"It took the government 10 years and 27 bankrupcies to impose tariffs. Many of these union steel workers are now without pension and without health-care."
So you want the rest of the world to pay for the failure of US social policies and attitudes? To generalise, Americans seem to enjoy sneering at other countries for being "socialist". The people in those countries pay in to a system that provides health care and pensions for the unemployed. If your system is better as so many Americans suggest, then stop whining about it.
"The steel industry has its problems, but these 3-year tariffs are to afford it the chance to restructure. Corperate profits didn't kill the US steel industry."
Why should the US have that luxury? Other countries have gone through the painful process of becoming more efficient WITHOUT resorting to subsidies or trade tariffs. I'm thinking in particular of Britain, where as long as I can remember, the steel industry has been taking a horrific hammering.
"Corperate profits didn't kill the US steel industry. The fact that there are 3 retired steel workers for every 1 working killed the steel industry."
Of course, the unions had nothing to do with it did they? They didn't try to jack up salaries, or make it hard to get rid of the crap.
"Besides, foreign dumping of steel on US soil is only possible because in many countries, their steel industry is subsidized by the government. "
Do you have any proof of that? For example, how many subsidies has Corus received in the last year?
It's also been hard on the companies that export steel to the US recently as US steel imports declined 20% in the last year.
If you're going to artificially prop-up the steel industry in the US because it can't produce steel as cheaply as elsewhere, why not do the same for other industries too? How about getting manufacturing and textile jobs back from Mexico and Asia? Of course not: nobody wants to see the huge increases that would occur in retail prices if this occurred. It's called change, and it happens all the time. Industries rise and fall, and get replaced by something else. Since the industrial revolution, this has been happening more and more quickly. Move along. Learn a new skill.
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