“I’ve never seen a president so proud of raising taxes on American consumers.”
They say love is blind and when it comes to President Donald Trump, it’s true. Trump loves tariffs so much he once bragged, “I am a Tariff Man.”
….I am a Tariff Man. When people or countries come in to raid the great wealth of our Nation, I want them to pay for the privilege of doing so. It will always be the best way to max out our economic power. We are right now taking in $billions in Tariffs. MAKE AMERICA RICH AGAIN
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 4, 2018
Sadly, Tariff Man does not know how tariffs work.
President Trump just imposed a 25% tariff on $200 – $250 billion in goods imported from China into the U.S.
And in a Friday morning tweetstorm he insisted those tariffs are being paid “by China.”
Talks with China continue in a very congenial manner – there is absolutely no need to rush – as Tariffs are NOW being paid to the United States by China of 25% on 250 Billion Dollars worth of goods & products. These massive payments go directly to the Treasury of the U.S….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 10, 2019
The tariffs are being paid by the companies – American companies – that import those products. Those companies then, more than likely, pass those costs on to the consumer – Americans – who cover the increased costs.
Trump is intentionally blind to this very basic fact of economics.
Trump is also intentionally blind to how manufacturing works.
Friday morning, apparently feeling uncertain his previous seven tweets promoting his false tariff plan had not succeeded, he added an eighth:
Build your products in the United States and there are NO TARIFFS!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 10, 2019
But a quick glance at the list of Chinese products subject to his new tariffs show many of them, like copper, aluminum, lead, zinc, metal gaskets and washers, are not sold directly to consumers, but to manufacturers making other products. They are parts.
He just doesn’t get it, as many on social media were quick to point out – and mock him for his willful ignorance:
Guess you flunked Econ 101 in college https://t.co/Fu324nn0Re
— Pete Souza (@PeteSouza) May 10, 2019
Reality check: Tariffs are paid by U.S. importers of affected Chinese goods, not by China’s government or by Chinese companies. Importers then either raise costs on consumers, lower their own profit margins or both. https://t.co/6J5afZdgsX https://t.co/MjJL2XIfVd
— Axios (@axios) May 10, 2019
TARIFFS ARE NOT BEING PAID BY CHINA, YOU JAMOKE! Tariffs are paid by American businesses that import goods form China. They then pass those costs onto the American taxpayers. Honestly, have an Econ 101 book read to you or something. https://t.co/VAnJMzRD9Q
— Michael Salerno (@MikeNJD) May 10, 2019
Maybe China can pay for the wall? https://t.co/gqXqsDxxN9
— Steve Milloy (@JunkScience) May 10, 2019
— J.C. Bradbury (@jc_bradbury) May 10, 2019
He still has no idea how tariffs work.
I would ask why no-one has explained it to him, but I suspect they have and he doesn’t listen. https://t.co/LAKa1cATpE
— Dylan Reeve (@DylanReeve) May 10, 2019
There’s a blatant falsehood from Trump here:
“Tariffs are NOW being paid to the United States by China…these massive payments go directly to the Treasury of the U.S….”
That is false and misleading.
China does not pay a dime to the US Treasury. Importers pay the tariffs. https://t.co/56E6CjVdUh
— Terry Moran (@TerryMoran) May 10, 2019
Tariffs are paid by US citizens and businesses you moron. https://t.co/x9SrWSOaXj
— markhughes (@markhughes) May 10, 2019
I’ve never seen a president so proud of raising taxes on American consumers. https://t.co/7I1g6kfTs2
— Simon Hedlin (@simonhedlin) May 10, 2019
“tariffs are NOW being paid to the United States by China 25% on 250 Billion Dollars”
— Roy Azoulay (@rozoulay) May 10, 2019
We are reduced to having to follow the logic of a complete idiot. And to anticipate the reactions to this idiocy by machines. We are in the nether world. https://t.co/LEJlvd4kkU
— Nick Givanovic (@NickGiva) May 10, 2019
How is he still clueless about how tariffs work? And how is .@Wharton still not humiliated enough to rescind the degree they never should have given him? At the very least they owe us all a very public apology.#Kakistocracy https://t.co/UaqCfdG5T9
— W.L. Lewis (@ArtMusicLife) May 10, 2019
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Washington State Lawmaker Wears Yellow Star of David to Protest (Non-Existent) Vaccine Mandates: ‘We’re All Jews’
To protest vaccine mandates a Washington state Republican lawmaker over the weekend donned a yellow Star of David, which the Nazis forced Jews to wear during Hitler’s Germany. There are no vaccine mandates in the state of Washington.
“It’s an echo from history,” Rep. Jim Walsh claimed on Facebook, in the comments for a video of him speaking at a Washingtonians for Change meeting.
“In the current context, we’re all Jews,” Walsh wrote.
Hitler committed the genocide of more than six million Jews during the Holocaust. Some estimates put the total number of people slaughtered, including LGBTQ people and other minorities, religious and political dissidents, the disabled, and others at 17 million.
Walsh told The Seattle Times “he had been given the star by someone at the event, where most attendees were wearing one. He described some of the organizers as ‘deeply concerned about vaccine passports and vaccine segregation.'”
Washington state Department of Labor and Industries, the Times notes, “is requiring that employers verify employee vaccination status before lifting masking requirements in their workplaces, and be able to demonstrate how they did so.”
“I won’t say publicly whether I am vaccinated or not,” Walsh said, likening his stance to the film “Spartacus,” in which former slaves, under threat of crucifixion, refuse to identify the title character to a Roman general.
Dee Simon of the Seattle-based Holocaust Center for Humanity told the Times comparing vaccine or masks to the genocide of the Holocaust “is offensive to descendants of Holocaust survivors and people who lost family and friends.”
When asked if he could understand how people, especially Jews and those who lost friends and family members in the Holocaust could be offended by his actions, Walsh said, “I can’t control who is offended by what,” and added that some people are offended by being asked their vaccination status by their employer.
To date, about 620,000 Americans have been killed by COVID-19. None have been killed by being asked their vaccination status by their employer.
Last month Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), said having to wear a mask during the pandemic was “exactly” like the Holocaust. She later offered an apology after visiting the Holocaust Museum.
Rand Paul Blames ‘Exorbitant Taxes’ for Police Killing of Eric Garner (Video)
U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) says the NYPD’s 2014 killing of an unarmed Black man, Eric Garner, by suffocation, was because of “exorbitant taxes.”
Garner had quit his job as a horticulturalist for health reasons, and police were in the process of starting to arrest him for allegedly selling loose cigarettes without a tax stamp on a package.
“In fact the death of Eric Garner, the sad death of Eric Garner being choked to death in New York City, had to do with taxes,” the Kentucky Republican Senator claimed on the floor of the Senate Friday morning.
“And some people are offended by this, oh, ‘it’s police brutality.’ Of course it was. But it was police brutality based on exorbitant taxes that caused this man to be selling cigarettes. loose cigarettes, in order to try to make a living,” Paul said.
Garner wasn’t selling loose cigarettes because taxes were too high. If anything, the lack of access to health care is far more to blame for Garner being forced to quit his job for health reasons and taking to the streets to try to make money selling cigarettes than taxes.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) just now on the Senate floor blamed the police-killing of Eric Garner on high taxes: “It was police brutality based on exorbitant taxes.” pic.twitter.com/MMxc7AQM5A
— The Recount (@therecount) May 28, 2021
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He went on to complain about Fox News personality Tucker Carlson receiving pushback for his attacks on female service members before being 45 years off when estimating when Guam became a U.S. territory as he defended Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA).
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