Those hippy-dippy socialists wouldn’t know a good deal if it kicked ’em in the quinoa.
How do I know this? Because none other than the president of the United States of America, Donald J. Trump, has said so, repeatedly. And I’ve never known the man to be dishonest.
Read ’em and weep, libs:
Way back on Nov. 29, the president tweeted: “Billions of Dollars are pouring into the coffers of the U.S.A. because of the Tariffs being charged to China, and there is a long way to go.”
On Jan. 3, he tweeted: “The United States Treasury has taken in MANY billions of dollars from the Tariffs we are charging China and other countries that have not treated us fairly.”
Trump told reporters on May 3: “We’re taking in billions of dollars from China in the form of tariffs, as you know. We’re charging China tariffs. We’ve never taken in 10 cents from China, and now we’re taking in billions and billions of dollars. That’s had a very positive effect on things.”
Not just a positive effect, you ninnies, but a “very” positive effect.
On May 5, Trump tweet-stated: “For 10 months, China has been paying Tariffs to the USA of 25% on 50 Billion Dollars of High Tech, and 10% on 200 Billion Dollars of other goods. These payments are partially responsible for our great economic results.”
And on May 10, he tweeted: “Talks with China continue in a very congenial manner — there is absolutely no need to rush — as Tariffs are NOW being paid to the United States by China of 25% on 250 Billion Dollars worth of goods & products. These massive payments go directly to the Treasury of the U.S.”
DIRECTLY TO THE TREASURY! It’s free money, people, and the president has made it abundantly clear that the tariff money is coming straight from China to us.
Yet all we hear is blah-blah from noted socialism enthusiasts like Thomas Donohue, president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, who said earlier this year: “Let me be very clear: Tariffs are taxes paid by American families and American businesses — not by foreigners.’’
Sure, Tommy. And I suppose you think President Trump is just “making it up” when he says China pays the tariffs. Whatever.
And then there are so-called business owners like Darren Dunn, the chief operations officer of the Washington-based company SOG Specialty Knives and Tools. He testified at the United States Trade Representative’s public hearing on tariffs last August, along with hundreds upon hundreds of other business officials, and said:
“If the 25 percent tariff is applied, we estimate our duty costs would increase one million dollars. The higher costs would be meaningful and substantial, affecting the future investment plans in the U.S. Unfortunately, these costs would be passed onto the consumer. Smaller companies like ours do not have the capability of absorbing 10 or 25 percent increases in the cost of our products.”
News flash, Darren: China is paying the tariffs. Duh. Who are you trying to fool?
I could go on and on with examples of “economists” and “people who import goods from China on a regular basis” and “fact checkers” who claim the president is wrong about tariffs and doesn’t seem to actually understand how trade works. But why bother with all that nonsense?
No, I decided I would bypass the devious dunderheaded doubters out there and go straight to the government department responsible for raking in all that sweet Chinese tariff money: U.S. Customs and Border Protection. I didn’t want opinion. I wanted receipts to shove in the face of the liberal naysayers.
On Tuesday, I emailed the CBP’s press office: “I wanted to see if you could provide me with a list of the tariffs on goods imported from China that the Chinese government has paid to Customs and Border Protection since the beginning of this year. If not a detailed list, is there at least a total you could give me or some kind of documentation showing receipt of these payments?”
And on Wednesday, I received a response from a CBP spokesperson that I knew would prove that President Trump was, as always, telling the truth.
But the response read: “I would like to clarify, the Chinese government is not paying tariffs. Tariffs are paid by the importer of record.”
Well, that’s disappointing. I was really hoping for receipts.
The spokesperson also sent me a link to a page that explains “Basic Importing and Exporting.”
I can only assume the Deep State has infiltrated the highest levels of Customs and Border Protection and is trying — rather effectively — to make Trump look bad.
The only other possibility is the president is flat-out lying about the United States “taking in billions of dollars from China in the form of tariffs” and that those billions of dollars are actually coming from U.S. companies and, in turn, American consumers.
That seems pretty far-fetched.
I’ll have to think it over while I sharpen the $100 knife I just bought from SOG Specialty Knives and Tools for $125.