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April 02, 2009

Government overhaul of General Motors

Yes, people wanted change, so we have new elected officers, and we have new agendas, and we have new directions. But we also have new government takeovers and new government controls and new government spending. So now we are headed to socialism, and our freedoms are headed down the toilet.

I guess that people wanted this change so they don’t have to take control of their own lives. The government will be their mommy and daddy and supporter and provider. Now the government has taken over General Motors, and we can call it “Government Motors.” Now the government can dictate to us what we can drive, and soon it will be where we can go and what we can wear and finally what we can think.

So all you left-wing liberal tree huggers will have your way, and the government will control everything and we won’t have to worry what we need to do, for it will be told to us how our lives will be run.

We can live happily knowing the government has it all under control.

Mike Remick
Kansas City, Kan.


Here’s a news flash for this government we have now. I do not ever intend to buy a car from a government automobile company, even if they were to manufacture a car I would want to own, which is not likely.

Larry Martin
Raytown


Now that I, as a taxpayer, am an owner of General Motors, am I entitled to drive a program vehicle? I promise I’ll keep our Cadillac in mint condition!

Tom Kennedy
Kansas City

Comments

Marctnts

"Have a problem with that economic duplicity? You're then, of course, engaging in class warfare, class envy. Disgusting behavior on your part. You should be ashamed."

I guess the sun even shines....

I tend to think whispering is right on this one. The outrage focused on GM's bailout has been especially hypocritical when considered against the lack of outrage shown against the billions handed to the financial industry with almost no strings attached. AIG seems to the exception, but the media attention paid to the bonuses explains much of this.

This doesn't mean that NAFTA and/or a decrease in farm subsidies (or debate about them) is some sort of plot to destroy the middle class, but like I said, the sun even shines...

Smarter Than You

My question is why wasn’t the head of the UAW removed for being an integral part of this failure? I guess “leadership” only goes so far in the Obama White House.

My favorite existential moment of the day? When Jayhawk Mo said “Extraordinary times require extraordinary measures.” Spoken just like Dick Cheney. Some change!

whispering_to_kc

A government bailout of GM is socialism, a project designed by all you left-wing liberal tree huggers. The GM business model has failed of their own fault and GM produces nothing anyone wants or needs. If you tree huggers have your way, the government will soon control everything and we won’t have to worry what we need to do, for it will be told to us how our lives will be run.

On the other hand, we have to shovel $trillions of taxpayer dollars under Wall Street to prop up John Galt. The banker is our economy's most vital producer, all others are parasites and looters.

Have a problem with that economic duplicity? You're then, of course, engaging in class warfare, class envy. Disgusting behavior on your part. You should be ashamed.

GCYL

“...he's got to tell us what freedoms are going down the toilet?” - JayhawkinMO

As it was explained in another post today, paybacks are a bit%h. Those moving to Canada had to tell us what freedoms are going down the toilet?

Geez, just shut the 2 inch steel door or get on the airplane and leave the country. Bunch of whiners.

GCYL

“I suppose people like Remick are cleaning out their bunkers and stockpiling supplies....” - JayhawkinMO

I suppose that people on the other side of this coin left Canada and moved back home. Good for them.

JayhawkinMO

I suppose people like Remick are cleaning out their bunkers and stockpiling supplies. But before he disappears behind a 2-inch steel door, he's got to tell us what freedoms are going down the toilet? What freedoms did we lose when to Feds stepped in and bailed out Lockheed and Chrysler decades ago? Why were we less well off when the savings & loans were bailed out or taken over in the 1980s? Extraordinary times require extraordinary measures just like then... Yesterday on KMBZ, Shanin and Parks pointed out that car sales rebounded some last month. GM has people have people to thank like a friend of mine and his son and daughter: they all bought Pontiac G8 GTs in the last month. Reactionairies like Martin still have Ford...

Kee

Good one Tom! Put me in there too for a government car!

Marctnts

"Now the government has taken over General Motors, and we can call it "Government Motors."

Not exactly, no takeover was involved. The management of GM voluntarily handed over the keys when they took government money to offset their own poor management and keep themselves afloat. We can debate the level of government involvement, but make no mistake, GM opened the door and invited them in.

On the flip-side, the original money was touted as being secured by "non-voting" stock, and we were assured that Uncle Sam didn't want to run a car company, just float them a loan through tough times. That appears to have changed.

 
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