Trump’s Tariffs: A Move in the Right Direction

When Donald Trump won the US presidential election the whole world was dismayed. Few people outside of the USA expected anything good to come of it and for a year and a half one disaster followed another. Millions of US citizens were deprived of affordable healthcare, nothing was done to lessen the widespread slaughter caused by lax gun control, a ban was imposed on immigrants from selected Moslem countries, the USA was withdrawn from the Paris Agreement on climate change to give free-rein to the polluting oil and coal industries, and America’s NATO allies were subjected to severe criticism while President Putin of Russia was treated as a friend. These were all actions that many people both expected and feared. But now, in introducing tariffs on imported goods Mr Trump has taken a small step towards a better world.

With the great increase in international travel and communication, and especially since the arrival of the Internet, there are engineers in every land with advanced design and manufacturing skills. So we should be moving towards a situation in which everything a country needs is made in that country by the people of that country. By this means the need for international trade is minimised, restricted to essential raw materials and food items not available in the destination country. Vast reductions could be made in fossil fuel consumption, lessening sea and air pollution and slowing global warming.

Big business has for several decades been hopping from country to country in search of cheap labour while at the same time, seeking to sell its products in every land. As a result, wage rates have been rising in poor countries and held more or less stagnant in the advanced countries from which the industries have fled. As the gap closes, the advantages of chasing the cheapest labour become less. At the same time, to sell more products and services requires customers to have incomes at a level that makes them affordable. As Henry Ford is reported to have said: if you don’t pay your workers well who is going to buy your cars? This is how the USA grew rich in the first place with American companies selling to American people.

Now every country can begin to become like the old USA: providing a good life for its people with a vibrant internal market and minimal external trade. Putting tariffs on imports to protect American jobs and persuade Americans to buy more home-produced goods is a step towards this Utopia which other countries are quick to follow. Every cloud has a silver lining and Trump’s promised trade war could herald a better peace for all.

Should Students Consider Politics As A Career Direction?

With all that has been going on during the past few years in the political area, some students serving in student government and those with Political Science or History as a major may think about going into Politics.

People who choose that direction may be motivated by a number of things. Among them may be the desire to:

– Serve the people in their community, city, state or Country

– Do good and make things better for the people they represent

– Assume a position of power

– Boost their ego

– Take advantage of opportunities for personal gain

To be successful, students must possess the personal qualities that seem to permeate politics today. Of course, some of these qualities may be good, while others tend to be bad for the people they represent.

Admirable Qualities:

– Looks out for the best interests of the people they represent

– Puts Our Country ahead of Their Political Party

– Honest

– Trustworthy

– Hard Working

– Good communication skills

– Intelligent

– Self-confident

– Able to build agreement and support

– Always concerned with the best interests of Our Country

Less Admirable Qualities:

– Is Willing to Tell Lies about everything and anything

– Obfuscates information and facts to make them difficult to understand

– Talks out of Both Sides of His/Her Mouth, whichever is expedient

– Puts their Political Party ahead of the People they represent

– Takes Money in return for their support and votes

– Allows Lobbyists, Special Interests and PAC’s to influence their votes

– Sponsors Bills that support Large Organizations but Hurt Average People

– Puts Personal Gain ahead of Constituents and Our Country

– Ignores the National Debt

– Ignores the need for a Balanced Budget

– Favors the Rich over the Middle-Class Workers

– Tacks on PORK to desirable and important Bills

– Willing to Inflate Costs, as long as it Benefits Them

– Is willing to obstruct investigations to protect cronies

– Makes unsubstantiated accusations against opponents

– Plays fast and loose with facts

– Denies responsibility for anything that goes wrong

– Quick to hurl insults at anyone who disagrees

– Unwilling to work with members of the other Party on any issue

– Willing to blindly follow Party dictates

Of course, some people go into politics with the best intentions but end up being seduced by money, power and personal gain. Others are pressured and intimidated into submission by other politicians in their own party. Sometimes, it is not a pretty picture.

Those with political power seem to be motivated by one thing – staying in power. It seems that they are willing to do anything in order to accomplish that goal. Either way, aspiring politicians should ask themselves:

– Are my political intentions good and honorable?

– Will I always put my Constituents, State and Country first?

– Will I work to eliminate unethical behavior, corruption and improper personal gain from politics?

Some students see a broken system and want to change the way things work in politics today. Other students may only see the personal benefits that can result from holding political office. Which person is hiding in you?