Dick Cheney- Corporate Criminal


USW Says Bush Record Makes Mockery of Cheney Harley Visit

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ --

The United Steelworkers union today took exception to the visit of Vice President Dick Cheney to the Harley-Davidson factory in Kansas City, pointing out that the Bush Administration has done far too little to help workers in the nation's manufacturing sector.

"Crediting Dick Cheney and this administration's policies with the success
of Harley-Davidson - or any other American manufacturing plant - is like
awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to China for its actions at Tien An Men
Square," said David Foster, District 11 Director of the United Steelworkers,
which represents workers at the Harley-Davidson plant visited by the vice

Over the past five years, the U.S. manufacturing base has shed good jobs
at an alarming rate. In the first two years of the Bush presidency alone over
1.5 million manufacturing jobs were lost, according to an analysis by the AFL-
CIO. Over 63,000 manufacturing jobs were lost in Missouri between 1998-2002.
Employment in manufacturing fell to 14.3 million nationwide by March 2005,
lower than it was in 1945.

At the same time, the U.S. trade deficit in goods has grown to
approximately $1.78 billion a day.

The administration showed its colors at year's end when Bush turned his
back on several thousand U.S. workers who make steel pipes, when he refused to
place limits on Chinese-made steel pipe imports flooding the U.S. market. In
October, the U.S. International Trade Commission found Chinese imports were a
threat to domestic industry and jobs, and recommended that the president
impose import limits.

"Cheney's appearance is especially galling a week after this
administration refused to back up its own International Trade Commission
ruling that China is dumping steel pipe products into the U.S., threatening
the jobs of thousands of American steelworkers," Foster said.

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