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The 2011 Chevy Volt...

versus Rush Limbaugh, conservative talk show host.
Talk show host also admits he recently took ad money from GM, despite criticism

Talk show host Rush Limbaugh on his conservative talk show released a barrage of harsh criticism towards General Motors and its electric vehicle superstar, the 2011 Chevy Volt.

Wasting no time after GM's press release of the completed Volt, its price, and pre-order info, Limbaugh aired a Wednesday broadcast saying the Volt was unviable and blamed President Obama for what he sees as the sad state of General Motors.

Despite recently turning a profit, Limbaugh claims GM is doomed.  He states, "Obama and the government are admitting nobody wants this."

Limbaugh says the price is too high and calls GM "Obama Motors", a slightly less used slur than the popular "Government Motors" line.  He says its just an excuse for Obama to pour $86B USD more into the auto industry.

While some may agree with his assessment of price, his commentary on the vehicle's operation indicated a lack of knowledge and/or confusion about its gas generator.  Limbaugh comments, "That 40-mile range has to include you getting home, and staying home three to four hours to charge the thing.  It's (a) 20-mile range."

Limbaugh said he didn't believe that the gas generator could really increase the range to 300 miles, while failing to cite any concrete evidence to back up his claims.  GM has assured the public that the gasoline range (300 miles on a tank) is a safe estimate under virtually all conditions giving average driving habits (careful drivers may get better mileage, heavy footed ones may get slightly worse).  The battery range admittedly is variable depending on weather conditions and may be significantly better or worse under hot or cold weather.  

The talk show host last year attacked GM making comments that some listeners interpreted as a call to boycott the company (he later denied calling on a boycott).  He also has been a vocal critic of hybrids, though he did agree to test drive the upcoming electric Ford Focus on Jay Leno's Green Car Challenge.  Limbaugh received the slowest time, even getting beat by Drew Barrymore, thanks in part for his "accidental" collision with two Al Gore cutouts that formed markers on the race course.  

Despite his criticism of GM, Limbaugh admits he was more than happy to take GM advertising money.  He admits that last year he accepted ad money to promote the company's new car purchase incentives for workers who lost their jobs.  GM has been listed as a sponsor of his program in the past.

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Jason is Right On!
By johnnier on 7/29/2010 4:15:38 PM , Rating: 2
You want to question that Rush was misrepresented by Jason?
You want to question Jason's sources?
Why don't you go read the freaking TRANSCRIPT, right off of Rush's OWN website???

In the FIRST paragraph, the SECOND sentence, Rush "The Drugster" is ALREADY lying, claiming about the Volt, "...nobody wants it."

Now, Rush is either ignorant here, or is trying to deceive you, 1 of the 2 has to be true. You take your pick. Either choice says you shouldn't be listening to him to form your world views.

Evidently he is totally unaware, or is not admitting knowledge of, the GM Volt Waiting List already in place, which already has over 50,000 people waiting, from nearly 100 countries, and all 50 U.S. states.

Perhaps when his Oxycontin-laced mind thinks about "nobody wants it," the numbers that come to mind in his head are his own dismal approval ratings, which according to a CBS poll, are at only 19%.

This man 'claims' to be pro-America (although 80% of America has questions about that). But Rush, if you're pro-America, why would you bash the introduction of a car that could be the beginning of ridding our dependency on foreign oil?

Can you please explain why you're against that? Everybody's into conspiracy theories these days... could it be that China is paying you to belch out anti-American rhetoric? Who knows.

At any rate, those of you on this thread who are defending Limbaugh clearly have no ground to stand on. Read the transcript for yourself. Jason is right on with this one, but please do your own homework, people. These facts will be much more convincing to you that way.

RE: Jason is Right On!
By Chaser on 7/30/2010 9:31:33 AM , Rating: 5
Way to go with the links, but then you add personal attacks which discredits your clearly biased post as well. How about we leave our personal politics and personal attacks out of this blog.

But since we've gone personal, I'll share mine. I won't buy another GM vehicle again. Although propping up GM by buying a moajority share of their stock with taxpayer dollars might have been good overall for out domestic auto industry, the taxpayer bailing out GM's union pensions and lavish healthcare benefits is NOT where I want my tax dollars to be going. And thats where us "Drugsters" profoundly disagree.

Quite frankly I am tired of politicians taking MY money from me that I earn and in their onipotent fashion deciding where it should go. My desire to donate to legit charities that have more credibility, accountability and efficiency is greatly reduced by these non producing thieves deciding the winners and losers.

I completely understand Rush's and other's frustrations with these narscistic do gooder elected experts that take from me and give to others in their divine wisdom.

RE: Jason is Right On!
By YashBudini on 7/30/10, Rating: 0
RE: Jason is Right On!
By Azure Sky on 8/24/2010 1:28:23 PM , Rating: 2
if you dont like paying taxes and the govt taking your money, move, hell move to china, you wont have to worry about paying any bodies healthcare but your own, they are now the most capitalistic society on the face of the earth, a republican like your self would LOVE IT

RE: Jason is Right On!
By tng on 7/30/2010 10:17:46 AM , Rating: 2
Evidently he is totally unaware, or is not admitting knowledge of, the GM Volt Waiting List already in place, which already has over 50,000 people waiting, from nearly 100 countries, and all 50 U.S. states.

That is hardly proof of a success. In the US alone there are millions of cars and hundreds of thousands purchased every year. 50K world wide is a drop in the bucket and really is just an illustration of what Rush was saying that despite all of the hype that has went into the introduction, there is a very small market for these cars.

Everything looks different when taken in context. I have noticed that people who don't like Rush seldom look at the context of what he is saying or are to lazy do do a little research.

RE: Jason is Right On!
By Yawgm0th on 7/30/2010 11:37:35 AM , Rating: 2
Honestly, Rush can DIAF, but I read the transcript provided and right off the bat Limbaugh says that the Volt can do over 300 miles on gas. He mentions it several other times. He didn't deny the facts here. He did claim that the charge won't get forty miles in non-ideal conditions, which is true. He did incorrectly state that you have to drop "30" on a Prius, which starts at about $22,000 MSRP.

Rush did say he would move to Costa Rica (which has socialized medicine) if "Obamacare" passed. He also told a caller that Federal insurance would be the only option (I heard this first-hand and nearly broke my radio) if Obamacare passed, basically implying it was a Single-payer system rather than a set of regulations, requirements, and subsidies.

Anyhow, the transcript proves this DT article is BS, but Rush is BS anyway. Still, I don't disagree with him on one thing: At $41,000 before a $7,500 tax credit not counting the charging station, the Volt is basically an entry-level luxury car for someone who is willing to pay $34,000 for $26,000 worth of car. I'd rather have a Ford Fusion hybrid, myself.

If you just wanna be eco-friendly at all costs, buy a Prius and then buy a friend a Prius. After trade-ins you'll spend the same as you would on a Volt and do more for the environment. I hate the Prius, BTW, but only because it sucks to drive and looks awful. It's the most practical, economical, eco-friendly car on the market, so it gets more kudos than the unattainable Volts and Teslas.

RE: Jason is Right On!
By mkrech on 8/3/2010 5:11:50 PM , Rating: 2
It's the most practical, economical, eco-friendly car on the market,
Although I cannot endorse the Dust to Dust study as irrefutable, my point is that determining practical, economical and eco-friendly is based on more than just MPG. I think there are plenty of non-hybrid cars that would be better than the Prius in all but eco badge cred...
ie: Ford Focus, Chevy Cavalier, Honda Accord, Toyota Corolla... etc

RE: Jason is Right On!
By Azure Sky on 8/24/2010 1:26:40 PM , Rating: 2
also note tho that rushes transcripts do get edited at times to reflect what he says he said not what he actually said, this has been documented more then once, by people on both sides of the political isle.

I have republican friends who HATE rush because he makes them all look like racist ignorant loud know the typical image of americans that the rest of the world has.....

RE: Jason is Right On!
By Akrovah on 7/30/2010 1:21:16 PM , Rating: 2
50,000 in 100 coutnries is only 500 per county. Not exactly large demand. This almost seems more like an aurgment for your unstated option 3: Rush is right.

Now, I'm not saying he is, I'm not saying he isn't, but nothing you brought to the conversation proves him wrong.

RE: Jason is Right On!
By YashBudini on 7/30/2010 5:37:06 PM , Rating: 2
This man 'claims' to be pro-America (although 80% of America has questions about that).

No question though he's pro-Rush, with absolutely no limits.

RE: Jason is Right On!
By Azure Sky on 8/24/2010 1:34:05 PM , Rating: 2
now that is something that even the rethuglicans cant argue about..

I wish people wouldnt take people like rush limbah, anne coulter and such seriously, they are just talking heads who say whatever it takes to keep their fanbase riled up and tuning in, its how they make money, its also why al franken's show didnt work out as well as rush's, he just couldnt stir peoples passions up to the point they wanted to go out and grab their gunz and start shooting conservatives(in rushes and annes cases, liberals) to much hummor, not enough "riotous indignation"

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