[biztech-discussion] Trade Bits/Offshoring

  • From: "Samantha Clark" <sclark.abq@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Thu, 8 Jul 2004 15:34:03 -0600

July 8, 2004


EDWARDS BOOST:  The selection of John Edwards as running mate by John Kerry
should help Democrats win in the South and Midwest, "where [Edward's] brand
of economic populism rings true to many manufacturing workers who have seen
factories close down or move overseas," says USA TODAY.  Edwards "developed
what some analysts called the best case against Bush's economic policies:
that they value wealth instead of work," the paper writes.  During his
primary campaign in Wisconsin, Edwards "zeroed in on trade and the
outsourcing of U.S. jobs, hot issues in the industrial Midwest" the
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported 7/7.  "The proof of Edwards success with
that message is that Kerry began to fold it more and more into his own
campaign," the Journal Sentinel observes.  The Wall Street Journal said the
selection of Edwards indicates that Kerry has "redoubled a key bet in his
bid to win the White House: that middle class voters are feeling an acute
economic squeeze."

UNITED DEMOCRATS?: Democrats in Congress are "capitalizing on voter concerns
over American jobs going overseas by mounting an unusually unified campaign"
against the Bush administration's CAFTA, the Boston Globe reports 7/6.  The
Globe says that Democrats "are betting that the pact will provide an
effective election-year anvil" against Bush and the GOP. "Socially
responsible trade policy is something [Kerry] can beat Bush on," Rep. Barney
Frank told the Globe.  The article says that Democratic lawmakers,
"attacking CAFTA and GOP tax policy in the same breath, depict the agreement
as part of a Bush agenda to send American jobs overseas."   CAFTA is "part
of the exodus of good American jobs" and will lead to "a relentless increase
in our trade deficit," Sen. Byron Dorgan said at a recent Congressional
hearing.  "There re strong isolationist elements at work here," Richard
Mills, spokesman for US Trade Representative Robert Zoellick, old the Globe.

PARTING COMPANY:  An analysis by the New York Times of Sen. John Kerry's
economic platform says that "candidate Kerry parts company with the Bush
administration on trade," opposing CAFTA and insisting on labor and
environmental protections in new trade deals, backed up with "teeth under
the enforcement provisions of a standard trade agreement."  The article
notes that Kerry's position on trade also differs from that of Bill Clinton.
"President Clinton relegated environmental and labor standards to
unenforceable side agreements to win Congressional approval of NAFTA," the
Times says.  The Times also notes that Bush has "put limits on the
enforcement of NAFTA and of the treaties that his administration has
negotiated," including CAFTA.

WEST VIRGINIA:  George Bush "barely mentioned" West Virginia's economic
problems in Charleston WV on July 4th, even though some experts believe that
the Bush victory in the state in 2000 "was propelled in party by [Dick]
Cheney's hint in Weirton, one of the state's steel-producing centers, that
Mr. Bush would be willing to block the import of foreign-made steel that was
undercutting local producers," the New York Times reports 7/04.  "We will
never lie to you," Cheney said in October 2000.  "If our trading partners
violate trade laws, we will respond swiftly and firmly."  The NYT article
notes that the Bush administration did impose tariffs for about a year,
"before lifting them under pressure from automakers and other steel users."

OFFSHORING HEAT:  The "hot-button issue of offshoring may take center stage"
in California next month if Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoes a bill that
would limit the practice by state agencies, the Sacramento Bee reports. "The
governor so far has been neutral on the issue of sending jobs to low-wage
countries, but parties on both sides say recent actions suggest
Schwarzenegger may be leaning toward offshoring as a way to help trim the
state budget," the Bee says.

RURAL APPEAL:  Democrats claim that the loss of manufacturing jobs,
outsourcing generally, and "continued troubles in the farm economy" have put
the economy "front and center" in rural America, the New York Times reports
7/2.  The Times article reviews the contest for rural voters between George
Bush and John Kerry in the 2004 Presidential race.  Pollster Anna Greenberg
told the Times that Bush's approval rating has slipped in rural areas, a
sign of possible trouble:  "I think Bush is still going to win rural areas,
but he needs to win them at the margins he won in the past," Greenberg said.

SOCK PETITION:  U.S. sock producers have asked the Bush administration to
"stop a surge in Chinese imports that they say threatens to gut the last
substantial sector of the country's garment industry," the Wall Street
Journal reported 6/29.  Domestic sock producers make 40% of the socks sold
in the U.S., "the largest remaining market share of any domestic apparel
producer," but that share has dropped from 76% in 1999, the WSJ says.

SAVE US!:  The Kerry-Edwards ticket should "avoid slipping into the rhetoric
of protectionism," the Indianapolis Star editorialized 7/7.  The Star warns
that Edwards "took potshots at outsourcing to garner votes" in the
Democratic primaries and with Edwards on the ticket, "free trade could be
spotlighted in the general election."

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Americans for Democratic Action
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