Trump’s Steel Tariffs: will they hurt Americans?

I have been working in industrial settings since 1972 when I was eighteen. I have worked for companies like General Electric building steam turbine generators for power plants, General Dynamics building off shore oil well drilling platforms, and for military general contracting companies working on board surface vessels for the US Navy and US Army. In all of these jobs heavy steel was used, American steel.

When I first began working on the ships of America’s Naval Atlantic Surface Fleet and US Army vessels in the 1980s, no foreign parts could be installed on any vessel. By 2006 when I left, foreign parts were being installed on board all of the vessels we worked on.

During those times I have been laid off  due to NAFTA and have seen many coworkers laid off in all of these companies because although we may have just completed a contract for a particular customer and had the lowest bid on the next contract, due to NAFTA the next contract had to go to another country. It feels like you are being robbed and there is nothing you can do about it except look for another job.

As superintendent of over a hundred employees at times, it was very heart wrenching to tell good workers they were being terminated and most of the time it would be just before Christmas.

The following is quoted from Wikipedia.org on NAFTA:

“Clinton signed it into law on December 8, 1993; the agreement went into effect on January 1, 1994. Clinton, while signing the NAFTA bill, stated that “NAFTA means jobs. American jobs, and good-paying American jobs. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_American_Free_Trade_Agreement

John Stossel probably isn’t aware either that a lot of cell phones, although manufactured in other countries, are put together here in the United States by inmates in American prisons who are paid pennies per phone that they build to cut the cell phone company’s labor costs even more.

Mr. Stossel has made some good programs during his career and exposed some crooked businesses and people, but sometimes he gets things wrong and doesn’t quite do his homework very well as in this video where he gets slapped by a WWF wrestler not once, but twice for asking the wrong question:

Mr. Stossel, I suggest you wear someone else’s shoes as your homework assignment before asking the wrong questions again.

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