Fidest – Agenzia giornalistica/press agency

Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n° 275

Against Asian Imports

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 25 dicembre 2010

Washington, Dc President Obama met with major U.S. union bosses at the White House in an effort to quell their dissatisfaction with his support of contentious tax cut extensions. But what wasn’t discussed between the two parties is a little-known secret of theirs that has been quietly brewing in Washington – a coordinated effort to keep high-quality, low- cost pulp and paper exports out of the American marketplace. This scheming has been detailed by the Consumers Alliance for Global Prosperity (CAGP) in the recent report Empires of Collusion; and CAGP continues to condemn this anti-trade and anti-consumer meddling behind closed doors.
“When the first U.S. national labor group was formed in 1866, it took up the honest and noble goal of looking after the little guy. But centuries later, unions have grown so powerful that they are now their very own special interest group, one that often sides with large industries against the very people they originally pledged to protect. On the surface, President Obama and the big union bosses may have been discussing the Bush-era tax cuts last week, but what the media did not report is the secret collusion between Obama’s political cronies and these unions, which aims to stifle trade generally and stop Asian paper imports specifically,” said Frontiers of Freedom President George Landrith, a member of CAGP.
Joining these liberal policymakers and powerful unions in the “Empires of Collusion” are increasingly-uncompetitive U.S. paper businesses, such as Sappi and New Page, who are continually threatened by competition from abroad. Together, these parties are working to serve their own interests – votes, jobs and profits – all at the expense of the American consumer who is faced with higher prices for countless paper goods every day due to this collusion. And to round out this empire, radical environmental groups, long at odds with labor unions, have joined the fray to pursue their misguided agenda in Southeast Asia.
Landrith continued, “What you have happening here is congressmen and unions trying to protect constituents’ jobs, faltering businesses attempting to stay in the black, and biased NGOs seeing a great opportunity to lodge their baseless attacks against Asian suppliers of pulp and paper. These are the “Empires of Collusion”. Left out in the cold, however, are average American consumers dependent on affordable products and the millions of workers in Asia whose jobs these products sustain. CAGP has warned before and we warn again: these desperate special interests will stop at nothing to stick it to American consumers and workers in the developing world.”

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