Is There Steel
in Bush's Spine?
November 17 2003
With the World Trade Organization's backing, Europe just issued an
ultimatum to the United States. Either President Bush repeals the tariffs he
imposed to save the U.S. steel industry, or Europe will slam $2 billion in
tariffs on U.S. exports.
The European Union is threatening us with a trade war.
Predictably, our globalists and Big Media are in a panic, imploring the
president to surrender. What Bush decides will tell us what he is made of.
Some of us still hope there is steel in his spine.
This confrontation had to come, and will come again, even if we back down
now. A collision was preordained when Bill Clinton and Congress surrendered
America's sovereign right to determine her own trade policy to a WTO where
the United States is outvoted 15 to 1 by the European Union.
Either President Bush confronts Europe now, or he buckles and accepts the
slow death of U.S. manufacturing.
With our merchandise trade deficit running over $500 billion, the dollar
falling and one in six U.S. manufacturing jobs having vanished under this
president, there is no doubt what the future holds if he does not defy the
How did this steel crisis come about?
When the Asian crisis broke in 1997-1998, Clinton led the rescue with
hundreds of billions in IMF, World Bank and U.S. loans. To enable the
bankrupt countries to earn dollars to repay the loans, Clinton threw open
America's market. Dump at will, he told the world. The Asians devalued and
began to dump. The U.S. trade deficit doubled. U.S. industries began to die
and jobs to vanish, as American companies closed factories here to open them
in Mexico, Asia and China.
With an overcapacity of steel production worldwide, Brazil, Russia,
Indonesia and South Korea began to dump their steel into the United States
at prices well below that of U.S. steel.
Why could they sell so cheaply? Because their steel is subsidized, their
workers earn but a fraction of U.S. wages and their steel does not carry in
its price the cost of health care, Social Security, Medicare or U.S. taxes
that every ton of U.S.-produced steel carries in its cost.
Europe and Japan got in on the act, dumping to kill the U.S. steel industry
the way Japan killed our TV industry. Our "trading partners" were determined
that when world steel demand soared again, it would be their industries that
had survived, while the once-mighty U.S. steel industry would be dead and
the huge U.S. market would be theirs.
Candidate Bush gave his word to the steelworkers of West Virginia, Ohio and
Pennsylvania that, if they could prove they had suffered because of foreign
dumping of steel, he would step in. The International Trade Commission
concluded unanimously (6 to 0) that, indeed, the U.S. industry had been a
victim of foreign dumping. The president kept his word.
As much of the U.S. industry slid into bankruptcy, he stepped in to save
what he could by imposing tariffs of up to 30 percent on steel imports. He
has almost succeeded in restoring the industry.
However, U.S. steel consumers, like auto companies, addicted to cheap
foreign steel, howled. They are still howling. Let the U.S. steel industry
go under, they say, we need cheap steel now.
The options the president now has are these. Does he cave in to E.U. threats
of a trade war? Does he accept the dictat of a global trade regime dominated
by anti-Americans and Eurosocialists? Does he keep us inside a system
devised by Clintonites and One-Worlders to transfer production out of
America into the Third World? Or will he defy the WTO, saving a U.S.
industry under attack by trade predators?
What should the president do? Simple. Defend our national interests, and
declare our independence of the WTO. If he believes a vibrant U.S. steel
industry is vital to America, and that foreign imports threaten it, he
should defend the steel industry and dump the WTO. Indeed, we should get out
of the WTO now.
It is time for America to exercise its sovereign right and pull out of a
trade regime designed to denude us of our manufacturing and hand over our
best blue-collar jobs to Third World workers. If the Europeans want to go
that way, let them.
The president should tell Europe this: "As president, I intend to maintain
the tariffs to defend the U.S. steel industry. I value that industry and the
economic independence and self-sufficiency of my country more than our
participation in any globalist regime.
"So, if you mean to have a trade war, let it begin here. But let me assure
you. If you start this trade war, we will finish it. And you will lose it.
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