Reason.com

Free Minds & Free Markets

Here Are 202 Companies Hurt by Trump's Tariffs

The president believes "TRADE IS BAD!" These firms would beg to differ.

Sonnenbergshots/Dreamstime.comSonnenbergshots/Dreamstime.comThe debate over tariffs has mostly emphasized their impact on economic growth and jobs, which overlooks specific stories of suffering caused by President Donald Trump's trade war.

Below are more than 200 examples of the damage done by Trump's tariffs, aggregated with Republicans Fighting Tariffs. The victims and their stories differ, but the catalyst is the same.

Businesses of all sizes have seen their input costs rise because of tariffs. To maintain already slim profit margins, many of these businesses have no choice but to raise prices. Call this the "Trump tax."

But not all businesses can offset tariff costs through price increases, because their customers are price sensitive and will simply take their business to a foreign competitor. These companies have been forced to take cost-cutting measures such as laying off employees or forgoing expansion.

Then there are the countless farmers and exporters who have seen their markets dry up as trading partners impose retaliatory tariffs.

As Bob Woodward's new book reveals, Trump believes that "trade is bad." The president has tweeted that "trade wars are good and easy to win." These businesses, whose numbers will grow exponentially if Trump follows through on new tariff threats, would beg to differ.

  1. '47 Brand Hats: The Massachusetts company, which faces higher raw material costs thanks to Trump's tariffs, cannot find domestic suppliers to produce hats. It is considering job cuts to compensate.
  2. 5th Avenue Energy: This small California renewable energy firm found that lighting fixtures and other Chinese imports are more expensive and harder to obtain because big contractors bought them up in anticipation of tariffs.
  3. A-1 Signs: The Tennessee manufacturer depends on competitively priced steel to fabricate products and compete in a global marketplace. Tariff-induced steel price spikes have forced it to lraise prices, hurting consumers and pushing them toward cheaper foreign competitors. If A-1 cannot retain its customers, it will have to lay off employees.
  4. ABB: The Missouri electrical manufacturer is considering raising prices for its transformers because of tariff costs, at the risk of being undercut by foreign competitors.
  5. Able Steel Fabricators: The Arizona manufacturer says the construction industry will come to a "screeching halt" when customers refuse to pay the higher prices that tariffs will bring or subcontractors will be forced to eat the increased costs.
  6. Accu-Swiss: The California precision-part manufacturer has been forced to turn off the lights while keeping its machines on in an attempt to absorb the cost increases caused by tariffs.
  7. Alcoa: The aluminimum-product manufacturer cut its profit forecast ranges by $500 million, citing tariffs on aluminum it imports from Canada.
  8. Alfa: The processed-food maker switched to Canadian, European, and South American suppliers to avoid tariffs.
  9. All Metals Industries: The New Hampshire metal-service center has been forced to turn down large orders from potential customers because it can't source material due to tariffs.
  10. Amber Ox Public House: The Virginia brewer has seen a rapid drop in can availability, while prices have increased.
  11. American Keg: The Pennsylvania stainless-steel beer keg manufacturer was forced to lay off 10 of its 30 employees because of tariff-induced costs. It has passed on some of the costs through higher prices, leading some customers to switch to foreign vendors. "We have a lot of patriotic customers that want to buy USA-made kegs with U.S. labor and U.S. steel," the company's CEO says, "but they're only going to go so far as that price difference continues to rise."
  12. Americana Development: The Ohio wheel maker has been forced to raise prices due to tariff costs. As a result some customers have taken their business to Chinese suppliers.
  13. Arrow Fasteners: The staple manufacturer cannot pass along tariff-related increases in input costs to customers because they would just turn to foreign competitors. "We're stuck," says the owner.
  14. AutoZone: Tariffs are forcing the auto parts chain to raise prices on components made with steel, such as rotors and other brake parts.
  15. Auvil Fruit Company: The Washington fruit company is being squeezed by its Chinese customers because of retaliatory tariffs. It's faced with a choice between sacrificing sales and dramatically reducing prices to account for the tariffs. "We lose all negotiating power or leverage in that equation," the company's CEO says, "because you can't just sit on the supply and hope they give in. Our products will rot. So we sell and try to recover as much of our upfront cost as we can, just to minimize the damages." Auvil has lost more than $2.2 million in profit.
  16. Batesville Tool & Die: The Indiana company may be forced to shift some production to a plant in Mexico in response to higher steel prices caused by tariffs.
  17. Neal Beam: Tariffs have reduced the Kansas farmer's soybean crop prices by $150 per acre.
  18. Bertram Yachts: The Florida boat maker lost a $4 million yacht sale in Europe because of retaliatory tariffs.
  19. Black Cat Wear Parts: The Iowa manufacturer has missed growth and capital equipment opportunities because of tariffs.
  20. BMW: The carmaker says tariffs could lead to "negative effects on investment and employment in the United States."
  21. Boeing: The aircraft maker's stock price cratered because of worries that tariffs will cause China to shift purchases to Airbus.
  22. Boulder International: The U.S. e-cigarette designer was forced to raise prices and shelve hiring plans due to tariffs on Chinese manufacturing.
  23. Brilliant Home Technology: The California startup was forced to boost prices on its Wi-Fi-connected "smart" light switches from $249 to $299 because of Trump's tariffs.
  24. Brinly-Hardy: The Indiana lawn care company, which has been in business since 1839 and survived the Civil War, has had to lay off 75 employees because of tariff costs.
  25. Brunswick Boat Group: The boat maker warns that tariffs could cause a drop in sales and layoffs.
  26. Ronald Burris: "The value of the crop is taking a beating," says the Indiana farmer. "There could be some trying times this fall."
  27. Bush Brothers and Company: The canned baked beans company has experienced an 8 percent decline in its revenue because of higher steel prices.
  28. CAID Industries: The Arizona industrial metal fabricator has been forced to stretch jobs from weeks to months because it takes a couple of months to find material due to tariffs. The company has had to shelve some projects.
  29. Case Medical: The medical instrument manufacturer is absorbing some of the tariff costs but cannot source enough U.S.-based supply to manufacture domestically.
  30. CaseLabs: The California PC case maker has been forced into bankruptcy and liquidation because of Trump's tariffs, which raised its costs by almost 80 per cent.
  31. Caterpillar: The tractor company faces $200 million in tariff-related costs in the second half of 2018, forcing it to raise prices.
  32. Cedar Ridge Winery: "They already have impacted our business," the winery's owner says. "When you hear about a tariff, you think we're just going to raise the price in the other country. But it's not their problem; it's our problem, especially when you're trying to start a new relationship with a new distributor in a foreign country. We ate the bulk of it. So yeah, it's definitely affecting the bottom line."
  33. Chibitronics: Tariffs have forced the New Jersey education technology manufacturer to choose between immediate price increases and cutting employee salaries.
  34. Chippewa Valley Bean Co.: Tariffs have drastically reduced the Wisconsin company's expectations to ship 60 percent of its bean exports, worth $25 million, to Europe. An English buyer threatened to abandon a shipment that had arrived in a British port. The company's president persuaded the buyer to take the $23,000 shipment and pay the nearly $6,000 tax, but the buyer then canceled $92,000 worth of orders. Tariffs have caused the bean company to end plans for new bins, an automated bagging system, an additional processing line, a warehouse, and an office building
  35. Chuck McCarthy: The North Carolina cold storage company has seen its Chinese pork customers dry up because of retaliatory tariffs.
  36. Cloud's Meats: The Missouri meat shop has seen the price of beef hides fall because of tariffs to the point where it's no longer profitable to sell them.
  37. Coca-Cola: The soft drink maker raised prices for soda and other beverages to offset tariff-induced cost increases for freight shipments and metals used in its bottling systems.
  38. Columbia Sportswear: The clothing company's mannequin costs have risen as a result of Trump's tariffs. "Not knowing week to week what the rules will be makes it difficult to invest," its COO says.
  39. Correct Craft: The Florida boat maker says its aluminum costs could rise 20 percent to 30 percent when its contracts are renegotiated this fall. Overseas sales, which make up about 30 percent of the company's revenue, are already nearly at a standstill.
  40. Council: The California design studio is experiencing difficulties related to metal sourcing because of tariffs, forcing it to move some of its fabrications abroad.
  41. Cummins: The engine and generator company faces $100 million in tariff-related costs in the second half of 2018.
  42. Daniel Paul Chairs: The furniture company struggles to enter competitive bids for hotel and office chairs without knowing what impact tariffs will have on material prices. The 25 percent tariff is higher than the profit margin on some bids.
  43. Dry Fly Distillery: The Washington company, a low-margin small business, is uncompetitive because of tariffs.
  44. Eastman Chemical: The company has put a hold on a five-year effort to sell ethylene plants in Texas because prices are falling as a result of China's retaliatory tariffs.
  45. Electrolux: The home appliance company faces $10 million in added second-half costs for imported parts.
  46. Element Electrics: The South Carolina television assembler plans to shut down and lay off nearly all of its 134 employees because of tariff costs.
  47. Emeco: The chair manufacturer faces 17 percent higher prices for aluminum because of tariffs.
  48. Engineered Materials Solutions: The Massachusetts car part manufacturer is losing millions of dollars due to Trump's tariffs and can't access the parts it needs domestically.
  49. Michelle Erickson: The Montana farmer says tariff-induced loss of markets will reduce incomes and jobs in farm communities.
  50. Fiat-Crysler: The carmaker is developing manufacturing contingency plans "on a massive scale."
  51. Flex-A-Seal: The Vermont mechanical-seal manufacturer says tariffs have raised the cost of raw materials by 30 percent in some cases. As a result, it has to raise its prices, which means losing business.
  52. Fluor: The oil and gas company gets some components for its plants from Chinese manufacturers. Its major methanol project in Louisiana could be delayed or canceled due to increased costs and uncertainty.
  53. Ford: The carmaker faces $300 million in extra costs this year due to escalating tariffs. It took a $300 million hit in the most recent quarter because of pricier commodities such as steel and aluminum, whose costs have been inflated by tariffs.
  54. Gerald Garber: "The market is geared for exports," says the Virginia farmer, who notes that the anticipation of tariff effects already has driven down milk prices, which were at a historic low.
  55. General Electric: The U.S. conglomerate, which faces $400 million a year in tariff-induced costs, is considering adjusting its supply chain to mitigate the effects.
  56. General Motors: The carmaker, which cut its earnings forecast for the year because of surging prices for steel and aluminum caused by tariffs, is considering cutting U.S. jobs.
  57. Gentex: The company, which makes rear-view mirrors for cars, cut its annual gross margin forecast, citing increased raw material costs of as much as $8 million in the second half due to Trump's tariffs.
  58. Grandall Industries: The Ohio construction equipment maker has had to postpone expansion plans, including 30 new employees, because of tariff costs.
  59. Green Acres Farm: "It's desperate out there in the dairy industry right now," says the owner of the Delaware dairy farm.
  60. Green Alternatives: The bottom line of the Indiana solar-panel installation company has been hurt by solar, steel, and aluminum tariffs. As a result, it is looking at layoffs and has abandoned plans to make capital investments.
  61. Green Valley Pecan Company: The Arizona farm says reduced Chinese consumption will increase pecan supply and reduce farm prices.
  62. Hallmark Homes: The Indiana homebuilder reports that lumber tariffs have had a big impact on pricing of new residential construction. Prices have risen about 20 percent, which could contribute to a broader housing-market slowdown.
  63. Harley-Davidson: The motorcycle manufacturer cut its profit margin forecast for the year due to tariffs, which are forcing it to move some production overseas.
  64. Harold Force: The construction company faces rising prices on items needed for contracts signed in less expensive, pre-tariff times. One of its biggest projects was canceled because of tariff-induced steel price hikes. "It's damaging in so many ways," says the owner. "Tariffs have put blood in the water."
  65. John Heisdorffer: "Soybeans are the top agriculture export for the United States, and China is the top market for purchasing those exports," the Iowa farmer says. "The math is simple. You tax soybean exports at 25 percent, and you have serious damage to U.S. farmers."
  66. Herman Miller: The Michigan furniture maker has seen dramatic price increases, making current domestic prices equivalent to import prices after tariffs.
  67. Hexcel: The aerospace materials supplier expects a tariff impact of $2 million to $3 million a year related to imports from China.
  68. HiberSense: The Pittsburgh-based HVAC manufacturer was forced to shift focus from building the company to protecting the company, diverting resources and annoying investors.
  69. Hopkins Manufacturing: The Kansas manufacturer has seen tariffs drive up prices on about 350 items made with steel and aluminum. It is raising prices to compensate.
  70. Hudson Pecan: The Georgia pecan grower has shelved plans to triple capacity, build another warehouse, and hire another 20 people because of tariff uncertainty.
  71. Hussey Seating Co.: The Maine bleacher manufacturer has seen steel prices rise by 45 per cent during the last year as a result of Trump's tariffs, throwing a monkey wrench into its locked-in contracts.
  72. Hyundai: Tariffs will push up production costs at the carmaker's Alabama plant by 10 percent a year.
  73. Illinois Tool Works: The company faces higher material costs due to tariffs.
  74. Independent Can Company: The Maryland cannery can't afford to pay higher prices for the steel it imports from Germany, and it can't get the steel it needs from domestic producers because U.S. Steel doesn't make steel coils that are big enough to meet its needs, and the quality is not good enough. Its customers have bailed as a result of supply problems.
  75. Infinity 8: The California exporter's shipments of cherries to China have fallen from 10,000 cartons last year to 240 this year because of retaliatory tariffs. Last year, it shipped 76,410 cartons of Valencia oranges to Shanghai. This year it has shipped 3,240. Last year it shipped 44,036 cartons of plums to Shanghai. This year it has shipped 170.
  76. Insteel Industries: The North Carolina concrete reinforcement maker says its customers are turning to foreign imports to find cheaper prices.
  77. James E. Pepper Distillery: The owner of the Kentucky distillery says "the tariffs were like a punch in the gut."
  78. Jack Daniels: The Tennessee distiller, which says the trade war is reducing profits, plans price increases to compensate.
  79. JAQ Matic Valve & Controls: The Wisconsin small business says tariffs are "severely hurting" profitability. It is passing costs on to customers and may have to lay off employees because it can't support its current work force without an export market.
  80. Jim Beam: The bourbon maker is considering price hikes next year as a result of retaliatory tariffs.
  81. JLab Audio: The U.S. headphone designer faces higher costs due to tariffs that it will have to absorb or pass on to its customers through price increases.
  82. Joann Fabric and Craft Stores: "The resulting tariffs on these targeted products will cause substantial harm to our customers, our employees and the economy as a whole," the chain's CEO says. "Our customers, many of whom are nonprofit organizations and small businesses which operate on tight budgets and retirees who are on fixed incomes, could not tolerate the increased pricing resulting from the tariff costs."
  83. Kia: Tariffs will harm the carmaker's U.S. operations and jeopardize plans for additional U.S. investments.
  84. Kimberly-Clark: Faces $200 million of higher input costs because of tariffs, the paper-products company is raising prices to compensate.
  85. Bernie Kosar: The Ohio farmer says he may not turn a profit on his crops due to China's retaliatory tariffs.
  86. Laitram: The Louisiana conveyer belt manufacturer has been put at competitive disadvantage with its foreign peers because tariffs have increased its steel prices by 12 percent to 14 percent. It is downshifting and delaying investments, falling behind its competitors, and hurting its suppliers and their suppliers.
  87. Lakeside Manufacturing: The Wisconsin medical equipment manufacturer, which has been in business for a quarter of a century, has never seen price increases like those caused by Trump's tariffs.
  88. Lennox International: The air conditioner maker, which forecasts $5 million in costs in 2018 from tariffs, is raising prices to offset the expenses.
  89. Lilitab: The California company, which makes iPad stands and kiosks, reports that a supplier raised prices for aluminum sign materials in anticipation of tariffs.
  90. Lincoln Electric: The welding equipment and supplies maker is raising prices on so-called consumables via surcharges to offset the costs of tariffs.
  91. Lippert Components: The Indiana RV and boat part maker has begun importing some additional components made from steel and aluminum and is considering importing more because there are cheaper alternatives overseas.
  92. Little Bay Lobster Co.: The New Hampshire company had a big market in China that has dried up because of retaliatory tariffs. It doesn't know how long it can pay its 75 employees, who aren't working.
  93. Louroe Electronics: The California company, which makes electric capacitors, has no choice but to pass tariff costs on to its customers, which may reduce its sales.
  94. Lucerne International: The Michigan auto supply producer says tariffs threaten the life of the company, the livelihood of its employees, and an intricate auto supply chain that creates hundreds of thousands of U.S. jobs.
  95. M&B Metal Products Co.: The company may abandon plans to upgrade its factory near Birmingham, Alabama, which fashions steel wire into clothing hangers sold to dry cleaners and uniform-rental firms, because of tariff costs.
  96. M2S Bikes: The North Carolina electric-bike startup can't find comparable materials in the U.S. Tariffs add $435 to the cost of its bikes. As a result, expansion plans are on hold.
  97. MAHLE: The piston manufacturer faces about $1.7 million in increased costs from aluminum tariffs, along with tariff-induced costs for other Chinese products. It is passing costs along to its customers.
  98. Martin's Steel: The Pennsylvania steel manufacturer, which has seen the cost of aluminum rise by 45 percent and steel by 30 percent, has had to increase prices, hurting its customers.
  99. Maschhoff Family Foods: The Illinois pork producer stands to lose $100 million annually as a result of tariffs.
  100. McClatchy Newspapers: The company, which publishes of the Miami Herald, The Kansas City Star, and more than two dozen other regional papers, laid off about 140 people, partly as a result of Trump's tariffs on Canadian newsprint.
  101. Mercury Marine: Tariffs have increased the cost of the Wisconsin company's small recreational boats by nearly $2,000
  102. Merritt Aluminum Products Co.: The Colorado manufacturer is spending more time dealing with late deliveries, quality issues, and other supply-chain problems as aluminum producers grapple with increased demand.
  103. Ryan Mickelson: "The farm economy is not good right now at all," the Iowa farmer says, "and if something doesn't change, there is going to be a lot of farmers going bankrupt. Something has to change, and something's got to change fast. Trump promised and said nothing is going to happen to us farmers, but since this came out and tariffs took effect we've seen nothing but a dive in the markets."
  104. Micro: The New Jersey medical device manufacturer is facing a 30 percent loss of market share because of Trump's trade actions. That would effectively stop the company from expanding its operations in the foreseeable future.
  105. Mid-Continental Nail: Missouri nail manufacturer has laid off 60 of its 500 workers because of increased steel costs from tariffs. The company is in danger of shutting down altogether because tariffs eliminate its profit margin.
  106. Millenia Products Group: The Illinois fabricator has had customers move production to Europe and Canada because of tariff-induced price increase for raw materials. It says the market has not been this difficult in 50 years.
  107. MillerCoors: The brewer faces a $40 million profit hit due to aluminum tariffs.
  108. Mirror Metals: The California company, which makes finishes for architectural metals, says tariffs have cost it $1.2 million so far. It has passed these costs on to customers.
  109. Mississippi River Distilling Co.: The Iowa distiller is worried that the impact of tariffs will affect its bottom line.
  110. MJM Yachts: The Rhode Island yacht maker lost a $2.2 million yacht sale, representing more than 8,000 man-hours, to a Monaco buyer because of retaliatory tariffs. The income from that one boat would support four families for a year. The company has abandoned plans to expand sales in Europe.
  111. Moog: The musical instrument maker may cut jobs or move operations out of the country because tariffs will make it too expensive to do business in the U.S.
  112. Moonlight Meadery: Retaliatory tariffs killed a deal that would have doubled the New Hampshire winery's output. The company, which also has been hit by the tariff-induced increase in aluminum costs, has been forced to lay off five employees.
  113. Multi Parts: The Florida parts supplier has seen its flow of orders slow, and tariff-induced increases in prices for materials have caused it to stop hiring new workers.
  114. Jimmie Musick: The Oklahoma farmer projects "a wave of farm closures" by next spring because of tariff disruptions.
  115. Nashville Wire Products: The Tennessee manufacturer depends on competitively priced steel to fabricate products and compete in a global marketplace. But tariff-induced steel price spikes have forced it to raise prices, hurting consumers and leading its customers to switch to cheaper foreign competitors. If it cannot retain its customers, it will have to lay off employees.
  116. Nebia: The San Francisco manufacturer is considering shifting manufacturing of its $399 spa-like shower heads to Mexico from Minnesota because of tariffs. Aluminum accounts for 40 percent of its costs.
  117. Newell Brands: The company, which owns the Rubbermaid, Crock-Pot, Sunbeam, and Graco brands, says Trump's tariffs will cost it $100 million a year.
  118. Niemeyer Farms: "I hate to see these roller-coasters," the owner of the Illinois farm says, "because it makes it so difficult to price your grain and anticipate what's going to happen in some negotiation you have no input into whatsoever. I hope cooler heads prevail and they negotiate some of these differences out."
  119. North Mississippi Grain Company: "Here in Mississippi in terms of soybeans, we are extremely dependent on exports," says the export company's owner, who is also a farmer. "And China is by far the biggest importer of soybeans in the world. I believe in free trade, especially in terms of agriculture. Mississippi farmers are the ones being hit the hardest. We need to resolve this issue."
  120. O'Reilly Automotive: The Missouri-based auto parts chain has passed along part of tariff costs to consumers through price increases.
  121. Offshore Energy Services: "The tariffs are just tearing us apart," says the Lousiana company's operations manager, "and it is making the operators and everybody pay more."
  122. Oneonta Starr Ranch Growers: Some farmers are considering not harvesting crops because of Chinese retaliatory tariffs.
  123. Onward Manufacturing Co: The Tennessee manufacturer depends on competitively priced steel to fabricate products and compete in a global marketplace. Tariff-induced steel price spikes have forced it to raise prices, hurting consumers and leading its customers to switch to cheaper foreign competitors. If it cannot retain its customers, it will have to lay off employees.
  124. Harold Parker: "Everybody's a little jittery," the Indiana farmer says. "You set your goals. And when you have to back down from your goals, it's always tough"
  125. Michael Petefish: The Minnesota soybean farmer has lost $250,000 of value on his family farm due to China's retaliatory tariffs.
  126. Pensmore Reinforcement Technologies: The Michigan company can't find the quantity and quality of steel it needs in the U.S.
  127. Pentaflex: The Ohio truck parts manufacturer is worried about losing customers if it is forced to raise prices. Steel accounts for 60 percent of its product costs.
  128. Philips: The electronics company is raising prices on products such as hair clippers imported from China due to tariff costs.
  129. Pioneer Service: The Illiniois company lost two orders, worth about $60,000 annually, from a longtime customer because it was forced to double the price of some refrigeration and climate-control parts to account for tariff costs. In response, the customer asked a Chinese competitor to supply the parts.
  130. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: The paper was forced to cut its print edition from seven days a week to five due to newsprint costs.
  131. Plains All American Pipeline: The Houston company faces an additional $40 million in construction costs for a pipeline in the largest North American oil field because of U.S. tariffs.
  132. Plaza Construction: The company's president says many of his subcontractors are not locking in pricing for more than 60 to 90 days because of tariffs, which could lead to a rise in costs.
  133. Polaris: The company, which makes boats, snowmobiles, motorcycles, and recreational vehicles, is raising prices to contend with $40 million in tariff-related costs.
  134. Port of Tampa Bay: The port is facing lower shipments due to tariffs. Steel tonnage going through the port is down about 10 percent.
  135. PPG Industries: The Pittsburgh company, which supplies paints, coatings, and specialty materials, has seen higher costs for raw materials, especially for tinplate used in paint cans.
  136. Prebena: The fastener manufacturer, which relies on German steel, has been forced to shelve growth plans because of tariff uncertainty.
  137. Principal Manufacturing: The Illinois manufacturer has seen significant price increases due to tariffs.
  138. Procter & Gamble: The company says tariffs have had a "meaningful" impact on a handful of products in Canada.
  139. Puma Steel: The Wyoming supplier of structural steel can guarantee prices for only a week or two because of tariffs' impact on the steel market.
  140. Qualtek Manufacturing: The Colorado precision metal parts maker is considering scrapping plans to hire 14 employees because tariff-induced steel and aluminum price hikes have increased the cost of company's key products by $300,000. Its customers may divert business to foreign rivals with access to cheaper steel.
  141. Rad Power Bikes: The Seattle company was forced to increase prices on its electric bicycles manufactured in China because of tariff costs.
  142. Walter Radicioni: The New Hampshire roofer faced four price hikes totaling $400 during the last three months for 1,000-foot rolls of metal coils. The price he charged to do work this summer was locked in early in the spring, before the cost of steel began to rise. Now he has to eat the cost.
  143. REC Silicon: The polysilicon manufacturer laid off 100 employees—40 percent of its work force—after being forced to dramatically reduce production because of tariff costs.
  144. Regal Marine Industries: The Florida boat maker has seen E.U. orders fall by 90 percent since tariffs were implemented, amounting to millions of dollars in cancellations and delays. Expansion plans have been put on hold.
  145. Reinecker Ag: "If China turns to another supplier, it will cause an over-supply of pork domestically, driving prices downward," says an owner of the Pennsylvania pig farm. "Their people still eat three meals a day. They're still going to need meals. They're going to go to another supplier."
  146. RelianceCM: The Oregon electronics manufacturer has lost two customers to Chinese competitors because of tariff-related costs in the U.S., a significant blow to 30-person company. "We have fought and worked so hard to find a niche where we can compete," the company's owner says. "This has the potential to pull the carpet out."
  147. Richard & Rice Construction: The Florida construction business has seen a 10.5 percent increase in lumber costs thanks to Trump's tariffs on Canadian lumber. The cost of rebar has shot up by 58 percent.
  148. Ridgetop Orchards: "The U.S. apple industry does depend on exports," says a co-owner of the Pennsylvania farm. "Without certainty in foreign markets, why would you invest in equipment, why would you invest in anything? The stakes are high. People will lose their jobs."
  149. Anthony Rinald: "The margin of profit is low, real low," the Pennsylvania farmer says. "It's borderline if we're going to make it or not."
  150. Sadie's: The New Mexico salsa company worries it might have to raise prices because of tariff costs.
  151. Sam Adams: The brewer is raising prices to offset tariff costs.
  152. Kevin Scott: The South Dakota farmer says tariffs are "messing up" his market and generating "a lot of heartburn in farm country." Retaliatory tariffs are having a negative effect on farm prices.
  153. Seneca Foods: The New York food processor needs steel from China to make fruit and vegetable cans because the domestic supply is insufficient and of lower quality.
  154. Tim Servais: The Wisconsin dairy farmer is worried about how the industry will plan for the future. "Do we pursue this market [in Mexico]?" he asks. "Because we don't even know if we're going to be dealing with this country down the road. And we have this big market lined up right here, but it might all fall through because of the trade situation."
  155. Rusty Smith: Noting that farmers "live and die by trade," the Arkansas farmer reports that the tariff-induced decrease in soy prices has translated into a nearly $100-per-acre loss in crop value. "That's $100,000 that has disappeared into thin air," he says.
  156. Smokey Mountain Trailers: The Tennessee business has been hit with "materials surcharges" of as much as 7 percent on the trailers it sells. It is passing these costs along to consumers.
  157. Snow Joe: The New Jersey snowmobile manufacturer may halt a major expansion that would add 100 workers because of tariff-induced costs.
  158. Sonoco: The South Carolina company, which produces packaging material, projects as much as $9 million in tariff costs in the second half of the year. It plans price hike on some products.
  159. Staber Industries: The Ohio washing machine and drying cabinet manufacturer has seen costs for aluminum more than double because of tariffs. Domestic aluminum producers don't make what it needs.
  160. Scott Stahl: The South Dakota farmer says farmers aren't interested in getting a check from the government to offset their tariff-induced losses. They want markets instead.
  161. Stanley Black & Decker: The tool and hardware company, which faces $35 million in tariff-related costs, plans price increases to offset them. It is considering replacing American suppliers with foreign ones for components of products made in the U.S.
  162. Steelcase: The office furniture manufacturer was forced to increase prices for a second time in four months, partly due to tariffs.
  163. Ben Steffen: The Nebraska farmer says tariffs have hit his pocketbook from several angles.
  164. Stephens Precision: The Vermont toolmaker is facing increases of 15 percent to 20 percent in prices for steel materials because of tariffs, meaning additional annual costs in the six figures, which will have a big impact on operating margins. "It decreases my profit margins while making it harder to compete with China, Taiwan and other low-cost countries," the company's general manager says. "A lot of time, we can't raise our prices because that will just make our customers look elsewhere. We could potentially lose a job if we fluctuate our prices." To compensate, the company has put planned wage increases and expansion on hold.
  165. Steve Madden: The footwear and accessory company is raising handbag prices and considering shifting production to Cambodia from China because of tariff costs.
  166. Stinson Steel: The Tennessee manufacturer depends on competitively priced steel to fabricate products and compete in a global marketplace. Tariff-induced steel price spikes have forced it to raise prices, hurting consumers and leading its customers to switch to cheaper foreign competitors. If it cannot retain its customers, it will have to lay off employees.
  167. Stockmeier Urethanes: The West Virginia manufacturer does business all over the world but doesn't have adequate domestic suppliers, which is raising costs.
  168. Storm Lake Times: The Pulitzer-winning Iowa newspaper has seen printing bills rise by about 13 percent because of Trump's tariffs, forcing it to trim the size of its TV magazine, cut back on color printing, and consolidate sections.
  169. Strato: The New Jersey railroad car part manufacturer cannot get the parts it needs domestically.
  170. Stripmatic Products: The Ohio metal parts maker scrapped plans to hire new workers and may have to lay off current employees and reduce bonuses because of tariff-induced increases in steel costs. Its customers may seek a cheaper, non-American alternative.
  171. SunPower: The California solar energy company faces more than $50 million in cost increases in the second half of 2018 because of a 30 percent U.S. tariff on solar panels. That is more than its entire R&D budget. As a result, SunPower is considering cutting jobs and exiting some businesses.
  172. SunRidge Dairy: The Idaho family dairy, which has 2,900 cows, saw a 15 percent drop in milk prices, causing a monthly $150,000 loss, because of tariffs.
  173. Superior Grain Equipment: The North Dakota company has been negatively affected by tariff-induced steel price increases.
  174. Tampa Bay Times: The Pulitzer-winning Florida newspaper has cut 50 employees to compensate for a $3 million increase in newsprint costs caused by Trump's tariffs.
  175. Tennsco: Steel comprises more than half of input costs for some of this Tennessee manufacturer's products. It is raising prices to cover costs because its margins aren't big enough to absorb the increases.
  176. Terex Corporation: The Connecticut raw steel purchaser expects to lose market share and profits. It may be forced to reduce its work force.
  177. The Grasshopper Company: The Kansas mower company, which is seeing significant cost increases as a result of tariffs, is raising prices to compensate.
  178. The Jackson County Times-Journal: The historic Ohio paper, which has been published since 1847, went out of business, partly because of tariffs on newsprint.
  179. The Lobster Co.: The Maine company has put expansion plans on hold because of China's retaliatory tariffs and may go out of business. Chinese customers can get Canadian lobster at a fraction of the price.
  180. The Metalworking Group: The Ohio manufacturer had to expend about 1,000 hours on repricing and renegotiating contracts because it could no longer honor its old prices. The company also had to delay plans to spend some $500,000 on equipment and hire more employees because prices were so uncertain due to tariffs.
  181. Jimmy Tosh: "It's very concerning," the Tennessee farmer says. "We going to have to hire 25 to 30 new people to help run the operation, and we have put that on hold."
  182. Toyota: The carmaker, which faces nearly $100 million in tariff-related cost increases per year, may stop importing some vehicles into the U.S. because of proposed U.S. tariffs.
  183. Trans-Matic: The Michigan-based auto parts manufacturer has had to raise prices because of the increased cost of steel, leaving it with fewer orders to fill, which has led the company to cut its employees' hours. "When you cut them back…they get grumpy," says Trans-Matic's CFO. "This is all causing a bit of chaos."
  184. Trent Thiele: "We usually try to expand a little bit every year just so we aren't going backward," the Iowa farmer says. "We did not expand any at all this year due to where we're at, with the uncertainty."
  185. TriPork Farms: The Illinois farm worries that pork exports to China will dwindle to almost zero because of tariffs.
  186. Trophy Brewing: The North Carolina brewer has seen its can cost rise by about a penny, or $40 per pallet, due to tariffs.
  187. Truform: The Tennessee manufacturer depends on competitively priced steel to fabricate products and compete in a global marketplace. Tariff-induced steel price spikes have forced it to raise prices, hurting consumers and leading its customers to switch to cheaper foreign competitors. If it cannot retain its customers, it will have to lay off employees.
  188. Tusco Display: The Ohio custom store fixtures maker laid off 20 contract workers, furloughed 10 employees, and put off plans to spend $1 million on a new system for washing, drying, powder coating, and curing metal products because of tariffs.
  189. Tyson Foods: The Arkansas company faces roughly 25 percent lower profits in 2018 because of tariffs' negative effect on domestic and export food prices, mainly for chicken and pork.
  190. United Technologies: The company, which owns Pratt & Whitney, Carrier, and Otis, says tariffs are reducing its earnings. It is looking at cost-cutting measures to compensate.
  191. Vans: The footwear company is facing increases in the cost of belts and other accessories due to tariffs.
  192. Dee Vaughan: The Texas farmer says shipping companies are hesitant to buy his crop because of tariff uncertainties.
  193. Vaughn Manufacturing: The Tennessee company planned to add five or six new machinists in $28-an-hour jobs. Because of tariff costs, jobs may be cut instead.
  194. Virginia Beer Company: The brewer says can costs have gone up significantly because of tariffs.
  195. Volvo: The carmaker is raising prices to offset the costs of the trade war.
  196. WeFARM Organics: The California food importer/exporter has essentially been shut down by tariffs, which affects at least 100 people.
  197. Wesley Spurlock: Tariffs have reduced the Texas farmer's corn, soy, and cotton prices.
  198. Wetmore Tire & Auto: The Michigan business plans to pass along to customers any price increases on the low-end tires and brakes it imports from China.
  199. Whirlpool: The appliance maker faces $100 million in raw material cost increases due to tariffs.
  200. Will Hutchinson: "I'm not sure the people in Washington have a full understanding of what their decisions are doing to us," the Tennessee farmer says. "We need them to come to terms and think about how this is affecting people in the homeland. We will lose more farmers because of this."
  201. Winnebago: The RV manufacturer is raising prices to compensate for tariff-related cost increases.
  202. Wyoming Machine: The Minnesota contract manufacturer has seen tariffs cause steel and aluminum markets to fluctuate wildly, disrupting the stable prices on which customers depend.

Photo Credit: Sonnenbergshots/Dreamstime.com

Editor's Note: We invite comments and request that they be civil and on-topic. We do not moderate or assume any responsibility for comments, which are owned by the readers who post them. Comments do not represent the views of Reason.com or Reason Foundation. We reserve the right to delete any comment for any reason at any time. Report abuses.

  • DiegoF||

    Is Woodward's report that Trump said, "Trade is bad," credible? I don't know; I haven't been paying attention to Woodward since Watergate, and I was several years from being born at the time.

  • Just Say'n||

    Woodward is probably telling the truth on that point, even if the quote may not be direct

  • JesseAz||

    Wouldn't count on it. Did someone say trump said that... Sure. But Woodward has played fast and loose with advesarials relaying quotes and stories. See the push back on his Jim Belushi book.

  • Ellis Wyatt||

    Push back or proof?

  • JesseAz||

    Cant tell if your stupidity needs a dictionary or you are too dumb to use Google.

  • Last of the Shitlords||

    It's best we just ignore it. Then it can go away. Hopefully to hospice where it will finally die

  • Scarecrow Repair & Chippering||

    Sure, Woodward may have made up that particular quote, but not the sentiment behind it. Trump has made it quite clear over the last several decades that he hates trade and has no understanding of the most basic economics.

    Quibbling over the unknowable question of whether Woodward made up the quote is nothing but a meaningless distraction.

  • ||

    Trump has made it quite clear over the last several decades that he hates trade and has no understanding of the most basic economics.

    I didn't catch the whole piece last night, but NPR had a foreign policy adviser on who was complaining about Trump. He belabored the point that Trump doesn't appreciate our alliance with NATO and our military presence in N. Korea is there to prevent nuclear war. He lamented that Trump just wanted to do deals and paraphrased him by saying "Think of the trading we could do. S. Korea, N. Korea, even China." He was really worried that Trump just wanted to undermine the status quo, apparently still hanging on from The Cold War, didn't want to maintain a commanding military presence, and approached it like it was a real estate transaction. If he weren't consistently saying how naive Trump is and how little he understood I would've thought Poe's Law or self-satire had overrun NPR.

  • Fancylad||

    Trump doesn't appreciate our alliance with NATO
    Thirty-five years ago when it was Europe's bulwark against the Soviets, the left and the clerisy couldn't wait to get rid of it.
    Now that it only functions as the military for European countries who don't want to pay for one of their own, it's a strategic alliance.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    I dont see how you people take NPR seriously. They produce propaganda like all MSM.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Scarecrow, your link failed.

  • JesseAz||

    Saying trump hatws trade in general is disingenuous at best. Does he hate uneven trade policies? Yes? Do I agree with his view on trade equity? Sometimes, not always. But saying he hates all trade? Sorry... Going to laugh at that contention.

  • Michael S. Langston||

    Given he was the Uber capitalist for decades I doubt seriously he said or believes 'all trade is bad'.

  • PG23COLO||

    Trump was never a free trade capitalist, he was just a shady real estate developer, willing to do what it took to get his projects approved, financed, etc. That's crony capitalism, not free market capitalism.

  • JesseAz||

    Original quote from thread is him saying trade is bad, not free trade is bad. And even the latter I doubt he has said.

  • MoreFreedom||

    I disagree. Trump has said he's a free trade guy, and is implementing tariffs to get our trading partners to come to the table and lower their tariffs, as he says. Woodward on the one hand threatens to release his tapes, but on the other hand has promised to give his sources anonymity. He's bluffing.

    Now if Lincicome would provide a list of foreign companies that are being hurt by Trump's tariffs, that would be balanced. The real question is who this will harm more and sooner. My bet is that China and the EU, who are more leveraged and more subsidized by their governments, will be failing to make the debt payments sooner and will be coming to the table. Trump is pressuring protectionists in foreign countries to lower their tariffs (and the unholy alliance between politicians and their friends in protected companies) by harming their economies which threatens their re-election prospects. The leveraged and protected firms won't like it, nor will their political beneficiaries.

  • Teddy Pump||

    That quote conflicts with Trump saying on 2 occasions with world leaders at these Summits, " Why do we need tariffs at all? Let's do away with all tariffs." & the silence in the rooms was deafening!...Trump's view is that as long as there are tariffs, why should the US get screwed by other nations in these agreements!

  • Cy||

    I wonder how many companies are 'hurt' by the North Korea tariffs or the Iran tariffs.

  • JesseAz||

    This article would almost be intellectually honest if it was accompanied by the list of companies punished by tarriffs on us goods from other countries. In order to be outraged by trade policy you really have to be ignorant of other countries doing the same thing and having been doing so for decades. One sided analysis is propaganda at best.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Its propaganda. Reasonnites have been derailing their narrative for months, so they posted a 202 company list to shut us up.

    An honest discussion talks about new Trump tariffs on non-USA imports, old trade restrictions, foreign trade restrictions on US exports, and why this changed (Trump strategy to get lower trade restrictions than before).

  • Ellis Wyatt||

    Plius Manafort just flipped. See you at Trump's tial

  • Just Say'n||

    This time you got him. The CIA never lies

  • loveconstitution1789||

    "agree's to cooperate with Mueller" means many things. Its does not mean Trump will be charged with any crime.

    Didnt George Papadopoulos 'agree to cooperate with Mueller' and was worthless to Mueller?

    Manafort just got pardoned by Trump. Uh-oh, Lefty case falls apart.

  • JesseAz||

    Can you promise to hold your breath until the trial starts hihn? It'll be any day soon. Promise you won't die.

  • ThomasD||

    No, honesty would require a listing of legal residents harmed by illegal labor.

  • Scarecrow Repair & Chippering||

    And the far more numerous legal residents helped by illegal labor.

    This whole concept of "illegal" labor sure doesn't square with self-ownership, does it?

  • Cy||

    You're cool with slavery and oppression as long as your Nike's are cheap... good to know.

  • DiegoF||

    Has Nike been enslaving people?

  • Cy||

    "Has Nike been enslaving people?"

    No. But their governments, the ones you can impose tariffs on, have been.

  • Echospinner||

    Nope.

    https://tradingeconomics.com/china/wages

    China has lifted more people from,poverty than any nation on earth in recent history.

  • Scarecrow Repair & Chippering||

    Most proggies who claim Nike has slaves overlook the fact that without Nike's low-pay jobs, they'd have lower-paying jobs or no jobs. Just like factory workers in the early 1800s, the jobs may have been shit, but they were good enough that people wanted those jobs and took them voluntarily, even moved to cities to get them.

    Fuck off, slaver.

  • Ship of Theseus||

    ^This.

  • Michael S. Langston||

    Yep and back then, no child labor laws either. We passed them only after the majority of US citizens enjoyed a lifestyle which allowed them to not have to use their kids labor for survival.

    When it was necessary, we overlooked it.

    But due to arrogance and ignornace, many would deny developing countries the same avenues for econmic growth that were used to,provide them a life so comfortable they can be worried about what the poor and starving in other countries might have to do just to survive.

  • ||

    This whole concept of "illegal" labor sure doesn't square with self-ownership, does it?

    Debt at 1.05X GDP doesn't either.

  • JesseAz||

    Illegal labor has contributed to all except one trauma one center being shut down in southern Arizona. Sure you want to talk about costs of illegal immigration?

  • ThomasD||

    "And the far more numerous legal residents helped by illegal labor."

    Great. Can you point to the place in this article where the author discusses the people and companies who have benefited from these ongoing trade negotiations?

    Or the black marketeers who are benefiting by evading or gaming the tariffs?

    No?

    Well, then my point about Reason's lack of honesty on this topic still stands.

    Thanks for driving that home.

  • ||

    No, honesty would require a listing of legal residents harmed by illegal labor.

    The IRS has a list. Illegal laborers aren't on it.

  • Scarecrow Repair & Chippering||

    And then you could throw in the mostly 0% tariffs from NAFTA which are so cleverly ignored.

    All you clowns nagging about managed trade -- well, there you go, you got your managed trade AND 0 tariffs, and still aren't happy, and still proud of Trump disrupting businesses and economies all over the world, at the expense of getting rid of some real 0% tariffs.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Tariffs are not all the trade restrictions there are. NAFTA had a shit load of trade restrictions compared to free trade.

    Let me know if you want a link.

  • Hell Hound||

    I agree. It can't be a free market if either side is using crony capatalism or subsidies.
    The 202 compares are just used to both. If the US quits propping up Communism or Socialism prices may rise here but wages would also. The market would even out because you can really only charge what the market dictates. The globalist may get butt hurt for awhile but it may also create a world wide true free market

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Since tariffs are only part of the trade restriction equation, Reason has no comment.

  • Peter Duncan||

    Except that if you believe tariffs are a good thing - good for private individuals making peaceful decisions on how best spend their own resources - then yes, you are by every definition a progressive.

    Fucking do-gooders!!

  • loveconstitution1789||

    I dont think tariffs are 'good'.

    We have managed trade right now, not free trade. Tariffs are part of managed trade.

    Trump offered free trade and that was rejected by our trading partners. Trump is renegotiating trade.

  • Peter Duncan||

    And you are a progressive!

    Fuck off, slaver!!

  • Michael S. Langston||

    lol - deluded much? As I fail to see how objectively defining the trade reality which exists today makes anyone a slaver or non-slaver or abolitionist or overseer or anything else you might imagine.

    Helpful hint for future reading comprehension: relaying facts about anything does not necessarily indicate any specifc opinions or beliefs.

  • ||

    good for private individuals making peaceful decisions on how best spend their own resources

    By private individuals you mean the State of Alaska negotiating with the government of China? Or maybe you mean private trade unions making decisions on how best to spend their members' resources?

  • Ellis Wyatt||

    What are the other parts?
    And how would THEY damage our manufactures and consumers.

    I see no comment by the Trumpbot

  • Ellis Wyatt||

    What are the other parts?
    And how would THEY damage our manufactures and consumers.

    I see no comment by the Trumpbot

  • Just Say'n||

    "Tariffs are bad" and "try to understand where socialists are coming from"

    Square this for me, because it doesn't make a whole lot of sense, besides "defend the status quo"

  • ||

    "Try to understand where socialists are coming from" =/= "embrace Socialism."

    Most people calling themselves "socialists" today are simply ignorant - they're not advocating any actual system. They're just saying "I wish poor people could be less poor."

    What these people need is education on how people stop being poor. Calling them murderous fascists may feel satisfying, but it just makes them roll their eyes when you could be explaining to any of them that will listen that free markets are the only thing that has ever helped The Poor.

  • Just Say'n||

    Sure, but the fallacy in this argument is found in this article. If we are to "understand" collectivists and not smear them right off the bat than why does that only apply to socialists? Shouldn't that apply to nationalists who want tariffs? After all, I'm sure that most people in the Rust Belt who embrace tariffs don't want to end trade or trade wars- they just want to protect industries in their communities.

    Do they not need education too?

    And then you slide down the slippery slope of saying "hey, we should also understand these alt-right guys, I'm sure not all of them want a racial homeland". And this is the inherent nonsense of trying to "understand" collectivists.

    Just because "socialists" are popular now is not a good enough reason to suddenly say "hey, we should understand them and engage them". The ridiculousness of this is so plainly obvious

  • ||

    Shouldn't that apply to nationalists who want tariffs?

    Yes, and Reason has been pretty critical of the movement to silence the "alt-right" at the same time that they are as critical of tariffs as they are of, say, minimum wage laws or universal healthcare proposals.

    we should also understand these alt-right guys, I'm sure not all of them want a racial homeland

    This is true - I've found that refraining from reflexively calling people "Nazis" and "racists" has led to productive conversations about Enlightenment values and how they're not tied to race.

    Just because "socialists" are popular now is not a good enough reason to suddenly say "hey, we should understand them and engage them". The ridiculousness of this is so plainly obvious

    Quite the opposite - precisely because "socialists" are popular now is an excellent reason to say "hey, we should understand them and engage them." I wouldn't say the ridiculousness of doing so is plainly obvious, but I would say the ineffectiveness of not doing so is virtually certain.

  • Just Say'n||

    "Yes, and Reason has been pretty critical of the movement to silence the "alt-right" at the same time"

    Whaaaaat? When was this? Last I heard was them applauding the banning of nut jobs like Alex Jones and Stephen Miller being accosted on the street. Show me a link of this.

    The fact is the Reason wants to engage with socialists and not other collectivists, because popular opinion has accepted socialists and so therefore so has Reason.

  • Just Say'n||

    For the record: I am not in favor of engaging with any collectivist, unless they drop their collectivist impulses. Be that socialists or anyone. You can join with collectivists on points of agreement (war is a major one in that regard), but never take their other collectivist impulses seriously, let alone try to understand their basis. Because the basis is always the same: power and subjugation of individuals

  • ||

  • ||

    Do you not see how you're collectivizing collectivists?

    It's you and a crowd of 20 socialists. You can sit there and refuse to engage with the dirty collectivists because they're not your type of people, but you're never going to find any common ground with them or persuade them on any issue.

  • DiegoF||

    I say engage with everyone! Certainly everyone who has influence. You can have Mises Institute politics and not just sit in Alabama basking in your own purity. Not that that isn't important too, but it's not really that hard to engage without selling out.

  • Just Say'n||

    Mises is not representative of any nationalist impulses

  • DiegoF||

    Mises is not representative of any nationalist impulses

    Certainly not, but what does that have to do with anything! I am saying that even someone as pure a libertarian as they could still in theory seek out the various non libertarians and engage with them.

  • Just Say'n||

    None of your links work and none of these relate to "engaging with nationalists". This is an apples and oranges comparison that you are making here. Gillespie talked about engaging and understand socialists. Nothing of the sort was made about nationalists and I have no idea what Charles Murray has to do with nationalists or Trump.

    It seems like you are construing this as me saying "Reason doesn't like conservatives" when that is not at all what I've said

  • ||

    Must be too many links for one post.

    What I said was "Reason has been pretty critical of the movement to silence the "alt-right" at the same time."

    What I understand Nick to be saying is that we should agree to listen to and engage with people who call themselves socialists, in just the same way that we should to listen to and engage with people who call themselves nationalists, rather than just declaring them to be Nazis/Stalinists.

    You're making it apples and oranges when you interpret "engage socialists" as "agree with socialism" and then require "agree with nationalists" as a condition of "engage nationalists."

    They are saying neither "agree with socialists" nor "agree with nationalists." They are saying, in each case, "be willing to listen to them and engage them as respectfully as you can."

    Let's try these:

    Pepe the Frog

    Milo

  • ||

  • ||

    I'll master this someday, I swear!

    Pepe the Frog

    Milo

  • ||

  • ||

    Okay, I've tried everything I know to do. I guess I'm too far over 40 for this webby-thingy. Copy-and-paste them into the search box if you really don't believe me.

  • Just Say'n||

    I'll look up the articles

  • Michael S. Langston||

    Just because "socialists" are popular now is not a good enough reason to suddenly say "hey, we should understand them and engage them". The ridiculousness of this is so plainly obvious

    Agreed. If you believe strongly in individual freedom and socialists be definition need total control, there isn't any conversation possible at anytime anywhere in the universe which will end with productive compromised agreement.

    And note howmthis whole premise fails in most other contexts: we need to understand those cops shooting all those innocent people/pets.

    If only Lincoln had better understood slave owners...

    If only... as you said, it's ridiculous.

  • ||

    we need to understand those cops shooting all those innocent people/pets

    If you want them to stop? Yes.

  • Last of the Shitlords||

    Since socialists are slavers, and slavery is illegal, then socialism is illegal, and socialists should be imprisoned.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Impressive list.

    Now do US companies hurt by Chinese tariffs, EU tariffs, regular old trade restrictions.

    Wyoming Machine: The Minnesota contract manufacturer has seen tariffs cause steel and aluminum markets to fluctuate wildly, disrupting the stable prices on which customers depend.
    Aren't price changes free market? You Reason people and your stupidity.

  • Scarecrow Repair & Chippering||

    We don't control tariffs by other countries. You, who claim to love borders and national integrity, want us to fuck with other countries' tariffs?

    Try to be consistent.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    We can try to control trade restrictions. Its called negotiating.

    Other countries are trying to fuck with our tariffs.

  • Ellis Wyatt||

    Aren't price changes free market?

    BWAAAAAAA HAAAAAA HAAAAA
    Depends what causes them,
    A trade war is not a free market.

  • Just Say'n||

    I thought we are suppose to "understand where socialists are coming from"?

  • DiegoF||

    Where is this quotation that everyone seems to have so much fun throwing around? Seems to me that it would depend on the context. Because it can only be a good thing to try to better understand an opposing perspective and its appeal to others, no? Fascists, socialists, what have you.

  • Just Say'n||

    It comes courtesy of Gillespie: www.reason.com/blog/2018/09/12.....k-about-so

    Just one of his brilliant comments:

    "I don't expect to ever change the mind of a committed socialist. But libertarians can't expect to engage, much less persuade, anyone flirting with socialism if we simply invoke Stalin, the Great Leap Forward, or even Hugo Chavez every time socialism gets mentioned."

  • Just Say'n||

    Is it best to understand collectivists? If so, then why isn't there an article discussing how we should "understand" nationalists who want tariffs, instead of articles decrying tariffs? Should we avoid analogies to trade wars that led to the great depression or is it different just because?

  • DiegoF||

    That is an excellent point, and indeed one does suspect the answer is that Reasonoids do not spend very much time sharing beers with blue-collar Rust Belters who disagree with them on trade, so the idea of developing a strategy to appeal to them never even occurs to them. Why do we see Reason staffers appearing at Chapo Trap House and all over the place, and never in the kind of media that Red America likes to consume?

    To take just one example, I have noticed that for all the UK's political culture is not something to aspire to, their blue collar types, especially the young, have much more of an old-fashioned instinctive adversarial attitude toward the police. Of course this is true especially since the police there are now literally wokeness police, increasingly dedicated to that mission specifically. Since cop boot licking is perhaps the biggest, ost universal, and most intractable cultural barrier between us and mainstream conservative culture today--the biggest problem a libertarian would have in getting the red vote in the average district--shouldn't we be studying this incredibly closely?

  • Just Say'n||

    "Why do we see Reason staffers appearing at Chapo Trap House and all over the place, and never in the kind of media that Red America likes to consume?"

    It is because Reason is more reflexively conservative (in the traditional sense, rather than the political sense) than it is libertarian. It's more concerned with justifying the status quo than challenging it. It underlines their self-contradictory position on everything.

  • Michael S. Langston||

    Agreed Reason is no longer libertarian, but not sure their end aims are continuing the status quo in that they routinely post articles which scream we need reforms in prisons and with LEOs.

    I think it might be more accurate to say they're defending the woke people over any pretense of libertarian principles.

    Though I could be wrong, who knows really, but I wouldn't say even the majority of posts picked are pro-status-quo.

  • Fred G. Sanford||

    "Aren't price changes free market? You Reason people and your stupidity."

    Trumptards should never call someone else stupid. The pot and kettle thing. And price changes which are caused by government tariffs aren't the free market. Nor is setting a minimum wage for a small number of Mexican auto workers.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Reason, are you going to add this little news fact to the trade restriction narrative?

    Google employees quit over China search engine project requirements

    Americans losing their jobs because China has high trade restrictions?

  • Scarecrow Repair & Chippering||

    It's ok for Americans to lose jobs because of American tariffs.

    It's not ok for Americans to lose jobs because of foreign tariffs.

    Therefore it is consistent for Trump to put Americans out of work as a means of interfering with foreign countries' policies.

    Consistency, thy name is not protectionist.

  • Ellis Wyatt||

    And blame China for a trade war launched by his Exalted Leader.

  • Scarecrow Repair & Chippering||

    But see, there you show your ignorance. The very existence of foreign country tariffs is so abhorrent that Trump had no choice but to respond with US tariffs.

    You got to fight fire with fire.

    You can't let foreigners have higher tariffs. It's un-American!

  • Just Say'n||

    If we had tariffs because of intellectual property theft from China would that be different? Because either way we get managed trade

  • loveconstitution1789||

    We have managed trade. Trump is trying to get better managed trade for the USA. His offer for free trade was rejected.

    Freedom isnt free. The Founders had to fight and die to brake from from England's policies.

    So far the EU, China, Canada, and Mexico have all wavered on never discussing lowering trade restrictions.

    Good sign.

  • Last of the Shitlords||

    LC, most of the people who post here sneer at patriotism, military service, etc.. they have no concept of self sacrifice to make our country better or to stand up to bad people.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    +1

  • ||

    It's ok for Americans to lose jobs because of American tariffs.

    It's not ok for Americans to lose jobs because of foreign tariffs.

    It's not a foreign tariff, it's an embargo and it's an embargo that specifically drives at the heart of our Constitution. You might as well support every assault weapons 'tariff' that comes down the pike.

  • Ellis Wyatt||

    You crazy-ass dumb shit Trumpster.

    Your own link says you're full of shit.

    They quit over a SEARCH ENGINE PROJECT, which has NOTHING to do with trade restrictions and tariffs

    China has trade restrictions because Trump launched a trade war against them
    DO YOU BLAME PEARL HARBOR AND 9/11 ON ... US?

    P.S. Adding to yours and Trump's failures today, Manafort just flipped.

  • Sevo||

    Fuck off, Hihn

  • Last of the Shitlords||

    Let's nust hope his nurse has enough of his shit and finally turnsthe morphine up drip all the way.

  • Dillinger||

    #179 is unrecognizable today!

  • Cloudbuster||

    The president believes "TRADE IS BAD!"

    Yes, let's all uncritically accept Bob Woodward's anonymous unverified anecdotes about speech margin scribbles as emblematic of Trump's full views on a subject.

    Anything else would be way too complicated.

    Reason beclowns itself more every day.

  • Ship of Theseus||

    That's your takeaway from this?

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Its everyone's takeaway from that.

  • Rorschach||

    That's mine, certainly.

  • Michael S. Langston||

    Yes - as it's highly doubtful that a guy who publicly played the epitome of the self made Uber capitalist for decades while making millions by actively engaging in trade said or believes all,trade is bad.

    Reminds me when Eminem was accused of being anti-gay for a single word in a rap song and to prove it wasn't true, he gave the Grammy performance of Stan with Elton John.

    To anyone capable of thought though, given the industry he's in and the people he hung out with he was never anti-gay to begin with...

  • Hidebehindyourcause||

    Regardless of Eminem's thoughts on gays, he comes across as just a typical lefty who bitches and complains with no real solution to what they're going on about.

  • WJack||

    Yep, Trump does not understand business (made a billion) or politics (defeated a dozen professional politicians).

  • loveconstitution1789||

    +1

    Everything Trump does well is 100% random according to his detractors.

  • Michael S. Langston||

    Exact same complaints against Bush. He's stupid and being controlled by VP and Secretary of Defense and others while simultaneously being a ruthless genius who convinced the world of something everyone knew not to be true.

  • Fred G. Sanford||

    He "made" a billion? Since he won't disclose his financial information no one knows how much he is worth. If he had invested in an index fund when he received his daddy's inheritance he would be a billionaire. Amazing how Trump supporters assume (1) he earned all of his money and (2) the fact he allegedly has a lot of money means he's qualified to be president (apparently so is Paris Hilton).

  • Last of the Shitlords||

    A,azojg how people who don't like Trump assume. All kinds of stupid shit.

  • Fred G. Sanford||

    "A, azojg..."

    So you're a Trump supporter?

  • Echospinner||

    He understands business. He has no public traded companies. He has nothing I can purchase or use. Everything he owns is under a secret curtain. Every public thing he has done has failed. He inherited a fortune. He purchased the United States of America with almost no investment.

    He betrays everyone close including his wives and pays them off.

    That is who you voted for.

    I voted for Gary Johnson.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Trump inc, runs hotels, golf course, real estate holdngs, etc.

    All stuff you can use or buy.

  • Gasman||

    Waiting for some company to institute a tariff surcharge to their product.

  • Enemy of the State||

    More likely, due to competitive pressures, these new taxes will reduce employee compensation and reinvestment in the business.

    Trump and his cohorts buy into the free lunch fallacy of tariff wars...

  • loveconstitution1789||

    The USA was already in a tariff war before Jan 20, 2017. The USA was just losing.

  • Homple||

    Anyone take time to check for companies that were helped by the tariffs? There's the visible and invisible you know. Stuff stays invisible if you don't look for it.

  • Enemy of the State||

    Bastiat's "Seen and the Unseen?"

    When we look for those companies "helped" by these taxes, we need to then look at their customers who were "helped" out of the choice to spend less money on a foreign competitor's offerings too, #amirite?

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Bastiat never addressses how to deal with states that refuse to lower trade restrictions.

  • Enemy of the State||

    Hey, in order to MAGA! some sacrifices had to be made mister.

    Or as some long dead frog once said "To make an omelette, one must break a few eggs".

    Stop siding with the eggs!

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Freedom isnt free.

    The Founders had to shed blood to break away from England.

  • Hidebehindyourcause||

    You honestly sound like a caricature, LC.

    If you're really a conservative, some of the things that you claim to like about Trump don't match what you used to stand up for

  • AD-RtR/OS!||

    The president believes "TRADE IS BAD!"......Now, there's some #FakeNews.
    Got a quote - in context - that says that?

  • Fred G. Sanford||

    He said we would save a lot of money if we didn't trade.

  • JesseAz||

    I know this may shock you... But he could be referring to the state of imbalanced trade we are in.

  • dchang0||

    Re: "imbalanced trade"

    First of all, trade imbalances are not necessarily a bad thing. Kevin Williamson over at National Review does a fantastic job of explaining how we are benefiting from our large trade deficit with China. Peter Schiff's summary is shorter: we are getting physical consumer goods from China while China is getting worthless IOUs (our fiat currency).

    Second, what would be considered "balanced trade" and who would decide what "balanced" is?

    If we assign the decision/judgment to any group of people, they absolutely will choose a definition of "balanced" that is biased (aka imbalanced) in favor of some group, usually themselves.

    The only true consensus is to allow all individual market participants to decide for themselves what a balanced trade is, i.e. truly free markets.

  • Fred G. Sanford||

    But then he also thinks foreign governments pay the tariffs.

  • Last of the Shitlords||

    "But then he also thinks foreign governments pay the tariffs."

    Depends on the foreign government. Britain, no. China, yes.

  • Fred G. Sanford||

    China is paying the tariffs that Trump is imposing? Really?

  • Fred G. Sanford||

    MAGA.

  • Hidebehindyourcause||

    Best way to MAGA is for all the progs to leave

  • Fred G. Sanford||

  • Mark22||

    Quite a revealing survey. If you read the actual responses, you see that there is almost universal agreement that there are large numbers of job losses from increased international trade.

    Economists simply argue that the lower prices American consumers pay are worth it, that those jobs weren't good jobs, and that job losses in the US should be addressed in other ways.

    Of course, in practice, many of the people who lost their jobs simply ended up depending on government support, meaning that when taxes and debt are taken into account, consumers may not be saving any money or even pay more, and that millions of Americans are deprived of a meaningful occupation.

  • Fred G. Sanford||

    No, actually there isn't. Multiple studies have found that while trade causes some job losses, most jobs in manufacturing have been lost to automation.
    http://fortune.com/2016/11/08/.....tion-jobs/
    http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.....omy-facts/

  • buybuydandavis||

    And a whole *country* with GDP growth about 4%.

  • Jerry B.||

    Considering that there are around 18 million businesses in the U.S., maybe that's not so bad. How about an article about businesses that have improved due to the tariffs.

  • Mark22||

    Here Are 202 Companies Hurt by Trump's Tariffs

    Compared to millions of low-skill American workers who are prevented from competing with Chinese and Indian workers due to US minimum wage and labor laws.

    If you're going to have a welfare state and lots of business regulations, you can't have unlimited freedom of movement of either people or goods. Sorry.

  • Krishnan Chittur||

    This seems to be just a start. When DemocraThugs take over (as they surely will) - they can continue their assault on free trade - imposing tariffs and so on. My only surprise is why the DemocraThugs are not praising Trump for doing what they have always wanted to do - restrict trade, demand higher wages ("paying a bit more is good for all" - and crap like that). The people who get screwed are consumers while the elites/politicians in power will no doubt thrive and get richer. What a mess.

  • dchang0||

    It's because the DemocraThugs have other, specific cronies they wish to reward.

    Trump might even be harming the DemocraThugs' cronies right now, intentionally or by accident. The backlash will be that the DemocraThugs will specifically target their enemies when they gain power. It might be the companies that are benefiting from the Trump tariffs now.

  • swampwiz||

    Tariffs are a just another flavor of socialism - in this case, taxes on the general consumer to benefit a few rentier blue-collar workers in Blue Wall states. MAGA!

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Tariffs are taxes.

    Taxes are not considered socialism.

  • Fred G. Sanford||

    But they do tend to be endorsed by socialists, as evidenced by the economic policies of the former Eastern Bloc, which were closed economies. Indeed, trade is one issue where Sanders and Trump see eye-to-eye (according to Trump himself). Protectionism certainly isn't endorsed by Libertarians.

  • HANSENWT||

    First if not an American Company, that is the point of the Tariff (see Volvo)....tariffs put on our cars but no tariff on another country's cars.....so ultimately the idea is get everyone to drop tariffs all together...US allowed free trade, other countries have/had tariffs on US products coming in....US economy had issues as a result. So other countries were told no tariffs for anyone....they disagreed, now we have tariffs on them....if a company chased the profit margin, depending on how they rely on foreign trade, they are affected....crazy thing they could push the foreign country to drop their tariffs. Those tariffs they place on us had to do with why some US companies build their products elsewhere to avoid facing those tariffs selling their product in China for example. So build product in China, sell to China no tariff, ship to US no tariff. Then add low or no overhead expenses, less regulations etc....but all this hurts the American Economy....so it is just a matter of strategy....if you are for Free trade though you should be for Free trade for everyone not just for everyone but America....so if we all tariff the same (Trump's argument) then it is just like Free trade for everyone and obviously leveling trade hurts foreign countries and everyone over reliant on foreign countries to make their product. There is probably a few companies helped by Trump tariffs as well...Where are those?

  • Fred G. Sanford||

    Japan does not place tariffs on foreign vehicles. The US does. Is the US trading "unfairly"? By your logic, apparently we are. The US places a large number of tariffs on foreign agriculture. Is that "fair"?

  • MJBinAL||

    The entire premise of this article is chickenshit. For ANY action government takes there will be a list of individuals and companies that will disadvantaged, and another list of those advantaged.

    We do not have "free trade" now and never have. The question to ask is if the restrictions on free trade we have, are generally "fair" (another tricky term) or if they generally advantage the business' of other countries.

    If you do not think that our current trade agreements with China do not generally disadvantage US business', you must not be paying attention.

    It would be nice if we got China to "play fair" or better yet, engage in mutually free trade. This is unlikely to happen since their entire economy is based on subsidized exports. In particular, China engages in strategic industry subsidies in order to transfer entire industries from the US to China.

    We would all love free trade, me included. That is not the question. The question, is how to deal with a China that is uninterested in free trade and uses our enthusiasm for it against us. Not an easy task and at least Trump is making an attempt to get them seriously to the table.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    +1

  • Freakanatcha||

    The way to fight China would have been to stay in TPP, which had an objective of containing China. Collectively, the economic heft of the TPP members would have increased the pain to China and decreased the pain to the U.S. Plus, Trump should have allowed ZTE to go under to send XI message that IP theft will no longer be tolerated.

    Instead, Trump starts a messy trade war, wildly swinging like some punch drunk fighter.

  • dchang0||

    The really sad part of Trump's tariffs is that they strongly incentivize all the companies listed above to hire lobbyists to influence government, thereby adding to the power and coffers of our politicians.

    And it is a lesson not easily forgotten. These companies may start out by merely defending their interests, but at some point, they will turn their lobbying towards securing themselves an advantage over their competitors, again increasing the power of government. (Of course, many of the companies listed are already attempting to use gov't to secure an advantage over their competitors.)

    In other words, every time we use gov't as a weapon against each other, gov't grows stronger. Eventually, the weapon that is gov't will be used against each of us, so the only winner in the long run is gov't.

  • Freakanatcha||

    To date,Trump has two trade agreements that have gone beyond the "let's talk some more" stage: Mexico and South Korea. In both cases, Trump's trade deals emphasized protectionism (steel quotas and extension of U.S. truck tariffs for S Korea and higher U.S. auto content for Mexico). The idea that Trump wants any part of 0% tariffs, or expects U,S. manufacturers to become less dependent upon government protection from competition, is nonsense.

  • GoatOnABoat||

    Number of businesses hurt by Obama policies: Practically every small business in the United States.

  • vek||

    Half of the problems here are distortions caused by UNEVEN tariffs. I still say that if we're going to have any tariffs at all, they should be the same rate, applied across the board, a revenue only as it used to be called. But since his whole point is getting others to drop their rates, we'll just have to see how this goes. Collateral damage is unfortunately necessary when one is trying to get shit done...

    If China is forced to drop barriers, the payoff will be far greater over the long term than any short term harm. I don't see how some people don't see this... The only question libertarians should really be asking themselves is how likely is it that these short term "trade spats" will lead to a REDUCTION in trade restrictions long term. With China I think it's likely, because they're just too dependent on exporting to us. If we really wanted to break them we easily could... I just don't know if congress and the white house have the political will to get it done.

GET REASON MAGAZINE

Get Reason's print or digital edition before it’s posted online