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Anti-Trump media reports have been hyping the President's tariffs as if they
are going to cause an economic meltdown. As you would expect, there's more
to this story. From the Wall Street Journal:
"United States Steel
Corp. n Wednesday said it would fire up a blast furnace
in Granite City, Ill., and call back 500 workers. Century Aluminum Co. said
last week it will restart lines at a smelter in Kentucky that have been curtailed
since 2015, doubling its workforce there to 600."
. . .
"In Granite City, a town of some 30,000 just across the state line from
St. Louis, the local United Steelworkers office was flooded with calls on
Wednesday from former U.S. Steel workers asking how they could get
their jobs back. Many who didn’t retire when the plant was idled found
jobs at nearby manufacturers or a retail distribution center. Union officials
said those jobs often paid only half of what workers made at the steel mill.
'They’re all ready to come back,' said Dan Simmons, president of
United Steelworkers local 1899."
The people who benefit from the status quo aren't too happy with
President Trump's tariffs. But for people in steel towns all across
America, they are thrilled to be back in the game, as suddenly the
government is fighting back against unfair trade practices that put
them out of work. New plants are already in the works in Missouri
and Oklahoma, with more to come as President Trump fights to
make America great again.