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News Item: Donald Trump has warned US citizens that there will be ‘consequences’ for leaving the country on vacation. Overseas travel to places like Paris to see the Eiffel Tower takes jobs away from hard-working Americans in the domestic travel industry, according to the president-elect, who strongly encourages Americans to vacation in Las Vegas instead of Paris if they really have to see the Eiffel Tower (see photo above), so that we can keep travel spending and tourism-related jobs inside the U.S.
Well, not really…. but as I asked in a recent CD post (before the Carrier debacle) “If you support tariffs on US companies relocating production overseas, do you support tariffs on overseas travel?” Here’s a key part of that post:
Despite the widespread opposition to punitively taxing Americans traveling overseas, many Americans probably do inconsistently support the proposed policy of president-elect Trump to impose punitive tariffs on American companies that relocate production overseas. But is there really any material or significant difference? I say No, and to support punitive taxes on American companies relocating production overseas but reject punitive taxes on Americans traveling overseas is intellectually inconsistent. Trying to force companies to produce domestically what could be produced cheaper overseas should be just as objectionable as trying to force Americans to travel domestically when their first choice is to travel overseas.
In light of Trump’s recent threats to punish private US companies with “consequences” for making location decisions that are in the best interest of their customers and shareholders, I’ve taken the liberty to revise some recent news headlines and reports to illustrate Trump’s “ugly, nationalist, xenophobic, economy-killing, consumer-impoverishing” approach to trade and other economic issues, to quote economist Steve Horwitz:
1. “Donald Trump vows ‘consequences’ for companies citizens leaving US for foreign travel”
President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday warned that the government would punish companies American tourists seeking to move operations travel overseas with “consequences,” setting the stage for an unusual level of intervention by the White House into the decisions of private enterprise citizens on where to take their vacations.
2. “Trump Warns US Companies Citizens: There Will Be ‘Consequences’ for Leaving the Country on Vacation”
President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday warned that US-based corporations citizens would not be able to outsource their jobs travel and vacations to other countries without facing ramifications under his administration.
3. “Trump threatens ‘consequences’ for U.S. firms that relocate tourists who vacation offshore”
“Companies Citizens are not going to leave the United States anymore on family vacations without consequences,” Trump told workers assembled at the Indianapolis plant of the air-conditioning company Carrier. “Not going to happen. It’s not going to happen, I’ll tell you right now,” he added.
4. “TRUMP: Companies Americans won’t leave US anymore on family vacations ‘without consequences'”
“Companies American citizens are not going to leave the United States for foreign travel anymore without consequences,” Donald Trump said to workers at the Carrier plant. “These companies Americans aren’t going to be leaving anymore to travel overseas. They aren’t going to be taking people’s hearts out by traveling internationally instead of domestically.”
5. “Trump Threatens US Firms Tourists with ‘Consequences’ of Moving Traveling Abroad”
President-elect Donald Trump warned companiesAmericans thinking of moving jobstraveling abroad on vacation that they would face “consequences” for doing so, doubling down on tough rhetoric he used during his campaign for the White House to penalize Americans for leaving the country for family vacations.
MP: As I concluded in my previous post, is there really any material difference between imposing punitive tariffs (taxes) on U.S. companies moving production overseas to protect U.S. manufacturing jobs and imposing punitive tariffs (taxes) on Americans traveling overseas to protect domestic tourism jobs? Aren’t they both despicable, immoral and objectionable forms of legal plunder? (laws that “take from some persons that which belongs to them, to give to others what does not belong to them.“). I say Yes.
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