The “temporary” layoffs could last “beyond six months”, but the Orwellian irony here will endure forever, tragically so for those affected…
The first major move by President Trump in the Trade War was the signing of the Steel and Aluminum Tariffs, which we covered here.
Interestingly, a bullet point from WhiteHouse.gov pertaining to the steel and aluminum tariffs describes what the “result” to the steel industry “will be” (bold added for emphasis):
The tariffs on steel and aluminum are anticipated to reduce imports to levels needed for these industries to achieve long-term viability.
As a result, these industries will be able to re-open closed mills, sustain a skilled workforce, and maintain or increase production.
Fast forward to mid-August of 2019, and we are getting reports from Reuters of lay offs coming to the steel industry in Michigan:
U.S. Steel said the lay-offs at the Michigan plant could last beyond six months. They will impact nearly every area of the facility, from blast furnace to finishing operations, a company spokeswoman told Reuters.
Reuters calls-out Trump regarding the President’s claims about the steel industry:
The lay-offs call into question claims President Donald Trump has made about the resurgence of the domestic steel industry. Last week in Pennsylvania, Trump said his 25% tariff on foreign imports has turned a “dead” business into a “thriving” enterprise.
Of course, if you have been following the Fall Guy theory, this is par for the course.
There is the claim to build-up manufacturing and get a booming US economy with super-duper awesome jobs, and when the opposite is clearly shown to be the reality, which has been the case all along for anybody willing to look at the facts, President Trump gets blamed for the problems in the economy, and something far worse than what Hillary Clinton would have ever been gets ushered in as the new President of the United States.
And to think, the lay offs were announced just yesterday, August 19th, with the tragic irony of also being the date of this Retweet from the President demonstrating the constant pumping of the Trump economy in general, and in this case, of Michigan specifically:
I have been talking about “mixed signals” a lot lately, and here we see yet another case of mixed signals.
To get a better understanding of what is going on, let’s consult the Deep State Globalists’ Instruction Manual, otherwise known as George Orwell’s 1984, and let’s see if we can make some sense out of it (bold added for emphasis):.
It appeared that there had even been demonstrations to thank Big Brother for raising the chocolate ration to twenty grammes a week. And only yesterday, he reflected, it had been announced that the ration was to be reduced to twenty grammes a week. Was it possible that they could swallow that, after only twenty-four hours? Yes, they swallowed it. Parsons swallowed it easily, with the stupidity of an animal. The eyeless creature at the other table swallowed it fanatically, passionately, with a furious desire to track down, denounce, and vaporize anyone who should suggest that last week the ration had been thirty grammes.
Bad news is actually good news, you know?
So vaporize anyone who begs to differ.
Trump makes some bold claims.
Even if the reality is different.
Which reality clearly is.
Trump is not stupid.
So he’s lying?
To us all?
– Half Dollar
About the Author
U.S. Army Iraq War Combat Veteran Paul “Half Dollar” Eberhart has an AS in Information Systems and Security from Western Technical College and a BA in Spanish from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Paul dived into gold & silver in 2009 as a natural progression from the prepper community. He is self-studied in the field of economics, an active amateur trader, and a Silver Bug at heart.