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Old 11-25-2018, 10:25 AM   #2899 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by sendler View Post
How do we change the narative to wake people. Mandates and markets come from the masses. Let's get busy.
All of our vehicles would come from India if this were done.

Intended or not there is a propping of of the status quo across the globe.

April 23, 2014

The Chicken Tax History

During the Cold War, the U.S. chicken industry aggressively grew and what was once considered a luxury became a staple of the American diet. American chicken farmers started exporting their product around the world, and other countries accused farmers of unfair trade practices and artificially altering the meat. In response, France and West Germany, looking to protect local chicken production and a perceived threat to the health of their citizens, placed a tariff on the U.S. chicken imports. The U.S. responded in 1963, under President Lyndon B. Johnson, by placing a 25 percent tariff on potato starch, dextrin, brandy and light trucks — yes, light trucks.

The tariff worked and in 1964, West Germany truck imports declined to one-third of the imported number from 1963. VW van sales and imports rapidly declined to insignificant numbers.....................

During the past 50 years, the original tariff has been modified and removed on every product except for light trucks.
A little more up to date.

July 13, 2018
Trump's trade war could threaten US pickup production and jobs
The Trump administration’s burgeoning automotive trade war could threaten U.S. production of some of automakers’ most popular and profitable vehicles.

At stake is an obscure 1960s tariff that effectively guarantees that every pickup and delivery van sold in the United States is built in North America, most of them in the U.S. by American workers.

Administration statements ultimately seeking zero automotive tariffs suggest the folks in charge don’t realize just how much American manufacturing and workers benefit from the little-known tariff.
My point, no vehicles get made in the US without the light trucks supporting the bottom line of the US companies and they only exist because of protectionism.

Didn't Ford say they were going all truck with just the Mustang and a couple of other cars being made?
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