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leftist plug for neoliberal free trade…?//Some steelworkers love Trump tariffs. Others fear them. – The Washington Post

March 6th, 2018 · No Comments

While the Trump action on tariffs is lunatic it is also true as a number of leftists have noted (barely above a whisper) that the response is inconsistent and a plug for neoliberal freetrade against american workers devastated over and over and over again and finally so fed up with leftists and liberals they voted for Trump.

I can offer no simple solution to this situation but it is clear that the animus toward toward China is also understandable: the US has been cheated blind by this overall situation which is fine with the capitalists…back to the drawing board: Trump gets an F-, the left gets …?

The tension between union members comes as steelworkers in the United States have seen their ranks shrink, in part because of cheaper imports from Canada, Brazil, South Korea and Mexico. Ten steel furnaces have shuttered on American soil since 2000, said Scott Paul, president of the Alliance for American Manufacturing, a nonprofit organization that supports factory workers, and an estimated 52,000 American workers in the industry have lost their jobs over the same period. “This is a critical issue for steelworkers who have been really pummeled by imports,” Paul said. “They’ve been struggling in an economy that is otherwise growing.” Automation is also to blame.

Source: Some steelworkers love Trump tariffs. Others fear them. – The Washington Post

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