Level Field Institute to Hillary and Co.: Don't Diss Detroit

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago

The Level Field Institute was established by "retirees and families of GM, Ford, DaimlerChrysler [sic]; and the suppliers and dealers that support them." While they don't have a campus they do have a crusade: "promote U.S. jobs, R&D and infrastructure investment by offering clear comparisons of how various automakers contribute to the U.S. economy." In other words, lobby for The Big 2.8. True to their remit, they've created a handy-dandy campaign briefing kit for Democratic presidential hopefuls traveling to Michigan for today's not-so-big debate. The document may give savvy pols pause, as they contemplate Level Field's recommendations: "tackle health care" (nothing more specific is mooted but national health care is where they're at), "kick the tires on new trade agreements" (I think they mean kick the ass of our trading partners to open their markets to US goods) and "call upon our Asian trading partners to stop boosting their exports by manipulating their currencies" (kick 'em again for cheating). We'll be watching the Dems Detroit debate with baited breath. Or not.

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  • Hltguy Hltguy on Oct 09, 2007

    Same ol' crap from Detroit, it is always someone else's fault or have the government step in. No mention I am sure in their "briefing kit" of the Pinto, Vega, Citation, Cimmaron, Tempo etc. etc. or no mention of crappy dealer service or failure to stand behind warranties. No mention of overpaid employees with ungodly rich benefits or mismanagement of administration. No, just its everyone else's fault and please bail us out so we can continue to get overpaid and blow bazillions of dollars. So it goess.....

  • Luther Luther on Oct 09, 2007

    They are already dragging down health care so now the UAW wants the Gubmint to tackle it? Maybe the Dems will nationalize (aka, steal) 2.801. I can't wait for one of these. http://youtube.com/watch?v=tQHOeXyvn5s

  • Truedat Truedat on Aug 23, 2013

    Most of us remember the 70's when the D and the UAW had a virtual monopoly on car making. The recalls were mind-boggling. Thank goodness the japanese arrived to show them how to build a GREAT car at a GREAT price. If levelplaying field really wants to talk about being "fair", lets talk uaw wages. STARTING pay for a gm line worker is about $15/hour. Prior to the Clinton created recession of 2008, it WAS OVER $25/hour. Entry level pay for non-uaw - little less than $10.