Home-Country Tariffs Are Punitive Taxes on Purchases Made by Fellow Citizens

by Don Boudreaux on March 20, 2019

in Myths and Fallacies, Taxes, Trade

Here’s a letter to the Wall Street Journal:


A headline at your website this afternoon reads “Trump Says Tariffs on Chinese Goods Will Stay for ‘Substantial Period of Time’.”

May I petition you to change the headline only slightly but in a way that would make it far more accurate and revealing? – to wit: “Trump Says Punitive Taxes on Americans Who Buy Chinese Goods Will Stay for ‘Substantial Period of Time’.”

Donald J. Boudreaux
Professor of Economics
Martha and Nelson Getchell Chair for the Study of Free Market Capitalism at the Mercatus Center
George Mason University
Fairfax, VA 22030


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