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Home-Country Tariffs Are Punitive Taxes on Purchases Made by Fellow Citizens

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Here’s a letter to the Wall Street Journal: Editor: A headline at your website this afternoon reads “Trump Says Tariffs on Chinese Goods Will Stay for ‘Substantial Period of Time’.” May I petition you to change the headline only slightly but in a way that would make it far more accurate and revealing? – to wit: “Trump Says Punitive Taxes on Americans Who Buy Chinese Goods Will Stay for ‘Substantial Period of Time’.” Sincerely,Donald J. BoudreauxProfessor of EconomicsandMartha and Nelson Getchell Chair for the Study of Free Market Capitalism at the Mercatus CenterGeorge Mason UniversityFairfax, VA 22030 Comments

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Here’s a letter to the Wall Street Journal:

Editor:

A headline at your website this afternoon reads “Trump Says Tariffs on Chinese Goods Will Stay for ‘Substantial Period of Time’.”

May I petition you to change the headline only slightly but in a way that would make it far more accurate and revealing? – to wit: “Trump Says Punitive Taxes on Americans Who Buy Chinese Goods Will Stay for ‘Substantial Period of Time’.”

Sincerely,
Donald J. Boudreaux
Professor of Economics
and
Martha and Nelson Getchell Chair for the Study of Free Market Capitalism at the Mercatus Center
George Mason University
Fairfax, VA 22030

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He is a professor of economics at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Previously, he was president of the Foundation for Economic Education.

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