Here’s What Happened When Obama Tried Trump’s Tariff Tactics To Punish China!

One of Trump’s biggest promises is that he would punish China with a YUGE tariff because they’re just killing us, he says.

You might not believe who the last U.S. President to try to slap a tariff on China – it was Barack Obama!!

Here’s what happened:

By 2009, the United States was importing tires from China at a rate of about 50 million per year. The United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial, and Service Workers International Union complained to the Obama administration that there was a “large, rapid, and continuing” increase in the number of Chinese-made tires entering American markets. In September of that year, Obama approved relief for domestic producers by increasing tariffs on most new tire imports for three years.

Weird how it was UNIONS who were demanding tariffs, but Trump says this is a conservative measure. I guess unions are conservative in Trumpmerica!

Anyway, it DID actually create jobs – just a few:

Economists Gary Clyde Hufbauer and Sean Lowry note that the number of Americans employed in tire manufacturing increased from 50,800 in September 2009 to 52,000 in September 2011. If all 1,200 jobs were attributed to the tariff — an exceedingly generous assumption — they calculate that Obama’s move could be credited with saving or creating $48 million of additional worker income and purchasing power.

But here’s what it cost the consumer, and American companies:

…the tariff also forced consumers to spend $1.1 billion more on tires than they otherwise would have — or roughly $900,000 per U.S. tire industry job created. And retaliatory tariffs imposed by the Chinese further hurt our economy. In early 2010, China’s Ministry of Commerce imposed tariffs ranging from 50.3 to 105.4 percent on American poultry imports, which “reduced exports by $1 billion as U.S. poultry firms experienced a 90 percent collapse in their exports of chicken parts to China,” according to Hufbauer and Lowry.

Now this is just what happened when Obama slapped a tariff on ONE product China sends to us. Trump wants to put tariffs on EVERY SINGLE PRODUCT from China. AND he wants to put tariffs on Mexico too!

This is why many say his plans sound great to the U.S. worker, but would actually be terrible for most Americans. But then, sometimes bad ideas sound really great when you’re low on details.

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  • Steve Richter

    I do not think this proves tariffs do not work. Are the tire tariffs still in place? Make them permanent and work in the US to encourage more tire factories to open. When China retaliates hit them back. They have a lot more to lose from a trade war than the US does. And do not allow China to buy up assets in the US.

  • VL123

    You are an idiot if you think tariffs have EVER worked in history.

  • Steve Richter

    They have worked for China. That country has had tremendous economic growth while at the same time limiting imports.

  • Uhhhh have you looked at China lately, genius?

  • Nachum

    Guess we will have to agree to disagree. China has used our money to build its military and continues to run gulags and harvest organs from prisoners. We should never have allowed them ‘most favored nation’ status to finance their evil. Now, we are letting them buy up our assets here. The tariffs do work, when we are dealing with China and their repression.

  • Capt_Morgan

    Japan has huge tariffs on our goods. What’s never worked is leftist political ideas.

  • Capt_Morgan

    Yeah, they have more billioniares on the forbes list than we do. Dufus.

  • TheOriginalDonald


  • TheOriginalDonald

    Smoot-Hawley Act, did it work? ANyone? ANyone?

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  • Yep, Obama and His every shifting red lines, Obama didn’t have the stones to ever win at anything, That is why the US lost a major portion of it’s industry and blue collar jobs to off shore countries…….. Now if tariffs don’t work? Why does every other country in the world impose import tariffs against US Products?

  • ipsprez

    Why do I even read what this never Trump writes. I think I will put my trust in a guy who has a proven track record of knowing what the hell he is talking about, oh, that would be Trump by the way!!!