Aug 03, 2018
Freedom Partners Urges Trade Talks as Tariff Threats Grow
Post by Freedom Partners
Arlington, VA – As China threatens new tariffs on $60 billion in U.S. products, Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce warned against the harm from tariffs in a statement today. In addition, the organization’s new TV ad “Trade Not Aid” begins airing today around the country.
Freedom Partners Spokesman Kevin Schweers issued the following statement:
“Beijing’s predictable response to Washington’s latest threat again underscores how tariffs are fueling a nascent trade war. The result is higher government taxes, in the form of tariffs, on American consumers, workers and companies. Maine lobsters are harder to sell, lawn mowers are more expensive and many others are impacted as well. It’s time for the Trump administration to start the talks with China to lower trade barriers and to address its abusive trade practices, lower trade barriers and achieve the president’s goal of zero-tariff trade. Tariffs undermine the economic progress made by the Trump administration through tax relief and regulatory reform.”
- Individuals, businesses, and countries should be free to engage in the voluntary exchange of goods and services, which improves lives by growing the economy, increasing pay checks, and creating new and better jobs.
- Individuals and businesses in a competitive market, not government bureaucrats or politicians, should guide trade decisions.
- Punitive measures such as tariffs and quotas harm most consumers, workers, and businesses and should be eliminated.
- Subsidies and other forms of government supports for powerful and politically connected businesses and industries do not create value. They punish consumers, insulate businesses from market competition, and should be eliminated.
- Trade disputes should be resolved through existing international trade agreements and organizations.
- While national security interests may be a consideration in trade policy, they should be used to restrict trade only when there is truly a narrow national security interest at stake, not as a work around to impose tariffs.