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Saturday, December 16, 2017

WASHINGTON — Carole Ann Powers was shopping for stationery not long ago — she still likes to send handwritten notes the old-fashioned way — when she found herself turning over the box to read the fine print: Made in China. The Donald Trump supporter says she took a pass, preferring to spend her money on American-made…

Photo: Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the Treasure Island Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada June 18, 2016.   REUTERS/David Becker/Files

6 Responses to Trump Inspires Angst And Anger Over Trade, But At What Cost?

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  2. Trump proves just how little people understand our economy. When capital gains taxes were high business’s reinvested in their business now they give them out to the share holders and cut the true value of the companies. We don’t build new plants because there is no tax advantage in it. Stock prices are no longer based on the value of the company but on how much the stock can be sold for. Investment is based on stock turn over not on what the company is worth. If a CEO raise the stock price he is a hero even if he is destroying the company in doing it.

  3. I don’t know whether Trumps knows what he is saying about trade. He is against his party’s beliefs on trade. There is a very high price to pay though for Trump’s strategy in order to win, has been to eliminate as much voters as he can.

  4. Trump is using a simplistic approach to this whole thing. The losses of American jobs can be attributed to changes in tax codes and regulations instituted starting in the Reagan Administration. That was when American companies were encouraged to find foreign resources for their products. Not just the raw materials, but the labor.
    Unfortunately, some folks have taken this well beyond reason. My favorite example is the iPhone. Would you please explain how a product that costs less than $50 to manufacture, and includes software that has been almost unchanged since its original release can possibly sell for over $500? Granted, I do respect Apple for the intellectual development that worked its way into this product, but it has paid for itself many times over, including any updates to the codes. No. This is just greed. They could make the same product in the US, but it would probably cost closer to $200 per unit, due to expected labor costs. That means instead of making $450 of profit, they would only make $300 or profit per unit. Oh, how the shareholders would revolt against their reduced revenues!

  5. These manufacturing jobs are not coming back. It is wrong for politicians to pander to people and give them false hope. When nothing changes, the cynicism just increases. Then when we get a jerk like Trump, who seemingly “tells it like it is”, comes along, people fall for it. The only thing he is doing is lifting the veil of prejudice and putting all those ugly feelings out in the open. He cannot solve the problems people have just by being their very own Mister Mouth. If you really listen to him, he has no solutions.

    • Wow. A career based on trimming threads from shirtsleeves. These are the jobs Trump wants to bring back? Maybe he can also bring back buggy-whip making, or tire-cord plying, or tube filament drawing, or lightbulb base potting.

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