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Small Mindedness, Not Small Hands, Disqualifies Trump

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 06.13.2016 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

America is a big country and needs a big president. America needs a president with a big brain, capable of understanding complex constitutional, international and economic issues. Donald Trump is too small to be that man.

Failure of Korean Trade Deal Voids TPP

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.09.2016 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

Just like NAFTA, just like China's entry into the World Trade Organization (WTO), free traders swore that the Korean deal would shower jobs and economic prosperity down on America. It didn't happen. Actually, the exact opposite did.

Outlaw Chinese Steel

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.02.2016 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

Forged with the despicable dividend of stolen trade secrets, priced with monopoly collusion, then traded with fraudulent labeling to dodge U.S. duties, steel from China violates every principle of capitalism.

American Workers Crushed Under China's Deliberate Overproduction

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 04.25.2016 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

China makes way, way too much steel. In 2015, it produced nearly 500 million tons more than it needed. Production of that steel was subsidized by the Chinese government in ways that violate international trade rules, so the price was artificially low. And China suppresses the value of its currency, further falsely reducing the cost of the steel.

On Labor Day: Corporations Deploy Anti-Worker Weapon

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 09.07.2015 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

Instead of picnicking, Steelworkers in six states will spend this Labor Day picketing the gates of a dozen Allegheny Technologies Inc. (ATI) specialty mills. These 2,200 Steelworkers are not on strike. They never even took a strike vote to threaten a walkout. ATI locked them out of their jobs.

Sorely Needed: New Trade Vision

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 06.22.2016 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

American workers and American manufacturers don't oppose trade. They can compete on a level playing field with anyone in the world. But the current trade regime, swept in without serious analysis on the back of Fast Track authority, has failed to provide a level playing field.

Bad Trade

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.30.2015 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

Sucker punched by massive, illegally subsidized imports, American steel producers laid off thousands of workers in bedrock communities from Ohio and Illinois to Texas and Alabama. That's in just the past three months.

Asian Steel Industry Eats America's Lunch

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 08.30.2014 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

In the depth of the recession, some foreign countries made a simple calculation. They'd subsidize their steel industries even though that violates international trade rules. It paid off by keeping their citizens employed, paid and fed.

An Alliance Forged in Patriotism

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 07.19.2014 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

The death of the American steel industry is fine with the likes of the Wall Street Journal, Forbes and the Cato Institute. They say Americans should thank foreign states that violate international trade laws by subsidizing their steel industries.

High Court Deals Blow To Workers

Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says steelworkers do not have to be paid for time they spend putting on and taking off protective gear they wear...

A Rust Belt Boom Town Powers Down

Randy Fox | Posted 03.02.2013 | Travel
Randy Fox

The ensuing years have not been kind to the former manufacturing hotbed. Seeing it now, it's hard to imagine the bright future that, once upon a time, seemed to await this growing municipality.

The Worst Performing Stocks Of The Year

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 12.30.2011 | Business

What can we learn by looking at the year's 10 worst performers among the S&P 500? That it's not an opportune moment for alternative energy. Some finan...

Time to Wield the Foreign Policy Stick

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

America plays the role of abused partner in its relationship with China. Although the Asian giant repeatedly injures U.S. industry by violating trade rules, America has responded by pleading and begging for China to stop.

Massive Development Planned For Abandoned South Side Steel Mill

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The City Council Zoning Committee gave a thumbs up to a proposal by a development group including Chicago-based McCaffery Interests to build condomini...