Obama Sold Americans Lemons. Thirteen Americans Died In Those Lemons

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After finally solving problems with computer viruses this past weekend, there was an e-mail waiting from a good friend. He was wondering about General Motors’ recall of 2.6 million cars for faulty ignition switches, which have caused at least thirteen deaths, and what the Obama administration knew at the time it was illegally bailing out GM  with $49 billion of your money. Well, one thing we can say with  certainty is that President Obama was totally unaware of this problem at that time, because he never knows anything until or unless he hears it on MSNBC.

The truth is that I hadn’t been following this story and didn’t realize that the ignition switch problem with GM’s Colbalt and other models dated back before the formation of Government Motors. But, my friend’s e-mail sparked my interest and I began searching the web for information. What I learned was that something is rotten inside General Motors and something is rotten inside of the Obama administration.

 

Something Is Rotten In GM

According to this New York Time’s article, GM engineers were aware of the ignition switch prob as early as 2001.

The company apparently knew about the defect as far back as 2001, when it discovered the problem during testing of the Saturn Ion. It saw the problem again in 2004, as the Cobalt was about to be rolled out with the same ignition system. According to documents obtained in congressional investigations, engineers came up with a proposed fix, but it was nixed on the grounds that it was too expensive and would take too much time.

Too expensive? The Detroit News reports that the following haunting words were included in an internal memorandum by a still anonymous engineer:

“None of the solutions represents an acceptable business case.”

When the engineers finally did find a fix for the ignition switches in 2006, they did it in way to try to cover up the fact that there had ever been a problem. From the NYT article linked above, we learn:

Finally, in 2006, engineers at General Motors appeared to have fixed the problem, but they did so without changing the part number, which is a shocking violation of engineering protocol, wrote Micheline Maynard at Forbes.com. It makes G.M. appear to have been engaged in subterfuge, hiding the fact that its ignition had been defective all those years.

Meanwhile, at least 13 people died in accidents that were clearly the result of the faulty ignition design. There are also another 140 people who died in accidents involving the Cobalt in which the cause is unknown. Yet for more than a decade, General Motors did nothing.

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Something is definitely rotten inside General Motors.

Something Is Rotten Inside Of The Obama Administration

The National Review has an excellent two page article titled: Duped or Complicit. The article raises some very disturbing questions. Before bailing out GM, did Obama’s task force do their due diligence to get a clear picture of GM’s assets, liabilities, and problems? Did GM’s management hide the ignition switch problem from the task force? Did the Obama administration give GM’s new management protection from liabilities caused by the old management? I must admit I find it a little suspicions that our government sold its last shares of GM in December 2013 and the recalls started in February 2014.

The author of the National Review article tells us a good reason why the government should own a car company:

Finally, the American government should not own a car company because it inevitably turns the leader of the free world into a car salesman. President Obama would occasionally joke about his role, declaring at the 2009 White House Correspondents’ Dinner, “GM will rise or fall on the quality of its products — like the taut, athletic design of the new Buick Enclave. Its French-seamed leather and warm wood tones make the Enclave more than transportation. It’s a modern driver’s retreat. Come on, work with me here. I’ve got cars to move, people!”

And the there is this from our Car Salesman-in-Chief:

Obama held a rally at the General Motors Lordstown Assembly Plant in Warren, Ohio, on September 15, 2009, touting the popularity of the Cobalt as he praised the Cash for Clunkers program: “The Chevy Cobalt that you build here was one of GM’s most sought-after cars under that program. Dealers across the country started running out. You need to build more.” He told the workers building the Cobalt, “You’re doing your part to move us forward and make sure that the high-quality, well-engineered, safe, and fuel-efficient cars of the future will be built where they always have been built — right here in Ohio, right across the Midwest, right here in the United States of America.”

David Harsanyi writing at The Federalist tells us The GM Scandal Is Worse Than You Think. While GM was Government Motors. a competitor, Toyota, was having to recall some of their cars. President Obama’s Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood, was making public statements like “My advice is, if anybody owns one of these vehicles, stop driving it”, which caused Toyota’s stock price to nosedive. And, even though  LaHood’s agency later put out a report saying there was no evidence equipment failure in the Toyota case, good soldier, Eric Holder, kept up his law suit against Toyota going until they caved-in and paid a $1.2 billion settlement. Now, maybe Toyota deserved what they got. I don’t know. But, as Harsanyi points out, it is troubling that LaHood did not go after GM even though his staff twice suggested there were serious problems there.

President Obama sold Americans lemons and 13 Americans died in those lemons and many more were injured. Not only has his administration made a practice dealing with crony capitalist, with his bailout of General Motors he made our government a crony capitalist.

It’s hard to be a proud American these days.

Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?

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Is This the Next Toyota Supra? The FT1 Concept

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The rumbling is that this is the next Toyota Supra.  It is the Toyota FT1 concept.  Motor Trend’s YouTube Channel has the video…

The Toyota styling, particularly in the front, seems over-wrought to me.  Too busy for my tastes.  I’d like a much cleaner design.  But, I’m sure that there are more than a few car nuts out there that have their checkbooks on standby.  No matter what, this is a bold announcement that Toyota wants back in the sports segment.

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Conservative Guide for Automobiles

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In the aftermath of the 2012 election, many conservatives are questioning and re-evaluating their spending habits and choices.  And out of all things that can be purchased, few are considered carefully as buying a car.   Many are asking themselves, “do I want to support companies that conspire with the forces that want to enslave me?”  Well, to make a car purchase easier, The Morlock Revolt has created  a convenient info-graphic to help you.  

Here is some more from The Morlock revolt…

-BMW is manufactured in the US in South Carolina.  These plants produce the X3, X5, and X6 models

-The Honda Accord, the Accura RDX and CL, and the CRV assembled in Ohio.  This may affect your decision because they are made in a Blue state.  The Honda Civic is made in Indiana.  The Honda Odyssey, Pilot and Ridgeline are assembled in Alabama

-The Hyundai Elantra and Sonata are assembled in Alabama.  The Hyundai Santa Fe is made in Georgia

-The Kia Sorento is manufactured in Georgia

-The Mercedes GL Class, M Class, and R Class are all assembled in Alabama

-Nissan plants are in Tennessee

-Subaru autos are made in Indiana

-The Suzuki Equator is assembled in Tennessee

-The Toyota Avalon, Camry Hybrid, and Venza are made in Kentucky.  The Highlander, Sequoia, and Sienna are assembled in Indiana.  The Tundra and Tacoma are made in Texas.  The Toyota Camry has plants in Indiana and Kentucky. 

That is some solid information.  I would remind everyone that if you buy a new car or truck, you are going to pay a lot of taxes, that will be used against you.  However, if you must buy new, buy from a company that isn’t trying to help fedzilla.

BTW, I’ve added the Morlock Revolt to the blogroll.  It is a great site.

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UAW to Foreign Makes: Organize or Else!

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After helping to destroy company after company, and industry after industry, labor unions are reaping the “benefits” of their “success.”  Many of the companies that the unions haven’t managed to kill off have moved overseas, or to other states.  So, union membership, at least in the private sector, has plummeted.  Like a particularly nasty virus, they have killed their hosts.

And like any other effective virus, the union bosses are mutating to find new hosts to infect…

The UAW is organizing the boycott to protest the refusal of transnational automakers to unionize employees in the US.

The head of the union, Bob King, has admitted that declining union membership rolls means that if the UAW doesn’t “organize these transnationals, I don’t think there’s a long-term future for the UAW — I really don’t.”

He’s given foreign automakers including BMW, Volkswagen AG, Toyota and Nissan an offer they can’t refuse: Unionize their workers or else he’ll single out one automaker and put the screws to them with a boycott. Never mind that the boycott will hurt workers, consumers and the economy.

“This will be the biggest campaign ever undertaken. It will involve hundreds of dealerships,” said Dennis Williams, UAW Secretary Treasurer, adding the union will ask for help from its retirees, community groups and other unions to help with the campaign, says the Tribune.

“We will do whatever it takes,” said Williams.

Once again, we’re going to see some intimidation tactics.   It doesn’t matter that the US workers of these companies have declined union membership, the unions will try to force the issue, regardless of the will of the workers.  I guess that is the union boss’s view of democracy.  if the people don’t vote their way, the bosses will resort to whatever means necessary to force the workers to go their way.

Here’s a thought:  We don’t usually do mass boycotts.  However, we might want to consider a mass buycott.  If you are looking for a new car, why not consider an American made Toyota, Honda, or other make?  If you buy one, you’ll be supporting American workers that have rejected unions.  And, you will not provide much, if any money to the unions (You can’t say how many suppliers are unionized).  After all, why would any of us want to feed the beast that is trying to harm us?

Remember how Ford sales increased after the government takeover of GM and Chrysler?  It might just work.

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Toyota: About to Re-Learn the Lesson of the Pinto?

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Even automotive history repeats itself.  Let’s compare Toyota’s sudden acceleration…

A top Toyota official claimed that a negotiated agreement with U.S. government auto-safety regulators prevented a widespread vehicle recall and saved the Japanese auto giant more than $100 million, according to a document obtained by The Washington Post after it was turned over to congressional investigators.

To the Ford Pinto…

Cost-Benefit Analysis
One of the tools that Ford used to argue for the delay was a “cost-benefit analysis” of altering the fuel tanks. According to Ford’s estimates, the unsafe tanks would cause 180 burn deaths, 180 serious burn injuries, and 2,100 burned vehicles each year. It calculated that it would have to pay $200,000 per death, $67,000 per injury, and $700 per vehicle, for a total of $49.5 million. However, the cost of saving lives and injuries ran even higher: alterations would cost $11 per car or truck, which added up to $137 million per year. Essentially, Ford argued before the government that it would be cheaper just to let their customers burn!

Lesson?  If you build something that is dangerous, and try to cover it up, don’t expect a group hug when it becomes public.  The “Big Three” had these problems in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s.  Poor safety, deaths, poor quality, cars that rusted on the showroom floor, and poor assembly contributed much to the decline of Detroit.  The causes?  Poor management, poor engineering, union interference and outright sabotage, all caused too many Americans to lose faith in the US auto industry.   The market took its vengeance on them, and only in the last few years have they begun to regain the trust of the public (Well, at least until two of the big three became part of gubbermint motors).  It’ll be interesting to see where the current situation leaves Toyota.

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