Protectionism Made America Independent And Prosperous For All

“If the Americans should manufacture a lock of wool or a horse shoe, I would fill their ports with ships and their towns with troops.”  William Pitt- Prime Minister of  Great Britain( 1766-1768)

“Following the war (of 1812), however, cheap British imports flooded the(American) nation, threatening to undermine local industries. In Parliament, a British minister defended the practice of dumping goods at prices below their actual cost on grounds that outraged Americans. “It is well worth while,” the minister declared, “to incur a loss upon the first exportation, in order, by a glut, to stifle in the cradle those rising manufacturers in the United States… ”  (source)

Give us a protective tariff, and we will have the greatest nation on earth.”   Abraham Lincoln

Via: Republican text-book for the Congressional campaign, 1906

“There is no example in all history
where free or cheap raw material and cheap labor has any ad-
vantage whatever over our own system of Protection to all our
labor and all our industries.”

History of Our Tariffs and Various Revisions.

From the time of the landing of the Pilgrims in 1620 to the
formation of our Government under a constitution in 1789 there
were in this country no general duties upon imports; in short,
we were living under Free-Trade, and foreign nations were able
to place in our market without restraint every article which we
were liable to buy. After we had secured independence and were united as a confederacy during the years from 1783 to 1789,
when we existed as a union of colonies, this Free-Trade was ac-
companied by most disastrous results. The wares of foreign
countries, and particularly of Great Britain, were dumped upon
our shores, for which our money went abroad until we were
drained of all our specie and had not even a dollar left as a cir-
culating medium. Because of the goods which came from abroad
our own laborers were idle, and nothing but debt and ruin stared
us in the face.

This state of affairs was one of the principal causes which led
to the adoption of a Constitution and a uniform Government
throughout the States in 1789. It is not surprising, then, that
the first law placed upon our statute books affecting the people was a Tariff law intended not only as a means of revenue, but for
the encouragement and Protection of manufactures. The effect
was at once seen in the industrial progress which we made in
both agriculture and manufactures, in spite of the attempts of
the mother country to crush our every industry in the States.

No material and complete revision of our first tariff of 1789 

was made until 1812, when it was enacted:

“That an additional duty of 100 per cent, upon the permanent
duties now imposed by law upon goods, wares, and merchandise
imported into the United States shall be levied and collected upon
all goods, wares, and merchandise which shall, from and after
the passing of this act, be imported into the United States from
any foreign port or place.”

And it was further enacted:

“That this act shall continue In force so long as the United
States shall be engaged in war with Great Britain and until the
expiration of one year after the conclusion of peace, and no
longer: Provided, however, That the additional duties laid by
this act shall be collected on all such goods, wares, and merchan-
dise as shall have been previously imported.”

This was the only complete revision of the tariff that has taken
place in our history on account of war. The increase in tariff
rates, coupled with the prohibitions of non-intercourse, threw us
on our resources and resulted in the establishment of many new
industries, which, in spite of the ravages of war, brought im-
mense increase of national wealth and business activity. In a
special message to Congress, February 20, 1815, President Madi*
son asked:

“Deliberate consideration of the means to preserve and pro-
mote the manufactures which have sprung into existence and at-
tained an unparalleled maturity throughout the United States
during the period of the European wars,”

Read the full Republican Text for 1906

KAPTUR: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO TALK ABOUT THE MILLIONS OF HIGH-QUALITY JOBS THIS NATION HAS OUTSOURCED OVER THE LAST QUARTER CENTURY BECAUSE OF FLAWED FREE TRADE DEALS. THESE JOB-KILLING DEALS LIKE NAFTA HAVE BEEN INCREDIBLY HARMFUL TO THE AMERICAN ECONOMY, RACKING UP A MASSIVE, MASSIVE TRADE DEFICIT OF $9.5 TRILLION, AND THEY FAILED TO LIVE UP TO THE PROMISE OF CREATING JOBS. INSTEAD, THEY WIPED OUT GOOD JOBS, HIGH-PAYING JOBS ACROSS OUR COUNTRY. TAKE MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS, FOR EXAMPLE, WHICH SHUT DOWN PLANTS ALL OVER OUR COUNTRY FROM CALIFORNIA TO FLORIDA. MOTOROLA SHUT DOWN THOSE OPERATIONS AND MOVED PRODUCTION TO CHINA, TO SOUTH AMERICA, TO EASTERN EUROPE. TAKE WALGREENS, WHICH HAS OUTSOURCED ITS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY TO MEXICO, TO INDIA, LEAVING ITS ILLINOIS EMPLOYEES JOBLESS. MEANWHILE, SIX YEARS AFTER THE RECESSION, OHIO AND 14 OTHER STATES HAVE JOB MARKETS THAT HAVE NOT YET RECOVERED FROM THE NUMBER OF JOBS LOST DURING THE RECESSION. HUNDREDS, THOUSANDS, MILLIONS OF GOOD-QUALITY, GOOD-PAYING MANUFACTURING JOBS HAVE NOT RETURNED. CITIZENS OF THESE STATES, LIKE OHIO, ARE FIGHTING FOR HONEST EMPLOYMENT. SINCE 1976 AMERICA HAS LITERALLY OUTSOURCED 47,500,000 GOOD JOBS. WE HAVE A BUDGET DEFICIT BECAUSE WE HAVE A $9.5 TRILLION TRADE DEFICIT. WE MUST SUPPORT JOB SEEKERS, MORE LOPSIDED TRADE DEALS ARE NOT THE ANSWER. WE SIMPLY HAVE TO REFORM OUR TRADE POLICIES.

Foreign governments and cartels  collude in economic warfare against American entrepreneurs

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