Mar 30 2009
Earlier I posted on the missteps of the far right in building a coalition of opposition to the far left lurch of the Democrats in the White House and Congress, but whatever is in the water in DC has the place just running amok. Word is out that Obama and the Dems are now dictating not only who can manage this country’s major corporations, but actually blackmailing one of our premier companies to be literally bought out by a European company:
President Barack Obama is sending a blunt message to Detroit automakers: To survive – and win more government help – they must remake themselves top to bottom. Driving home the point, the White House ousted the General Motors chairman as it rejected GM and Chrysler’s restructuring plans.
Frustrated administration officials, speaking on condition of anonymity ahead of Obama’s announcement, said Chrysler has been given a 30-day window to complete a proposed partnership with Italian automaker Fiat SpA. The government will offer up to $6 billion to the companies if they can negotiate a deal before time runs out. If a Chrysler-Fiat union cannot be completed, Washington plans to walk away, leaving Chrysler destined for a complete sell-off.
All those union robots who towed the liberal Democrat line are probably now just beginning to realize what is happening to theirÂ livelihoods. To force a US company to be sold to a European one is just insane.
But of course the far rights’ cries of Nazism are just as ludicrous. Instead of taking this opportunity to show reasoned and thought out alternatives, these knuckleheads are exaggerating to the point no one can take them seriously. Look, this is bad but we don’t have Nazi rule – yet.
I liken this to how you want a doctor to react when dealing with a life threatening cancer. The doctor who you can believe in calmly discusses the problems, risks and trade offs. He offers you (the patient) a calm and thought out assessment of the situation and options.
If the doctor came in screaming “this is horrible, you could be dead any minute now, we need to start carving here and now, we’re not sure but we think if we start removing things it will get better” any sane person would walk away to find a reasoned voice.
The batch of ‘leaders’ we have right now are simply running around pushing the panic buttons – which is why no one is finding DC helpful right now. Obama and the liberals democrats are bungling badly. When Clinton bungled badly the GOP (with guidance from Newt Gringrich) provided reasonable options. They were not radical steps, there were not cries if impending doom, there were not claims of the second coming of Hitler.
People need to stop running off half cocked and start coming up with serious options which can garner broad support from the center of America. Nothing else can stop this insanity. Sadly, the people getting all the press are just the opposite. This country is not being well served by leaders right or left. All of them are just flailing away. What, pray tell, is firing the CEO of GM and forcing the selling of Chrysler going to do to fix the current mess?