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Posted by: thepinetree on 01/23/2017 03:08 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 01/23/2017 03:09 PM
Expires: 01/01/2022 12:00 AM

Tariffs Are Good For Votes But Bad For Economy & Jobs! ~ Letter To The Editor By Al Segalla

Copperopolis, CA...It seems protective tariffs are great for getting votes but horrible for the economy and jobs, according to the famous economist Milton Friedman. Why is that? Most of western civilization holds the concept human beings have natural rights. This is also the bases of Common Law. In our country, we have a Constitution that identifies these rights as Life, Liberty and Property. All trade and private contracts rest on the rights of Liberty and Property. In all willing transactions, both parties gain, resulting in prosperity and jobs.

When protective tariffs are imposed on a product. Those buying the product suffer a higher cost or don't purchase thus depressing the market for that product.

The protected product seller loses business as customers seek alternatives. The reason for the tariff is usually to protect the seller of an overpriced product and there is no incentive to reduce cost or improve the product.

Those buyers paying the tariff or the increased price, also lose by the amount of the tariff.

Tariffs are good for votes, but bad for the economy.

Albert J. Segalla, Broker
Bambi Land Properties Inc
3253 Arrowhead Street
Copperopolis, CA 95228
(209) 785-1491

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-01-23 15:18:33   By: Anonymous
So you're saying that packing up a saw mill in Coos Bay Oregon and setting it up in Ensenada Mexico was good for America?

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    Posted on: 2017-01-23 15:25:29   By: Anonymous
    Or that we should allow cheap S. Korean and Chinese steel to drive the US steel industry out of business. Or Chinese aluminum to put Alcoa out of business.

    Al sells real estate. The Chinese and Mexicans can not put him out of business and that is as far as his thinking takes him.

    Try on someone else's shoes, Al.

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      Posted on: 2017-01-23 15:34:28   By: Anonymous
      In an ideal world free trade would be great. The problem is, and Al does not know or acknowledge, that many of the products coming into our country are subsidized by the country of origin and our products have to pay a tariff going into their country. In addition, there are vital industries, such as steel production, that we need to maintain for our national security.

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        Posted on: 2017-01-23 16:40:56   By: Anonymous
        The magic of free enterprise will solve that one. Are you some kind of socialist?

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          Posted on: 2017-01-23 17:55:27   By: Anonymous
          Free my friend and you will have a better chance of getting your money! Unless you can make sure your own family has been on the same garbage!

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            Posted on: 2017-01-24 09:26:58   By: Anonymous
            ? Is that some kind of conspeak?

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              Posted on: 2017-01-24 09:35:37   By: Anonymous
              Conspiracy to defraud the truth and conviction of your garbage! Get the job you will love!

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      Re: Al is right
      Posted on: 2017-01-25 20:32:31   By: Anonymous
      When I was in England in the 1950’s they had high import duties and lots of regulations. Everyone suffered from high prices, high taxes and low incomes. When import duties were lowered lives of the working class improved. I think that the Brits figured it out.

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    US History
    Posted on: 2017-01-23 15:37:36   By: Anonymous
    Tariffs were the main stay for America's revenue until the IRS was started in 1913.
    The neo liberal policies and free trade mania of the Reagan period gave us NAFTA, and the selling out of America's middle class. Since then both parties have pushed this anti US trade policy. Free Trade is neither Free or Fair, it came out of Davos, as the WTO did also. America is hollowed out by neo liberal trade schemes.

    Instead of tariffs, a Value Added Tax is a much used alternative used by most all countries. A VAT tax protects domestic production, and wages. America needs to adopt this model instead of tariff. It serves both purposes- protecting domestic industry, and levies a tax on foreign goods imported.

    With current trade treaties, a tariff imposed by America would be sent to the International trade court , and probably lose.

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      Re: US History
      Posted on: 2017-01-23 15:55:09   By: Anonymous
      Starting to regret that Trump vote, eh, Al? 😜

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        Re: Trump vote?
        Posted on: 2017-01-23 16:17:49   By: Anonymous
        Sorry, keep your liberalism out of the argument. Higher tariffs encourage more products to be produced in the U.S. which strengthens Trump's pre-election positions. Made in America by Americans is a healthy goal to have.

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          No Subject
          Posted on: 2017-01-23 16:22:34   By: Anonymous
          And things will cost so much more due to the high union wages we won't be able to afford anything. This is NOT a good idea republicans - who don't have to worry about affording things.

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            Higher Wages
            Posted on: 2017-01-23 16:31:54   By: Anonymous
            If Americans had higher wages, they would have a higher living standard. Right now the average American worker is at poverty levels of living standard.
            Those who worked at Union, or higher wages in the past seem to be the ones bitching about higher wages, when they enjoyed them in their younger lives - hypocrisy .

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              Re: Higher Wages
              Posted on: 2017-01-23 16:43:22   By: Anonymous
              Anyone will complain when their old jobs evaporates in the face of advancing technology. People have to wake up. No one is going to bring back jobs like making filing cabinets or magazines. Their day is over. Learn to code for a start.

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                Re: Higher Wages
                Posted on: 2017-01-23 16:46:30   By: Anonymous
                Yeah about that...

                There's a glut of coders out there and the H1B worker is getting all the good spots. We need a Tarriff on "Guest Workers"

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                  Re: Higher Wages
                  Posted on: 2017-01-23 16:53:15   By: Anonymous
                  Al can spout about "Bad" tariffs all he wants, it don't mean a damn to him nestled here in his nice safe county selling to a domestic crowd. Where his customers money comes from is not a factor in his business, just as long as they pay is his concern.

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              Re: Higher Wages
              Posted on: 2017-01-24 08:46:26   By: Anonymous
              I call BS on your assumption of older retired union workers. Not all are bitching about higher wages.
              Jobs aren't coming back and high wages are not the whole cause. He also wants to relax environmental laws. Industry brings pollution back also.

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        Re: US History
        Posted on: 2017-01-24 06:29:02   By: Anonymous
        Yes you are right. I just keep wondering why the Clinton Foundation closed? The FBI said it was because Clinton lost the election, and all of the Foreign contributors could not now buy any favors since she's not in power. It's idiots like you who voted for her, and the reason we have the Electoral College system in place. Thank goodness ignorant, confused, uneducated, idiots like you were cancelled out of the pick for the President of the United States.
        The Electoral College system worked as designed.
        Maybe you should Google it and see how it works and why it is in place, then go look in the mirror and feel proud that because of you, it's there in the first place.

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          Re: US History
          Posted on: 2017-01-24 06:38:58   By: Anonymous

          Above is a link "What is the Electoral College?"
          It's a video and an explanation so if you can't read and comprehend what you read, you can watch the video. Sorry it's not a cartoon for you, so you probably won't be interested. I couldn't find one for you starring Wiley coyote or the smurfs for you.
          Good luck, you can always ask a grade school kid to explain it for you.

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            Re: US History
            Posted on: 2017-01-24 09:38:15   By: Anonymous
            The existence of the Electoral College is no more than affirmative action. Normally, the right oppose that kind of thing.

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    Posted on: 2017-01-23 17:53:31   By: Anonymous
    Trump has been on their job as well! I'm not really feeling this game anymore but it was so much better! The truth will never come from you trolls or something like that! Russian law limits the number of votes on their election. Unfortunately it has never happened before the election has!

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    Posted on: 2017-01-24 06:04:59   By: Anonymous
    That's why you should buy my home grown Calaveras County, "MotherLode Wacky Weed" instead of that bunk weed from Mexico.
    Support your local farmer folks, keep Calaveras County strong and thriving.

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    Posted on: 2017-01-24 06:09:24   By: Anonymous
    Just remember to buy my weed dude. It's locally grown and better then any marijuana from Mexico, and I didn't kill anyone. This stuff is like Killer Weed dude.Biggest, stickiest, buds around.

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      Posted on: 2017-01-24 09:37:49   By: Anonymous
      Your weed has never happened before! Garbage is not going back into the mainstream! I'm sure that you are truly the evil of evil!

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Quoting the constitution...
Posted on: 2017-01-23 17:28:27   By: Anonymous
Al , Help me here.. I can't find the word ""property"" ( following " Life , Liberty . . . " ANYWHERE... can you direct me to the quote ????
Or admit you just re-wrote the constitution to benefit YOUR views !!!

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    Re: Quoting the constitution...
    Posted on: 2017-01-23 17:59:13   By: Anonymous
    Constitution limits the number of people who are inherently gay but not really! Property rights are inherently false flag and propaganda! The Halfrican and his Tranny have property! Why don't you! Constitutional court martial law has never happened before the election! I'm just like you guys too!

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      Re: Quoting the constitution...
      Posted on: 2017-01-24 04:53:09   By: Anonymous
      Welcome to the, where the worst and least least literate keep people from visiting Calaveras county. To the owners of the pinetree: can't you create and that panders to the scum whose online excrement fouls an intrinsically amazing and beautiful place. Let the alt crowd mire in their own filth in some internet cess-pool, not here. Seriously. Are you proud of the website you've crafted as a window to our community? I know if you remove anonymity, you will lose comments, but let them go to your alt.pinetree page. I'm sure this experiment started with good intentions, but you've got to pull the plug or make some changes for the sake of our county and our self respect.

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        Re: Quoting the constitution...
        Posted on: 2017-01-24 06:07:13   By: Anonymous
        Why did you post as Anonymous?

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        Re: Quoting the constitution...
        Posted on: 2017-01-24 09:41:40   By: Anonymous
        Why don't you just shut up! Unfortunately it was not going to happen but he has never seen any! Illiterate idiots like you trolls are evil idiots, and you trolls are inherently evil!

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    Re: Quoting the constitution...
    Posted on: 2017-01-23 18:49:53   By: Anonymous
    Some people just don't know when to retire, and let their views go by the wayside. Just keep mouthing off to pad their pockets, with no real sense of the current world. Call it greed, controlled by senility,! Calaveras' finest good old boy.

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      Re: Quoting the constitution...
      Posted on: 2017-01-23 21:43:20   By: Anonymous
      Retirement is not going to happen when your mom will have ever seen you! I'm just not going back into the world 🌎! Unfortunately economists say the liberal government has not yet decided on the issue! I don't know if I should be able anymore!

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Exchange propane canister
Posted on: 2017-01-23 17:50:07   By: Anonymous
$10.00 to refill your canister at Ebbetts Pass Gas.

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    Re: Exchange propane canister
    Posted on: 2017-01-23 19:23:36   By: Anonymous
    Al, you don't like you are a day over 85 am I right?

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issue at hand
Posted on: 2017-01-23 20:05:23   By: Anonymous
Hey Al, California School Districts facing cuts due to pension costs.
Time for Californians too pay up again, just like last time. Why is there HYPER- inflation? Could it be the people do not require their governments to stay within prescribed bounds.

Didn't Calaveras County just go thru the pension debacle a few years ago? Going in circles? What's next?

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    Re: issue at hand
    Posted on: 2017-01-23 21:07:48   By: Anonymous
    None of this is true. We have alternative facts here.

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      Re: issue at hand
      Posted on: 2017-01-24 09:44:17   By: Anonymous
      Truth will never happen when you have the same garbage! Unfortunately the only reason why retirement has to happen was that it was not really hard! Nothing better than being sick on your phone yet you can make sure that Calaveras will never happen again!

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-01-23 21:08:24   By: Anonymous
Americans want jobs here and an end to sending jobs overseas. It'll be interesting to see if they will also be willing to pay the higher prices for goods manufactured here.

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    Posted on: 2017-01-24 11:30:11   By: Anonymous
    Prices are not the way to the market! The truth is that the people who are truly evil and ugly! You can make sure that the truth will come from you!

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      Posted on: 2017-01-24 21:05:07   By: Anonymous
      Damn Al....cut loose with some bucks and buy yourself a new suit, tie, and a new pair of shoes....Come on man, you can't take it with you.

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