Speciality Shoe Tarriff

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  1. wzd1a

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    The steep price hike stems from a recent decision by the Obama Administration. It’s called a “specialty shoe tariff” and it will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2013 unless Congress stops it.

    WTH! Is this the most important thing on our plate right now? What about not hitting the middle class with new taxes? Is this considered "rich folks" tax?

    Just wait for the civil servants in WA DC to get the VAT going... We're in for a painful time folks!
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    TheDudeAbides Sarcasm free11/11/10

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    Just pay the damn tariff. The government is better at spending your money than you are. Just trust them.

    :rofl:rofl
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    Not a welcome development, but I doubt that it was the Obama administration that initiated it. I see the shadowy influence of industry.
    Odd that we would outsource so much footware manufacture and then punish it with a high tariff, and punish me because I'm a regular purchaser.
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  5. OTB

    OTB Oh fer Chrissakes

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    Get your facts straight before you post. It's not a new tariff. It has been temporarily suspended for numerous years now and it's coming up for renewel of the suspension. The Obama admin is using it for leverage in trade negotiations with Vietnam and other Pacific rim countries where most of these shoes are made.
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    This is what Romney meant when he said "Get tough with China".

    Typically nobody wins when you start getting into trade wars.

    I suspect a minority of motorcycle boots come from China. It would be interesting to see the statistics.
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    It is interesting that there is no "Patent Leather Shoe Tariff" or "Office Shoe tariff" I guess the lawyer and professional lobbyists (i.e., the rich) will get to avoid this tax, but working men and women who require good, sturdy outdoor shoes (for many activities other than hiking onto the Kings land) need to pay more of their "fair share".

    I hope the politicians are enjoying the caviar us peasants are buying for them.
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    TheDudeAbides Sarcasm free11/11/10

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    Here's a brief history of shoe tariffs in the U.S. and some info on the bi-partisan sponsored Affordable Footwear Act that would lower, not raise these outdated tariffs. This battle goes way back to the 1920s.

    One quote:
    "Still, a few goods remain subject to tariff rates almost as high as those of the 1920s. Shoes are the extreme case. Shoe tariffs, a remnant of the Smoot–Hawley Act, are 10 times higher than the average U.S. tariff rate.[1] In 2011, shoes accounted for just 1 percent of merchandise imports, but they provided 7.9 percent of U.S. tariff revenue.[2] "

    http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2012/04/affordable-footwear-act-give-shoe-taxes-the-boot
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    Hair Free to a good home.

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    This will be similar to the 1980 HD Tarriff. Soon we all be sporting HD size 883 shoes. :lol3



    Oh and I have a couple of pair of used off road boots if anyone wants to avoid the tarriff. They stink a little. But what the hay, it's the smell of money saved.
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    "It's the smell of money saved." :lol3

    That's a real gem!
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    Me thinks they may capitalize on the increase in diabetics - shoes for which are almost entirely assembled overseas, and then imported.
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    Hannda Short, fat, bearded, slow

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    Lots of bike mfgs got around that by shrinking to below 750cc, thus the 700 Sabre, 700 Magna, lots of 650s, etc.

    I wonder how they'll do this with shoes? :lol3
    If you only buy the left one this month, and the right one next month . . . we can waive application of the tariff.
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    arapaho Been here awhile

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    I gotta laugh. The tariffs are all about favoring American manufacturers. Ya know, "saving American jobs". Y'all wanna preserve the American manufacturing base, right? We've had shoe tariffs since the 1920s. But this is Obama's fault, LOL?
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    What, I have to ask, was the explicit intended purpose of this tariff?

    Trade wars, politically motivated taxes...no matter what we call it, us citizens get stuck with paying for it in the end.

    How convenient...taxes do literally grow on trees, apparently.
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    My boots are from Italy...and they are sick.
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    It's a cobbled together tax. :wink:
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    The blog below the article is interesting and presents the real story better than the article.
    And I am glad I have chosen New Balance for my everyday multipurpose shoes:
    http://bangordailynews.com/2011/07/...-last-remaining-major-u-s-athletic-shoemaker/
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  20. eakins

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    If that does increase then i'd say we'll see an increase in shoe production in Mexico as it passes into the US tariff free - NAFTA.

    I recently read an article that it is predicted by 2017 Mexico will supply more imports to the US than China. Even though drug violence is a variable, companies will do better cost wise with somewhat higher Mexican labor but alot less shipping and logistics issues. This also helps to keep more Mexicans employed in their own country, which is a benefit for all involved.

    ...and speaking of the Mexican drug wars, i'm predicting it will tapper of to the point that Mexico will be considered safe again by the media and the dealers have been eliminated. The reality is just a image thing mexico will and needs to do. The new party/president is PRI (Fox & Calderon were PAN) and the PRI ran the country for 70+ years prior. They are corrupt but have a history of working with the drug dealers not fighting them. All this smuggling was going on before but there was not the violence nor the violence. 1 group ran things w/ PRI approval (read cut of $). I'm guessing PRI will pick 1 group as their people and they plus the military will quickly whip out all the rest. Business as usual will continue (on the Mexican side) and the new will just report the military have finally caught all the bad guys and it's safe in again to go to Mex. Of course the wrinkle will be the US stopping the flow but that variable is not scaring people. It's the violence within Mexico and most tourist fly into destinations not drive across border town. Anyway I know that's off topic but that's my prediction.
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