BREAKING - The Washington Post is interested in the "Castle On The Take" story.
I emailed Joe Stephens and told him about my work uncovering the little racket Castle has going and he email me right back asked me to forward him my stuff. If nobody in Delaware is interested, at least I now have the ear of someone in Washington.
The Washington Post published an article yesterday titled: A Quiet Break for Corporations
In the article Joe Stephens catches a lobbyist in an unguarded moment: Most of the tariff suspensions involve obscure chemicals and dyes, but many other products show up, including boilers for nuclear reactors, green peanuts, child potty seats, unicycles -- even chocolate coatings for laxatives.
"It's become sort of a lobbyists' dream," said Jim Schollaert, a former State Department trade specialist who now represents domestic manufacturers. "It's a gravy train, and there's little work to it."
The bills in Congress generally give no hint of whom the suspensions have been designed to benefit and sometimes refer to the products only by strings of numbers linked to phone-book-size tariff tables.
While Schollart's honesty is refreshing, I'm not exactly thrilled that my Congressman is working with people who are so casual about giving us tax payers the finger.
One note: My use of "gravy train" this morning and this lobbyists use of the same phrase was coincdental, but it goes to show that it is hard to describe this racket in any other terms.
Maybe the Post article will nudge our MSM here in Delaware to shine some light on Mr. Castle's record of taking cash for selling the US treasury down the river.