Trade war with Canada

Donald Trump has just launched a trade war with Canada to protest low milk prices that are hurting some dairy farmers in Wisconsin. His method of compelling Canada to submit is to tax Canadian exports of wood to the US. That tactic has been tried in the past and has failed repeatedly over the past 30 years. If Canada wants to sell their wood in the US for less rather than for more, we should let them. Putting a tariff on their wood will hurt Canadian jobs and US consumers who will pay more for new houses. It won’t help Wisconsin dairy farmers.

This may be an example of the famous Trump negotiating style: bully the little guy and then stiff him by not paying. If it truly is the Trump style, he is going to face mounting resistance. Mexico has already refused to pay for the wall and North Korea is unlikely to respond positively to our show of force. Ted Cruz’s suggestion that we use drug trafficking seizures to pay for the wall is taking money out of the US Treasury, US taxpayer property, not property of Mexico.

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