Which will no doubt earn effusive support from Senator Smoot and Congressman Hawley.
From a GQ profile on Master Businessman and Best, Classiest, Most Awesome Negotiator Evuh Donald Trump. Mr. President Donald, what happens if an American company — say, Ford? — wants to build a plant elsewhere because costs are too high in the United States?
“It’s so easy. It’s too easy.
Whenever anyone tells you an answer to a major national economic problem that has haunted us for decades is “easy”, beware.
I do it with a phone call.
This should be good.
I call the head of Ford, and I say, ‘Every single car and truck that comes into the US, we’re going to tax you 35 percent’.”
Ooh! So you’re going to threaten the head of an American company with even greater financial damage if he doesn’t accept the financial damage America’s current mandates and inflated manufacturing costs will inflict. There’s a good way to make prices skyrocket. And suppress new business creation.
Massive applause! Trump wasn’t done.
Of course not. The lemmings demand more. And by God, Sir Talksalot will give it to them.
“So this isn’t 99.9 percent—this is one hundred percent what’s going to happen:
This is blather. Either he’s being absurd and sounds like a child, or he’s being serious and is providing 100% certainty about the actions of another human being he doesn’t even personally know, who has to answer to other human beings he doesn’t even personally know.
He’ll call me back, probably that afternoon, but he may play it tough and call me back the next day.
You see this blather? This is intended to convince the open-mouthed masses that he has the Inside Scoop. That he’s so acquainted with this process that he’s got it nailed down to precisely the time the call will come, or if it doesn’t — why. The Secret Knowledge the Elites in Washington don’t want you to have. But Donald Trump, the Best Businessman Evuh, will tell you. For $29.95 plus shipping and handling.
The next day I’ll get a call from Ben Ford
The guy’s name is Bill Ford. Bill. The executive chairman of the Ford Motor Company, whose personality and decision-making process you know so well that you can predict the time of his phone call, is named William Clay Ford, Jr.. Bill for short.
Ben Ford is a chef who has a new book out about grilling in the outdoors. Takes pride in his Texas-style barbecue. Sounds exciting. Sounds delicious. But he’s unlikely to be calling you about vehicle manufacturing in Mexico.
and he’ll say, ‘Mr. President, we decided not to build that plant. We’ll build it in the United States.’”
Of course he will! It’s always that simple. Why didn’t anyone else think of it before?
Never mind the fact Congress would have to pass such a tariff and never would, and that Ford would know that. Or that prices would still skyrocket because you’re forcing Ford to build in a high-cost environment under threat of even higher costs. Or that Ford would likely respond to decreased sales by laying off workers.
Never mind all of that. Negotiator Extraordinaire Donald Trump, the most classiest and best businessman who has ever graced our good country, will fix all of our problems with a phone call and a threat. You just wait and see. So take him at face value. Don’t be a loser. This true conservative will save us with trade protectionism.