Is Obama appointee the link between the Obama campaign and the Obama SuperPAC?
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What’s more interesting still is that this NRO story was not answered by the USW, against whom the anonymous steel worker made the accusation.
No, instead, this accusation was answered — lo and behold — by the Obama/Biden campaign! Imagine that! The campaign for the very president who appointed USW president Leo Gerard to the Trade Advisory group felt compelled to answer a story about USW salaries at GST Steel! This would also be the campaign for the very president who had Bill Burton’s office at the White House announcing Leo Gerard’s appointment to his government post.
Let’s go over to Fox’s Greta Van Susteren on her GretaWire, also from May 14th of this year.
As always, Greta gets her facts straight and puts them out there. Bain took over GST in 1993. There was a “big labor strike” — the one cited above — in 1997. Says Greta:
In considering the ad, and whether Bain (and Romney) were greedy and selfish, I decided to go back and research the steel industry. Consider this: during the period of 2000-mid 2001, 17 steel firms went bankrupt (and GST was one of them.) Giant Bethlehem steel went under in 2001 and was the second largest steel producer.
The reason assigned at the time for the decline and bankruptcy of all the steel mills was cheap foreign labor and foreign countries dumping cheap steal in the US market (people bought foreign and not domestic because it was cheaper.) Steel manufacturers and unions at the time blamed US Government for a poor response to the international market issues.
So in other words, back in the day “steel manufacturers and unions” were blaming the U.S. government for “a poor response to the international market issues.” The U.S. government in the 1990s, by the by, being run by Bill Clinton.
But was there another reason?
Specifically, the 10-week USW-induced strike at GST. In fact, the Kansas City Business Journal reported at the time that “GST Officials for GST Steel’s parent company, GS Industries, estimate the strike cost them $22 million in lost business.”
Say again, $22 million in business lost because of a steelworkers union-induced strike. $22 million that would have helped pay salaries and pensions and — dare we say it — health insurance for union members like Joe Soptic.
In this Reuters story here is this quote that Trinko also cites:
Charles Bradford, an analyst at Bradford Research, blames the union, in part, for the failure of GS Industries to survive in the new global marketplace.
“If you look at the steel companies that went under at the time, all of them were unionized,” he said. “I’m not saying this was the only factor — these firms faced other headwinds such as cheap labor and a strong dollar … but the unions held them back.”
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
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It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
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