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Omaha Steve Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 01:03 PM
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Obama asked to pressure Japan, South Korea on clunkers program restrictions

My thanks to Romulox for the GN story that made me look this up: http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

Doesn't seem right to me.

http://www.freep.com/article/20090919/BUSINESS01/909190...

Posted: Sept. 19, 2009

BY JUSTIN HYDE
FREE PRESS WASHINGTON STAFF

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Debbie Stabenow asked President Barack Obama on Friday to press officials from Japan and South Korea over restrictions on American cars in those countries' versions of a cash-for-clunkers stimulus.

In a letter to the White House, Stabenow, D-Mich., said Japan and South Korea were essentially excluding American vehicles from clunkers programs through a variety of restrictions.

She said that many backers of the U.S. clunkers program would have preferred to limit it to U.S.-built vehicles, but believed it would violate international trade law to do so.

"That is why it is so outrageous that Japan and Korea would have the audacity to implement similar programs that discriminate against American automakers," Stabenow said in the letter.

The original version of the cash-for-clunkers program proposed earlier this year would have applied only to U.S.-made vehicles, but that proposal faced stiff opposition from foreign automakers and dealers, along with some wariness from American automakers that rely on Canada and Mexico for large portions of their production.

FULL story at link.

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ThePantaloon.com Donating Member (278 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 01:08 PM
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1. Pressure
Wish someone would also pressure Japan to halt their slaughter of whales for "research."
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Omaha Steve Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 04:33 PM
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2. Me too

There is a species of dolphin they hunt in a barbaric way also.

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