Have to say, I have a problem with how many progressives address tariffs. Without realizing it, the discussion often feeds into a right wing framing. That isn’t to say that these particular tariffs are good or bad for the macro-economy, but it seems that many progressives seem to ignore the important role that industrial tariffs played in our development, the development of most other developed countries, and the development of developing countries like China and India now. We allow developing and underdeveloped countries to put in place higher tariffs than developed countries in many trade agreements for a reason, and those countries do implement high tariffs for a reason, when given the chance.
I also think we have to keep in mind that we often critique the right wing for talking about how good the economy is by focusing on the stock market. We realize that what is good for the stock market is necessarily good for the rich, while not necessarily the case for the poor and working people. When analyzing tariffs, it makes more sense to analyze the macro-economic impacts, not what the rich do in their financial playground. I realize that the focus of this article is corruption, but I see some sloppy analysis by many progressives on this issue.