Reductio Ad Absurdum and Sleeping Bags

Using ‘reductio ad absurdum’ to shed light on the foolishness of protectionist policies. Brilliant. Shades of the great Bastiat and the Candlemakers’ Petition.

Open Letter to Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-AL): If promoting jobs in American plants that produce sleeping bags justifies a policy of restricting Americans’ freedom to take advantage of alternatives to purchasing American-made sleeping bags, your policy doesn’t go far enough. Why not also slap a tariff on sleeping bags borrowed from friends? Why not also prohibit the use of sleeping bags that are more than three-months old? (You can sell this prohibition not only as a jobs-creator, but also as a means of protecting Americans’ – especially American children’s – health and safety. Only Wingnuts would object to that goal!) Indeed, why not also tax Americans for every night they sleep indoors?