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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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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

"Google fired a shot heard 'round the world, and now a second American company has answered the call to defend the rights of the Chinese people." -- Rep. Christopher H. Smith (R-N.J.)

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