According to the Washington Post
, the Bush Administration decided to repeal the steel tariffs. There will, of course, be some backlash from Big Steel and coincidentally, Bush is going to be in Pittsburgh this week for a fundraiser. But as you know, when the going gets tough, Bush ... well, he does this
The White House said today that President Bush had not yet made a decision on lifting most of the tariffs he placed on foreign steel to try to protect American industry.
[...]Mr. Bush went to Michigan to attend an economic event and raise money for the 2004 campaign. Any announcement on tariffs may have to wait until after Tuesday, when Mr. Bush visits Pittsburgh, where a decision to accede to the trade organization ruling, even if accompanied by an expected threat by Mr. Bush to reimpose tariffs if there is a surge of low-cost foreign steel, would be deeply unpopular among steelworkers and owners of the American steel manufacturers.
But, according to the President, we needed those steel tariffs -- they were important to America. If so, why repeal them only because your reelection is in jeopardy -- is Bush's personal power more important to him than our steel industry?