use it. As a person that is around equipment that is made of steel, We understand how much steel means to our company but what many do not understand is that it takes a while for things to ship overseas so with this all being made in the United States of America, we could have easier access and save more money when getting steel for all of our belts at UPS as it is what everything is made of in our building. This will help build up our steel manufacturing and make it a job that is bigger and offers more jobs to many.

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    I agree with this as we have to think of what Trump’s main line was “Make America Great Again”. This is what he is trying to do, He wants everything t…

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  • collin from Kentucky

    I personally feel like the tariffs would be important. This would help support US companies in an attempt to keep American companies and products and Jobs in our country instead of sending them overseas. The increase of jobs in America would lower the unemployment rate that has been crippling our nation and it would help keep our economy strong.

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    I personally feel like the tariffs would be important. This would help support US companies in an attempt to keep American companies and products and …

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  • James from Kentucky

    I think that the US should push for this because it will help bring money to the United States and be great for businesses. It will stop our resources from going other places and keep steel American made. It could also eventually lead to new steel/aluminum factories which would bring more jobs to the United States. Although tariffs may not work in the long run. They will work to keep things home made and bring business back to the United States.

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    I think that the US should push for this because it will help bring money to the United States and be great for businesses. It will stop our resources…

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  • Mickey from Kentucky

    Yes, we need to make more money, so tariffs on steel and other products would be necessary.

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  • Quinn from Kentucky

    I think that the tariff is a good idea because if the tariffs come into set, they will end up lowering the costs of American steel prices. The business will have to end up paying more because of the tariffs but I believe that it will help the consumer out in the long run and it will bring more money back into the United States then it will take from its own people. Plus, the resources in our country will stay here instead of going elsewhere to foreign countries. Lastly, more jobs will come to the USA if the steel industry picks up.

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    I think that the tariff is a good idea because if the tariffs come into set, they will end up lowering the costs of American steel prices. The busines…

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  • nick from Kentucky

    yes but not to the degree trump talks of because we need to work with other countries and we need to try and be peaceful but because of us losing money so fast i believe that the teriff is necessary

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    yes but not to the degree trump talks of because we need to work with other countries and we need to try and be peaceful but because of us losing mone…

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  • Isaac from New York

    Tariffs are there to protect American industry, American manufactures cant compete with foreign manufactures because of all the stipulations in place. Foreign steel is known to be of far less quality than American steel. By using American steel it will provide more money to us in the long run.

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    Tariffs are there to protect American industry, American manufactures cant compete with foreign manufactures because of all the stipulations in place….

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  • Laura from Kentucky

    Yes, I agree with President Trump that we should raise tariffs on imports of foreign steel because that means that our steel will be much more affordable for us and for any kind of producers. This will put our economy in a way much better place and it will help with it.

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  • Mel from Kentucky

    Yes I think that the U.S. should levy taxes on imports of foreign steel because it will make prices of steel lower and it will be easier for consumers to purchase it. This is also believed to create and preserve U.S steel industry jobs.

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    Yes I think that the U.S. should levy taxes on imports of foreign steel because it will make prices of steel lower and it will be easier for consumers…

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  • josh from Kentucky

    Yes, i think that a tariff on steel and aluminum from other countries wound not be a bad thing. I don”t agree with how much he wants to raise it, 25 percent for steel, and 10 percent on aluminum. I think that promoting an industry that is in the united states is not bad, i Just think that the level that he wants it too high. It could also not be a good thing, because china threatened to respond with its own tariffs on American goods.

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    Yes, i think that a tariff on steel and aluminum from other countries wound not be a bad thing. I don”t agree with how much he wants to raise it, 25 p…

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  • Greg from Kentucky

    I believe there should be a tax on imported steel and aluminum. As a metal worker I don’t see this affecting my pay, or my life. I think it would actually help boost the economy. Cars may cost a small amount more, but I think that will only happen for a short amount of time. Plus no matter the price on a finished product, if a person needs that product they are going to buy it. A tax on imported metal will bring back steel production into America, with America turning into the manufacturing country it is becoming, there is a need for The United States to supply its own material.

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    I believe there should be a tax on imported steel and aluminum. As a metal worker I don’t see this affecting my pay, or my life. I think it would actu…

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  • Liz from Kentucky

    Yes, I believe that there should be tariffs on steel coming from other countries. Not only will tariffs increase the price of the foreign goods, but as a result they will make consumers purchase more of the U.S. made products. We, as consumers, don’t need to be spending money on foreign goods to benefit other countries, but rather but our own goods to benefit the United States.

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    Yes, I believe that there should be tariffs on steel coming from other countries. Not only will tariffs increase the price of the foreign goods, but a…

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  • peyton from Kentucky

    I think the U.S should make this move on increasing tariffs. However, I think it should have been done in smaller steps. Yes the U.S. imports a lot of steel and aluminum, but will countries continue to trade with the increasing tariffs? I believe the tariffs should be imposed with smaller and smaller increments to find the maximum amount of profit possible for the U.S while still maintaining a good trade relationship with other countries.

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    I think the U.S should make this move on increasing tariffs. However, I think it should have been done in smaller steps. Yes the U.S. imports a lot of…

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  • Thomas from Pennsylvania

    The United States should levy some level of tariffs on foreign-made steel and aluminum products to made American steel more affordable and to close the trade gaps with countries like China and Japan, that export a lot to the United States but import little in return. At one time, the United States produced more steel than any other country in the world with 1/3 of the world’s steel production coming out of the city of Pittsburgh alone. Since then, the steel industry has largely left the United States and been taken up in other nations. I feel that if President Trump wants to bring the steel industry back to the United States, tariffs to protect American steel and aluminum would be the first step to using American steel in this country. Now in the beginning, such as action would have some economic consequences such as making steel more expensive overall but would benefit the steel industry and lead to improvement in the long run. It is about time that the U.S. does something to stop the unfair trade deals that ungrateful partners, which include supposed allies, take advantage of. When President Bush pushed for steel tariffs in 2002, the EU and Japan opposed it bitterly as it would mean they would not be able to flood American markets with their more cheaply available and readily made products. America needs some form of protection to assist in bringing back industry to the country so that once again it can be a mass exporter of goods rather than an importer.

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  • Sterling from Montana

    I believe this could be a good thing for the United States while this could hurt the U.S. it could also benefit us great by creating jobs it will increase the amount of steel and aluminum our country produces. The Reason why the prices are so high for these products are simply because of a supply and demand type concept, China has no EPA so they get to pay their workers less to found steel the U.S. realizes we are putting our workers in a dangerous job we pay them more because they are more qualified to make quality steel and we like to protect our workers. We should have created these tariffs years ago when other countries started doing this. when we have more supply of steel prices are bound to fall a bit. when we have more workers to found this steel we will have more steel.

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    I believe this could be a good thing for the United States while this could hurt the U.S. it could also benefit us great by creating jobs it will incr…

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  • Isaac from New York

    Tariffs have been in place ever sense the end of the revolutionary war. They were imposed to protect the american manufacturers. American made products are of better quality than that of foreign products. (including steel). American standards are higher than that of foreign (China, Russia) standards.

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    Tariffs have been in place ever sense the end of the revolutionary war. They were imposed to protect the american manufacturers. American made produ…

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  • Kohen from Missouri

    I believe that the US. should raise the payment, because they have been paying to Canada it’s like a waste of money.

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  • Seth from Alabama

    It is never good to allow our industry to flounder. Tariffs allow us steel companies to compete with other nations that have, shall we say, less than excellent working conditions.

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  • Raine from Virginia

    Steel tarrifs will put our economy first, and bring back more jobs.

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  • Seth from Montana

    It is true that tariffs on foreign aluminum and steel will cause prices of products made with these metal to rise, but it will also allow the government to have another source of money to fund programs with. It will also allow industries in the US to focus more on US steel and aluminum producers as a source of material, rather than relying on foreign trade for it.

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    It is true that tariffs on foreign aluminum and steel will cause prices of products made with these metal to rise, but it will also allow the governme…

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  • Bailee from Montana

    Yes, because our economy is clearly struggling. Putting a tariff on steel will help boost our own local businesses and eventually help boost our own economy. Of course there is a possibility of a trade war with other countries, however that is a big IF. We need to focus on our country and what we can do to improve it now before worrying about the low probability of being involved in a trade war. If the Trump Administration continues to put a tax on aluminum and steel, there will be a guaranteed raise on steel in the US. Why is that good for our economy? It is good because these businesses that are competing for American business against FOREIGN nations will be able to appeal to our dollars , rather than the now expensive foreign materials. Essentially our economy will grow because the big businesses are getting our dollars rather than foreign imports that now have to pay a tariff which will raise their prices on us.

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    Yes, because our economy is clearly struggling. Putting a tariff on steel will help boost our own local businesses and eventually help boost our own e…

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  • Morgan from Montana

    As consumers we purchase the cheaper product and if it is made in America it will be cheaper. raising the tariffs on import of foreign steel will be more affordable for American made steel and aluminum. With the amount of money that we as a nation spend to transport steel to America, we can be making our own steel in factories in America and spend the money on something more useful to the nation.

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    As consumers we purchase the cheaper product and if it is made in America it will be cheaper. raising the tariffs on import of foreign steel will be m…

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  • Jarrett from Montana

    I think the United states should overall regulate the incoming steel and aluminum tarde for many of the following reasons. My first reason is that we already have a very large debt to china and many of the other foreign traders that the United States so closely deals with. This is a very big issue and it would be a good idea to start regulating these products from overseas. The next reason is by overall stopping or slowing imported goods this brings cost into the economy but overall it makes the economy of America build its own good well made supplies that it originally did in the mid 30s up until today but has overall diminished in the last 10 years so i think it would be a great idea to again introduce US made products rather than cheap Jap of Chinese made products. The last reason is this would overall in a sense make more jobs which could be very beneficial to the overall wealth of the United States economy. By making our own steel more recycling plants would be made to overall fuel this cost so jobs would be made and maybe if America tried hard enough we could eventually return to our former glory which once existed before the younger generations were corrupted by issentant nonsense that they don’t have to do anything when they know little of nothing that their grandfathers had to do. In a sense the US needs to get a set say no to China or Japan products and they need to just build their own items again like everyone else in order to do this you must give but what you get is so much more.

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  • Ridge from Montana

    yes because it will take away a lot of our debts in america and in a way we will get the respect of other countries for doing these things. When our debt goes down we have a higher chance of doing things maybe our tax will go down. More job opportunities and they wont go after you if you cant pay any bills. Because they are not looking for money out of the country. The problem that America needs to solve is when they are hurting for money they either inflate or they raise taxes so they are taking it out of America to help themselves with there debt what they need to do is take the money from other countries and in order to do that they need to do tariffs so they can solve this problem but as you can see more and more people are choosing no and for what reason, you are saying that you can come into this country and trade for no tariff which is useless and stupid but it is smart in a lot of different ways as well.

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    yes because it will take away a lot of our debts in america and in a way we will get the respect of other countries for doing these things. When our d…

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  • Kyle from Montana

    Yes because then our national debt will be able decrease because we aren’t paying other countries for their goods.

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  • Brooklyn from Montana

    Yes, this is one thing that could truly help our economy. With raising taxes to bring in foreign steel and aluminum, businesses and people in the United States would most likely be forced to participate in buying within our country only. I can’t agree on everything Trump has done within his presidential period, but I do know he is a true businessman. Within this category of making primary decisions, I would have to put my trust in Trump and believe this would eventually cycle into helping our economy. There has been studies and experiments before with Mexico importing things, where the U.S. raised taxes with them and it ended up giving back to our economy. This is also not news to the American people. If you have been paying attention to Trump’s election, he promised this was one of the strategies he would be using to help build the economy.

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    Yes, this is one thing that could truly help our economy. With raising taxes to bring in foreign steel and aluminum, businesses and people in the Unit…

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  • shane from Montana

    yes it will increase jobs and allow money flow to stay in the U.S

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  • Jaryn from Montana

    Because we want steel

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  • joe from Montana

    I believe we should have the tariff because it will help American steel companies to compete against other countries.

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  • Robert from Indiana

    The administration’s blanket tariffs are crudely applied and unsound, diplomatically and economically. They risk alienating allies and destabilizing the U.S. economy – all for the sake of pandering to a voter base.

    Placing tariffs on imports from friendly countries risks unnecessary trade conflicts, undermining international agreements and global cooperation. The Trump Administration’s plan is already alienating allies, evident in the retaliatory measures that the EU have promised- tariffs that would put pressure on U.S. goods like agricultural products, consumer products, and Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Although the President asserts that trade wars are “good, and easy to win”, the cycle of economic conflict that these tariffs will spark will damage many of our international ties and inhibit economic development. Risking the entire global market merely to prop up an already-diminished industry is incredibly impractical, and will save some raw-production jobs at the expensive of a multitude of other sectors.

    It’s dubious whether the Trump Administration’s tariffs would preserve any jobs, given its unscientific economic methodology. It would certainly cost American jobs- namely, as a result of industries simply deciding to shift post-raw materials production and manufacturing back within their native boundaries to dodge the tariffs. It would also hurt the U.S. economy in a multitude of other ways, as Paul Krugman explains in his New York Times Op-Ed “The Macroeconomics of Trade War”. Essentially, since the U.S. is currently near full employment, the tariffs would go straight into price increases- forcing the Federal Reserve to increase interest rates to prevent inflation (hurting markets sensitive to interest rates, like real estate) and driving up the dollar, hurting U.S. exports (like agriculture). The administration’s tariffs, at their core, simply lack any sort of economic justification or practicality.

    There’s a legitimate case for levying tariffs on Chinese steel, as the government subsidizes its production to undercut foreign markets. However, Chinese steel only accounts for around 3% of imports, and a tariff as widely-applied as the currently proposed one would do more harm than good. It’s also true that the U.S. has a responsibility to assist people left behind by the decline of the U.S. steel industry. However, again, these tariffs are widely-applied and too indiscriminate to save more jobs than they will cost. We must look for other ways to help U.S. steelworkers besides trying to stall out an industry already in decline.

    The Trump Administration’s tariffs are an affront to international trade agreements and our allies, and lack a solid economic basis. If implemented, they will harm the economy and cost many more jobs than they hope to save. At their core, the tariffs are simply a political play- playing to Trump’s disenfranchised blue-collar base, scoring points at the expense of everyone else. The U.S. must look to sound economic measures and ideology rather than the overblown, illogical rhetoric that is prompting the steel and aluminum tariffs.

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  • Matthew from Colorado

    Why do we not want cheap foreign goods? It will just kill us back home.

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  • Shade from Montana

    The risk of adding a tariff to foreign steel and aluminum does not just affect businesses who are less willing to pay for higher priced American made product, but it could also do damage in the fact that it could result in a trade-war between other countries and the United States. This would negatively affect the overall economy, and eventually lead to more debt. My answer is no.

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  • Jacob from California

    I believe in the basic idea of free trade. As the father of modern economics, Adam Smith, has put it, the invisible hand will guide all economic affairs, even those on a global scale. By putting up tariffs, Trump is going against a basic ideology of his party, “the freer the market, the freer the people.

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    I believe in the basic idea of free trade. As the father of modern economics, Adam Smith, has put it, the invisible hand will guide all economic affai…

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  • Sam from Ohio

    Tariffs raise prices on the goods being imported. This will affect other industries that rely on the steel for production of their products. They will spend more on the Steel, lowering productivity. Lowering productivity, because the higher prices will lower the amount of steel they can buy. Lower productivity will require less workers, and workers will be laid off. This will create a problem for the economy, in the long run.

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    Tariffs raise prices on the goods being imported. This will affect other industries that rely on the steel for production of their products. They wi…

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  • Trevor from Washington

    Using tariffs to bring up the steel industry in the United States comes at the cost of consumers and the many industries that rely on metals to produce their products. Tariffs will undoubtedly protect steel workers in Pittsburgh, while blue collar workers across the country suffer from the increased costs of the imported steel that their companies rely on. Trump’s implementation of these tariffs protects a small number of factories for steel, while the auto workers in Detroit get financially bludgeoned from the increased costs of production. Economic protectionism is the reason so many manufacturing powerhouses have closed shop in the US and choose to work overseas and in Mexico. Consumers will foot the bill from these tariffs as well. The only ways to counteract the increasing cost of manufacturing is to either lay off workers or raise the prices of the products these factories produce. Everything from from automobiles, appliances, medical equipment, and agricultural products will cost more, leaving every American to foot the bill.

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  • haley from Kansas

    I do not think that there should be tariffs on steel and aluminum because with doing this it is going to make it harder to trade for good we need. Trump already claims that U.S. products already costs more than foreign goods so why increase our prices so then other countries wont want to trade with us, we are only hurting ourselves in the end.

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    I do not think that there should be tariffs on steel and aluminum because with doing this it is going to make it harder to trade for good we need. Tru…

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  • Wesley from Montana

    No I do not believe we should raise the prices on incoming steel and metal because we as consumers will want to get metal from the lowest prices we can get our hands on to and if we start these tariffs we will have to pay more and that will drastically hurt some of our businesses. Having tariffs will not do our country any good and if anything it is going to damage our economy in a way.

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    No I do not believe we should raise the prices on incoming steel and metal because we as consumers will want to get metal from the lowest prices we ca…

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  • Hunter from Montana

    No, as an American consumer, actions that lead to inflation and higher average prices negatively effect myself and America’s economic system. These actions can also result in a global trade war that will again negatively effect the United States and global economies.

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    No, as an American consumer, actions that lead to inflation and higher average prices negatively effect myself and America’s economic system. These ac…

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  • Martin from New York

    As important as it is to assure American working people jobs, these tariffs will do more harm than good or the American economy. For one, most steel that America buys comes from other countries like China and South Korea. These is no longer the days of Andrew Carnegie. Second, tariffs will take away more jobs in other countries than they will add them in America, making America look worse. Finally, if you really want to bring jobs back to America, the only ways to do that are to decrease regulation on trade, to make products more available, or invest in infrastructure, which would be easier and cheaper with foreign steel.

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    As important as it is to assure American working people jobs, these tariffs will do more harm than good or the American economy. For one, most steel t…

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  • Johnny from Washington

    Trade war = higher prices on everything from aluminum foil to cars. It’s a no from me.

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  • Ryan from Texas

    It is my belief that any American should not be limited (or in this case, limited by price of goods outside the country) to only American goods. It is up to the American consumer to decide which products they want to purchase (whether it be from an American manufacturer or a manufacturer from another country). Any person should not be bound to purchase certain goods for the benefit of their country’s economy. In my opinion, that is tyranny. You are punishing the American consumer in *hopes* to improve the American economy. It is not even guaranteed that these tariffs will help the economy, because (as many others have said) it could lead to the beginning of a trade war. Free trade is paramount to the success of the international community, and if it is limited, it could have devastating results.

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    It is my belief that any American should not be limited (or in this case, limited by price of goods outside the country) to only American goods. It is…

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  • Hailey from Pennsylvania

    I do not think that Trump and the U.S. should levy tariffs because it would only result to something worse again for the country. If this were to happen, he would enter us into a trade war and our country would only be targeted more.

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    I do not think that Trump and the U.S. should levy tariffs because it would only result to something worse again for the country. If this were to happ…

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  • Dylan from California

    The United States faces an enormous trade deficit. Due to rising production costs here in the homeland, many U.S. companies are looking overseas for more lucrative places to either buy, manufacture, or produce, which has led many American-based companies out of the country, left American workers without work, and left some American industries in decline. Much of this is attributed to one of America’s biggest trade partners, the People’s Republic of China. The Trump administration argues that tariffs will protect our steel and aluminum industries in the United States, not only keeping, but growing jobs in the U.S. and contributing to general economic growth. However, this outlook seems very shallow and unfounded. The steel and aluminum industries have been in decline for decades, and though the tariffs may buy American metal workers some time, Adam Smith’s invisible hand will most likely have its way eventually. The tariffs may save these industries for today, but how long will they keep these industries and jobs safe in the future, and more importantly, what will be the other costs of the tariffs for the American economy at large? The increase in the market price resulting from the tariffs will raise the costs for those who purchase steel and aluminum. This will have major implications for the American aviation and automobile industries, which rely on these metals for their own production. These sectors of the American economy are growing, provide more American manufacturing jobs which also pay better wages, and are one of the few manufacturing sectors that the United States still has a comparative advantage in, compared to other countries. The tariffs will most likely have a negative impact on the aviation and automobile industries, which will raise their prices, meaning less sales and production, less growth, less jobs, and a possible increase in America’s already staggering trade deficit (not factoring in the reduction of the trade deficit from the effects of the tariff on steel and aluminum imports, which could end up in a total net increase or decrease of the deficit depending on other market conditions). In summary, imposing tariffs to save dying industries could potentially stunt the growth of blossoming American manufacturing industries. This is not to say that should we leave steel and aluminum workers and the American metal industry to their dim and dismal fates. There are many ways we can help bolster America’s position in trade and save the American steel and aluminum industries (and workers) without tariffs. The United States currently invests less in research and development, physical capital, and human capital as a percentage of GDP than it did decades ago, while many of its growing trade competitors (such as China) invest a lot more. To gain an upper-hand over foreign competition, the United States should encourage investment in cutting-edge technology, better tools and machinery, and training and education for workers. With innovation and worker superiority, metal production in the United States can be cheaper and more efficient than from abroad, while keeping jobs with fair, decent wages. The globalized economy does not have to be a zero-sum game. We should seek new and innovative ways to revamp sectors of our economy rather than rush to a primitive and out-dated policy. I encourage President Trump and the Director of the National Trade Council, Peter Navarro, to pick up a history book, because if economic history has taught us anything, its that trade wars have no winners.

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  • Kelsey from Montana

    No I don’t believe that we should have higher tariffs because it could cause a trade war and if we do raise tarries it will highly affect Americas businesses. We should keep the prices the same because they are fine at this price.

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  • Justin from Ohio

    I believe that the policy of protectionism is un-American and ultimately harmful to the average American. Tariffs are an indirect form of harmful government price-fixing and can lead to higher prices for consumers. In addition, international allies will likely become unhappy with tariffs on their businesses’ products and respond with tariffs of their own, hurting American business owners and workers. I believe that the best way to benefit the American consumers and businesses, in addition to people all around the world, is a policy of low or non-existent tariffs and a genuine attitude of laissez-faire capitalism.

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  • Seth from Arizona

    This will lead to a huge cost in product for every product that uses steel from general use items to HOUSING. Not even accounting for the fact that the U.S steel industry will not be able to meet the full demand of the steel the the United States needs all alone. This will lead to a massive price increase yet again and not lead to as many jobs as people are lead to believe. Considering how highly automated the steel industry it.

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  • Quentin from Kentucky

    Why can’t we all just get along rather than claim that we are the top country ourselves. Haven’t these people ever heard the quote “Divided, we fall. United, we stand.” Yes we need materials like steel and aluminum, but do we really need to force other countries to give us the goods. Like may people on the no side said, there will b e a trade war. We need to support one another with what we have, but not by taking materials by law.

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  • Tanner from Kentucky

    I think we shouldn’t increase the tariffs because it could have many different negative outcomes that could affect our nation. We also don’t know the long and short term affects this could have. Also American business owners are going to have to pay the tariffs on the steel. Which in the long run could ruin our economy and negatively affect our steel industry. Also other countries should be the ones that should have to pay higher tariffs. So our trade policies and other deals aren’t broken or dissolved.

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    I think we shouldn’t increase the tariffs because it could have many different negative outcomes that could affect our nation. We also don’t know the …

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  • Maddie from Kentucky

    I do not personally see the reason why foreign-made steel should have tariffs placed on them. I understand that the point is to encourage the production of steel in American. However, it is more expensive to produce American steel and foreign steel holds up just as well. Taxing businesses for importing steel would cause the country as a whole to lose more money because they would then have to pay extra for foreign materials and if they want to avoid the tariff, they are forced to pay more for American made steel.

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    I do not personally see the reason why foreign-made steel should have tariffs placed on them. I understand that the point is to encourage the product…

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  • Sean from Kentucky

    I do not think that the United States should implement tariffs on steel as it might hurt our economy much more than it would help us. American-made steel products are already costing us more to make than foreign steel because we simply don’t have as much steel as everyone else. Even with a tariff it might cost more for us to buy American made steel products. If this is the case then we would be paying more for steel for no reason.

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    I do not think that the United States should implement tariffs on steel as it might hurt our economy much more than it would help us. American-made st…

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  • Will from Montana

    I don’t believe that US should raise tariffs because we might start a trade war and prices will go up for many thing that Americans purchase.

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  • Josh from Kentucky

    The U.S. Government should not levy tariffs on steel as this would cause higher prices in cars, homes, buildings, and bridges. The Government should keep the tariffs the same to keep trade relationships steady and keep our partner countries happy and content with trading with us.

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    The U.S. Government should not levy tariffs on steel as this would cause higher prices in cars, homes, buildings, and bridges. The Government should k…

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  • michael from Kentucky

    No I don’t agree with the US putting taxes on foreign steel because it will eventually lead to higher prices for the consumer. If we put a tax on imported material americans will be paying for it through taxes and all our prices will raise.

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    No I don’t agree with the US putting taxes on foreign steel because it will eventually lead to higher prices for the consumer. If we put a tax on impo…

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  • Malia from Kentucky

    While it could be beneficial for the economy, these tariffs should not be established. American made products are more expensive while foreign made products tend to be cheaper. For those companies and consumers buying the products, the cost would likely rise for these cheaper foreign made products and therefore, the company loses money and the consumer pays more. This could also be seen as a act of tension between the US and foreign countries. I believe that the nations around the world should participate in a friendly and cohesive business interaction.

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    While it could be beneficial for the economy, these tariffs should not be established. American made products are more expensive while foreign made pr…

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  • Ashley from Kentucky

    No, because the price of the steel and aluminum will increase by a lot. The American made products are already more expensive than the foreign ones. So, if we make the tariff then the prices will go up on the foreign and on the American made as well.

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    No, because the price of the steel and aluminum will increase by a lot. The American made products are already more expensive than the foreign ones. S…

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  • Josie from Kentucky

    I do not think the United States should levy tariffs on foreign-made steel and aluminum. Although it would benefit the idea of making everything we use “Made in America”, it could possibly harm us in the future. By doing this, we could harm our foreign relationships with those we trade with, which we already are a hot spot of arguments. It could also harm our economy by raising the price and therefore lowering production because consumers will not buy it. We also are not as experienced with the making of these items and who knows what could go wrong.

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    I do not think the United States should levy tariffs on foreign-made steel and aluminum. Although it would benefit the idea of making everything we us…

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  • Emily from Washington

    Levying tariffs on steel and aluminum imports is a detrimental and costly course of action. Such measures employ protectionist tactics to insulate the steel industry at the expense of manufacturers and consumers. Protectionist tariffs run contrary to the very essence of free market economics. Although the tariffs would likely help a select few (steel and aluminum producers), they would increase costs for countless manufacturers, who use steel and aluminum in their products, and force consumers to pay a higher price for the finished product. Instead of promoting economic prosperity, the imposition of steel and aluminum tariffs would hinder growth and hurt the American people. From my perspective, the strongest argument in favor of such tariffs is U.S. national security. What happens when the U.S. becomes reliant upon foreign-made steel and aluminum, materials which are vital to our national defense? Fortunately, this concern is alleviated by the existence of provisions such as the Buy American Act, which requires U.S. defense contractors to buy American-made steel.

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  • Kiry from Montana

    No, because we need the steel and aluminum from these other countries . With out it our own steel production and aluminum production is grossly inadequate to full support our construction and building projects.

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    No, because we need the steel and aluminum from these other countries . With out it our own steel production and aluminum production is grossly inadeq…

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  • Shealyn from Montana

    If our prices are already more, why would we want to raise them even more? I do not see how making things more drastic is going to benefit the United States in the long run.

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  • Christopher from Maryland

    Trade tariffs lead to retaliatory trade tariffs on goods your country produces. We are the second largest country in the world in manufacturing output even though it only makes up 11.7% of our economy. Manufacturing employs 12.3M people in the US. We are destroying our own manufacturing sector by implementing tariffs on raw materials like steel and aluminum. This will make everything more expensive, whether it’s cars to a six pack of beer.

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    Trade tariffs lead to retaliatory trade tariffs on goods your country produces. We are the second largest country in the world in manufacturing output…

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  • John from Wisconsin

    If we are going to “Make America Great”, we need to invest in those industries that will be viable 20 years from now, not 20 years ago. I might suggest legislation or initiatives for solar, wind, or organic composite materials like soybean. They will have the same effect on jobs, and push us back into a world leadership role.

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  • Alex from Missouri

    I don’t think we should raise tariffs at all. I think this because some steel may be safer than American made steel, and could help save lives. Also, if we put tariffs on steel, other countries might stop trading with us because they think that their products may also get tariffed and that would cause all sorts of problems for us. Last if we put tariffs on anything then some of the poorer countries wouldn’t be able to pay and go bankrupt, and the citizens would lose their jobs and go into poverty. It would destroy lots of the world’s trading and only certain countries would have lots of one product.

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    I don’t think we should raise tariffs at all. I think this because some steel may be safer than American made steel, and could help save lives. Also, …

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  • Trina from Kansas

    No, not if it’s going to cause us to go to war and most likely in the end we will be worse of than we were before no one will want to come to an agreement everyone will be angry and nothing will get solve then where would we get the things we from other countries, no goods would be going in and out of america and that doesn’t make money for anyone.

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    No, not if it’s going to cause us to go to war and most likely in the end we will be worse of than we were before no one will want to come to an agree…

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  • Nikolas from Virginia

    These tariffs are a step in the wrong direction. Our country is a developed country, heading from the industrial age into the information age. The jobs that people perform now are significantly different from the jobs since 1900 or even 1950. The computer, with which I am able to type this argument, was not even used until as recently as the 80’s and 90’s. To fight for the culture of the 1950’s is harmful to the American populace; we have grown as a people. These tariffs fight for manufacturing jobs which have long been replaced by alternative opportunities. Often, jobs that are “brought back” by similar tariffs are abandoned in search of higher pay or better working conditions. These tariffs will bring back manufacturing jobs to America, but this shift only forces us backwards instead of pushing us forwards.

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    These tariffs are a step in the wrong direction. Our country is a developed country, heading from the industrial age into the information age. The job…

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  • Nicholas from Montana

    No because it will start a trade war and we need other countries in order to maintain and good economy like we have now. We should keep our stability for now and in the future we should see if we have a better opportunity to proceed with this but right now lets just stay safe. What is wrong with being safe?

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    No because it will start a trade war and we need other countries in order to maintain and good economy like we have now. We should keep our stability …

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  • Jacob from Montana

    The United States was founded on the basic principle of power being with the people. Considering what our founding fathers were going through under the British Empire, it makes sense for them to set up a completely free economy. We don’t want to go back to where we came form, a time of absolute power, in which, parliament had complete control over economic decisions. The tariff on tea comes to mind. We have been there before and should learn from our own history that unreasonable tariffs are bad and never lead to good things (The Boston tea party). With this decision from Trump to levy tariffs on metal imports, that is exactly what will happen. Although I agree that consumers should support our own American economy, the government must not interfere in our supposedly “free” economy. The economy works best without the interference of the government and should not be overtaken by the government like we have seen in the past. Let’s learn from our past and support our American economy and keep it free, the way it was meant to be.

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  • Savanah from Montana

    Although, circulation through the economy from American made steel and aluminum would potentially boost our country; at what cost? The need for business through the foreign trade is what our country might need. Additionally, the tariffs will raise in our country, and there is the question of if we can afford those prices and the business. Especially since our country entails minimum wage, working conditions, ect. Trump decided to do something risky that can potentially hurt our economy or boost it.

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    Although, circulation through the economy from American made steel and aluminum would potentially boost our country; at what cost? The need for busine…

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  • kianna from Montana

    No, because it could lead to a much larger conflict, beginning a trade war and possibly other countries withdrawing from trade with us. With no countries to trade, we will be without considering we have so many imports.

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    No, because it could lead to a much larger conflict, beginning a trade war and possibly other countries withdrawing from trade with us. With no countr…

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  • Amay from New Jersey

    If the United States levies a tariff on foreign-made steel and aluminum, it will be very detrimental for our nation. Imposing higher tariffs, in the hopes of fueling the economy does not always work, and recently, has not proved to be very successful. If the United States government imposes the tariffs, officials from the European Union have already vowed to impose tariffs on American goods as well. In the past, President George W. Bush tried to impose steel tariffs, which cost Americans 43,000 jobs (thestar.com) and when President Barack Obama imposed a tariff on tires, it also ended up costing consumers $1 billion (tirebusiness.com). Even during the Great Depression, the United States attempted to help the economy with the Hawley-Smoot Tariff, but that backfired as well, as European nations placed high tariffs once again. History truly is cyclical, and if there is one thing that we can learn from history, it is that we should not be making the same mistakes that we did in the past.

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  • Micalann from Montana

    No because why would we put these tarriffs when we’re trying to make peace with other countries? The tariffs being placed will cause war and raise taxes making people unhappy.

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  • katlyn from Montana

    Its a very risky move to try an demand more money off of trades from other countries. It could cause countries to strike and thus depleting our economy.

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  • Kelea from Montana

    While placing a tarriff on forgein steel may make American steel seem cheaper in comparison, thus prompting consumors to invest in the U.S. steel industry, placing tariffs on foreign steel would likely hurt America’s trading relationships more than help the steel industry. According to Worldsteel in 2017, America is the 5th greatest producer of steel at 5% of global production, which is pretty great considering the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th spots are 10%, 6%, and 6% respectively, which China at the top at 49%. By placing a tariff on forgein steel, we would be implying that the exports of forgein steel is harming the U.S industry, which is very unlikely. Considering that America’s top steel traders are Canada, South Korea, Mexico, Brazil, and China (in that order), we aren’t even trading with highly productive nations. Therefore, it would benefit the U.S more to continue to trade with these less productive nations without placing a tariff on their steel because it would create better relationships with those nations AND continue to keep prices lower for consumers who wouldn’t want to pay extra solely because the steel used to make the product was exported from another nation.

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  • Marissa from Montana

    Personally, this risk is big on others countries. The producers need this money and with the right countries we target, this could cause a trade war. With these tariffs being place, economically, this trade war will devastate our country. I do support the idea of it benefiting the USA for profits, but not by ruining the progress we are making in trying to make peace with other countries. The tariffs are risky and unsure if it will work.

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  • Grace from Montana

    I would say yes only because then the US will be making its own aluminum and steel and by doing that, it cane help our economy. But my decision is no. As previous comments stated, there is a possibility that a trade war can happen. Lest say the US is trading with a specific country and that country just so happens to view the US as their main trade, if the US decides to tax aluminum and steel the other country will be frustrated and mad. then will try to force the US to sign a trade agreement and if the US refuses, then there will be complications which will lead to more complications.

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    I would say yes only because then the US will be making its own aluminum and steel and by doing that, it cane help our economy. But my decision is no….

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  • Talon from Montana

    No, because it would damage to our trade with other countries and our economy.

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  • Bryant from Montana

    I believe that The U.S. shouldn’t step in and monitor tariffs. As a free market we as citizens always look to gain wealth and prosperity. If we were to step in it could create a bubble. A bubble would create a market crash as we had in 2008-2009 with the housing market. Our country is in need of steel but we are capable of producing it by ourselves. As uncle Eric said the government shouldn’t step in and after our depression we will bounce back.

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    I believe that The U.S. shouldn’t step in and monitor tariffs. As a free market we as citizens always look to gain wealth and prosperity. If we were t…

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  • Braden from Montana

    I do not support the raise in taxes on imported metal. It could cause a trade war and will only make the metal more expensive for the consumers.

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  • Ethan from Montana

    I believe that it’s going to be a very risky move. There’s no guarantee whether it will work or not. If it works then American businesses are going to profit big time but if it doesn’t then it could cause a trade war that will devastate our economy. I’m going to vote on not increasing the tariffs for the sake of maintaining our economy for now. For now we should focus on negotiations for better prices and tariffs on goods between other countries. Work towards arranging prices that would benefit each country involved rather than simply trying to harm the economy of everyone. If tariffs are going to be imposed I just hope we target the right countries.

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    I believe that it’s going to be a very risky move. There’s no guarantee whether it will work or not. If it works then American businesses are going to…

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  • Jaelynn from Montana

    No because there could be a trade war and it will make it harder for other country’s to make trades with us.

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  • Emonie from Montana

    I don’t think we should do this because it is going to make it harder for other countries to make trade with us because of all the new policies that are going to be introduced.

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  • gabriella from Montana

    no because then there will be a trade war and we can use other countries to our advantages to keep our country in better standings

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  • katherine from Montana

    it could start a trade war

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    • Matthew from Mississippi

      I hope you realize most U.S. exports are necessary for an economy in this day and age. Among our top ten exports are mineral fuels (oil & stuff), medical equipment, pharmaceuticals (medicine). Not to mention, exports of U.S. machines- like computers- has actually been steadily climbing. We are also one of the world’s top exporters of food. An anti-U.S. trade war would be more detrimental to the other nations- after all, you can’t wage a trade war while your people starve and die from diseases..

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  • Yamira from Florida

    Essentially, if the United States government were to raise the tariffs, It would not only be detrimental for the consumers who purchase steel and aluminum products, but pose as a threat to our economy. First and foremost, Donald Trump is not an expert when it comes to the steel and aluminum industry. Therefore, most of everything rational that the experts say trump what he is saying. In addition, as it has been previously said, American made products are expensive enough, so why pass this tariff that could potentially harm our relationships with other country’s which would prevent the U.S from trading with them.

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    • Bryan from Colorado

      President Trump is not an expert when it comes to the steel and aluminum industry. That you are right on but he is an expert when it comes to business. I believe it would be best to take on a “tariff” incrementally. By slowly introducing this restriction we can attempt to improve and grow the American steel and aluminum industry. If successful we can lower prices and boost our economy while eliminating outsourced materials. If the process fails we still have a little breathing room to reopen trade and take action on other outsourced goods.

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    • Evan from Wisconsin

      Yes, the price of steel and aluminum will go up in America, but if Americans buy American made material, the steel industry in America will increase its sales and the effects snowball from there down to indirectly effecting the whole economy. Also to be considered, tariffs bring money into the government and that means we, the people, have to pay less taxes.

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      Yes, the price of steel and aluminum will go up in America, but if Americans buy American made material, the steel industry in America will increase i…

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  • Ashure from California

    I think this shouldn’t happen with everything that is happening currently with trump

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  • John from Ohio

    Imposing tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum? What is this, King George the First all over again?! It didn’t work for Fat George when he imposed his illegal taxes upon our colonies, seeing as we rose up in rebellion against him. And by doing this to countries we are allies with, we’re only proving what horrible hateful people we are to the rest of the world. It’s not enough to keep these tariffs from being enacted, we have to get Trump and every one of his money-grubbing associates out of our government!

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  • Youssef from Ohio

    “America First”,” is just simply not a sustainable or smart solution to international trade relations, and its a subpar solution to problems with employment here in America.

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    • Isaac from New York

      The United States of America is not responsible to solve the world’s problem’s. Just like I’m not responsible to solve your problems. I am responsible to solve my own, and America is responsible to solve her own.

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  • Madison from Kansas

    There is no reason to punish other countries for being able to make some products cheaper than us. This tariff could lead down a slippery slope to an all-out trade war. Just ask the Great Depression what a steel and aluminum tariff can do.

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  • Jacqueline from Texas

    From what I’ve read, although the steel industry might make more money, the customers buying the steel will be hurt the most. Since there are more consumers than producers, those are the people that need to be protected.

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    From what I’ve read, although the steel industry might make more money, the customers buying the steel will be hurt the most. Since there are more con…

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  • Maia from Kentucky

    The tariffs are ultimately going to cost us more money because American made products are more expensive than foreign made ones as it is but they prices will dramatically increase because of the need to pay the workers. Since more and more people are going to college to get better jobs and better pay the number of people who work as tradesmen and women are decreasing, so the government would have to offer better pay just to get people to come and work in the mines. You could always say that the immigrants can work in the mines but then we would be right back in the 1800’s and that’s not much of an improvement.

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    The tariffs are ultimately going to cost us more money because American made products are more expensive than foreign made ones as it is but they pric…

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  • Ivan from Arizona

    The tariff is neither economically nor politically beneficial for the United States. The tariff will both raise prices on steel goods in the US and take away natural incentive for domestic production to improve their quality and commercially compete. The tariff will also generate (continuing off of current tensions) political unrest in foreign relations and national stability that honestly should be a minor concern to the nation’s current priorities.

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    The tariff is neither economically nor politically beneficial for the United States. The tariff will both raise prices on steel goods in the US and ta…

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  • faith from Pennsylvania

    I think they shouldn’t because of the differences in qualities between the American steel and aluminum and foreign country steel and aluminum are too great, especially in southeastern Asia, where they mass produce the metals in short amounts of times. It would be too great of a difference in qualities and prices that the gap would be too one sided. the American industry would slowly deteriorate until there is nothing left.

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  • Hannah from Tennessee

    Three reasons the steel and aluminum tariffs are a bad idea:

    1. The US Steel industry is doing very well. Last year, the net earnings of the steel industry rose 65% and US producers control 70% of the steel market. The US has absolutely no reason to “defend” the steel industry this way. In fact, a tariff would hurt the industry as the quality of work would decline with fewer competitors.

    2. Tariffs cost other jobs and hurt consumers. If the prices for steel and aluminum rise, the costs for other products that use these metals will increase, such as automobiles and beer cans. 2 million American jobs depend on the beer industry alone, and raising the cost of aluminum through tariffs will raise the cost supplies for this and many other industries.

    3. Tariffs do not produce anything. What is the point of saying, “Since my grocery store doesn’t need to buy my services, I’m going to boycott it. And in addition, I’m going to start going to the more expensive grocery store down the street to spite the first grocery.” That is basically what happens when tariffs are imposed. If the US imposes a tariff on foreign steel and aluminum, we are shooting ourselves in the foot.

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  • Rose from Idaho

    Tariffs are important for a country’s economic independence and its ability to compete in the global economy. However, they cannot be placed whenever a person wants. It is unclear why steel, and this specific tariff was placed hastily and without proper consultation. I could support tariffs if the government consults with economists and businesspeople, rather than arbitrarily placing them.

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  • Joshua from Kentucky

    The idea of putting tariffs on anything as always bothered me. We cannot claim that we want a free and open market for the entire world, while at the same time punish business owners from other nations for trying to expand their business. We cannot just favor American steel because it was made by Americans. If German steel is higher quality, we should be able to import it in order to make U.S. bridges and buildings safer. As always, the best way to protect American steel workers is to provide higher quality steel, not punish foreign business owners for having more desirable product.

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    The idea of putting tariffs on anything as always bothered me. We cannot claim that we want a free and open market for the entire world, while at the…

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