HIGHTOWER: S395: Stop Steel Dumping

A beginning grade school class was given the first phrases of several famous proverbs, then asked to fill in the rest. One proverb began, "There is no fool like . . . " -- and a first grader answered, "Aunt Edie."Well, even Aunt Edie wouldn't be so foolish as to let America be dumped on, yet that's exactly what Bill Clinton and too many of our congressional leaders are allowing. The issue is steel. Japan, China, Russia, Brazil, and other countries are shipping their huge surpluses of steel to our country, selling shiploads of it here at cut-throat prices, lower even than it costs them to produce it. That's called "dumping," and it violates every concept of fair competition. It's been going on for more than a year, and the impact has been devastating -- three U.S. steel makers have been plunged into bankruptcy, 10,000 steel workers have lost their jobs, and whole communities are in depression.So here comes S395 -- the "Stop Illegal Steel Act" -- to end the dumping. Already it has passed the U.S. House -- thanks to the fact that the United Steel Workers Union unleashed tens of thousands of "citizen lobbyists" on their legislators. But the White House is trying to kill S395 in the senate, claiming that any such step to protect America's steel towns would violate the rules of the World Trade Organization.Holy Paul Revere! Who's side is the White House on? Why would our own government say that dumping on America is OK, but fighting against that dumping is not? Even Aunt Edie knows better than that.This is Jim Hightower saying . . . Get out your pad and pen, because I'm about to give you a phone number. We've got to fight our own government to get it to fight for us. Call this toll-free number to the U.S. Capitol switchboard, ask for your U.S. senator's offices, and tell them to stand up for America by backing S395, the anti-steel dumping act. Call 1-877-389-7321. Tell them Aunt Edie sent you.

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