I know the west coast of the United States is a long way from Washington, D.C. and I know that G.W. Bush doesn't particularly like California, but he needs to take a moment out from trying to justify bombing Iraq back to the stone age, to take a look at the port dispute between The Pacific Maritime Association and dockworkers union. Industries that rely on parts for their "just in time" manufacturing are starting to shut down. Farmers are fearing that the products they normally export are going to rot on the piers or in warehouses. Truck drivers are being affected and its only a matter of time before this begins to extend to the wider economy. Bush needs to invoke the Taft-Hartley Act and order everyone back to work. What we don't need is more stupid statements like this one:
- White House spokesman Ari Fleischer would not speculate on whether Bush would order an end to the lockout
"The administration continues to urge labor and management to come together to get an agreement because the longer this goes, the more harm it will do to the economy," he said.