Free market-minded Millennial Policy Center’s offers its own quickie course on tariffs and trade — the upshot being that the two don’t mix — and pitches the point through its latest effort in video spoofery.
“ScamWow: The Tariff Towel!” — a play on the old “ShamWow” late-night infomercial — mocks the superficial allure of tariffs by hawking it as a wash rag. Along the way, the “commercial” scores points and lands blows about how tariffs actually backfire by starting trade wars, limiting markets for U.S.-made goods, and by driving up the price of imports.
The schtick as well as the polemic are right up the alley of Millennial and its youthful president/impresario Jimmy Sengenberger. The next-gen policy shop/advocacy group aims to advance classical conservative thought among Sengenberger’s Millennial demographic — even if it means jousting with a Republican president.
As Millennial points out in a press release this week, the video is being released, “at a tenuous time for U.S. trade relations on the global stage, as the Trump Administration has staked out a more protectionist position on NAFTA’s reauthorization, including threats to undo the agreement, as well as support for tariffs and other barriers to entry.”