We Guess Conservatives Were Never Conservatives to Begin With

We’re not entirely sure what to make of Taylor Millard’s incoherent, seemingly inherently contradictory brain farting over Trump’s “threat” to slap a tariff on companies leaving the country and trying to sell their goods back to the nation they left for financial convenience’s sake.

Donald Trump’s threat against companies who leave U.S. is statism at its worst

He then goes on to rant and rave at length about the Carrier deal, because nothing offends “True Conservatives™” (and the Chamber of Commerce, but we repeat ourselves) more than jobs not being outsourced to Shanghai or Calcutta, none of which has anything to do whatsoever with tariffs, but cucks will cuck.

Let’s stick with the tariff on companies that decide to run for Calcutta, save a bunch of money by hiring slave labor at 3 ounces of rice/hr, and then sell it back to the U.S. (and the unemployed oafs they left behind who, oddly enough, now can’t buy their product at any price, but nobody ever accused corporate America of being particularly good at seeing past the next fiscal year before they make decisions).

How’s that “statism” and “WrongConservative™?”

Let’s turn it around. How about lowering corporate taxes to lure companies to the U.S., something that Trump has also promised to do? We were under the impression that even “TruCons™” think that’s OK. Is that still OK, or did a new directive go out from the Chamber of Commerce and NRO making that WrongThink™ lately? We’re having trouble keeping up with all the changes the NeverTrumptards make to the catechism every five minutes, depending on who or what they need to drum out of “their” movement.

Just how, pray tell, is this different from raising tariffs (no, they’re not a new thing, we have plenty of them already, but they’re the Good Kind™ that benefit the Chamber of Commerce, so they’re not statist, you filthy Dirt Person Peasant!) in order to keep them from leaving in the first place?

They’re both the exact same incentive. One is a positive one, one is negative. Both are enacted by the state.

But only one of them is “statist?”

Our head hurts.

Not that it matters. We won, you lost. Get over it, cupcakes. Go have a good hug with Kevin “kill the filthy, depraved, useless poor” Williamson.

Thatisall.

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angrywebmaster
angrywebmaster

You actually still read Hot Air? I saw that post, got about a paragraph into it and moved on. The only thing that keeps me from removing it from my RSS feed is inertia.
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It’s not just HotAir, Angry. I’ve been seeing this phenomenon going on all over the various “conservative” web haunts for the past year, including in the comment sections of blogs like ATH and elsewhere. Ace of Spades has been a big one ever since it started looking like Trump was going to get the nomination (Bullets aren’t stopping him, sir!)… Read more »

fporretto
fporretto

All tariffs are state action, and all tariffs are intended, whether directly or indirectly, to benefit the state. Therefore, all tariffs are ultimately statist. Now and then, a tariff is enacted for seemingly “good” reasons, for example to provide an incentive to keep companies in the U.S., as Trump has promised to do. However, the same end could be achieved… Read more »

angrywebmaster
angrywebmaster

fporretto @ #: In the short term, tariffs can forestall business emigration, which is why they’re popular with the communities they target. In the long term, tariffs – especially protective tariffs, rather than frankly revenue-oriented tariffs – create moral hazards that corrupt the business environment and reduce productivity. Hopefully, the Trump Administration’s future economic efforts will go to tax reduction,… Read more »

angrywebmaster
angrywebmaster

Ironbear @ #: And if you’re still in doubt as to whether something’s a Leftist, just whip out a piece of chalk and draw a MAGA symbol on the sidewalk and see if it turns into an eldritch horror before your eyes. I could hit the college down the street from me, but they didn’t send out any radical nitwits… Read more »

just follow my link to the Best Christmas in 8 years.

Snerk. That reminds me: it’s almost time to dig out my playlist of “A Very Scary Solstice” Cthulhu carols. 🙂

They did a really good job with the Jimmy Stewart/George Baily voice in that video.

“In the long term, tariffs – especially protective tariffs, rather than frankly revenue-oriented tariffs – create moral hazards that corrupt the business environment and reduce productivity.” – fporretto And, in the long run as we’ve seen for the past thirty plus years, unrestricted free tradeism combined with globalist corporatism and negative incentive based legislation creates moral hazards that corrupt both… Read more »

irish19
irish19

but nobody ever accused corporate America of being particularly good at seeing past the next fiscal year before they make decisions

Most businesses don’t seem to look past the end of the current quarter. The next fiscal year is really long term thinking for them.

Erbo
Erbo

Look, if the going rate for assembling air conditioners in Mexico is $3 an hour, no company in their right mind will pay $20 an hour. So you have two choices: make it uneconomic for companies to move their jobs to Mexico, by causing the cost of labor there to reach effective parity with the cost here, or you accept… Read more »

BC, Imperial Torturer
BC, Imperial Torturer

OT Alert! I’m gonna leave this right here and let His Imperial Vileness & Viciousness chew it to pieces. Obongo’s scrote-licker-extraordinaire, Josh “Taint Sniffer” Earnest on WWII vets not taking too kindly to King Puttsalot using the 75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack to, once again, further his America Last agenda… Money quote: “So yes, there may be some… Read more »