As people always say, elections have consequences. In this case, the consequences might affect Miss KoKo and me directly.
During his campaign, the now president-elect stated clearly on multiple occasions that he planned on imposing a 45% tariff on goods imported from China if that country did not stop its currency manipulation and flooding the U.S. market with products being sold under their true value. I have little doubt our incoming president is going to at least rattle his economic saber and threaten this which means it has a chance to become reality.
This directly affects KoHoSo Radio 66 as both Miss KoKo and I work for a company that is a wholesaler of electronic components that are made in China. If such a tariff is imposed, the company we work for will likely go out of business depending on who else receives the new president’s ire and how fast the manufacturing of the parts can be taken up in other cheap-labor countries.
The problem compounds itself from there as Miss KoKo and I are both middle-aged with some slight health problems that prevent us from taking just any job. Then, even within office work, getting most employers to consider hiring somebody "old" is next to impossible no matter how exemplary their work records are.
Due to these factors and a few others, we feel the correct financial move for us is to not add any further monetary obligations onto our household until we see how this situation plays out. As our new president will have been in office only two months by March 20th, we believe it will be far too soon to know how he is going to deal with China.
It is our hope the president-elect will turn out to be the deal-maker he claims to be. We look forward to the day when we can be confident enough in our financial situation to reschedule the return of KoHoSo Radio 66 as soon as possible.
No matter what happens with KoHoSo Radio 66, please don’t stop supporting the great music of the past wherever it can be found. As for Miss KoKo and me, you know our love for it as well as all of you will not fade away.