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    Who are the NERD fund donors Mr Snyder?

    Raise the curtain.

    Regressisphere, MSM response to Dem attacks on Michigan: *crickets chirping*

    By Nick, Section News
    Posted on Mon Mar 02, 2009 at 07:37:19 AM EST
    Tags: Big 3, Obama, Emanuel, double standards, MSM, lefty, regressisphere (all tags)

    Remember a few months back when the Big 3 made their second appearance in Washington, DC, hat in hand begging for their lives (or at least the ability to maintain something relatively close to the status quo)?  

    There were those in Congress who stood up and lambasted the Detroit auots.  They said that we here in Great Lakes State were out of step, that we didn't build cars people wanted and that a pair of uniquely Michigan companies didn't deserve the same sort of economic restart that had just been handed out in spades to the bad players in the banking and financial services industry.

    The response, especially from union members and Democrats was down right apoplectic.  How DARE anyone question the Big 3?  How dare those folks in Washington question Michigan manufacturers and blue collar workers?  Especially after the Congress had just given so many billions to their friends who happened to hold their mortgages back at home.

    Frankly, a lot of those criticisms were spot-on accurate.  Michigan did get a bum rap.  The Big 3 hasn't coaxed nearly enough concessions out of Big Labor, but they're working on it (often without a good-faith partner in the form of UAW leadership, but that's not their fault).  Similarly, our domestic automobile industry is leading the world right now in so-called "green vehicles," making fuel efficiency cool and affordable while pioneering battery technology for the first wave of gas-free autos.

    There was a glaring double-standard in the way different companies were being treated and the Washington insiders WERE picking on us like they hadn't picked on anyone else.

    Wait, did someone mention double-standards?  Oh, right, that was me.  Good point about double-standards, Nick!  (You can't see me right now but if you could you'd see that I'm slapping my own back.)

    Read on...

    President Obama's Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel appeared yesterday morning on CBS's Sunday morning talker, Face the Nation, and decided to take a run at Detroit.  The Associated Press reports:

    The president's chief of staff criticized U.S. car companies Sunday for relying too long on gas guzzlers and not investing enough in alternative energy vehicles.

    Rahm Emanuel also said the automakers have an outdated health care cost structure. He said the companies are making the kind of changes now that many people long had told them to make.

    President Barack Obama's auto industry task force is trying to restructure General Motors Corp. and Chrysler LLC by a March 31 deadline. If the Obama administration fails to approve their turnaround plans, earlier loans could be called back and the companies could be forced into bankruptcy.

    Yeah, that's the same auto industry task force that drives, almost exclusively, foreign cars.  But that's neither here nor there.  And never mind the fact that Chris Dodd and Barney Frank's pals in the banking industry got free cash without the necessity of a turn-around plan and lets just focus on Emanuel's criticisms.

    Those gas guzzlers, Rahm?  When Detroit was selling those they were raking in cash hand-over-fist.  They were the top selling cars in the country.  And its not like they were trying to market those for the streets of Venice, you know?  And your alternative energy assertions are just plain bogus.  B.  O.  G.  U.  S.

    Now here, faithful reader, is your challenge.  Scan the liberal blogs here in Michigan this morning.  Scan the op-ed pages at the State's big liberal newspapers.  You won't see any criticism of President Obama or his Chief of Staff.  Maybe if his name was Richard Shelby and he had an "R" after his name and not a "D," things would be different.  But it isn't, he doesn't and they won't be.

    Here at RightMichigan we had our State's back, even when it was under attack by out-of-state Republicans.  Apparently it is too much to ask for the state's liberal blogs to defend Michigan when she's under attack from Democrats.

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    We are free to disagree (none / 0) (#1)
    by Rougman on Mon Mar 02, 2009 at 10:18:53 AM EST
    The problem with Emmanuel is that he is attacking Detroit from a completely different philosophical angle than was Shelby.  In a nutshell, Emmanuel wants Detroit, whether it is economically viable or not, to make products that meet the government's standards, to hell with consumers and taxpayers. If Detroit's companies lose money making a government blessed car, Emmanuel believes, the government can swoop in and guarantee survival of the domestics through protectionism and other interventionist schemes.   The pockets of Big Brother being bottomless it would seem.  These are the attached strings that progressives are so fond of--they will save your butt if you do exactly as they say.

    Shelby believes, rather simply, that aside from the fact that the federal government should not become involved directly in the decision making of the private sector, money given to Detroit will be a colossal waste because the milquetoast nimrods running the companies and the militant dipsticks heading up the unions would never negotiate the solid footing necessary to remain viable.  I think Ron Gettelfinger's antics shortly after the bailout was approved indicate that Shelby was correct on the first point, and the fine details in whatever agreement is worked out between the government and the automakers will prove him correct on the second.

    Your point, despite my drivel, is well taken. Progressives must follow the herd.  We are free to disagree.

    Spot on (none / 0) (#3)
    by irishduke on Mon Mar 02, 2009 at 10:58:01 AM EST
    Excellent post Nick.

    After reading what some of the Democrats have said about one of their largest contributors ( UAW members) I am absolutely stunned that they still enjoy ANY support from Union members

    That fact they drive foreign cars (none / 0) (#4)
    by Eric T on Mon Mar 02, 2009 at 02:17:17 PM EST
    Shows they very well could be free tradin globalists, that clearly have no special place in their hearts for the American auto industry.

    I'd be very concerned about bankruptcy being an option they have no problem with. With this terrible market and the March 31 deadline approaching fast. I wish the best for them, it don't look to good.

    The UAW should take matters into there own hands and get rid of the low seniority guys, every where they are slow, and not needed. Offer to bring them back, if work picks up down the road. No buyouts or nothing.

    That company has got to be able to paint a good picture of being profitable. I think the new Camaro is going to be product that people will really like, and will buy. My friend at work just bought a top of the line Dodge Charger. Half the parking lot has new F150's in it.

     Hopefully more in the Republican Party this time around will be supportive and optimistic about the future for the big 3. And take a good honest look at their new products. And the cuts that have been made, and take into account the terrible market. Before calling for bankruptcy that would hurt workers and stock and bondholders. As an investor, I can assure you I have taken huge losses. I hold because I still believe they can turn it around.

    The Role of Government (none / 0) (#5)
    by DMOnline on Mon Mar 02, 2009 at 02:33:03 PM EST
    Not to sound too contrarian but I'm a little lost on all this.

    What is RightMichigan's position on the plight of the Big 3 and what role, if any, our governments (state or federal) should play in "helping" them?

    I'm sure you've touched on this many times in the past and I've just missed it.  But today's post might lead a reader to think "saving" the Autos with massive infusions of taxpayer cash is preferable.

    I'm hoping I'm wrong.  Please advise.


    the UAW is not at fault for the big 3 faultering (none / 0) (#8)
    by RGeorgeDunn on Mon Mar 02, 2009 at 04:23:15 PM EST
    The unions of the UAW created the middle class in this Naiton and should be respected for that.  As to why we are experiencing such fiscal collapse is found below:

    Why car companies are struggling:

    Remember a decade ago or more, when General Motors took the profits from North America and put them into Europe?  Then about ten years later  they declared the North American branch as failing, to not have enough cashflow?  Why would they make such a move?  Could it be the high corporate production  tax in this Nation?  

    How does any company compete with a foreign market when sattled with a Federal Corporate Tax of 35%, State Taxes, in Michigan 22%, while the imports come duty free and no tax overhead?  If Congress would simply stop playing possum with our lives and get some backbone, they could pass the Fair Tax Plan www.fairtax.org .  That would remove from the cost of the product not only the corporate Federal and State taxes, but a host of expense tax, including the matching social security and payroll.  The fair tax would put an fair equal tax distribution on all imports of 23%.

     The Domestic car would be a wash in cost to the buyer in America and would be much cheaper to export.  The cost of a car would drop about 22% and that would make the foreign market have to compete at the lower price.  Sure the American will have to pay taxes as they are right now at about the 22% hidden tax in products bought from local production and from foreign production.  

    What would be the result of reducing domestic product price 22% and then tax all products foreign and domestic 23%?  

    We need the consumption tax yesterday, the day that they made policy of Free Trade.  This is why our manufacturing left us to go overseas so that corporations could move there and create two markets, overseas and imports to America.  Time is up.  America is done bailingout the rest of the world in creating wealth.  It is time we bring home our jobs and boost our still surviving ones.  

    Yes, a loan to the Auto Industry makes sense.  The giving away of money by the Feds to money tycoons doesn't.  What is wrong with our Nations Leaders.  Maybe we should vote all incumbents out who don't support the Fair Tax.  The car industry will retool and will help us rid ourselves of foreign energy which will in turn revive our economy also.
    Where did we go wrong:

    Before W.W.II this Nation was a closed market to imports.  The framers of our current tax structure did so under the Americans consuming only domestic manufacturing, I imagine using the production tax system as a convenience since the bookwork was already in place and under management control.  Then we opened our trade to Japan, making for free trade.  This gave the American consumer a boost to their cashflow, making for more spending in other areas and those we lost a few jobs, the increased cashflow produced many more jobs.  

    President Reagan then introduced free trade to the world and opened our border to duty free import.  NO thought was given to the production tax structure in place and the new surge of cheap goods made for even greater prosperity to the American consumer, while again eliminating some jobs, but at the same time we had new technology introducing new avenues of employment, thus the excise production tax on domestic production had minimal effect.  During the period after, companies were being cannibalized for short term profit as their competition from imports was cutting into the profit margin and causing little advantage to stay in business.  These companies were closed, jobs being eliminated, as the scavenger Companies bought them up and sold them for parts or took the parts overseas to open up manufacturing to import and feed the open accounts of buyers of the closed companies products, in a duty free, production tax free advantage and at a high markup profit.  

    The slow demise of manufacturing in America has grown and the need of social programs from the Federal Government to prop up the American dream continued to grow, expanding deficit spending and hidden inflation.  This perpetuated the domestic excise production tax, furthering the handicap of American manufacturing.  The need for additional income into Families also grew, demanding more then two spouses could produce to keep up with the standard of living and regulations and license fees, insurance costs, to a point where a majority of Americans are now in a fiscal struggle living paycheck to paycheck, if working.  Jobs have become hard to find, many being entry level service jobs without any ability to advance or receive adequate wage.  Jobs are at a premium, even with a low reported unemployment level, which does not report and hides many who have slipped from the employment rolls due to years of job seeking frustration, especially in the urban and rural areas.  

    Now we find ourselves being tempted into becoming what we fought for years with our own blood to push back, fascism, Communism and the Tyranny of Government, with the promise of fiscal security.  The American Dream is on life support in need of a true free market, one of which fair trade exists.  The cost advantage of foreign imports over domestic by continuing with a production tax is about 22%, the amount of hidden tax in domestic goods.

    Time is of essence, that this very hour, this Nation is about to fall.  The World Government proponents are about to make their final push for world dominance through one world currency.  The Marxist of the world have moved into leadership positions in coalition with the One World Shadow known as RHINOs, the pawns of the One World Government advocates.  The old media has joined or is owned by both powers and is a major instrument of this Coalition and is making for a unique threat to the U.S. Constitution.  

    The only way to prevent the above from fulfilling their mission to dominate this Nation and the World is to offer change to the American worker and Family a grand demand for their employment, jobs, jobs, jobs.  Only then will the chain of despair be broken.  The Conservative Movement must center all it's will on fixing the failing tax and trade structure of this Nation.  We must lay down the plank of the Fair Tax Plan  WWW.fairtax.org  to the Democrat and Republican Grassroots and educate them across into a Party totally centered on the character and values of the Founding Fathers, presiding under the Constitution as written through the demand on the Judiciary to be of good behavior as instructed in the Constitution and defined by Alexander Hamilton in the Federalist #78 Document.  http://www.constitution.org/fed/federa78.htm

    The Fair Tax is the Salvation of the United States of America and it's Constitution of liberty and Freedom of We the People.  Make it so, please!

    You're On to Something (none / 0) (#9)
    by DMOnline on Mon Mar 02, 2009 at 05:05:08 PM EST
    I think you're on to something there.

    Regrettably, a snowball has a better chance surviving in hell compared with the Fair Tax being implemented while the current regime is in charge.


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