Governing is hard enough when we use facts

Governing is hard enough when our elected leaders use facts. What frustrates me is when decisions are supported by purposeful misinformation. As noted in a recent The Charlotte Observer article on the Trade War, the US President consistently repeats that China is paying the tariffs we establish.

Each time, his claim is refuted by economists who note US importers are paying the tariffs and pass most of the added cost to consumers. In the article it is noted by economists for the Federal Reserve the typical US household will pay $831 more each year with the next round of tariffs.

Tariffs are an unwieldy tool to deploy, but continually lying about their impact is poor stewardship. We deserve the truth from our leaders, regardless of what party they claim. Sadly, the US President feels that being loose with the facts or outright lying is a suitable modus operandi. It further frustrates when his staff facilitate these untruthful statements.

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Note: A variation of the above was sent into the Letters to the Editor for The Charlotte Observer.

1 thought on “Governing is hard enough when we use facts

  1. Note to Readers: The newspaper ran my letter today. Here is their edited version:

    “Headline: Misinformation on tariffs frustrates me

    As noted in “Amid trade war, Trump pledges $16 billion for farmers” (May 24), the president consistently repeats that China is paying the tariffs.
    Each time, his claim is refuted by economists who note U.S. importers are paying the tariffs and pass most of the added cost to consumers.
    Federal Reserve economists say the latest round of tariff hikes will cost the typical U.S. household $831 a year.
    Tariffs are an unwieldy tool to deploy, but continually lying about their impact is poor stewardship. We deserve the truth from our leaders, regardless of what party they claim.”

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