Sens. Jeff Flake and Bob Corker, both political lame ducks because they’ve declared they will not run for reelection, still seem to have some flight in the wings. They apparently are planning some legislation that could kill the president’s tariffs policy.
The question is whether McConnell will ever bring Flake’s bill to the floor for a vote. Some want to actually see how many conservative lawmakers would vote for the president’s right to inflict taxes on consumer goods.
Allahpundit, writing for “Hot Air,” said: “We deserve to know how many “fiscal conservatives” are prepared to roll over and vote for King Donald’s right to slap arbitrary taxes on consumer goods because they’re afraid of Hannity running a nasty segment about them or whatever. Let’s put everyone on the record on Flake’s bill.”
Sen. Flake defending his actions on Thursday saying: “Some of us are just waiting to see what he does, and then we’ll draft legislation quickly to nullify it. That’s what I’m going to do.”…
GOP Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin said he is considering backing legislation to require congressional approval for Trump’s actions.
“Congress in so many areas has ceded power and authority to the president,” said Johnson, who chairs the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. “We should probably start taking some of that back.”
Flake got intense describing what he sees as a dangerous direction in trade. “These so-called ‘flexible tariffs’ are a marriage of two lethal poisons to economic growth – protectionism and uncertainty. Trade wars are not won, they are only lost. Congress cannot be complicit in the administrative court’s economic disaster. I will immediately draft and introduce legislation to nullify these tariffs, and I urge my colleagues to pass it before this exercise in protectionism inflicts any more damage on the economy.”
Flake is also worried about the unpredictability of Trump’s future actions. The president boasted, “I’ll have a right to go up or down depending on the country and I’ll have a right to drop out countries or add countries.” This served to intensify fears that the actual rates will be largely a matter of presidential whim.
Igor Bobic tweeted: “Flake says he’ll introduce legislation that would nullify Trump tariffs.
“Flexible tariffs? What does that mean? One day you wake up and you say, ‘I don’t like Australia?’ I mean, that’s unbelievable.”
Allahpundit writing for “Hot Air” said: “Trump views foreign policy the way a mafia boss views turf battles (and he admires gangsters like Putin who view it the same way). It’s a zero-sum game and our gang has more muscle than any other country, so why not use it to squeeze the weaker ones?
That being so, it’s not an exaggeration to say that he views policy uncertainty as a good thing, even in the realm of trade. After all, if your enemy — and “enemies” here include Canada and Australia and every other country in the world because zero-sum — lives in constant fear of you turning on him, he’ll be more eager to please you.”
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