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From Obama to Unions, with taxpayers love- More Union Payoffs?

During the campaign season, he attacked John McCain for driving foreign cars. Never mind that among the 18 members of Obama’s auto task force and their staff, only two own American vehicles.
He also unveiled a “Buy American” logo to attack McCain as a hypocrite for embracing Harley Davison motorcycle riders’ support simply because he opposed a federal mandate that the government buy American-made vehicles. Hypocrisy is dissing America First voters while nibbling on Brie at private San Francisco fund-raisers and proclaiming to be embarrassed that Americans don’t speak Spanish –and then plastering the campaign with ‘Buy American’ stickers in the hopes of winning over a demographic you hold in utter contempt.”
As a result of “Buy American” provisions in Obama’s porkulus law, Canadian companies have “retaliated with measures effectively barring U.S. companies from their municipal contracts.

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Asked by Anonymous at 9:04 AM on Sep. 14, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Now, the tire war is on with China. Make no mistake: This is not about protecting consumers or American jobs. It’s about paying off Big Labor again. This time, it’s the United Steelworkers cashing in. Yes, the same United Steelworkers union that backed the “Buy America” provisions in the porkulus law.


    Answer by Anonymous at 9:06 AM on Sep. 14, 2009

  • And the same United Steelworkers union that employed union hatchet man-turned auto czar-turned-manufacturing czar Ron Bloom


    Answer by Anonymous at 9:06 AM on Sep. 14, 2009

  • One more fun fact: United Steelworkers president Leo Gerard “also serves on the U.S. National Commission on Energy Policy and is a founding board member of the Apollo Alliance, a non-profit public policy initiative for creating good jobs in pursuit of energy independence.”


    Answer by Anonymous at 9:06 AM on Sep. 14, 2009

  • Yes, the same Apollo Alliance whose board members included former green jobs czar Van Jones.



    Answer by Anonymous at 9:07 AM on Sep. 14, 2009

  • In trademark “Obama lied, transparency died” style, the White House sheepishly buried the decision on a late Friday night.

    The WSJ editorializes:

    The White House disclosed late Friday evening that the U.S. will impose stiff tariffs on imported Chinese tires used by millions of Americans. Perhaps President Obama thought he could minimize controversy by releasing the news on a weekend, days ahead of the September 17 deadline and two weeks before he will host Chinese President Hu Jintao at the Group of 20 summit in Pittsburgh. But the protectionist signal he has sent in his first major trade-policy decision is unmistakable.


    Answer by Anonymous at 9:08 AM on Sep. 14, 2009

  • Domestic lobbies—including unions like the United Steelworkers that supported him during the campaign and filed this case looking for a political favor in return—hoped Mr. Obama would reverse that precedent, and they haven’t been disappointed. Such congressional protectionist stalwarts as Sen. Sherrod Brown (D., Ohio) and Rep. Sander Levin (D., Mich.) endorsed Friday night’s move. “Today, the President courageously stood up and enforced fair trade rules that will save jobs and help our communities,” crowed Mr. Brown, who had enthusiastically supported the tariff proposal. It hardly matters that the 35% tire tariff is less than the 55% the International Trade Commission recommended. Despite that attempt at political and economic baby-splitting, the door is now open to more such claims.


    Answer by Anonymous at 9:09 AM on Sep. 14, 2009

  • Bob Ulrich at Modern Tire Dealer reports:

    GITI Tire (USA) Ltd., a member of the American Coalition for Free Trade in Tires, already has sent out its official statement of disappointment.

    “This decision will cost many more American jobs than it will create,” said Vic DeIorio, GITI’s executive vice president. “It will also increase costs for, and take away choices from, American consumers.”


    Answer by Anonymous at 9:10 AM on Sep. 14, 2009

  • OP, don't expect the lefties to respond. Their heads are too far up Obama's a$$
    Great links and article. It feels like Obama wants Americans to be out of jobs. He is pushing our nation in that direction with one had while blaming Bush with the other.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:21 AM on Sep. 14, 2009

  • Sounds more like " More Union Layoffs". If Obama's election results in less jobs for Americans that voted for him I say " BOOYAH"!! Good for them.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:38 AM on Sep. 14, 2009

  • Great. Just what we need. China to get upset over tire tarriffs.

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 9:56 AM on Sep. 14, 2009

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