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The Big Lie: Wacko Politics and Chrysler Dealers

Death panel for Republican dealers? More political nonsense.

by on Sep.09, 2009

Death squad for Republican dealers? Not true, according to the records.

Death squad for Republican dealers? Not true, according to the records.

In rapid fire succession, this writer was recipient of three emails from divergent but known conservative friends–one a former journalist–with an apparent widely circulated though un-sourced report alleging that politics determined which Chrysler dealer franchises got the axe in the reborn company’s bankruptcy proceedings earlier this year.

According to this lengthy email rant, all but one of the 789 dealers whose franchises were discontinued under the new Chrysler LLC bankruptcy were picked not by company analysts but rather by White House Democratic Party henchmen because they had donated to the Republican Party.

“Why was there neither rhyme nor reason as to which dealerships of the Chrysler Corporation (sic) were to be closed,” the email message asked rhetorically.  A few lines later, it answered its own question this way: “Amazingly, of the 789 dealerships closed by the federal government 788 had donated money exclusively to Republican political causes while contributing nothing to Democratic political causes.”

The Whole Truth!

The Whole Truth!

Let me be blunt.  The preceding statement is pure 100% bunk, a cheap partisan trick planted either by extremists of the Right or by super-clever Leftists trying to make it look that way.  Now I’m a long-term Centrist and I say Fie on Both Their Houses.

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More Problems for GM and Chrysler

Skeptical Americans want the U.S. out of the auto business.

by on Jun.09, 2009

A majority of Americans, according to a new poll, want the government out of the auto business ASAP.

A majority of Americans, according to a new poll, want the government out of the auto business ASAP.

While the protestors have yet to take to the street, chanting and waving banners proclaiming, “U.S. Out Now,” a new study suggests that a vast majority of Americans want the country out of the auto business as quickly as possible.

More than half of those surveyed by the automotive research firm, AutoPacific, said both General Motors and Chrysler should have been allowed to fail. An even larger percentage feels the government’s involvement in running the two companies will not result in their producing the right cars and trucks for the market.

“People believe the government should get out of the auto business as soon as possible,” said AutoPacific President George Peterson. “They certainly do not believe that government involvement will result in cars and trucks that Americans will want to buy.”

Using the firm’s “VehicleVoice,” an Internet-based survey panel, to poll over 900 American drivers, AutoPacific found 81% want the government to sell off its stake in GM and Chrysler as quickly as possible. (more…)