I don't hear much noise from my fellow wine community members. Is everyone aware of what is going on? If not, here are some current articles to help sober you up! Everyone's livelihoods are threatened here. Please voice your concern to your local congressman. The more noise me make, the less likely it will go through. Let's permanently block this tariff now! Could impact 17,000 jobs, 2 Billion loss to our economy, millions of dollars generated from state taxes on wine sales, loss of consumer choice, cost-prohibitive pricing, and of course, a threat to free trade and our rights as citizens.
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Between France's new digital service tax and the EU support of Airbus which caused the ruling in the US favor coupled with the facet the EU farmers enjoy a $10 Billion surplus with the US, partly because of EU barriers to many US farm products. I say bring on the tarriffs. So, far the administration has renotigiated NAFTA (UCMCA) and got Phase one with China done ....time to put pressure on the EU commisioner hil Hogan the EU trade commisioner - not the Trump adminstration in DC working to protect all jobs...not just wine industry jobs @PhilHoganEU. >>Busy day in Washington DC yesterday incl. meetings with Senator
. Our #EUTrade objective is to reset & refresh the transatlantic relationship to benefit workers and economies in both #EU & U.S.
You fail to mention that the WTO also found that Boeing was guilty of accepting subsidies and other disallowed governmental assistance such as corporate tax breaks.
The US has just handed out $14.5 billion in subsidies to farmers whose markets they destroyed with tariffs on China. That's OVER HALF of what the WTO found Airbus guilty of receiving OVER A 38 YEAR PERIOD ending in 2006.
Yes, US agricultural products do have a deficit vs imported ag goods from the EU, but the US has a $16 billion SURPLUS vs other countries in the world. Do you think every other country should immediately enact tariffs to prevent that from happening? The entire deficit argument is specious anyway, not to mention that it's affected by things like currency fluctuations. But I digress...
There are other more mutually beneficial ways to improve fairness in trade than tariffs. History tells that story very clearly. Just look at Smoot Hawley as an example of tariffs gone wrong. If tariffs worked, why would there be so many examples of them being repealed or removed over time?
Job-destroying tariffs on ANY industry is not the answer. I for one will keep fighting to make sure that jobs in the US wine industry aren't relegated to the heap of collateral damage caused by these unnecessary trade wars.