March 28, 2014: Dayton marches on

Posted by mmcmullan on 03/28/2014

Happy Friday,

And welcome to the Early Shift. It’s been a busy week, and we’ve got a lot of stuff to throw at you.

Like, for instance, the news of a World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling that found China has indeed been unfairly limiting exports of rare earth elements. That’s a big deal.  More than 90 percent of the global production of these minerals comes from China, and they go into everything from smartphones to high-end military hardware. In response, Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) President Scott Paul focused on the latter:

These restrictions have also raised important national security concerns about a reliance on foreign suppliers for our military supply chain.

We’re pleased the Obama administration raised this issue at the WTO. The decision is an important one that not only encourages a free and fair market, but – with the help of expanded domestic production of these materials – could help to shore up America’s economic and security interests too.

Now, if only the same could be said about the federal government’s conclusions on the anti-competitive “dumping” being done by South Korean steelmakers who are flooding the U.S. market and swamping American jobs.

ICYMI: The Economic Policy Institute has issued a new report that further filets the myth of a skills gap.

And lastly: Dayton helped bust our bracket a little more last night. But we’re big fans anyway. Well done, boys:

And that’s it. That’s it and that’s all, America. We’ll see you on Monday.

-AAM

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