"Every Time Sen. John McCain Flip-flops on Automotive Industry Issues, He Lands on the Wrong Square"

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So begins the Detroit News' recent editorial on John McCain's recent flippity-flop on California emissions regulations. And though industry gentlemen prefer McCain, the DetNews' critique is centered not so much on McCain's flip as his flop. After all, McCain originally supported California's right to set its own standards before coming around to support the industry-backed opposition to CARB– before flopping back to the federalist camp at a recent appearance at GM's Warren Technical Center. That has the Detroit News going after McCain on a host of industry-related issues. Calling his proposal for a $5k consumer tax credit for zero-emissions cars a "giveaway scheme" sounds good, and is certainly founded on strong economic principles. McCain's proposed $300m prize for an advanced EV battery is similarly lambasted. Which is all well and good, except that the Detroit News would rather find itself dead in a ditch than hold its industry backers up to the same standard. Haven't Ford's Mark Fields and Chrysler's Jim Press been pressuring the government for production incentives for EVs? Hell, didn't Slick Rick even ask Obama for the very consumer incentives that the Detroit News derides? But as hard as it tries to portray Detroit as just wanting to be left alone by the government, DetN fails to apply its free-market logic to the industry it pimps. With this flip-floping attack, the industry's paid rhetoricians have inadvertently exposed their critique of John McCain as the intellectually bankrupt hypocrisy it really is. You stay classy guys.

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  • Philipwitak Philipwitak on Jul 24, 2008

    i am sorry. [robert?] i am weak. i cannot help myself. from the american heritage dictionary - fascism: a system of government [1] marked by centralization of authority under a dictator, [2] stringent socioeconomic controls, [3] suppression of the opposition through terror and censorship, and typically [4] a policy of belligerent nationalism... http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/fascism any of this seem at all familiar? lets see now...[1] unitary executive. 800+ presidential signing statements. ineffectual congress. highly-politicized department of justice. warrantless wiretaps. [2] $9.5 trillion national debt [increasing $1.7 billion every day]. taxbreaks for the wealthy. decimated middleclass. no hope for the poor, the unemployed and the unemployable. lousy economy. collasping financial system. inadequate healthcare, education, and employment opportunities. [3] iraq's "smoking gun in the form of a mushroon cloud." highly-suspicious terror alerts. secretive energy policy. rampant political interference on scientific and environmental issues. co-opted mainstream media. [4] lawlessness within the executive branch. "you're either with us or against us." "i'm the decider." "goodbye from the world's biggest polluter." anybody see any similarities? and john mccain? mccain's insane. mccain wants more war. there's gotta be a better way.

  • Landcrusher Landcrusher on Jul 24, 2008

    Philip, You forgot emminent domain being used to take property and redirect it to a use deemed more favorable to the state ala Kelso; propaganda being taught in state controlled schools; state support for secular humanism with suppression of religion; and, state redirection of capital to control economic outcomes. Those would be the real marks of socialism and fascism in the US. Lastly, if you look up the history of the nazi's, you will find that they called themselves socialists. The important thing to remember is that when we let give too much power to the feds, we cease to have control over what kind of dictators they will become.

  • MRF 95 T-Bird Sears and JC Whitney also had similar dune buggy kits. The VW accessories along with the running gear for legal use just bolted on. Hmm Amazon? A Bradley GT or Kelmark kit using an electric “skateboard” platform would also be cool.
  • Inside Looking Out Cadillac now associates with rap music. In the past it was all about rock'n'roll. Rap is environmentally friendlier than rock'n'roll.
  • EBFlex This is nothing compared to what Ford is doing. The fake lightning is seeing massive price increases for 2023. Remember how they self pleasured themselves about the fake lightning starting under $40k? In 2023, the price jumps by a very Tesla like $7,000. And that’s not the biggest price jump. And much less talked about, the government fleet discounts are going away. So for a basic 3.3L Explorer, the price is jumping $8,500. S basic F150 is also now $8,500 more. Im sure the same people that complained about the oil companies making “obscene profits” will say the same thing about Ford.
  • Bobbysirhan Sometimes it seems like GM has accepted that the customers they still have are never going to come to their senses and that there aren't any new dupes on the horizon, so they might as well milk their existing cows harder.
  • Buickman how about LowIQ?