What kind of idiot nobhead is @SenTomCotton to use dead soldier’s sacrifices in an argument to justify the tariffs/taxes that the trump administration is putting on Chinese imports? Sick.— Nic Harcourt (@nicharcourt) May 13, 2019
If he were running for election in 2020 in almost any state other than Arkansas, this comment would be used to clobber him in attack ads.— TheValuesVoter (@TheValuesVoter) May 13, 2019
Wow, that really puts it in perspective. “Be grateful we haven’t gotten you killed yet and stop whining.”— Merv Adrian (@merv) May 13, 2019
“It’s better than being shot or blown up by an IED” isn’t exactly the reassurance that the average American family is looking for.— Persistent Resistor (@R3515T0R) May 13, 2019
Patriotism may be the last refuge of a scoundrel, but @SenTomCotton figured he’d go there early and avoid the rush.— The Angry of Winterfell (@agunn) May 13, 2019
I feel more like an hostage!— christine d. (@lolottedamour) May 13, 2019
Here’s an idea: how about we end the trade wars and bring our troops home!— Pé Resists (@4everNeverTrump) May 13, 2019
I’d love to know exactly how he will be sacrificing. I’m betting he means the lower and middle class will be sacrificing. The rich, not so much.— ShockerHoopsFan (@MissCarol2U) May 13, 2019
Sen. Tom Cotton to our farmers: Drop dead.— Russell Drew (@RussOnPolitics) May 13, 2019
It’s amazing that so many Republicans, even ones as deplorable as Cotton, continue to advocate for Donald Trump, no matter how awful and indefensible the policy.
Farmers backed Trump in 2016. But in 2020, I think they’re up for grabs. pic.twitter.com/iKwG8w4U3a
People like Senator Tom Cotton are living proof that political parties care more about team then country. More often they seem to be creating their own reality to continually justify defending the indefensible.
Trade wars are stupid because Tariffs are a tax on consumers. China will not sacrifice much if anything. They may end up not selling us as many TV’s or products that we actually want to buy, but they will just sell them to other countries who also crave cheaper luxury goods. As a result our agricultural exports to China like soybeans and corn will be devastated and the prices of Chinese goods will go up for American consumers.
Despite what Trump says repeatedly, China (like Mexico) will not pay a dime. But the trade war (unlike the wall) is real and has lasting detrimental impacts. Also, remember that China has been buying up our debt and has the ability to do even more harm if Trump keeps pushing, which he’s been hinting at doing.
The reason why we are and have been for “free trade” for the better part of 100 years, instead of Tariffs or “fair trade” is because we are a free market society that believes when the consumer makes all the choices we have the most freedom and prosperity. Chinese products are providing middle and poorer class people luxuries they otherwise could not afford, like cheap computers, TV’s, cell phones, clothing, and food. Trade wars hurt them the most.
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