A bankrupt General Motors is moving well along the painful road to recovery, selling off Hummer and Saturn. Most are hoping it recovers to preserve the jobs of the hundreds of thousands directly or indirectly employs. However, others are wishing it would fail and are doing their best to try to guarantee this outcome.
Republican pundit and media personality Rush Limbaugh, along with fellow pundit Hugh Hewitt, has assembled a legion of red-state bloggers and are calling for a boycott of all GM vehicles according to Autoblog Green. They say that buying GM is tantamount to patronizing U.S. President Barack Obama.
Mr. Limbaugh held a special show to discuss the boycott. While many callers were not happy with it, one caller voiced his support, stating, "I just want to say, what you were just talking about there about not buying GM products because of Obama, it's exactly how I feel. I just... I have felt this way now for weeks. I have driven a Chevy Tahoe for several years. In fact, right now I've got about 150,000 miles on it. I won't even look at another one right now, and I just want to say thanks. At least somebody understands what's going on here."
The basis of Mr. Limbaugh's boycott apparently stems from the fact that the U.S. government will own 62 percent of a post-bankruptcy GM. Ironically, though, the trappings and suggestion for this were first set in place by Bush advisors, who pushed through the original bailout for the company, which it has effectively repaid with equity stake.
The boycott also fails to account for the fact that GM's ownership is now on the taxpayers' balance -- Republican and Democrat alike. It also fails to note that Canada also maintains a major stake in GM and that many other countries like Germany, are riding on its success and ability to move cleanly through bankruptcy.
However, Mr. Limbaugh may have more than one issue with GM. Mr. Limbaugh is an outspoken critic of hybrid vehicles and has accused them as "ruining" the industry, despite the fact that current models such as the Ford Fusion Hybrid, Honda Insight, and Toyota Prius are quite profitable. With GM pushing hardest for electric vehicles, with its Chevy Volt, it's likely this is another painful issue to Mr. Limbaugh.
For better or worse, though, he and his fellow commentators have declared war on GM. Only time will tell whether the boycott will actually have any sort of effect on sales, though.
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quote: FOCUS ON SOMETHING ELSE FOR CHRIST'S SAKE.
quote: What he is hoping for is that SOMETHING, anything Obama does will fail
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quote: The bigger problem, in my humble opinion, is that Socialism is inherently evil. Even if it were proven effective, which indeed it never is, state control over human endeavors is immoral in my view.
quote: Hell, even Europe's elections turned to the right because the left and socialism destroyed their country in the last several years.
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quote: The other side of the coin here is that those who oppose the bailout aren't giving much in the ways of alternatives.
quote: If you're in favor of what easily could be a decades long depression
quote: Your alternative is the likely destruction of the United States through armed insurrection, or invasion on the really bad range and just crushing poverty for many/most in the less bad range.
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quote: The current UK elections process that migrated from Left to Right overnight
quote: History has shown that to NEVER be true...as evidence of our global status, GDP, and standard of living.
quote: be a good government dependent zombie and just sit on your arse and cash our checks -- uncle sam will take care of you!"....
quote: It's horrible that our country has come down to things like this, but you have to just keep on moving I guess.
quote: How is saving the icon of American capitalism from ruin anti-capitalism?
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quote: Really? So it wasn't your lack of government watch on the financial industry
quote: whats the problem with being socialist ?
quote: Rush is about as anti-American as it comes.
quote: All criticism, with no alternatives or answers.
quote: Now is the time to support the country and its companies.
quote: I chose not to be a puppet for either side, will you?
quote: leftist progressives running the government or their cheerleading squad MSNBC/CNN
quote: If you listen for a while you will see him misquoted, usually way out of context, more often than not in the mainstream
quote: Since when did "mainstream" become "bad"? It's easy to spot zealots on the left and zealots on the right. If "mainstream" seems left to you then maybe you're a zealot on the right.
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quote: As far as liberal vs conservative who really knows where the center is?
quote: both parties are left the Dems are being run by the extreme left and the Republicans are trying to be Democrat light (center left).
quote: There is one thing you can bet on though: If all the voices are to the left of you then most likely you are on the right.
quote: If you spend a full 3 weeks listening to Limbaugh you will find he does have points that make sense,
quote: Rush is about as anti-american as it comes. All critisism, with no alternatives or answers. Now is the time to support the country and its companies.
quote: 1) He is NOT the leader of the Republicans . . . if you had listened, you would know that.
quote: 2) The reason the economy is hurting is thanks to Congress (under Dem control) passing legislation forcing lenders to commit to sub prime loans to "help" the poor. The poor defaulted on the loans and the banks backing them went bust.
quote: 3) President Obama is not "evil" . . . simply a naive person who has his ideology rooted in Marxism and economic class warfare. Unfortunately, his $10 trillion in deficit spending will cause harm for years to come and cow towing to the true evils in the world (Iranian dictators etc.) will cause even more harm.
quote: Finally, you don't even address the very valid point that when you have no argument . . . attack them personally. Have you read rules for radicals (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saul_Alinsky) because you are using as your playbook?
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quote: As for realizing my life is a lie, well I could say the same to you
quote: "A man who is not a liberal when he is young has no heart and a man who is not a conservative when he is older has no mind."
quote: cow towing to the true evils in the world
quote: You've made me go look over the full context [of Sotomayor's remarks] again and it was about race as well as experience
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quote: Olbermann may be annoying, but he certainly isn't left wing
quote: yet, you attack normal people the first chance...
quote: People listen to him because they are clueless and simply look up to someone who's sole purpose in life is to bitch and moan about everything. Rush is an complete idiot.
quote: Rush is an complete idiot.