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Look, President Trump, it is one thing to put up with your tweets, with your crude language, with your grandiose ignorance, but when your policies go nuts, that’s something else. When you put America last, when you cost your countrymen billions of dollars overnight, when you threaten jobs and prosperity on behalf of an utter stupidity at war with the best you have done, forget it.

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Jay Ambrose

That’s what we’re getting with your announced plan to impose new tariffs on importations of steel and aluminum, and I will spell it out for you. That is going to make it more expensive for all kinds of businesses to do business. They may shrink. They may move overseas. The boost to the steel and aluminum industries will come nowhere near compensating. Those industries employ about 140,000 people compared to 6.5 million who work for industries that use these metals to make products with these materials, and now their costs will zoom up.

We’re talking about our automobile manufacturers, President Trump. We are talking about makers of airplanes, ships, tractors and trailers and on and on and they will all of a sudden be at a disadvantage with international competitors. Their stock values are already going down and the whole market is in turmoil with your fellow Americans losing billions of dollars because of your proclaimed intentions. Weren’t you once proud of high stock prices and bringing jobs back to America, Mr. President?

An excuse for the travesty of you saying you are going to do this thing is that we could face a steel and aluminum shortage if a war came along disrupting trade routes. But this is a bogus concern, varied analysts say. Our capacity to produce all the needed steel and aluminum under difficult circumstances is nothing shaky, nothing suspect, but something dependable. What’s going on is your enmity toward free trade, as shown in your new tariffs on solar panels and washing machines and various other dangerous adventures, and this is no small deal.

Yes, other countries can break all kinds of trade rules and, when that happens, we need to take whatever reasonable steps are necessary. But free trade is only carried out in the first place because of mutual advantage. It breeds prosperity. As with internal competition, it can hurt some businesses here and there, but it also leads to innovations, lower prices people can afford, industrial energy, far more jobs overall and higher standards of living.

I know, I know. You say you want free trade but also “fair trade,” an old leftist line aimed at getting union-member votes that puts you in league with the likes of the anti-trade socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders and good, old Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer, who applauds this latest move of yours.

The thing is, President Trump, this move would be unfair to the American people and could actually undo the benefits of your foremost presidential achievement, the tax reform package.

By cutting taxes and making American firms more competitive with international firms, it is already leading to higher wages, bonuses and lower unemployment and is likely to boost economic growth, and you now want to tear away at all of that? You want to alienate partners in both international security and trade? You want to start a trade war? As a matter of fact, it is already occurring, with the New York Times reporting that the European Union, for instance, is threatening to put tariffs on such products as blue jeans, Harley Davidsons and Kentucky bourbon.

There are those of us who have defended you time and again as you have thwarted ruinous leftist policies. As dismayed as we may be at your personal bumbles and stumbles, we have been even more dismayed at your political enemies happily ripping away at democratic institutions to defeat you.

But in this tariff move and a variety of other ways, such as seeming to be unconcerned about dealing with our growing debt, you are engaging in policies that need thwarting.

Jay Ambrose is an op-ed columnist for Tribune News Service. Readers may email him at


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Snow Cougar Mary Burke

Americans getting good paying jobs is bad news to Democrats.

U.S. Steel said Wednesday that it is preparing to restart its steelmaking facilities and one blast furnace at an Illinois plant as a result of President Trump’s promise to levy tariffs on foreign steel. This will add another 500 jobs according to the company.

This is good news that haters of capitalism like oldhomey don't want to see happen. Tariffs will force countries that have taken advantage of America to come to the negotiating table and bargain for better trade terms. Also in the interest of national security we must manufacture steel in our own country.

We have been importing inferior quality steel from China as a method to weaken our military and US infrastructure. McCain organized the deal to undermine our nations steel industry. Obama was in on this and authorized the inferior steel for use, undermining our nations safety and security. America WAS being sold out to the highest bidder. TREASON. Trump is restoring our Republic.

Sessions has been operating in a stealth mode. Over 18,000 sealed indictments since October 2017. A normal year only has around 1,100 sealed indictments.

Make America Great Again


If ANYBODY has any sway with Snow, please, please try to get her to go find help. Here post here is truly the mutterings of somebody who is completely losing her grip on reality. John McCain orchestrated the purchase of shoddy Chinese steel to destroy our defense system? Really?


"Look, President Trump, it is one thing to put up with your tweets, with your crude language, with your grandiose ignorance, but when your policies go nuts, that’s something else. When you put America last, when you cost your countrymen billions of dollars overnight, when you threaten jobs and prosperity on behalf of an utter stupidity at war with the best you have done, forget it."

Ah, it gladdens the heart to see the love of ultra conservative boneheads extended to our great leader.


Common sense tells intelligent people that the US shouldn’t have to take 150 billion in the shorts every year. Good job President Trump!! ( that sounds so awesome and is fun to write)


It will be thrilling, as the economy tanks and the price of all goods go up thanks to the Trump economic policy, how folks like Climate will try to pin the disaster on Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer.


what! another conservative columnist bashing Trump policies! My goodness will wonders never cease! So many people jumping off the Trump boat these days, pretty soon we can all hold hands and sing kumbaya!

Rick Czeczok

What! Did the doctors let you out? Good, for you now remember to take your meds this time.......


Good to see you are out and about Rick. Wondered what happened to you. Always look forward to an intelligent and informative post authored by you. Fact is I'm still waiting for the first one.

Rick Czeczok

Take your meds, Doctor says it's time for your bath.... Now call for the rest of your cronies to jump on this. You libs are so obvious it's actually funny, if it were not so sad.....


nice try Rick. Still waiting though for that first intelligent and informative post from you. I have a hunch I may be waiting a very long time. That's ok, I have lots of time. You however have limited capabilities. Better ask for help from your pals at info wars.

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