Last year’s trade policy was chaotic. This was largely a result of the president’s random announcements, often on Twitter, that he’d apply tariffs on goods coming into the country. In some cases, the tariffs were meant to negotiate radically different trade deals than the ones we already had, a goal never achieved so far. In other cases, tariff threats were a way to get foreign governments to do things that have nothing to do with trade, such as reducing the number of immigrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border or forcing Brazil and Argentina to somehow keep economic turmoil from causing the value of their currencies to fall. In yet other instances, the president’s announcements seemed to be triggered by some weird need to show that he’s still in control and untamed.
No matter the reasons, this behavior needs to stop in 2020.
California’s new legislation ostensibly designed to help freelance workers – help them by requiring that (most) such workers be formally classified as employees of the firms with which they contract – is (shocking!) hurting many of these workers.