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Monday, February 02, 2004

We'll take our Bush-bashing wherever we can find it
Today it comes from the Ann Arbor News business section:
Each year the president of the United States picks a cabinet member to sit out the State of the Union address in a secret location in case the Capitol is bombed.
This year President Bush chose his old Texas oil-drillin' buddy, Commerce Secretary Don Evans, to be a scud missile away from the presidency when he gave his address on Jan. 20. That selection must have scared the bejabbers out of Michigan's beleaguered manufacturers.

Evans has been about as helpful to them as the Shanghai Chamber of Commerce in keeping jobs and manufacturing work in America.
While Evans has taken the brunt of criticism from manufacturers, the buck ultimately stops at Bush.

Nevertheless, Evans, who's chairing Bush's re-election campaign, is the administration's public face on those policies. And it's a face that many manufacturers find unsettling, to say the least.

Unfortunately, the candidate who would probably do the most for these manufacturers, Dennis Kucinich, has been so marginalized by the media that most of them have probably never heard of him. NAFTA and the WTO have put these manufacturers in direct competition with factories in Mexico and Asia where wages are just a tiny fraction of even our minimum wage, unions don't exist, and neither do environmental laws. Kucinich would cancel these economy-destroying treaties as his first act as president.