Obama (and other Democrats) claim to be for the little guy, but once again another politician is demonstrating the classic 'Do as I say, not as I do' maxims that politicians can't help but live by. Obama said he was never going to raise taxes on the middle class. Maybe in la-la land are these claims true, or perhaps based on a technicality, but Obama has increased the cost of living in various ways, for lower-class Americans. He claims to be for the little guy. But judging by his recent actions, his rhetoric is empty. Just recently, Obama increased the tariff on imported Chinese tires, to 35%. It's no secret that things made in China are cheap and plentiful, but the American Unions don't like competition, so they pressured Obama to support this protectionist policy, and somewhat luckily xeyed: ) for the American people the tariff was just over half of what was suggested -- 85% per tire. I guess Obama never learned from Bush, that antiquated trade barriers (Steel) can only serve to hurt the people that Politicians like Obama claim to represent. Said tires are low-quality, mass-produced tires. The kind of tires that low-income families will purchase for their consumer vehicles, meanwhile living paycheck to paycheck. However, policy like this, and the 'buy American' provision only serve to cost American families more than if we allowed foreign competitors to compete. This is allowed by trade, in which both countries enjoy a comparative advantage. Because of Chinese tires, lower-income families are able to spend more money on other expenses, and China receives more of our money, which they lend back to us at interest! Both parties gain. We must also be quick to judge Obama's judgment, considering the fact that we rely on China so heavily, in more than a handful of ways. Starting a trade war with the country that basically pays our bills shows a serious lapse in judgment. Here's a good article on freetrade.org, and some wildly hilarious excerpts. It should be obvious to you, by now, that Obama is just another politician, and his only real goal is to help the people who got him elected (Unions). This type of protectionism only serves to hurt Americans, and is an indirect psuedo-tax increase on low and middle class Americans. The only thing to be gained is a weakened trade and economic relationship with China, and higher tire prices for Americans struggling through a period of recession.