Quote of the Century: "We Can't Be Stupid About How We Do Things Here"
You just know it’s got to be GM. And so it is. The words flew out of the mouth of Steve Tihanyi, the man who oversees GM’s sponsorships. Or, more accurately, the elimination of GM sponsorships. After all, in Bailout Nation, you can’t be seen to be having a good time on the taxpayer’s nickel. (Although GM spokeswoman Kelly Cusinato helpfully pointed out that there are no advertising or marketing restrictions attached to the government loans or the company’s viability plan.) The latest casualty: GM’s 25-year sponsorship of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Bloomberg:
The company will slash by at least 60 percent on-site spending at the Final Four, even though this year it will be held blocks from GM’s headquarters in Detroit. The company is trimming dealer-incentive trips to the championship rounds and billboards downtown. Tihanyi wouldn’t comment on how much the 60 percent cut in on-site promotion and entertainment would save.
’Cause that would be telling. Oh, and Bloomies forgot to mention that GM’s not going to use its swanky skybox seats at this year’s final four. What’s the bet they’ll go empty?
Monica Conyers is a preening race pimp, whose stellar academic career includes a law degree from the vaunted University of the District of Columbia. Last night on the tv news she said that the governor (a liberal Democrat) was treating Detroit like a "plantation". Monica is more of an embarrassment to Detroit than Kwame was. The woman has no shame. She uses her police escort to carpool her kids to a fancy private school in the suburbs. I sure as hell can't afford to send my kids to Cranbrook but Monica and her hubby John will be the first to say how their kids are the victims of racism. The sad truth is that there are about 900,000 people left living in the city limits of Detroit. With only 25% of kids graduating from high school (and God knows how minimal the graduation requirements are), it's been estimated that 50% of the adult population of Detroit is functionally illiterate. Toss in a carefully nurtured sense of race grievance towards the suburbs, it's easy to see how petty demagogues like Conyers keep getting reelected to positions of real power.