You forgot to quote what my post was in reply to:
If anybody think that demanding 1/3 of the present trade would result in more US ships they are living in lalaland. I do think that if you tried to impose more protectionism on the overseas trade it would be the end of even what little goes on US keels now.
For one thing you don’t have the ships for it and, if you buy second hand ships to cover that big part of the market. You are not talking about a few dozen ships, but hundreds.
Where would you get the manpower to man them with all American Mariners?
I assume you would like to include some large LNG Carriers, Ethane Carries etc. and maybe a Semi-submersible HLV or two in the mix to cover the need for more than just the container trade?
How many US Mariners are there with experience from such vessels?
Are the even enough US Masters to take command of say 3-400 ships in a relatively short span of time?
(If that was the chosen solution, like for OSVs working overseas)
The only way it could be done in a reasonably short time would be to copy the European model and use a mix of American and foreign crews, maybe with some positions reserved for American citizens.
You are totally wrong if you think I wish for American mariners to go unemployed, or to turn USA into a 3rd world kleptocracy. (I think you can manage that very well without my help, given your present administration and the greedy capitalists that run it)
I only think you are wrong in thinking that protectionism is the way to avoid even further erosion of the US Maritime industry. It is unrealistic and have been tried before, with disastrous result. But you are of course free to try it out again.
PS> No. I’m not running for Congress, but maybe somebody here should give it a try.