IF General Motors, Ford and Chrysler get the bailout that their chief executives asked for yesterday, you can kiss the American automotive industry goodbye. It won’t go overnight, but its demise will be virtually guaranteed.
Without that bailout, Detroit will need to drastically restructure itself. With it, the automakers will stay the course — the suicidal course of declining market shares, insurmountable labor and retiree burdens, technology atrophy, product inferiority and never-ending job losses. Detroit needs a turnaround, not a check.
– Mitt Romney editorializing in the New York Times
It seems that Detroit DID turn around with a check. Perhaps it is a good thing that we didn’t listen to him then.
- FLIP FLOP ALERT: Mitt Romney Is Taking Credit For The Auto Bailout (businessinsider.com)
- Romney taking credit for auto industry success (news.yahoo.com)
- Romney takes credit for bailout (toledoblade.com)
- How Romney Got the Bailout Wrong (bigthink.com)
- Romney Claims To Still Have ‘The Same Position On The Auto Bailout’ He Had ‘In The Very Beginning’ (thinkprogress.org)
- Mitt Romney wants a round of applause for saving the auto industry (dailykos.com)
- Romney: ‘I’ll take a lot of credit’ for auto industry success (politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com)
In the dozen or so Super Bowl ads yesterday, several were from automobile manufacturers. So when Chrysler presented Clint Eastwood in a spot called “Halftime in America” which, in very general terms, seemed to highlight President Obama’s Recovery program, Karl Rove and many of the Republican candidates and characters tried to make it a huge “no no.”
After all, if Obama’s recovery activities helped Detroit to start its comeback (especially with the just profitable Chrysler), then the economy isn’t dying as Romney keeps saying.
- Rachel Maddow Blog: Clint Eastwood wins the Super Bowl (kaystreet.wordpress.com)
- Clint Eastwood Is Bullish On America (duanegraham.wordpress.com)
- Clint Eastwood’s pro-Obama Super Bowl ad? (politico.com)
- Chrysler’s Eastwood Ad: Pro Obama? (blogs.wsj.com)
- Eastwood Ad Draws Political Response (myfoxphoenix.com)
- Clint Eastwood Chrysler Super Bowl ad appears pro-Obama (thegrio.com)
- Chrysler’s Super Bowl “Halftime” ad with Clint Eastwood: a roadmap for America? (vancouversun.com)
“There’s a lot of people out there that worry the American dream is in danger. So I was listening to the other candidates. They’re fine people. But I don’t think I’m hearing anything coming from them that’s going to help us seize this opportunity.”
McCotter has held his suburban Detroit district for almost a decade, and he says he jumping into the race because he is dissatisfied with the current crop of candidates, from Mitt Romney on down. His national recognition, however, is about zero.
McCotter, 45, is known for being a sharp-witted — and sometimes sharp-tongued — conservative policy wonk. As far his bona fides in that regard, he was ahead of the GOP curve in opposing the Wall Street bailout in 2008, calling it “American Socialism.”
- Congressman Thad McCotter to announce presidential bid July 2 | Politisite (imns.wordpress.com)
- Congressman Thad McCotter to announce presidential bid July 2 | Politisite (politicite.wordpress.com)
- Congressman Thad McCotter to announce presidential bid July 2 | Politisite (milliron.wordpress.com)
- Thad McCotter Behind Consternation and Confusion In Ames Straw Poll Auction (nicedeb.wordpress.com)
- Think Twice Before Considering Newt Gingrich As Our Nominee (thegabriellahoffman.com)
- Saturday Movie Matinee (nicedeb.wordpress.com)
- McCotter Gets Rough On Romney (blogs.wsj.com)
I’m wondering how many people listen to John Case and me on Friday mornings on WSHC 89.7 FM on Friday Mornings. We get phone calls from the same four people and this morning we had a friend of John’s wife in the studio who listens on line from the Detroit, MI, area… but other than these, I’d sure like to know what the actual number of listeners comes to… and what kinds of things they wish we would talk about.
Right now we talk about Progressive and/or Liberal politics, we talk about poetry and local theater, and we talk about Jefferson County, WV, in general. The music we play is mostly blues (except when John takes the day off and I play more to the Zappa end of the spectrum) in between discussions and phone calls. If people would like to hear more of the same, or would rather hear different stuff, it would be nice to know.