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  • Morning Bell: The 'Buy America' Threat to Our Economic Recovery

    As destructive as we believe the economic stimulus bill that President Barack Obama signed Tuesday is, the Obama Administration could undo a significant portion of the legislation’s damage today, and this weekend. President Obama will travel to Ottawa today to meet with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Also today, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will travel to South Korea before moving onto China Friday. Obama and Clinton can help avert disaster for America and the world by reassuring our global trading partners that the “Buy America” provisions snuck into the economic stimulus bill by the protectionist left are completely meaningless.

    There has been a renewed debate in this country over the effectiveness of the New Deal, but there is one thing that the vast majority of economists all agree on: the protectionist Smoot-Haley Tariff Act of 1930 played a significant role in worsening the Great Depression. Smoot-Hawley cut the amount of American imports in half and dramatically shrunk exports. Unemployment grew from 3.2% in 1929 to 8.7% in 1930 and peaked at 24.9% in 1933. While the “Buy America” provisions in the economic stimulus bill are not as pernicious as Smoot-Hawley, they come at a perilous time for world trade and the world economy.

    According to a recent World Trade Organization report, the economic downturn has prompted only a few instances of protectionism world wide … so far. Embracing the protectionist “Buy America” provisions in the economic stimulus bill would send a clear message to our world trading partners that the United States is turning its back on free trade and would spark a devastating trade war at a time the U.S. economy can least afford one.

    Candidate Obama sent some very distressing signals about his commitment to free trade. He told primary voters in Ohio, “Ten years after NAFTA passed, Senator Clinton said it was good for America. Well, I don’t think NAFTA has been good for America — and I never have.” Fortunately for the American economy, President Obama has refined that position. In a recent interview, Obama reassured the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation that, “It’s not in anybody’s interest to see that trade diminish.” His deputy national security adviser Denis McDonough was even clearer: “This is no time to — for anybody to give the impression that somehow we are interested in less rather than more trade.”

    But many Canadians are not convinced by Obama’s new promises. Addressing the “Buy America” provisions directly, a column in the Globe and Mail noted: “While the bill was amended to comply with international law, we believe these reassurances are largely false.” Canada is one of our largest trading partners with the equivalent of $1.5 billion a day in goods crossing between us. Obama must reassure Canada, and the world, that the “Buy America” provisions in the stimulus bill were a meaningless hat tip to his labor base. Otherwise, not only will American taxpayers not get the best value for their taxpayer stimulus dollars, but the very foundation of our economic recovery will be undermined.

    Quick Hits:

    • The Federal Reserve issued a bleak forecast yesterday, projecting high unemployment through 2011.
    • The Obama Administration unveiled a $275 billion plan to help select homeowners avoid foreclosure yesterday.
    • The Obama Administration doubled taxpayer commitment to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, promising to reimburse the companies for up to $400 billion in losses on their investments in mortgage loans.
    • The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan said yesterday, that 2009 will be “a tough year” and said the U.S. will have to keep about 60,000 troops in Afghanistan for at least the next three to four years.
    • Because Americans do not talk about race as often as he thinks they should, Attorney General Eric Holder called the United States “a nation of cowards” yesterday.
    Posted in Ongoing Priorities [slideshow_deploy]

    40 Responses to Morning Bell: The 'Buy America' Threat to Our Economic Recovery

    1. Craig Hyatt says:

      What a preposterous assumption that “Buy American” snuck into the Stimulus Bill. For that to be true an assumption must be made. One, that Nancy Pilosi and Harry Reid allowed this to occur. And two, that the President Barrack Hussein Obama did not know it was in there. Both of these assumptions make fools out of both groups. For Harry and Nancy to not know what this would mean to foreign trade would indicate their stupidity. As for what it says about a President who would not read a bill before signing it, well that might possibly be an even more egregious violation than stupidity. Come on. Do you really think foreign leaders are going to buy off on “I did not know it was in there, it was a mistake?”. Who is running this organization anyway? Isn’t that what Congress always wants to know.

      Craig Hyatt

      Albuquerque, NM

    2. Norm from Norman (re says:

      Eric Holder says "we are a nation of cowards" when it comes to talking about race in our country.

      I would suggest that a very large number of white people do not talk about race matters, because many of us have views that are not "politically correct", when it comes to racial matters, and it is probably better that we keep those views to ourselves.

    3. Michael Thompson, Ci says:

      Has your organization considered making a video about how the housing/credit crisis developed and those politicians who were responsible?

      Even though "Fahrenheit 911" wasn't factual it was a tool used by liberals to successfully promote their message. I think conservatives should produce a factual documentary video that would shed light on our current economic problems

    4. J.C. Hughes, Texas says:

      This newly elected president can't seem to make up his mind. Either have a welfare state or support a market for American goods. Whatever you choose Mr. President, you'll still enjoy the pretense of control.

    5. tc, South Carolina says:

      How about Free Trade with America and Free-trading partners of America. Leave out any America-hating countries or countries that do not share our views on democracy, freedom and human rights. Support our supporters and have the guts to stand up to our enemies.

      On Pelosi's "working" trip to Europe.. great start, yesterday, she was caught lying about her conversation with the Pope. What is the cost to the taxpayers for her trip and what economic and domestic benefit will we receive from her visit abroad?

      On Durbin's "working" trip to Greece, Turkey, et al… will we be more secure after his trip, what is this one costing the taxpayers and why have these politicians chosen this time of great need for leadership and support at home to fly off to places that have nothing to do with the TARP, Bail Out, or Stimulus plans that have been rammed down our throats?

      On Clinton….can't think of her visiting all of these middle and far Eastern countries without having a vision of large bags of cash being put in the back of her plane at each stop labeled; "For Bill". I have to give her credit though, if anyone can intimidate these leaders, she's the one.

    6. william perz says:

      o.k. what about CANADA lifting their TARIFFS ON IMPORTED PRODUCTS FROM HERE>

    7. Suzanne in Denton, T says:

      We should "buy American" in the ways that will benefit American workers FIRST, then benefit our few allies in the Western world. We should exclude any third world country, just because, and bring our industries home so that American workers will have job opportunities FIRST. I am sick of companies like Kroger trying to force me to buy foreign food from cesspools like Mexico and China and anyplace else in South America or Asia because U.S. companies have moved to foreign countries to avoid paying Americans a fair wage. I agree that unions should be destroyed because they caused much of the problem by insisting on wages and benefits that are unrealistic. Employees should not be able to tell a business what to do in this country. Once again establishing self-sufficiency in this country is a matter of national security. I do not not care one bit about what happens to the rest of the world, especially the third world, as long as we clamp down on immigration, legal and illegal and lock them out. Americans do not want or need them.

    8. LVKen7@Gmail.com - says:

      "Though this nation has

      proudly thought of

      itself as an

      ethnic melting pot,

      in things racial

      we have always been and

      I believe continue to be,

      in too many ways,

      essentially a nation of cowards,"

      said Holder, nation's first black attorney general.

    9. mike says:

      you folks must be very comfortable with these capital markets.any hint of espirit de corps for america, you have a problem. is it any wonder we are so divided.most folks out here are barely hanging on. "wake up". not everyone is an entrepeneur or rocket scientist. people need jobs they can make a living with.

      we are not talking about free trade but fair trade. we need to develop our own industries, energy, steel, etc. we don't need more investment bankers, mortgage bankers, insurance humps, or more intangible crap. we need to produce , for ourselves and the world.not shut other countries out, to expand american markets.we need a ARP program.(asshole removal program) which includes, globalists, environmentalists,da gubbermint,wall street. did i forget anyone? if i could type i rip in much deeper.

    10. Gregory Coates Los says:

      Just when I thought a really useful conservative organization was gaining strength you come out against doing something about the terrible disadvantage the U.S. has negotiated itself into with our "give away" the store attitude towards free and fair trade. I suppose you also support the treacherous Chamber of Commerce (I refuse to dignify it with the the U.S. label). Until we do structural repair to our economy and get the United States manufacturing again there can be no real ecnomic recover. Once again the trade bucaneers who profit from selling out our country raise their ugly heads.

    11. Van says:

      Buying American is correcting the system that got us where we are today…..shambles. This Free Trade Agreement stuff has not worked while these other countries are not living up to these agreements and have a disadvantage over American blue collar workers. Whether Union or non-Union, American workers can out-produce any country on earth because we want the American dream under capitalism….but the Agreements have to be Fair Trade Agreements, putting us on a level playing field.

    12. Van says:

      http://www.freep.com/article/20081222/OPINION02/8

      Free Trade is not Fair Trade and this places the American worker, whether Union or non-Union at a big disadvantage and this has got to be corrected or America will "never" recover.

    13. ROBERT T. DAVIS AUS says:

      IF REPUBLICANS WIN IN 2010 WHICH THEY SHOULD THEY SHOULD CUT THE CORPORATE INCOME TAX RATE TO 20% MAX, ELIMATE CAPITAL GAINS TAX AND LOWER INDIVIDUAL RATES 20% ACROSS THE BOARD. THAT WILL CAUSE A QUICK RECOVERY.

      OBAMA HAS INGNORED THE FREE ENTERPRISE SYSTEM IN HIS SO CALLED RECOVERY. UNTIL THAT 80% OF THE ECONOMY WE CALL FREE ENTERPRISE GETS ENERGIZED WE ARE IN DEEP TROUBLE. WHY CANNOT LIBERALS EVER LEARN THOSE BASIC CONCEPTS?? MOST HAVE BEEN EDUCATED BEYOND COMMON SENSE I SUSPECT.

    14. ROBERT T. DAVIS AUST says:

      ANY TRUTH TO THE RUMORS THAT RAHM EMANUEL CHIEF OF STAFF TO OBAMA HAS LIVED IN AN APARTMENT IN DC FOR 5 YEARS WORTH AROUND $2000 A MONTH WITHOUT PAYING RENT FOR THOSE YEARS?? IF SO THAT IS A HUGE TAX OVERDUE FOR HIM ALSO. FAILURE TO REPORT THAT AS INCOME IS A CRIMINAL MATTER. WILL WE END UP WITH HALF THE WHITE HOUSE IN THE PEN FOR TAX EVASION??? AMERICANS HAVE BEEN TAKEN OVER BY THESE TAX EVADERS.

    15. sliver Wisconsin says:

      Just another indication that Obama is clueless and he depends on his commie cohorts. Lets face the fact you Americans, he hates this country and what it stands for and he especially despises white people in particular that don't agree with his commie manifesto. His main goal is to bring us Americans that believe in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights down to our knees along with the country. The only ones with rights will be lazy people taking advantage of welfare and illegal immigrants.

    16. Dr. Barber, Texas says:

      I usually agree with your positions, but on this one you are completely wrong. When I shop in the retail and wholesale market place here in north Dallas, very little of any of the merchandise is made in the USA anymore; the majority of the products whether clothing, hardware, lumber, etc, are made in Asia primarily China. Some of it comes from the former Soviet countries.

      When we were a prosperous great nation, "Made in the USA" was a proud symbol of who we were as a people. Our manufacturing industry has been decimated by globalism. We can can make the majority of products here in our country and still trade with our global partners. If all the American corporations that transferred their operations to China would come back to the USA, our nation would began to rebuild its manufacturing base and the economy would flourish.

      There is a gross imbalance of exports to imports and thereby the cause of our massive trade deficits. In case you have forgotten, our food (including animal) and toy industries have been placed in jeopardy because of foreign imports that do not pass the quality muster. My wife and I now go out of our way to find products made in the USA. We lost a precious pet due to dog food made in China. We only buy pet food made in the USA.

      Globalism is not the answer to economic problems, in fact, it is hurting our economy and society in many ways. You are simply wrong on this issue.

      Dr. Allen M. Barber, Ph.D

    17. John Nobles Jackso says:

      It is my opinion that Mr. Obama has done more harm to this country in one month than any one else has ever done in a lifetime.

    18. sliver Wisconsin says:

      Part of the problem some businesses left our country was because of our unheathy and anti business tax burden and environmetal reglations that continue to surpress business activity. In Wisconsin our liberal Governor continues to raise taxes on business and wealthy people who create businesses until some eventually have to close or move to a business friendly state where they don't have to contend with unions, taxes and silly regulations. I'm not a business owner yet but I would never consider starting a business in this state and I intend to move ASAP.

    19. H L PUCKET VA. says:

      WHAT IS THE USE IF HARPING ON AND ON ABOUT THIS MESS THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION HAS GOT US INTO, TALK IS CHEAP, IT TAKES ACTION,ALL OF THIS CHATTER IS JUST A WASTE OF TIME, IT IS ALREADY TO LATE, THEY ARE OFF AND RUNNING, HOLDER IS RIGHT ABOUT THIS NATION IS A BUNCH OF COWARDS AND PANSIES,IF WE EVER GOT INTO A REAL WAR LIKE WW 11 WE WOULD BE IN TROUBLE, UNLESS THE DEMOCRATS COULD BUY THE ENEMY OFF, THAT IS THEIR WAY OF DOING THINGS.BIGOTRY IS EVERY WHERE AMONG EVERY RACE,SIN IS TO BLAME FOR IT ALL, WE ARE SINNERS BY NATURE, UNLESS WE HAVE BEEN BORN AGAIN, THEN WE STILL HAVE PROBLEMS, GET REAL ABOUT ALL THIS.

    20. ken from largo says:

      a nation of cowards,anation of overly compassionate people more like it if you talk to people who have traveled the world america is one of the least racist countrys,,i live in a bi-racial neighborhood there are plenty of blacks that will cry racism every time they can throwing the race card out there is like a child crying everytime they don't get what they want.are we creating a nation of whiners

    21. infocyde says:

      I don't buy the propaganda that Smoot-Haley Tariff Act of 1930 killed our economy, like many free traders argue. I already see the argument modified recently, that the act made the economy "worse" as initially the argument was that this act all but cemented the depression. Some thoughtful people started doing research and now I see the old line has been updated a bit.

      Every other nation on earth operates in a merchantalistic environment, where the economy is viewed as a vehicle of national power. Industries are protected and nurished, technology stolen, reverse engineered, copied, resold without royalties, and subtle barriers to market entry to foreigners are put into place regardless of treaty obligations with a wink. America generally doesn't do this, and we have been hemorraging billions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of jobs ever since. While the rich sell us out and bury their heads in the sand while cashing in, American bleads. It is all one giant pyramid scheme. It is all good until its your turn to be at the bottom.

      I generally agree with heritage, but I don't buy this article. It is nothing but class warfare. The rich sell out their countrymen by moving production over seas. Arguments of competitiveness are always tossed out as a reason why. Maybe we shouldn't be competing with countries who work their people like slaves with no rights or worker protetions that were hard fought and one in this country. Plus I don't see the saving passed on in mass to the consumers, and I think astronomical corporate officer compensation rates over the last few decades show this to be true.

      There is more then enough labor in the third and second world, labor not protected by wage laws and health and saftey regulations, to gobble up every manufacturing and many service industry jobs in America. We need to wake up.

      This doesn't mean that fair trade isn't an excellent idea, but "free" trade, or what we have now, where the rich are free to move capital around the world in their quest to reach "zero cost" in a world of labor surplus isn't a plan that will benefit American workers. You sell me theory and abstract ideas, I will counter with countless real world scenarios were free trade has failed America.

      I'm a conservative, the moral decadence and facism of the left disgust me. But you rich boys will loose the soul of the republican party if you keep preaching this broken free trade gospel.

    22. Ken in Texas says:

      Come on wake up people. It is the Taxes on business and Unions that have run companies out of America. I know I worked for Nasco Shipyards in San Diego in the 1990. Before I could start I had to agree to become a union worker and had to pay union dues every 1st of the month. During the year that I worked there The shipyard unions went out on strike. Not that I WANTED TO and voted against it. The unions kept us out for Months then brought us back without out a new contract, however A few of the different union key people were driving new cars. After that I quite.

      What company would want to pay these taxes and then be forever held up by unions. Oh and by the way union workers have no say in how the dues monies are spent or who the union backs, and as your raises go up so did the amount you had to pay.

    23. ejfresquez says:

      The mortgage stimulus package is a real joke. We are now helping people buy off mortgages that they should have in the first place. If they couldn't afford it, they should have lived in rental properties, they are loser's. I hate to think that my grand children and great grand children will be paying off this debt of the obama stimulus package.

    24. Ken in Texas says:

      Wake up people.

      Unions were good back in the day. Now they are gimme, gimme, gimme machines. It's play my way or I'll go home.

      The only thing the union I was a part of did for me was take percent of my pay check every month. Without any input from workers how dues monies were spent or who the union back during local elections and for president.

      I never used them, never wanted to use them, and I really didn't want to share my pay with them. In order to work at this place you had to join or you couldn't work there. However those who hide, continually faked illness, and abused the company in many many ways and let go or fired the union was there to plead their case.

      I no longer could stand the union laws as well as their hand in my pocket every time a pay raise was given. I did the only thing that was left. I quit.

    25. Spiritof76, New Hamp says:

      Mr.Barber'e comments are worth thinking about. If you believe what he writes about the export of jobs you would think that all the American companies and their managers are diabolical and unpatriotic.

      Why was there a flight of capital and jobs first to the southern United States and then to foreign countries? First, corporate tax rates are second highest in the world. Second, union organizations turned into power blocks and forced reduction in productivity. In order to increase productivity, you will need to attract capital. Cost of capital started to climb in the 70s and found a better return in a foreign country. Federal regulations, EPA, OSHA, affirmative action and frivolous law suits brought on by unscrupulous trial lawyers prevented start up or expansion of many manufacturing businesses. We do not allow oil refineries, oil exploration, nuclear power, any mining and any chemical fabrications in this country unless you have capital that is a multiple of what is needed and can wait for years for return. Even if you have that, you will be stopped by law suits by any number of environmental organizations.

      Just recently, the oil companies were demonized for the high gas prices and their fat profits. Do you think the oil companies will ever invest in exploration in this country? It is far easier to invest that capital overseas which provides much better climate for that investment. They want to have their oil resources into production.

      Low cost products can not be produced here because of minimum-wage requirements and the cost of benefits, state and federal taxes, Disability compensation taxes, etc. etc.

      American public and consequently the American government have been discouraging growth of American jobs in manufacturing fro decades now. In fact, they welcomed shrinking the manufacturing sector as they are all termed old, smoke belching and dirty factories. We were told that we have become a knowledge society and don't need those dirty jobs.

    26. infocyde says:

      @Ken in Texas

      Unions, at least how the often function in modern America, are a problem…even a big problem. But unions aren't even in the top three of our most pressing problems. Rising health care caused by over beauracratization and a legal system that is out of control, over compensation of executives, unfair trade practices by competing nations (both what is on paper, and what is off paper), and oligarpical anti competitive business arrangements by many corporations in many market segments, all rank higher on the threat list as to why American businesses aren't competitive.

    27. Mike, Hickory, North says:

      Yet again, to the Left (which in this and other issues includes "Protectionists"), the facts not only don't count but aren’t facts, and so only their government elitist agenda counts.

      In fact, here's a "test" you can do to prove that fact to yourself:

      Find one or more Leftists/Protectionists; then, go along with any of their allegations bemoaning so-called "unfair trade practices", etc, and their inconsistent delusions about "big business", etc, (no matter how allegedly real or fancifully imagined), and how we must turn away from free market trade to their ultimate answer and solution to everything, government elitist control, meaning the control of government elitist politicians.

      You will most likely find that, as long as you go along with them, they will, silently or not, begin to think of you as one of them or on their government elitist side of the issue.

      However, even if your experience makes it so you can honestly say to them "I know how you feel. I felt the same way, but here is what I found out", once you start countering their allegations and delusions with real world facts, especially documented facts, and, if you can, figures, then they will resort to personal attack with, or what amounts to, "What a cold, unfeeling person (or "Right-wing fringe nut-case", or even ["expletive"}) you are! You don't understand! Don't you come at me with such facts! Those are merely your opinion!" (Translation: "Since I can't factually disprove such facts, now I have to resort to personal attack by calling you a cold, unfeeling person (or whatever), accuse you of not understanding, and tell you don't come at me with such facts! All because I can't disprove such facts, so I want to confuse them with mere opinion, and try to dismiss them as such!"

      Try that test on Leftists/Protectionists! You'll see!

      The bottom line is: When it comes to this issue, the facts don't count to Leftists and "Protectionists" of all "degrees" and "stripes", only their government elitist agenda counts.

      Therefore, also, whenever Obama and his Comrades say anything against "Protectionism", especially as if they're going to do anything against it, there are and will be their actions and voting records showing how they don't really mean it, and so don't expect them to really do anything really effective against it.

      After all, they not only need to make people dependant upon them, but they also need conflict, such as "trade conflicts", and crisis, even if they have to fabricate and invent them, to get and stay in power.

    28. michael hutchings says:

      CAPTAIN OBAMA;WE MUST HAVE FREE TRADE AXELROD;

      AXELROD;OF COURSE WE MUST,FREE IS GOOD;

      CAPTAIN OBAMA;WE MUST HAVE GREEN JOBS;

      AXELROD;FREE TRADE AND GREEN JOBS I AM ON IT;

      CAPTAIN OBAMA;EXPLAIN MY GREEN JOBS POLICY AGAIN;

      AXELROD;INFLATE PRICES, LOWER WAGES AND EXPECTATIONS AND TALK ABOUT RACE, THEY WONT CARE IF THEY GET LESS AS LONG AS NO ONE GETS MORE;

      CAPTAIN OBAMA;RECYCLING BIGOTRY,I LIKE THAT;

      AXELROD;THE POOR ARE EASIER TO CONTROL;

      HOLDER;GOOD, THEY ARE COWARDS ANYWAY;

      AXELROD;ABOUT THAT OTHER THING WE TALKED ABOUT;

      CAPTAIN OBAMA;I CAN ALMOST SEE THE DIFFERENCE;

      AXELROD;IT IS IMPORTANT TO KNOW THE PARTY SYMBOL;

      CAPTAIN OBAMA;I THINK I HAVE IT THIS TIME;

      AXELROD;LETS GO THROUGH IT AGAIN CAPTAIN OBAMA;

      CAPTAIN OBAMA;QUIZ ME I HAVE IT NOW;

      AXELROD;THIS IS THE PARTY SYMBOL,GOT THAT;

      CAPTAIN OBAMA;GOT IT THIS TIME;

      AXELROD;THIS IS A HOLE IN THE GROUND;

      CAPTAIN OBAMA;OKAY,LET ME THINK AXELROD;

      AXELROD;TAKE YOUR TIME WHATS THE DIFFERENCE;

      CAPTAIN OBAMA;I STILL CANT TELL THE DIFFERENCE;

      AXELROD;DONT WORRY,YOUR SUPPORTERS CANT EITHER;

      I

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    32. ra,ohio says:

      Stand up strong Americans, your COUNTRY is systematically being taken away from us, on a timetable, sequentially, step by step,

      dollar by dollar, until WE have nothing.

      It all started two years ago when the Dems won and Obama started

      campaigning. no, there's no conspiracy here….

      go away….nothing to see here……..

      and America sleeps……………..

    33. Brad Raffensperger, says:

      Buy America.

      I believe Heritage's position on this provision misses the mark on several fronts. Yes, I am a conservative, but I am an American first. At the end of the day who is going to foot the bill for this $1.3 Trillion spending boon doggle? You and me, my fellow Americans. So if we are going to have to pay for this why not allow American businesses to provide the goods and services so we can put Americans back to work? Right now we have "Buy America" provisions on every federally funded DOT project in America. This provision is virtually no different.

      Second, this "stimulus" is to get America growing again. Would any of you be offended if China enacted a stimulus plan and had a Buy China provision or if Germany, Japan, Britain, etc. did? Of course not. Let them have their stimulus plan and spend THEIR money any way they want to.

      Third, having a Buy America provision is not a tariff. We are not penalizing any foreign manufacturer. They can still sell their products in this country. Smoot-Hawley restricted the flow of goods and services. Here we are merely saying that if we are going to spend American taxpayer dollars ( or put the taxpayer on the hook for this) we are going to buy American made products.

      Finally, there is no constraints on the secondary purchases that will follow from these primary purchases. At the end of the day as America gets stronger so will the rest of the world.

    34. Dorothea Watkins says:

      Guys, no such word as snuck. Sneaked is proper. We look to the Heritage Foundation as the ultimate. Sorry to be picky but it would be helpful to be the ultimate in the proper use of the language we love.

    35. John E Rosina, Borde says:

      Wow. Looks like I'm banned? Too much opposing opinion for you guys?

    36. Clayton, NE says:

      I don't know why anyone is surprised by what the govedrnemnt is doing. It is being run by the left now and the only people they care about are the people that vote for them, and the Unions are a large group of supporters. Buy American is just an other way of supporting unions.

      You would think with so many people being unemployed right now that the auto companies could fire the union workers and hire all of these now unemployed workers (nice in theory).

      The thing that is really eating me is the fact they are coming up with other spending plans before the ones already passed even send one dollar through the door. It is rediculous to believe that more spending is the answer to our prayers. The mortgage bailout plan they are discussing now is an outrage. No one has the right to own a home, it is a pivilege earned through hard work and sacrifice. Also, if this paln would only affect 9% of the population than why worry about it. This is a democracy, majority rules. It is time to ignore the kicking and screaming minority and focus on the majority.

      I was self-employed until oil prices took a dive and now I am back working for someone else. If you want to be a provider for you and your family you need to quit whining about how the world isn't fair and go be productive, the classified adds are a good place to start.

    37. infocyde says:

      @Mike, Hickory, North Carolina

      Where are your facts that free trade has benefited America over the last two decades? I would love to debate them with you. I'm far from a leftist or an Obamaite, but I see our economy bleeding away and America turning from being a first world superpower to a second rate banana republic, in part due to our free trade policies (see my other comments).

      I'm sure specific companies have benefited, such as those that export raw materials. But anything hi tech or industrial that has power projection relating to national power hasn't.

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    39. Jamey, Central Calif says:

      Unions did not cause GM's problems. DEMOCRATS did. REPUBLICANS did. WE THE PEOPLE DID! The good side of what Obama did is that maybe it shook other countries to the POSSIBILITY of what could happen. I do not think we should close trade down and be all inclusive. First and foremost is to level the playing field and make trade fair both ways. If we just change enviromental laws, and let a true fair trade work, we would turn this economy around. If GM had an even playing field, I do not believe there would have been any problems for the auto manufacturers. Do not forget either that the other countries are where they are BECAUSE of us. If trade were truely to become fair, nobody could keep up with us. We the people keep putting up with this behavior by electing the same politicians year after year so cry me a river. Until we the people take the huge benifits out of the "career" politican, it will only get worse. Be honest with yourself . There is absolutly NO benifit for a politician to do right be his/her constituants. On the contrary, how much does his/her "campain" benifit if big business gets friendly legislation. Keep it real. WHO have you seen do what is right for rights sake. I can only "remember" hearing/seeing it done.

    40. rickercarb says:

      biological business iii stratosphere 180

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