We learned this lesson in the 1930s, after the United States passed the now-infamous Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act. Then, Congress caved to business groups demanding greater protection and jacked up average import duties by about 20 percent. Other countries responded with counter-tariffs, and global trade plummeted.Read More
Even so, for several months after her assault, she still agonized about whether to apply, which would requiring turning over information not just to local police but to the Trump administration. But lawyers said she had a slam-dunk case.
While Democrats debate the best path to universal health coverage, Republicans appear to remain laser-focused on taking insurance away from as many Americans as possible. They’ve adopted a multipronged approach, too.
The policy could designate nearly half of the U.S. noncitizen population as a future economic burden (or “public charge,” to use the term of art), according to an estimate from the Migration Policy Institute. Which makes this rule look an awful lot like a backdoor attempt to slash legal immigration levels without consent from Congress.Read More
That juicy prediction has every pundit asking who else might join these three martyrs. Maybe Sen. Patrick J. Toomey (Pa.), Lamar Alexander (Tenn.) or some other dark horse? Who could that elusive fourth Republican senator possibly be?
Perhaps the most farcical rationale, however, has been that massive tariffs are necessary to safeguard America’s “national security.”