Friday, September 02, 2005

No Duties on Free Lumber - Thank you, Scott Shotwell

Amidst the chaos and suffering in New Orleans, we find that someone in the lumber lobby is willing to advocate that Canadian lumber can come into the U.S. "tariff-free" so long as it's absolutely free and only tied to humanitarian aid.

I says, "Pardon?"

Hat tip to Cerberus.
A spokesman for the U.S. lumber lobby, meanwhile, said Canadian producers should be exempted from those punitive softwood duties - but only on free lumber donated to the rebuilding effort in Louisiana and Mississippi.

"If Canada wants to do the humanitarian aid and donate their lumber, there would be no duty on free lumber," Scott Shotwell, a spokesman for the protectionist Coalition for Fair Lumber Imports, said in an interview from Washington.

As for suspending the legally-dubious tariffs to give American consumers a temporary price break of more than 20 per cent, Shotwell said only donated lumber should be exempted.

"It would have to be humanitarian. It would have to be free."
So, as long as we're willing to do the right thing and donate lumber, you'll advocate the removal of tariffs on that free lumber. Well, that's mighty magnanimous of you.

Are you sure? Wouldn't you want to stick it to us a little more? We'd donate lumber
and have to pay to do it. It's the best scheme ever - guaranteed money maker.

What an absolute ass clown.

But, you know what's funny? Even if the U.S. did still slap tariffs on the free lumber, I'd still advocate the donation of the lumber even if it did ultimately cost us. I'd rage HUGE, but I'd still advocate it.

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