Trump’s tariffs will hurt all Americans

first_imgThat’s the rationale Ross invoked to escape what would otherwise be American commitments under international trade law. Superficially plausible – planes are made of aluminum; tanks from steel – it’s basically bogus.A real expert on national security, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, has been decidedly cool on Ross’ protectionist project and said so in a memorandum to the commerce secretary, albeit between the lines.While Mattis said he was against countries “intentionally” using “unfair” trade practices to harm the U.S. defense industrial base – as opposed to outcompeting us, which is what some of the trading partners potentially affected by the Trump tariffs are actually doing – he also pointed out that U.S. industry can easily meet the military’s steel and aluminum needs without protection.If we must go ahead with tariffs anyway, Mattis urged, we should spare our “key allies” from “negative impact” and encourage them to join us in putting pressure on China, whose market manipulations in both steel and aluminum are real and a legitimate focus for U.S. response.However, the president gave no sign Thursday that he would heed either suggestion. On its face, his decision applies equally to hostile powers such as China and Russia and to close treaty allies such as Canada and Japan.Without major modifications, the president’s plan will encourage U.S. allies to join forces with U.S. adversaries. Mattis also urged making it clear to U.S. industry that protection would be conditional, “to set clear expectations domestically regarding competitiveness.”Instead, Trump promised a roomful of steel and aluminum executives “you’ll have protection for the first time in a long while,” adding vaguely: “You’ll have to regrow your industries, that’s all I’m asking.”Trump’s words are not always an exact guide to the policies his administration formally adopts.Already, though, the president and his commerce secretary have legitimized unilateral invocation of a “national security” exception to normal trade rules.Other countries can play that game, too; and more might try, now that the United States has set this bad example.Race to the bottom, trade war: Call it what you will, the spiral will eventually harm everyone, the United States and its metal industries very much included.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Categories: Editorial, OpinionThe following editorial appeared in The Washington Post.President Donald Trump announced new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports Thursday, following the recent recommendations of his secretary of commerce, Wilbur Ross.Actually, Trump went a bit further, saying he would hit steel with a 25 percent levy, rounded up from the 24 percent Ross had said was necessary to keep the U.S. industry operating at the 80 percent of capacity that central planners in his department deem optimal.For aluminum, the charge will be 10 percent.Prices on everything made from steel and aluminum will go up; jobs saved by producers may be offset by jobs lost elsewhere.If that seems contradictory, consider the fact that this tax increase on raw materials comes from the same president who says the economy is booming because he cut taxes on income.Ostensibly, these added burdens on all Americans except those involved in steel and aluminum production are necessary for national security.last_img read more

Lawmakers should pass home abuse bills

first_imgI’m sick to death of hearing about all the abuse and neglect in care facilities. I also have family and friends who live in group homes. My family and I have five years experience visiting a nursing home on a weekly basis.I think all facilities should treat the people who live there with dignity and respect. People in the neighborhood should do the same thing. The neighborhood and group care organizations should work together as a team and not tear each other apart. There should be a dialogue between all communities and all the people who live in these communities. I don’t care about what race, disability, religion or color a person is. Everyone should be treated equally.If you see something, speak up. If you don’t, abuse and neglect could happen to you or your loved ones in a facility. If this abuse and neglect keeps on happening, where will people live? Where will people go to get the care, love and support they need? All people deserve to have the freedom to live in a welcoming environment. All faculties should a place for people to grow, mature and be safe.State legislators should pass both bills (A6830A/S4736B and S5089) regarding abuse and neglect within care facilities. Ashley ZoltowskiSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Troopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stopSchenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcyEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Re May 6 editorial, “Take steps now to prevent future abuses of disabled”: I’m almost 25 years old and I’m a person with cerebral palsy. I’m working towards my GED and have a part-time job as an after-school counselor in a care facility in the community.last_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, Sep. 24

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionParties must honor voice of the votersIt’s time Saratoga Board of Elections did its job and sanctioned or pulled party lines from any political party that uses placement on the ballot as a bait-and-switch scheme.I worked on the primary in Milton and Ballston, where voters rejected committee-endorsed candidates. In Milton, Zlotnick, Kerr and Isachsen won both the Conservative and Independence primaries, becoming the nominees against committee candidates the voters didn’t want.Even after multiple requests, neither the Conservative nor the Independence chair has taken the time to meet, let alone support, their designated nominees.In Ballston, bipartisan Connolly, Curtiss, and Solberg won in a landslide against the losing Republican committee candidates. Despite the voters’ sending an overwhelming message of confidence, the Republican chair hasn’t removed an active committee member who’s running against their own party nominees, in violation of Republican-filed bylaws with the Board of Elections.Plus, they’ve had fundraisers yet provided no funding or plan for the general election, despite spending thousands on their primary losers.In my opinion, such disdain for the voters’ wishes makes them unfit to receive ballot lines. These groups have abandoned their promises to constituents and decided that they are the ruling class; the voters and their votes aren’t relevant to them.That isn’t the reason they received the line in the first place and it’s not the ideals of our democracy which they represent. Until they adhere to the terms by which they received their line, they need to be taught a lesson and pulled from future ballots.Keith LewisBallston Spa Citizen militias should be properly armedThe Daily Gazette published letters on  Sept. 5 and 6 which describe “assault weapons”  as “weapons of mass destruction” and “pea shooters.”We have been in Afghanistan for 18 years trying to defeat people with similar pea shooters. The Second Amendment was intended  to assure that military firearms were in the hands of private citizens. There was a fear of tyrannical edicts from a strong central government with a professional army.The “militia” in the  amendment is not the National Guard. As in America’s Constitution, the militia were the people and the people were the militia. “A sound republic should rely on its own armed citizens.”Contemporaneous state constitutions used the term “bear arms” in a military  sense and no other. In 1777, citizens drafted for militia service were required to report with modern military equipment. Those reporting without a musket, bayonet, belt and knapsack, cartridge box and blanket were issued the missing items and the cost of the equipment deducted from their pay.Thomas Jefferson in 1781 complained that when he called out the Virginia Militia that they reported with shotguns and squirrel rifles.  He expected muskets and bayonets.The Fourth Amendment has been interpreted to equate cell phones and computers to be the referenced protected “papers.”A similar update to the Second Amendment would require a militiaman to report with a fully automatic M-16 and several large-capacity magazines.Art HenningsonScotiaMcConnell and Pence are Trump’s puppetsSenate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Vice President Mike Pence are definitely puppets for the president.Webster’s dictionary defines a puppet as “a jointed body with a hollow head whose behavior is determined by others.”A puppet is manipulated by strings from above. That makes Trump the puppeteer of both McConnell and Pence. He controls what they say and how they perform. Is it any wonder nothing is being accomplished?On the very first day of President Obama’s presidency, McConnell announced that the first thing on the Republican agenda was to ensure that Obama would be a one-term president. He failed.In my opinion, except for confirming several swamp creatures (Brett Kavanaugh comes to mind.), he has accomplished exactly nothing. McConnell runs the Senate like it is his own private domain.The other Republican senators seem to be just taking up space. Do they ever have a say about voting on anything? Do they dare disagree with the majority whip?The vice president is seldom heard from. I wonder if he ever has an original thought. And if he does, would he dare to confront the guy in the Oval Office? I doubt it.I also wonder if there will ever be a day without yet another catastrophe during Trump’s reign at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.Jane ReisengerSchenectadyPhotograph was of the incorrect shrineYou featured an article on Sept. 6 about St. Kateri National Shrine participating in a “National Weekend of Prayer” event.However, the text did not agree with the picture you published on C3 of the paper. Great article , but very misleading.Before you print something so important to so many people, you would be well advised to get the facts straight. I would hope you will correct this error. The picture is from The Martyr’s Shrine at Auriesville, not the Kateri shrine in Fulton.Helena CalvanoSchenectady More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Sunday, Jan. 12

first_imgDestroying cultural sites is a war crimeOn Jan. 4, President Donald Trump tweeted that if Iran retaliates for the targeted killing of Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, America will target sites important to Iranian culture.Let me be clear: It is a war crime to target cultural sites, according to the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict. The United States is a party to that convention, meaning we must abide by it.The United Nations also regards destroying cultural sites as a war crime (U.N. Security Council Resolution 2347).War crimes are illegal under federal law (18 U.S. Code § 2441). The punishment is being “fined under this title or imprisoned for life or any term of years, or both, and if death results to the victim, shall also be subject to the penalty of death.”If President Trump goes through with his threat and attacks those cultural sites, he is a war criminal. Plain and simple.Daniel Wade IIIRound LakeMany share blame for Trump’s failuresWe need to get serious about climate change. We need to eradicate hate crimes and poverty. We need to build alliances, roads, bridges, healthcare systems and schools. Instead, we find ourselves in a useless fossil-fuel-sucking war that will kill, maim, destroy and deplete resources.Who is the most irresponsible?The 45th president? The military, which gave him an option it knew was terrible? (You don’t give a loaded gun to a baby and expect a good outcome.)  Or the American public and politicians who didn’t put an end to this presidency when they had a chance?Melinda PerrinNiskayunaWe all must learn to embrace differencesEvery year, people would like to accomplish some goals for the new year.Well I have a goal that I would like to see happen, not just in this new year, but year-around.This goal is that we as a human race need to understand that we are a very extraordinary human race and we all have our differences. We need to embrace them and learn from them instead of attacking each other.We are killing all of us with this hate. And yes, both sides, the left and the right, are at fault for all the hate that has been going around.But I strongly feel that if we as an extraordinary human race can embrace and accept our many differences, we can heal this nation and world. This is a goal that I would really like to see happen, not just this new year, but year-round.Anthony CarotaSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: No more extensions on vehicle inspectionsEDITORIAL: Take a role in police reformsHIGH NOTES: PPEs, fighting hunger, backpacks and supplies for kidsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Schenectady Clergy Against Hate brings people together Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionProps to Cuomo for canal, rail initiativesI rarely find any merit in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s initiatives, but I believe in giving credit where it’s due.Although it pains me, I compliment him on his recently announced initiatives: re-imagining the Erie Canal and high-speed rail between New York City and Buffalo.The Erie Canal made New York “the Empire State.” Making the Erie Canal economically and recreationally relevant, and high-speed rail along the same corridor, could re-invigorate the dead and dying Rust Belt communities along the way. They called the Erie Canal “Clinton’s Folly” when Gov. Clinton proposed it.When completed, it not only transformed New York but extended our country’s frontier westward, opening up new markets and opportunity. Good transportation does that. If you’ve lived in the Capital District long enough, I’m sure you marvel at what I-87 has done to Clifton Park and points north. Don’t give up, Andrew.Having said that, now that I have your ear, I’d like to add that Mr. Cuomo’s unwillingness to extend the authority to perform marriage ceremonies to federal judges simply because they represent the Trump administration is petty, spiteful, childish and vindictive. Behavior like this (not to mention the SAFE Act) is why I regard him as a jerk.George NigrinyGlenvilleRight on red isn’t mandatory, so chillI am the driver of a small Honda, and I choose to turn right on red when I think it is safe for me, my passengers and pedestrians.Due to the size of my car, it is difficult to see around snowbanks, larger cars and SUVs. Sometimes I will sit at a light until it is green in my favor.During these short waits, there have been more frequent displays of flashing lights, blaring horns and finger messages. I look at your face in my rearview mirror and you look so angry and wretched that I almost feel sorry for you.Draw a deep breath, count to 10, send mental good wishes to a friend. Before you know it, this little car will be safely on its way and so will you. Turning on red is not mandatory — it is a choice.Louise FarnumMaltalast_img read more

Topland continues spending spree in City with £85m buy

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BH&S acquires Hunters

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Easynet pulls plug on Hanover Street headquarters move

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Industrial: Irish Republic

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ProLogis seals New Wave for biggest-ever spec shed

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Departing King Sturge boss sets up new HQ

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