AIER Senior Fellow Veronique de Rugy is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and a nationally syndicated columnist. Her primary research interests include the US economy, the federal budget, homeland security, taxation, tax competition, and financial privacy.
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For one thing, contrary to the administration's promise, unilaterally raising tariffs hasn't resulted in reduced foreign tariffs and better access to foreign markets for U.S. exporters. Instead, foreign tariffs have gone up, and threats of retaliation continue. That explains some of the drop in exports to China. But that’s not all that is at play here.
Right now, there are few legal avenues for low-skilled immigrants to work and live in the United States. And the avenues that do exist are too bureaucratic to be usable. So when people tell you they want undocumented immigrants who currently reside in the U.S. – and who clean our homes, mow our lawns, take care of our children and serve us at restaurants -– to come legally, they demonstrate their utter ignorance. There is often no such option for these immigrants.
The bottom line is that none of us can afford the true budgetary costs of the Democrat Socialist dream. And that’s just the financial costs. It says nothing about the stifling of innovation, of entrepreneurship, and of work under such plan. It’s amazing what twenty-five years can do to a political party’s ideology.
I understand why people often fear freedom or the consequences of breaking the rules, and thus acquiesce to government restrictions on their freedoms. But I fear that we have gone too far in this timid and cowardly compliance. So long as everyone respects everyone else's rights, we should have permissionless consumption (foreign and domestic), permissionless employment, permissionless entertainment, and permissionless everything and anything that's peaceful.