Obama to Meet With Wagoner, Mulally
Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama is set to meet with both GM CEO Rick Wagoner and Ford CEO Alan Mulally this week, in what the Detroit Free Press calls (thinks/hopes/opines) a "thaw" in frosty relations. A year ago, Barack Obama slammed manufacturers for their fuel efficiency and excuse mongering. "But expensive is no longer an excuse for inaction," Obama railed. "The auto industry is on a path that is unacceptable and unsustainable – for their business, for their workers, and for America. And America must take action to make it right." Whether "America" was code for "we the people" or Senator Barack Obama isn't clear– though the fact that Ford and GM are hurting for dough is. And now that Detroit's on the ropes, it's ready to meet Mr. Obama's challenge, begging bowl at the ready. Barack baby, we want to build more fuel efficient cars. We can build more fuel efficient cars. We already are building more fuel efficient cars. We bloody well have to build more fuel efficient cars. We will be building more efficient cars. So now can we have our subsidies, tax credits and CAFE exemptions? And you know what? They'll get it.
It might be necessary for the Junior Senator to become president before making any promises. Then again maybe not.
Is GM & Ford this new JFK's version of the Mob to get him in office?
I figure we need a domestic light truck manufacturer. So, last one to go out of business, we bail out. So there it is, last man standing is immune to bankruptcy - game on.
GS650G : It might be necessary for the Junior Senator to become president before making any promises. Then again maybe not. Obama can make all the empty promises he wants during the campaign. He doesn't get to break them unless (or until) he's elected. It's the American Way. Obama's campaign reminds me of a poetic parody that Mad Magazine ran during Jimmy Carter's unsuccessful bid for re-election. It ended with a stanza that fits Barack as well as it did Jimmy: Humpty Dumpty sits on the fence, Humpty Dumpty knows this makes sense. He'll win all the voters up North and down South By making full use of both sides of his mouth.