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Letter by Ernest J. LaChapelle, Fircrest on Sep. 6, 2011 at 1:31 pm with 27 Comments »
September 6, 2011 1:31 pm

In order for the U.S. to compete in the world market and to create jobs here in this country, I believe that a higher tariff should be imposed on most imported goods.

The reasoning behind this is that imported goods would be more expensive here, but also that manufacturers would find it more rewarding using local labor to produce their products rather than importing finished goods.

Some persons may say this would raise prices, but it would be offset by more jobs in the U.S. More jobs equals more income. As the U.S. has changed from a manufacturing economy to an consumer type, it is time to reverse this trend and level the playing field. The present system allows other countries to sell their goods and create foreign jobs, while draining the national economy.

It is time for our leaders to take a lead on this and quit trying to being Mr. Nice Guy (chump) to the world.

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  1. itwasntmethistime says:

    I agree. Let’s quit rewarding American businesses for moving jobs away from Americans. Yes, I know prices would go up but most of us have way more toys and clothes than we really need. We’ve gotten used to buying more than we need because prices are so low, so I’m sure we could re-adjust.

  2. xx98411 says:

    Both the letter writer and a respondent acknowledge that prices will go up if the US implements a series of import tariffs… why would we do that as a matter of national policy related to commerce?

    “More jobs” does not necessarily equate to more income… that is unless your income was zero before the job.

    And thanks for deciding for me the amount of “toys and clothes” I am allowed to have.

  3. wadsbrau says:

    I completely agree. The US needs to go back to doing the thing it’s best at. Manufacturing. How many jobs would that create? Everything has slowly been going downhill since the tarrifs were removed. Let’s start building things made in U.S.A. again

  4. Both Smoot and Hawley were Republicans, as was the President at the time.

  5. MarksonofDarwin says:


    So what?
    It’s been tried and failed. Nobody is re-inventing the wheel here…this idea has real consequences.

  6. aislander says:

    “Republican” is not synonymous with “conservative.” Hoover was well-known as a progressive in the La Follette mold, and, in fact began many of the brain-dead programs upon which Roosevelt later expanded and added…

  7. aislander says:

    America has been denying reality for a very long time. We ceased to be blessed with withered competitors a very long time ago, but we insisted on living beyond our means, thereby ceding the manufacturing playing field, first to Japan and then to China. Our lifestyle has been supported by heavy borrowing and an “economy” based on servicing each other’s needs.

    Those who bemoan our loss of manufacturing are right, but for the wrong reasons. Want to see who’s at fault for that? Look in the mirror…

  8. This would never ever happen since congress is owned completely by the corporations. Nice try but not reality.

  9. Flanagan says:

    If we really wanted to do something about imports, we would quit buying them. If unions hadn’t mucked things up, we woulrn’t be competing with the rest of the world for things we need.

  10. beerBoy says:

    Two threads in a row where aislander does battle with the most popular president ever (how many elections did he win?).

  11. aislander says:

    Many popular leaders of many nations have been disasters, beerBoy. I don’t want to Godwin this thread, but…

  12. aislander says:

    …when our current president is employing the tactics that resulted in the The Great Depression’s being the most persistent and deepest economic contraction in the history of America…

  13. And yet amongst rankings conducted based on surveys of academic historians and political scientists George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Franklin D. Roosevelt are consistently ranked at the top of the lists.

    RE: your speculation about the length of the Great Depression – economists are divided pretty much 50/50 (aligning with their ideological biases) whether the New Deal helped or hurt. (I think it appropriate to point out that economics is perhaps the softest of the soft sciences) so…..you can find people who agree with your ideology who agree with your disdain for one of the top presidents ever.

  14. aislander says:

    Roosevelt deserves credit for being able to put his policies into place Roosevelt deserves blame for having put his policies into place…

  15. Islander,
    The same can be said for every republicon since Ray-gun

  16. aislander says:

    I’m glad you said “since” President Reagan, xring…

  17. beerBoy says:

    He should have written “including”. Thanks for pointing out the error.

  18. beerBoy says:

    From a Great Depression Timeline:

    1934 Sweden becomes the first nation to recover fully from the Great Depression. It has followed a policy of Keynesian deficit spending.

    1939 * The Depression is ending worldwide as nations prepare for the coming hostilities.

    Roosevelt began relatively modest deficit spending that arrested the slide of the economy and resulted in some astonishing growth numbers. (Roosevelt’s average growth of 5.2 percent during the Great Depression is even higher than Reagan’s 3.7 percent growth during his so-called ‘Seven Fat Years!’) When 1936 saw a phenomenal record of 14 percent growth, Roosevelt eased back on the deficit spending, worried about balancing the budget. But this only caused the economy to slip back into a recession in 1938.


  19. Publico says:

    Great letter Mr. Mathias. Mr. Davis is out to lunch on this one for sure.

  20. Publico says:

    Wrong thread. Sorry. Who knows what goes on in the TNT website?

  21. theglovesRoff says:

    Oh, we know…..

  22. aislander says:

    Don’t put words in xring’s mouth, beerBoy. I don’t think there’s room…

  23. Islander – go watch Bambi.

    BBoy – yes I was including saint ronnie as well.

  24. beerBoy says:

    “Excepting 1937-1938, unemployment fell each year of Roosevelt’s first two terms [while] the U.S. economy grew at average annual growth rates of 9 percent to 10 percent,” writes University of California historian Eric Rauchway.


  25. falkoja6 says:

    John Smith started the day early having set his alarm clock (MADE IN JAPAN ) for 6 a.m.
    While his coffeepot (MADE IN CHINA ) was perking, he shaved with his electric razor (MADE IN PHILIPPINES ) .. He put on a dress shirt (MADE IN SRI LANKA ), designer jeans (MADE IN THAILAND ) and tennis shoes (MADE IN VIETNAM).
    After cooking his breakfast in his new electric skillet (MADE IN INDIA ), then he sat down with his calculator (MADE IN MEXICO ) to see how much he could spend today.
    After setting his watch (MADE IN TAIWAN ) to the radio (MADE IN HONGKONG ), he got in his car (MADE IN GERMANY) filled it with GAS (from Saudi Arabia ) and continued his search for a good paying AMERICAN JOB.
    At the end of yet another discouraging and fruitless day checking his computer (MADE IN MALAYSIA ), John decided to relax for a while.
    He put on his sandals (MADE IN BRAZIL ) poured himself a glass of wine (MADE IN FRANCE ) and turned on his TV (MADE IN KOREA ), and then wondered why he can’t find a good paying job in AMERICA .

  26. beerBoy says:


    Not only does he demonstrate his willful ignorance, he does it in all caps so as to shout it from the mountaintops……

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