tiresOn June 18, the U.S. International Trade Commission ruled 4-2 that China was flooding the U.S. market with low-cost tires. The United Steelworkers Union filed the complaint, saying 5,100 U.S. workers have already lost their jobs and 3,000 more are in danger of losing theirs this year. The union also said the volume of Chinese imports rose 215 percent from 2004 to 2008, reaching 46 million tires valued at $1.7 billion in 2008.

Wall StreetOn June 17, President Barack Obama proposed sweeping changes to federal regulation of financial markets. Bloomberg.com called it “the biggest overhaul of market rules in more than seven decades.”

At a United Nations climate meeting in Bonn, Germany, world leaders proposed a levy on long-haul air travel as a way to raise money to supposedly help less developed countries adapt to alleged anthropogenic (human-caused) “climate change.” If the proposal were to become reality, the United Nations would be able to supplement “contributions” from member nations with its own international tax, something world-government promoters have dreamed about for decades.

Chysler workerLast week’s Chrysler-Fiat alliance cements a total federal commitment of $33.48 billion in federal loans and aid to the Chrysler Corporation, its suppliers, and Chrysler Financial. The billions were committed through last year’s TARP legislation and Barack Obama’s $787 billion stimulus bill passed in February of this year.

President Barack Obama’s director of the National Economic Council, Larry Summers, spoke at the Council on Foreign Relations on June 12. At the time of this writing, a video and a transcript were both available at the CFR website. The stated purpose was to present his “Reflections on Economic Policy in Time of Crisis,” but the theme seemed to be saving the free market from having too much freedom. He even credited socialist economist John Maynard Keynes with the “great insight” that the free market will supposedly fail to achieve a natural balance between supply and demand “two or three times a century, perhaps a little more.”