Stop Hurting American Consumers With Foolish Trade War

Target: Wilbur Ross, United States Secretary of Commerce

Goal: Curtail tariffs that could raise prices on millions of consumer products.

In a very dubious claim about “national security,” President Trump arguably damaged relations with key American allies by recklessly imposing tariffs on a number of U.S. imported goods. The new taxes on international trade products include a 25 percent tariff on steel and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum for imports from neighbors Canada and Mexico as well as other long-time friendly countries in the European Union. As with many unilateral decisions Trump has made on the global stage recently, American consumers could suffer the most.

On a basic level, less competition from foreign imports could enable domestic steel and aluminum producers to raise the price of their own products. The many industries that utilize these products, from soft drink manufacturers to construction contractors, will very likely pass these increased prices on to consumers. If these manufacturers do still use imported steel or aluminum, they will likewise find their purchases more expensive, and again be put in the untenable position of raising prices in order to maintain a profit.

The threat of retaliatory tariffs from affected countries poses a big threat as well, particularly since these tariffs will likely be targeted toward products that many American industries – especially Midwest and southern agriculture – export in heavy quantities. As a consequence, many American workers within these industries will need to tighten their financial purse strings.

The consequences of these actions could reverberate on the world stage for many years. A feared trade war could shake the entire world economy and strike another blow to an already volatile stock market. President Trump shows no signs of cautious responsibility, however. He is reportedly pondering additional tariffs on imported automobiles, which may affect the livelihoods of the many thousands who work for these companies in America. This maneuver would also take another chunk out of the average American’s pocket when he or she faces the prospect of purchasing a suddenly more significantly expensive mode of transportation.

Sign this petition to demand our leaders stop playing destructive games with our global partnerships, our economy, and our consumer experiences.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Secretary Ross,

While you do not have the power to impose or lift tariffs, you do serve as a key advisor to the president on matters that affect American industries, workers, and consumers. You must then know that restoring an old tariff system and using it against our allies under the guise of “national security” poses its own fundamental threats to the security of the American consumer and American worker.

These tariffs, if enacted, will very likely raise prices on scores of domestically produced goods as manufacturers struggle to neutralize the increased fees they will incur with these tariffs. This does not even take into account the ominous impact of tariffs imposed on American products as retaliation. Impacted countries like Mexico and Canada stand as some of the top buyers of agricultural and other goods that could soon face tariffs. Individuals who will be directly affected by these actions, as well as members of Congress on both sides of the aisle, have already spoken out strongly against these tariffs.

Every action has a reaction; political games should not come at the expense of the American workforce, American consumers, or our country’s most trusted allies. In the trade war that may be needlessly ignited, there will be no winners…..only collateral damage.

Please consider these realities when you advise the nation’s highest office on policies that could undermine  our country’s future.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Phillip Ingham

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  1. gen agustsson says:

    stop it!

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