Lincoln's Tariff War

"In 1860, Pennsylvania was the acknowledged key to success in the presidential election. It had the second highest number of electoral votes, and Pennsylvania Republicans let it be known that any candidate who wanted the state’s electoral votes must sign on to a high protectionist tariff to benefit the state’s steel and other manufacturing industries. As Luthin writes, the Morrill tariff bill itself "was sponsored by the Republicans in order to attract votes in Pennsylvania and New Jersey."

2018 has comonality to 1860.  Trump was elected by votes from Pennsylvania. By promising to make America great again and bringing back manufacturing jobs to fly over america.  Protectionist tariffs do not protect, they destroy one industry to the benefit of another.  It destroys jobs, not create jobs.


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