The most powerful, strategic, and easy way to improve this country, to balance the budget, to reduce taxes, and provide for quality jobs would be to pass a one page bill that provides for a 40% flat tariff on everything.
Free trade has failed. It’s time to put America First in trade. This tariff wouldn’t even necessarily violate our treaty obligations because it amounts to about as much as the VAT in other countries.
The Democrats can follow the lead of anti free-traders like Sherrod Brown and put America back to work and gain back their political strength.
But they won’t, of course. Democrats legislate, they don’t lead.