September 26, 2022

Trump’s trade war just hit Americans where it hurts most

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The Trump trade tariffs program is about to crush a national industry that will piss off his biggest supporters in every state of the union, costing more than 20,000 workers their jobs in the process.


The beer industry relies upon cheap aluminum for the cans companies like Budweiser, Pabst, and Coors use to sell their brew. Half of America’s aluminum consumption is imported today, up from the 11% just five years ago, but we don’t even produce enough of the commodity today to satisfy industry demands, guaranteeing far higher prices for the growing sales of canned beer.

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But now, consumers will be stuck with the bill for President Trump’s ‘national security‘ tax on beer, and according to industry group The Beer Institute, it’s a hefty tab that nobody wants to pick up:

According to third-party analyses, this 10% tariff will create a new $347.7 million tax on America’s beverage industry, including brewers and beer importers, and result in the loss of 20,291 American jobs.

Imported aluminum used to make beer cans is not a threat to national security. The largest importer of aluminum to the United States is Canada—one of America’s strongest allies.

We appreciate the many members of Congress—both Republicans and Democrats—as well members of the cabinet who spoke out against imposing this tariff, many of whom specifically cited their concerns for how this tariff would negatively impact America’s beer industry.

President Trump invoked a national security provision in global trade laws to justify taxing imports of aluminum, even though he himself bought $350 million worth of dumped Chinese aluminum to build two of his American towers.

In fact, Donald Trump used complex financial engineering and shell companies to hide the massive Chinese aluminum purchase used to build his Las Vegas Tower.

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Brewing giant MolsonCoors, which also produces the popular Miller brand of beers, pointed out that domestic production of sheet aluminum isn’t enough to keep up with demand in a corporate tweetstorm.

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MolsonCoors also pointed out that even Trump’s own government doesn’t think that American importation of aluminum poses a national security problem.

If President Trump’s terrible beer tax goes into effect, it’ll piss off millions of people on both sides of the political aisle.

Because enjoying the refreshing taste of a cold beer is quite possibly the last thing left that practically every American adult can agree about these days.

Or maybe Trump just doesn’t care that he’s going to tax the hell out of American beer drinkers because he’s a self-proclaimed teetotaler.

Grant Stern

Editor at Large

is the Executive Editor of Occupy Democrats and published author. His new Meet the Candidates 2020 book series is distributed by Simon and Schuster. He's also a mortgage broker, community activist and radio personality in Miami, Florida., as well as the producer of the Dworkin Report podcast. Grant is also an occasional contributor to Raw Story, Alternet, and the DC Report, an unpaid senior advisor to the Democratic Coalition, and a Director of Sunshine Agenda Inc. a government transparency nonprofit organization.

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