Tuesday, June 02, 2009

New Beginning?

Congratulations, we the American taxpayers now own 60% of General Motors, something the President says is a "new beginning." A new beginning for who, Mr. President?

Doubtless it is a new beginning for the tens of thousands of salespeople, mechanics, maintenance and custodial staff at the 2,100 General Motors dealerships around the country that will close largely at the behest of your administration:

General Motors Corp. will pare 2,100 dealers from its business and has until July 10 to complete the remix of its assets in bankruptcy court paid for by the Obama administration, according to filings Monday.

"There simply is no viable alternative," Henderson said in the filing. "There is no other sale, or even other potential purchasers, present or on the horizon."

The Obama Administration went out of their way to find a foreign suitor for Chrysler and are attempting to force the merger down the throats of both Chrysler and Fiat. Yet no other world automaker might take an interest in one of the largest automobile manufacturers on the face of the earth?

A new beginning is how the President is characterizing the bankruptcy of General Motors. Oh, it's a new beginning, alright, for the 2,900 workers in Spring Hill whose plant is being idled, and who may lose their situations permanently if Spring Hill isn't chosen as the site for the making of a new subcompact car (up against a Michigan site-a State whose economy is in even more of a tailspin, Tennessee seems like a longshot). Many of these folks will have their new beginnings in an unemployment office, a welfare line, or a food pantry. Some may not be able to feed their families, and the bellies of their children may feel hunger because any job to replace the one they are losing is going to be hard to find in this economy.

But Tennessee is a red State that looks to be getting even redder-I wouldn't expect Mr. Obama to go to any lengths to help a whole lot of people who didn't vote for him.

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At Tuesday, June 02, 2009 12:43:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Solutions, Dave? Or are we just being subjected to more of you "everything's Obama's fault" whining?

Face it Dave, you offer nothing to the debate, you simply try to do what every other conservative has done since Goldwater - bitch, moan and complain without offering any alternative.

What was the conservative alternative anyway? Bob Corker's "pay'em what Mexicans make" or give them a tax break and that'll cure everything? What do conservatives bring to the table other than a whiny-assed-titty-baby rant that some brown-skinned person has stolen their job? Really, I can't think of a single thing that the conservatives have done for this country other than bring it to the edge of ruin a couple of times just to wait for the Democrats to come in and clean up their messes.

I think it's time that you and the others like you pack up and move to your libertarian paradise. I suggest Somalia - I understand they have limited government, no gun control, state-sponsored religion and no taxes! Seems like it would be heaven for you.

At Tuesday, June 02, 2009 1:16:00 PM, Blogger Matt Daley said...

Anon> Gotta love the hypocrisy on the "love it or leave it" tripe.

And for the record, the conservative solution has been out there all along. GM, just like Chrysler, should have been allowed to fail. It's pretty damned simple. What...do you really think that others wouldn't come along and take their place?

Instead, our oh-so-intelligent President has put us on the hook for tens of billions of dollars that we will almost certainly never see again. And that's not even beginning to think about the other trillions of dollars that we're on the hook for.

From a financial standpoint, our President is playing Russian Roulette with a full chamber...except the gun is pointed at the heads of the taxpayers and our children and grandchildren. God help us all.

At Wednesday, June 03, 2009 12:23:00 PM, Anonymous Bill Robertson said...

Anon 12:43

I don't believe Mr. Oatney would be happy in a libertarian society.

At Wednesday, June 03, 2009 3:22:00 PM, Blogger Steve Mule said...

Uh, ... under the conservative plan GM would have failed and ALL the GM dealerships would be closing not just 2100 of them.

Something about your w(h)ine is contradictory.



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