To start off, I despise protectionism in all its many forms and I despise the use of tariffs as a weapon. It has NEVER ended well.
Trump is a fool for doing what he is doing.
However, if we were living in a Constitutional system, Trump would not be able to do any jack ******* **** of the sort.
Congress has long abrogated its Constitutional power of the purse, which includes tariffs, having passed permanent statutes given the President of the United States the standard power to lay and collect tariffs, a power he has no business having. Bipartisan majorities passed this legislation and neither party has moved to repeal this legislation, meaning both parties are equally on the hook for this travesty.
Did they always just ASS-U-ME that the person in the White House would always be a person of good judgement and character???
Did they forget the axiom that power corrupts??? That a man given such unilateral power may just decide to use that power for his own ends.
The founders intentionally gave the power of the purse and specifically the power of the tariff to Congress, a collective group, not to a single man.
Congress is ultimately to blame here, as they enabled this situation by granting the President such unilateral power. Trump could not levied these tariffs, without Congress’s previous grant (and frankly surrender) of power.
Trump is a moron, but Congress is ultimately to blame and deserves (on a bipartisan basis) the full anger of the public.
Unfortunately, Congress is unlikely to do the right thing, which would be, by a bipartisan veto-proof majority to strip the President of the United States of all power to lay and collect tariffs and fix it so that future Presidents must ask Congress for such authority on a case by case basis, to be granted for no more than 90 days at a time and which must be specifically reauthorized by a new Act of Congress every 90 days, until Congress decides such tariff is no longer required.
And to make it clear, I am giving Trump no pass at all here, he is certainly acting in a destructive manner with these tariffs. But the enabler (Congress) is far more liable and to blame than Trump himself, as without Congress’s prior yielding of its power to the President, Trump could not do the things he is currently doing.