By Chris Rossini
Bad economic ideas always seem to sell well.
For example, when President Trump says that he's going to protect "Made In America" products, it's virtually guaranteed to be received well by the American public.
You'd have to be anti-American to be against it, right?
But what if you took this idea (that has impoverished countless numbers of people throughout the ages) to the next step?
What if the Governor of Florida declared that Floridians only buy their goods from within the state? To do otherwise would make that person an anti-Floridian.
Why stop there?
What if the Mayor of Miami declared that residents should only buy goods from within the city of Miami? To do otherwise would make that person a traitor to their city.
Let's keep going....
Anyone who lives on Highway A1A in Miami must only buy from others who live on A1A. That sounds like the road to prosperity (pun intended) does it not?
What if the Jones family could only trade and exchange with other members of the Jones family? Sound like a plan?
Can you see how ridiculous the idea of protectionism is?
But hey, who needs logic when there are votes to be counted?
President Trump wants Americans to buy American, and he also wants foreigners to buy American.
Trump's not going get rid of all the regulations and red tape that choke entrepreneurship in America. He's not going to peel away the biggest government on the face of the earth.
The swamp stays.
After all, politically-connected American businesses like the government regulations. They help to write them! It keeps new competition away. There's nothing like a good government regulation to keep your business safe and secure.
You need deep pockets to play that game.
So, if Trump isn't going to go in the direction of freedom in America, what is he going to do?
Whack the American consumer.
American consumers will have to pay the tariff to buy foreign goods.
More of our money into the hands of the American government.
Sound good to you? Why wait for the tariffs to pass?
Just voluntarily send the government another check before the tariffs become law.
What are you anti-American or something?