protective tariff


Definition of protective tariff

: a tariff intended primarily to protect domestic producers rather than to yield revenue

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Recent Examples on the Web Nations around the world — but particularly in the motor economies of Europe — began throwing up their own protective tariff shields. David A. Andelman For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "Trump is taking us back to depression-era trade policy," 30 Aug. 2019 The researchers found that protective tariffs helped American producers, such as Rust Belt steel companies, gain $23 billion in new revenue. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Interest rates cut for first time since 2008: What it means for you," 31 July 2019 After the war, President Madison acceded to a Second Bank of the United States and a system of protective tariffs. Jay Cost, WSJ, "The Founding Era’s Populist Moment," 8 June 2018 Dwight Eisenhower was far and away the leader, issuing 35 protective tariffs during his two terms. Kenneth Lowande, Washington Post, "Will Trump’s tariffs help him with his voters?," 6 Mar. 2018 Looking to Alexander Hamilton, not Jefferson, for inspiration, this plan consisted of protective tariffs, a central bank and federal funding for internal improvements. Jon Talton, The Seattle Times, "Trump’s infrastructure scheme: Tearing down 150 years of federal support," 17 Feb. 2018 The primary tool for this task was the protective tariff, intended to stimulate domestic industry by shielding it from competition abroad, particularly Great Britain. Jay Cost, National Review, "Congress Wasn’t Designed to Handle Tax Policy," 2 Oct. 2017 White’s book ends in 1896, with the debacle of the agrarian Populist movement and reconsolidation of a Republican Party that now worshiped the gold standard and protective tariffs. Sean Wilentz, New York Times, "When Corruption and Venality Were the Lifeblood of America," 19 Sep. 2017 The Journal’s free-market principles were violated when Hoover bowed to heavy lobbying by farmers and industry and signed the notorious Hawley-Smoot Tariff Act of 1930, one of the greatest protective tariff increases in American history. George Melloan, WSJ, "Protectionism vs. Free-Market Populism," 14 July 2017

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1838, in the meaning defined above

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