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  •  is there a shipping jobs amendment? (1+ / 0-)
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    I'm no expert but I know Congress can impose tariffs on goods brought into the country. If I'm a manufacturer saving $10 a widget by having the work done overseas and I'm charged $11 a widget to import the thing then maybe it wouldn't be worth it to bypass American workers.

    •  Yes, that would probably do the trick (1+ / 0-)
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      and without violating the Constitution, as well.

      The only downside to tariffs is that they will make imported goods more expensive for us, thereby eroding our income gains from domestic manufacturing. It would be even worse if there were no domestic replacement for an import.

      But on balance tariffs are probably good for America. Bad for China and other poor countries, though.

      You never trust a millionaire/Quoting the sermon on the mount/I used to think I was not like them/But I'm beginning to have my doubts -- The Arcade Fire

      by tomjones on Fri May 25, 2012 at 12:54:18 PM PDT

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      •  Another downside is having to redraft all of (2+ / 0-)
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        Shahryar, joe wobblie

        those so-called free trade agreements which specifically forbade tariffs. But it didn't forbid taxes. I think that if a company is not contributing to the community then its taxes should go up about a 1000 percentage points so that it DOES contribute. Exxon has this noxious ad complaining about American student's test scores in science and says "Lets fix this!" while not contributing one dime of taxes AND taking tax payer monies to boot.

        To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong. -Joseph Chilton Pearce

        by glitterscale on Fri May 25, 2012 at 02:10:03 PM PDT

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