Politicians Act Surprised by Lack of “Business Criteria” for Decisions at New Government Motors

Monday, July 6, 2009
Posted in category Government Motors

Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander was shocked, shocked when the decision was made to build the government’s new dream car at the Lake Orion plant near Detroit. The three plants competing to build Obama’s mini Greenmobile were Janesville, WI, Spring Hill, TN, and Lake Orion, MI.  Michigan won out as a favor to Governor Granholm and the very powerful and rich backers of the Democratic Party, the UAW. I wrote about the GM and Chrysler takeovers being orchestrated political restructurings aimed at serving the larger interests of the US government. When the government, along with the pay-for-favors thieves in Congress and  special interest power players, nationalizes and runs a business, decisions will always be made with political considerations/favors being first up on the agenda. Decisions will never be made on the basis of profit-and-loss and winning and retaining satisfied customers.

Set to emerge from bankruptcy within weeks, GM declined to disclose the factors it weighed in picking Orion, but said the process was free of political meddling. “It’s in the best interest of all involved to not discuss the selection criteria for the small-car plant,” said GM spokeswoman Sherrie Childers Arb. “All three plants have individual merits, but when all told, the Orion plant scenario provided the best business case.”

The federal government’s outsize role in the new GM has already raised concerns about the mixing of politics and commerce. Lawmakers, such as Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), chairman of the powerful House Financial Services Committee, have squeezed GM to reject plant closures in their districts. Obama administration officials have prodded the car giant to develop smaller, more fuel-efficient cars.

Governments are not in the business of profit-and-loss; they are in the business of steal-and-spend. So there’s no profit motive with the New GM. Political players such as Obama, Barney Frank, and others will rape this company dry as long as they can keep pumping taxpayer money into the company to fund their self-serving causes. Their pet causes include rebuilding and renovating the tattered unions, making them a potent political force once again;  pushing an EnviroCommunist, redistributionist agenda onto middle-class America; and empowering high-ranking, democratic congressional members so that they may direct the booty toward their home districts. A liquidated GM (and Chrysler) would have meant the end of the UAW, the Democrat Party’s largest and most consistent allies, and the loss of zillions of jobs for the democratic constituency.

The new GM has a bottomless pit from which to keep sucking up cash, unlike Circuit City or Linens ‘n Things, two companies that had to liquidate without government assistance. Imagine how blessed a New Circuit City or New Linens ‘n Things would have been with the same favoritism? What each of these companies lacked – that GM offered - was a powerful union, a defined and generous Democratic support base, and most importantly, the ability to fulfill very specific functions for the new regime’s environmental agenda that will rein in American lifestyles and grant favors and profits to corporate state giants who help to shape and manufacture the government’s centrally-planned visions.

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5 Responses to Politicians Act Surprised by Lack of “Business Criteria” for Decisions at New Government Motors

  1. Shannon says:

    July 6th, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    The goal is for most of the sheeple to become dependent on mass-transit in the form of bullet trains and buses while the few privileged get to drive a hybrid tin can (courtesy of cash for clunkers), that costs well beyond their means. Of course there are always bicycles which we all can’t wait to hop on at 6 am in the morning to commute to work in a thunderstorm.

  2. Bruce says:

    July 6th, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    I wonder if there will be any accounting along the way as GM racks up more and more losses and the US Gov injects more and more money?…will the liberal lap dog media even report on this?

  3. clark says:

    July 6th, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    “that will reign in American lifestyles and grant favors and profits to corporate state giants who help to shape and manufacture the government’s centrally-planned visions.” From the top down and the bottom up, the creeping spread. Buying some five dollar plastic pieces (with cash) at A nationwide autoparts chain store, I was told by the cashier I had to provide a phone number. I said I didn’t have a phone. The guy looks at his computer screen, zones out a bit, shrugs and says, “It says I need one.” If I didn’t provide a phone number and a name for his computer, I wasn’t able to purchase. Ooo-kay, here’s A number and A name for yer stinkin computer master, and I got what I wanted without so much as a thank-you. I imagine this is to try and reduce some type of money laundering, the result being five hundred dollar cars with five thousand dollar wheels. I wonder if some gov’t bureaucrat had any input on this, trying to up the number of public transportation users, it sure does crimp my lifestyle as I will no longer shop there. The sign saying a government ID is required for all returns didn’t lighten my mood either. If the lower classes don’t have phones or ID’s to be able to buy or return parts to fix their beater cars, they will either have to make an ID, use someone else’s, be forced to buy one from A gov’t, or stop buying parts and ride the public transit system. Sorry if this isn’t well written, I’m very tired from fixing my mega-plastic American car.

  4. Jeff Herron says:

    July 7th, 2009 at 9:20 am

    Karen, thanks for your thoughtful commentary. Just wanted to point out that “reign in” in the last sentence above should be “rein in”, I believe. I only mention it because I believe you might care about such things. Thanks again.

  5. clark says:

    July 7th, 2009 at 11:47 am

    Heh, I thought it was intentional. It made sense to me, a double-speak.

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