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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: And which face is speaking here?
By Akrovah on 7/30/2010 1:14:47 PM , Rating: 2
It is pefectly possible, and in fact reasonable, to disagree with the majority of a President's policies while agreeing with some fo them. It is not hypocracy, it is merely supporting what you yourself want, even if someone you don't normally like is supporting ti as well.

I mean what, is he supposed to remove his support for something just because Obama supports it as well and he, in general, does not favor Obama? THAT would be hypocracy.


RE: And which face is speaking here?
By cruisin3style on 7/30/2010 4:04:14 PM , Rating: 2
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I mean what, is he supposed to remove his support for something just because Obama supports it as well and he, in general, does not favor Obama? THAT would be hypocracy.


I didn't think you were being sarcastic, but if you were just ignore my comments:

That is pretty much the congressional Republicans' attitude right now. There are plenty of topics that they have supported in the past that they voted no on because they are Obama and the Democrat's policies.

Granted it is not that simple, and Republicans are frustrated with the way Democrats are doing/running/passing things, but just sayin...

As an aside, just to make a point Republicans passed Bush's tax cuts through the same way Democrats passed health care...I can't remember what it's called. But anyway I saw that if those cuts were to remain in place from now through 2018 (8 years) it would cost $2.6 trillion dollars. So figuring that they passed in 2001 and 2003, a similar cost was probably incurred through 2010. Compare that to the Obamacare cost of 1 trillion... But again to be fair, that whole 2.6 trillion wouldn't be absorbed into the deficit because some would be regained through tax revenue...emphasis on some. Just as with Obamacare where supposedly we would save 18 billion instead of lose 1 trillion due to estimated health care cost savings.


RE: And which face is speaking here?
By Akrovah on 7/30/2010 5:22:15 PM , Rating: 2
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There are plenty of topics that they have supported in the past that they voted no on because they are Obama and the Democrat's policies.


And that is hypocracy, but my original argument stands. The previous poster was claiming hypocrasy because Limbagh DIDN'T change his stace on something when Obama also aupported it. Unless I have reading fail.


By cruisin3style on 7/30/2010 5:53:20 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah sorry I didnt' mean to seem like I was arguing with you or trying to discredit you, just wanted to comment on Republicans' "no" policy in relation to your comment.


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