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EDITORIAL: Tariff impacts not just an issue for national stage

Not many people are experts in foreign trade policy, but what’s happening now with tariffs reaches into every home and business in Malheur County. Likely, life is about to get more costly for everyone because of federal government decisions.

President Trump campaigned to bolster American manufacturing and bring home jobs from overseas plants. He’s used a variety of forceful tools to do that, and trade tariffs have moved high up on the list.

He’s been particularly focused on steel and aluminum, intent on giving the fading U.S. steel industry a chance to stabilize and grow. The president is imposing a 25 percent tariff on steel and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum brought into the U.S.

Economists are arguing whether tariffs are good or bad in the long run. Other countries, reacting to the stiffening muscle . . .