Automakers Need a Bailout, While McCain-Palin Try to Rescue Their Reputations

Automakers Seek Their Own Federal Bailout

The chief executives of General Motors, Ford and Chrysler, and the president of the United Auto Workers union met with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid Thursday to discuss billions of dollars more in financial help for the companies.

Its exasperating, but the bottom line is jobs and the ripple effect of the U.S. going out of the auto making business. There are a few things probably most taxpayers would like to see discussed. The UAW (United Auto Workers) have have tremendous concessions in light of the current auto maker crisis, what sacrifices are the executives of these companies going to make. Part of the Big 3’s problems are the credit crunch, people are not buying cars. The other problems have been an endemic part of the U.S. auto industry for some time. The resistance to making gas mileage a high priority and not making the adoption of Toyota’s hydrid technology an urgent priority – another string Congress should attach. The less then inspiring models – build quality has improved, but owner satisfaction surveys always have Japan and German cars as their top rated auto makers; and unions are not to blame – Japan and Germany have unionized auto makers. Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm makes an obvious point, the additional $25 billion the car makers might need seems like a bargain compared to the $700 billion for the financial industry – AIG has received $143 billion in federal aid in two months. As Congress likely approves this money they might also consider not providing money for GM to use to acquire Chrysler. Buying Chrysler might actually cost GM jobs – if Chrysler is allowed to go out of business it would likely give the remaining two of the big three some larger market leverage and they would eventually start hiring again. Who knows when we’ll get the financial bailout money back. The auto industry is asking for a loan – one which auto makers, with some Congressional oversight, is capable of paying back. Then there are the approximately  three million jobs directly or indirectly dependent on the auto industry – those people not making their mortgage payments wouldn’t help the economy, taxpayers or the mortgage companies we’re already helping.

The McCain-Palin rehabilitation tour

Palin not ruling out 2012 bid

“Don’t let me miss the open door. Show me where the open door is and even if it’s cracked up a little bit, maybe I’ll just plow right on through that and maybe prematurely plow through it, but don’t let me miss an open door. And if there is an open door in ’12 or four years later, and if it is something that is going to be good for my family, for my state, for my nation, an opportunity for me, then I’ll plow through that door,” Palin said in an interview with Fox News Monday.

Run Gov. Palin, run, run like the wind. My dream Republican ticket in 2012, Palin as Prez and Mitt Romney as VP. But let’s have some respect for doors. They’re usually private or state property and can’t be put on your Neiman-Marcus charge card. She seems to have preference for revolving doors, first smearing President-elect Obama as someone who “pals around with terrorists” and now says “I’m Comfortable With Barack Obama As Our Commander In Chief”. Is she a person that says what she means and means what she says or someone more then willing to make egregious attacks on a good American’s character to score cheap political points. Her willingness to do so and her history of using attacks of convenience strongly suggests she is no more then the typical back stabbing pol, even as people in her own party describe her.

Transcript of McCain on “The Tonight Show”

Senator John McCain: Well, you’ve got to have a respectful campaign. And that doesn’t mean it isn’t tough. I mean, campaigns are tough, and they should be because you’re seeking the most important position 3 in the world. But there’s a difference between being tough and being personal or angry. And look, America right now — I don’t have to tell you — I don’t have to tell anybody out here, especially those members of the military — that we’re in two wars. We’ve got housing problems. We’ve got economic crisis. We’ve got all these problems. Now it’s time for America to join together and support the man who was just elected President.

“Respectful” campaign? Maybe on McCain’s home planet in the universe of denial. yet another opportunity to apologize to the American people and his political opponents and nada, nothing. McCain and Palin throw everthing, including the kitchen sink,

…what has pumped up the Weimar-like rage at McCain-Palin rallies, is the violent escalation in rhetoric, especially (though not exclusively) by Palin. Obama “launched his political career in the living room of a domestic terrorist.” He is “palling around with terrorists” (note the plural noun). Obama is “not a man who sees America the way you and I see America.” Wielding a wildly out-of-context Obama quote, Palin slurs him as an enemy of American troops.

By the time McCain asks the crowd “Who is the real Barack Obama?” it’s no surprise that someone cries out “Terrorist!” The rhetorical conflation of Obama with terrorism is complete. It is stoked further by the repeated invocation of Obama’s middle name by surrogates introducing McCain and Palin at these rallies. This sleight of hand at once synchronizes with the poisonous Obama-is-a-Muslim e-mail blasts and shifts the brand of terrorism from Ayers’s Vietnam-era variety to the radical Islamic threats of today.

That’s a far cry from simply accusing Obama of being a guilty-by-association radical leftist. Obama is being branded as a potential killer and an accessory to past attempts at murder. “Barack Obama’s friend tried to kill my family” was how a McCain press release last week packaged the remembrance of a Weather Underground incident from 1970 — when Obama was 8.

McCain shouldn’t be allowed in the U.S. Senate much less president of a great country going through hard times. One more from the Leno interview,

Senator John McCain: Joe is one of the finest, most wonderful men I’ve ever known in my life. I have never known a finer man than Joe Lieberman, and I believe I won the nomination because right before the New Hampshire primary — and I know I don’t expect a lot of you to remember all the details — he came out to supported me.

Normal people look up and see the earth’s moon, McCain swears, in his parallel universe that its actually the light emitting from Joementum. Maybe McCain thought he was running for president of Mars. Is he capable of grasping reality?  Lieberman: Obama Has Not Always Put Country First

But as he introduced Mr. McCain at a campaign event here on Tuesday, Senator Joseph I. Lieberman of Connecticut made the attack a lot more explicit, calling the election a choice “between one candidate, John McCain, who has always put the country first, worked across party lines to get things done, and one candidate who has not.’’

McCain has been in Washington almost a quarter of a century and has only excelled at one thing; keeping his identity as Superman a secret from everyone except Joe Screw Loose Lieberman. John and Joe have a lot in common, an egomaniacal love of the bull that comes out of their mouths. Both will best serve the future of the United States when they retire.

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