President Obama, who supposedly is a man who cares about the poor, has decided that he needs to prop up some of the wealthiest industrial workers in the world, the American labor unions. By levying a 35 percent tariff against tires from China, Obama not only is forcing people to pay more for tires, but this ruling also will result in more traffic deaths and injuries.
Of course, the New York Times has portrayed this move as a "victory" for this country, as though we "win" by being forced to pay more for goods, and especially goods as important as tires. Unfortunately, the Times, which always claims to be on the side of consumers, says nothing in its article about how this will have a negative effect on our economy, making people poorer in the bargain, but enriching people who already are at the top of the wage ladder.
What does this mean for people of lower incomes? It means that many of them either will pay more for tires or they will put off buying new ones, which almost certainly will result in more auto accidents, and more deaths and injuries on the highway. Of course, most of the people who will be killed and injured are not union members, so what does Obama care?