Released: Filed Under: NCFCA Lincoln-Douglas
About "Tariffs Good"
Tariffs are an example often used to illustrate how “unfair” fair trade is. Despite the claim that tariffs are harmful, the evidence shows that tariffs can have a positive impact.
In NCFCA Lincoln-Douglas Release #06: “Property” (NEG) (9/10/2018) Mark Csoros writes:
Mark Perry of the American Enterprise Institute wrote in 2016 that
“…protectionist trade policies like a 266% tariff provide significant, concentrated benefits for a small number of well-organized, rent-seeking domestic firms like Big Steel…. but at the expense of much higher costs and possible job losses that are imposed on hundreds of millions of disorganized and dispersed consumers and the domestic firms that use steel as an input.”
When the government puts tariffs on steel, it’s imposing a tax designed to help a certain class of citizen, specifically those who work in the American steel industry. But that benefit comes at a cost to the property of every other American, who now has to pay more for any product that used steel as an input. Every paycheck is now worth less, because the cost of cars, construction, and cutlery has now increased.
Mark uses the example of tariffs to argue that fair trade is unfair. This opposition brief gives you evidence to dispute that. The evidence in this brief goes from broad to specific. First, this brief argues that tariffs help countries become successful. Next it gives examples of how tariffs are useful tool. Finally, there is evidence in favor of the recent tariffs implemented by president Trump.
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