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Fewer imports would create jobs in U.S.

Cranes and containers sit idol at Port Newark

Cranes and containers sit idol at Port Newark in Newark, N.J. Friday, Jan. 29, 2016. Photo Credit: AP / Rich Schultz

Michael Dobie’s column “Brexit’s lessons for Americans” [Opinion, June 26] ignores the one and only solution to preventing Americans from being victims of economic events they supposedly do not control. That solution is to place a tariff, import duty or tax on any foreign product that would displace American jobs.

China doesn’t import so much from America that its placing a similar import tax on our products would harm our economy. China imported $116 billion in U.S. goods in 2015, while the United States brought in $483 billion in goods from China.

Japan has placed significant barriers on U.S. products for decades. Germany, France and any other Asian or European country would be unable to hurt us with an import tax on products we sell into their markets — not so much that we couldn’t more than make up for it with the American jobs that would be created.

With an effective tax on foreign-made products suggested by Donald Trump, we would end up paying more for imported kitchen appliances, TVs and other products. But the upside is that there would be major economic development in the United States. Those who don’t have college degrees would still be able to raises families and live decent lives.

Tom Colangelo, Dix Hills

Editor’s note: The writer has an MBA and works in the financial and computer industries.