I didn’t bring this 5 year dinosaur thread back from the grave but wanted to throw my 5 year retrospective 2 cents in before the site Monitors rightfully sent it to the mausoleum.
It’s interesting how a viewpoint held in the past can be completely reversed 5 years later. One would suspect strong Union Leadership would be in favor of protectionism laws like the Jones Act to protect all American workers but when the current Administration went to bat for the US steel/manufacturing industries the media & national union leaders fell in lock step with the Democrat party & said an acknowledgement of 30 year active trade war with China was horrible & any fighting back was useless & futile. So no, from the example that Unions set for the defense of American manufacturing & steel jobs, I don’t think we can expect any different for stronger protectionism laws like a beefed up Jones Act & cabotage at this time. A “More middle class jobs like the old days” slogan sounds too similar to the dreaded, “Make America Great Again” slogan. If the American people & media wouldn’t stand up for steel workers & manufacturing jobs against cheap China imports what reason will they have to stand up for American Mariners? The Jones Act will soon be as dead as this thread & we only have ourselves to thank. Lets not make America great again is the new motto? Screw the old days.