[NOTE : Regular readers of the Minnesota Political Roundtable know that many commentaries are focused on Third District Congressman Erik Paulsen. This commentary was set to be released once he tweeted about Independence Day –which is normally done by politicians, but in this new Trump-era in which the old rules do not apply, Congressman Paulsen did not recognize the Fourth of July … hence this is being published on July 5th.]
July 4th is a good day to re-read the Declaration of Independence
November 6th is a good day to support those candidates who stand up against King Donald J. Trump.
Take a few minutes to read what the colonists said to King George, as there sure are a lot of statements that seem relevant today.
Some we know …
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal”
And some passages have been overlooked.
For example in the list of grievances :
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people,
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world
Think of Russian sanctions that Congress enacted and he dilly-dallied over … think of gun control … think of DACA … think of his attacks on justices … and think of starting a trade war.
Then it was King George … today’s it’s King Donald J. Trump.
While many will blame Congress for their deference (and fear of a Trump tweet), some argue that you cannot blame individual representatives because the committee system does not allow them to bring up gun bills for a vote.
It’s an argument that is designed to protect their inaction; or desire not to upset a donor or campaign base.
But what about an issue where a Representative sits on a committee that has jurisdiction over the bill ?
And the issue is critical to America’s future ?
And supported by a wide group of your donors ?
Well, any #MathGuy knows he has NO defense for inaction.
The issue … Trump’s tariffs that is quickly sparking a trade war.
The bill in question H.R.5760 – Trade Authority Protection Act which has been assigned to the House Ways and Means Committee.
And sitting on their hands in the Subcommittee on Trade are :
George Holding (R-NC-02)
Mike Kelly (R-PA-03)
Kenny Marchant (R-TX-24)
Kristi Noem (R-SD-AtLarge)
Devin Nunes (R-CA-22)
Erik Paulsen (R-MN-03)
Tom Rice (R-SC-07)
Tom Reed (R-NY-23)
Dave Reichert (R-WA-08)
Jason Smith (R-MO-08)
Admittedly, there are Democrats on the sub-committee but they are powerless to demand a hearing … even though the bipartisan bill was sponsored by the Trade Sub-committee’s Ron Kind (D-WI-03).
And the bill is supported by a wide array of groups :
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
National Retail Federation
Americans for Prosperity
American International Automobile Dealers Association
Association of Equipment Manufacturers
National Taxpayers Union
American Petroleum Institute
The Business Council of New York State
American Trucking Associations
TwinWest Chamber of Commerce (Plymouth MN)
Associated General Contractors of America
National Tooling and Machining Association
and many, many more.
But the bill is just sitting there … as Canada, China, the EU and Mexico — all will have retaliatory tariffs in place by the end of this week.
SIDENOTE : One industry that is forecasting the financial impacts of these tariffs is the medical device industry.
According to RBC Capital Markets “if the proposed 25 percent tariffs took effect, the move could cost the medical device industry up to $1.5 billion each year.” No doubt, this will be passed onto consumers — in reality since many, if not most, of these products are covered by Medicare, the taxpayer will foot the bill. The irony is that “Representative” Paulsen was able to insert into the end-of-the-year tax bill a provision providing a suspension of the 2.3% medical device excise tax. This tax suspension greatly helps importers (all products exported by American factories were exempt but if it was manufactured in China, it was taxed. This should have encouraged more Made In America manufacturing.)
Thus, Congressman Paulsen was effectively encouraging foreign manufacturing, and now we will pay the price.
Congressman Paulsen has a bill to permanently repeal the tax H.R. 184 and it is sponsored by … you guessed it … “Representatives” Holding, Kelly, Marchant, Noem, Nunes, Rice, Reed, Reichert, Smith and many others. )
Is there any doubt that if a Democrat was in the White House and advocated this policy, that the Republicans would have taken action.
So why not … the only reason is King Donald J. Trump and fear of a Trump Tweet.
Remember this in November.
And remember the Democrats who could replace the #TrumpEnablers
Linda Coleman For Congress (@LindaForNC)
Ron DiNicola for Congress (@Ron_Dinicola)
Jan McDowell (@JanForCongress)
Timothy Bjorkman (@TimBjorkmanSD)
Andrew Janz (@JanzforCongress)
Dean Phillips (@deanbphillips)
Robert Q. Williams (@RobertQWilliam1)
Tracy Mitrano (@MitranoForNY23)
Kathy Ellis (@ellis4missouri)
Note Washington will hold a primary on August 7, 2018 to determine who will represent WA08 in the next term.