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Tax Red Dog Food

From a reader:

Jonah –

Why shouldn’t we support higher taxes on

Chinese food products to support a regulation

and inspection regime for these goods?

Why shouldn’t costs fall where they lie?

Why are we always taxing (i.e. penalizing) American

workers when we could be putting these penalties

on goods which carry with them great risks (health,

security, national interest).

If “free trade” is good for goods produced by foreign

workers, why isn’t it good for the labor of American workers

(i.e. why aren’t foreign goods taxed at the marginal rate

of the American worker (including S.S. and Medicare taxes).

I’m a free market supporters who just wants to know.

Your mind exercise puzzler for the day.

Jonah Goldberg — Jonah Goldberg holds the Asness Chair in Applied Liberty at the American Enterprise Institute and is a senior editor of National Review. His new book, The Suicide of The West, is on sale now.

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