Lead: Few matters in American history are as controversial or complicated as tariffs. Simply put, a tariff is a tax charged on goods imported into the country. It can be a simple tariff - the government taxes imports to pay its bills. Or it can be a protective tariff.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts

Democrats have traditionally believed that high tariffs were bad because 1) they raised the price of overseas goods and 2) damaged the prospects for our exports. If we raised tariffs other nations would do the same and we couldn't sell our products overseas. 

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