Monday, June 4, 2018

Koch Network Planning Major Campaign Against Trump's Tariffs

The political network backed by billionaires Charles and David Koch said today it’s planning a “multi-year, multi-million-dollar” campaign to promote free trade and oppose President Donald Trump’s moves to impose tariffs on billions of dollars worth of imports, reports Bloomberg.

The effort will include advertising, voter mobilization and lobbying in an attempt to “transform the way Washington and the rest of the country consider and value trade with other nations,” according to a joint statement from three Koch groups.

But they seem to be headed in the wrong direction before they even get out of the gate.

“The Trump administration has taken some incredibly positive steps for the American economy, but tariffs will undercut that progress and needlessly hamstring our full economic potential,” Tim Phillips, president of the Koch-affiliated Americans for Prosperity, said in a statement. “There are better ways to negotiate trade deals than by punishing American consumers and businesses with higher costs.”

Negotiate trade deals?

Why do trade deals need to be negotiated? Just open the damn borders to trade. There is no need for any negotiation.


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