The Therapy Sessions
Thursday, July 08, 2004
Give me my shrimp
QandO: Consumers penalized by government shrimp tariff
McQ is dead on:
It seems the Commerce Department has decided in a ruling issued tuesday that "China and Vietnam have been dumping their product in the US market at unfair prices."
When I read that, my question was "unfair to whom?"
That was answered the very next paragraph when I read the word "tariff". Unfair to whom? US shrimpers apparently. It seems that because of China and Vietnam, and to a lesser extent Thailand, Brazil, Ecuador and India, American consumers have been able to enjoy their favorite seafood at a much lower price.
Well, by God, not any more.
According to Wally Stevens, President of the American Seafood Distribution Association: "If U.S. shrimpers were to get the penalties they want, shrimp prices would rise 44 percent," he said.
Give me the cheap shrimp.
If you can't make a living harvesting shrimp in America, don't harvest shrimp.
It's interesting how no one ever argues for protection from cheap oil.....