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AFL-CIO TRANSPORTATION TRADES DEPARTMENT ISSUES STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO BUSH EXECUTIVE ORDER

 AFL-CIO TRANSPORTATION TRADES DEPARTMENT ISSUES STATEMENT
 IN RESPONSE TO BUSH EXECUTIVE ORDER
 WASHINGTON, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Walter Shea, president, Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO, issued the following:
 The president's executive order encouraging the wholesale auction of the nation's public facilities, which he calls "privatization," is yet another election-year gimmick, a smokescreen to distract attention from the economic mess that his administration has so effectively nurtured.
 For 12 years now, we've been subjected to sermon after sermon about the miracles of the marketplace. Get the public sector out of the way and the marketplace will take care of everything. Thanks to these policies, the country now finds itself mired in a protracted recession that has left millions of Americans out of work.
 George Bush's latest proposal is simply more of the same tired rhetoric. For America's transportation workers, this call for privatization carries with it the frightening prospect that their jobs may soon be parceled out to the highest bidder.
 Putting America's airports, highways, bridges and public transit systems on the block will only hurt ordinary Americans, businesses and shippers by making these facilities more expensive and less accessible. Rural areas, already stranded by the misguided transportation deregulation policies of the past decade, will be big losers because private industry will simply find public facilities in rural America less profitable and therefore less desirable to run. Because both urban and rural areas depend heavily on state and federal assistance for upkeep and maintenance costs, they will be priced out of the market.
 The president's contempt for the intelligence of the American voter has become a source of wonder. The underlying message from the White House is this: the presence of government in our economy is responsible for the recession and is delaying economic recovery. Although economists disagree on what causes recessions, most agree that greater public investment in our physical infrastructure has been vital to producing short- and long-term economic growth.
 To suggest that selling off the nation's infrastructure is the answer shows that Bush believes, like P.T. Barnum, that there's a sucker born every minute.
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 /CONTACT: Charles Miller for the AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department, 202-289-0800/ CO: AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department ST: District of Columbia IN: SU: EXE


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