President Donald Trumps trade wars have increased tariffs on goods from China, Mexico, the European Union, Argentina, Brazil, and other countries. Are tariffs on Santa Claus next? They should be, according to the logic justifying these trade wars.
President Trump has accused other countries and regions of not trading fairly. Sometimes he claims other countries are trading unfairly by manipulating their currencies to make their exports cheaper, as he did recently with Brazil and Argentina.
In other instances, the mere presence of a U.S. trade deficit is taken as an indication of unfairness. After meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron last summer, President Trump stated, I came into a position where the European Union was making anywhere from $100-$150 billion a year in deficits to the United States. They were making it, and we were losing it, and so we had to do something that is fair.
By these standards, Santa Claus is the most unfair trader of them all. His elves manufacture goods in the North Pole. I cant find any evidence in the Christmas literature that Santa imports any of the inputs to this production process from the United States, or anywhere else for that matter.
On Christmas Eve, his sleigh crosses over the U.S. border, without even clearing customs, to dump his products in the homes of every good boy and girl. Santa also has the gall to charge a subsidized price of zero.