As if the American consumer and U.S.-based businesses haven’t taken the tariffs on the chin already, many business groups are warning that more tariffs will only make the problems in the economy much more noticeable. With 78% of Americans living paycheck to paycheck, the consumer cannot really afford more pricing increases.
The stock market plunged yesterday amid fears of a renewed and intense trade war with China. After months of the “calm before the storm,” United States equity markets dropped sharply on Tuesday as traders prepared for an escalation of the U.S.-China trade war complete with more tariffs (taxes on the American consumer).
Back in 2017, when they were making their supportive case for Trump’s tax cut and offshore tax repatriation holiday, the largest US technology companies promised they would go on hiring sprees and boost the economy. Just over a year after getting what they wanted, fund flow data shows that – contrary to Goldman’s recent calculations – these firms gave most of their huge tax savings to investors in the form of buybacks.
Tariffs are taxes, and like any regulation or tax, the increased cost will get passed onto the consumer. Although this is common sense, many still don’t believe that the trade war had an impact on their financial situation. However, just last year, Americans (not the Chinese) spent $1.4 billion per month on trade war taxes.
The national debt should be a huge concern for every single American, as the government is essentially stealing from people not yet born to pay for things now. As debt increases, so does volatility and interest rates; and at some point, the government will have to admit they cannot pay that money back.