I could be writing in this space about the merits of across-the-board, permanent elimination of U.S. tariffs as a catalyst for U.S. business investment, hiring, and economic growth. However, I am forced to devote time and energy to argue that temporary import duty suspensions are not earmarks.
The same goes for our beloved legislators. Because congressional Republicans are mired in a debate about whether temporary suspensions of import duties that benefit fewer than 10 entities are earmarks under House rules, there is no room for a substantive discussion about why we even have import duties in the first place.
Hey Capitol Hill: Duties, not duty suspensions, are the earmarks you should eradicate.