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The Conservative Case For Cars ^ | JUNE 10, 2009 | Brent Bozell

Posted on 06/10/2009 1:43:30 AM PDT by Kaslin

The Obama administration's arguably unconstitutional and potentially illegal makeover/takeover of General Motors and Chrysler hit a legal road block on June 8, when Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg issued a stay preventing Team Obama's plan to sell Chrysler to the Italian automaker Fiat. This speed bump was a great opportunity for the media to pay attention to objections to the White House's reckless executive-branch manipulation of the auto business.

Or not.

President Bush and his team were regularly savaged by the media elite if they so much as sniffed a hint of evasion over the rule of law and the bounds of constitutional authority in fighting terrorism. So why is President Obama's unprecedented intervention in the auto industry, including a TARP-fund bailout expressly ruled out by Congress, all but ignored?

Even with the Supreme Court order, the nightly news shows of CBS and NBC gave the decision just a few seconds of air time, the equivalent of a stifled yawn, and never went anywhere near describing the strange bankruptcy proceedings the Obama administration has cooked up to manipulate the industry to its liking.

Only ABC acknowledged the Chrysler deal was "encouraged and engineered" by the Obama folks, and noticed that lawyers for the pension funds of "Indiana police, teachers and taxpayers" were stopping the sale. But even ABC suggested that these state government employees were the bad guys, like vultures hoping that they'd make more money by taking Chrysler apart.

When Enron flat-lined in 2002, these same networks laid the blame all over the Bush administration while breaking out the violins for the people whose retirement funds were ruined. With the car companies and Obama, the song sheet is reversed. No one will go to the home of a retired Indiana cop and wonder why President Obama wants to deny him money for food and pills to sell off Chrysler to a bunch of Italians.

Then there's the GM deal. Here are some of the anti-Obama arguments from plaintiff lawyers and conservatives that are going ignored on the nightly news.

1. Nationalization. Obama proposes the government will own 60 percent of General Motors. Not only will the taxpayer be on the hook for tens of billions in capital keeping GM afloat, but the taxpayer will be doing this after Congress ruled out such an action. Conservatives insisted during the fall campaign that Obama would govern as a "socialist." The media reacted with disgust. How does this massive intervention not underline the S-word in heavy red ink?

2. Politicization. Once the Obama administration is running GM, shouldn't a skeptical journalist wonder if common business sense is going to lose to a political agenda? Who is GM going to satisfy -- the consumer or Obama? Already, Obama is pledging more GM cars will be made in America, and they'll make more fuel-efficient cars. They're handing large chunks of ownership to the United Auto Workers, which is surely a sleazy payoff for UAW campaign contributions.

Do we really want an auto company run like other government-run transportation concerns like Amtrak? Every decision -- from closing dealerships or plants, to selecting suppliers or which vehicles to build, to collective bargaining with the UAW -- will have to pass the Washington tests of political and environmental correctness.

3. Usurpation. The Obama Administration acted in complete disregard of the rule of law. The bailout was accomplished without congressional approval, and the money used was appropriated for failing banks, not carmakers. They trampled right over where the Constitution places limits on the president's ability to spend public money, stating "No money shall be drawn from the treasury, but in consequence of appropriations made by law."

When Dennis Hastert was the Republican speaker, he was so jealous of congressional prerogatives that he expressed outrage in 2006 at the FBI searching the office of corrupt Congressman William "Cold Cash" Jefferson, D-La., who was caught with $90,000 in FBI money in his freezer at home. Speaker Nancy Pelosi thinks the powers of Congress are whatever Barack Obama decides they are. "If and when the Administration thinks that there should be legislation [on the auto companies], then we will take that up," Pelosi said in May. "We have not heard, I have not personally heard from the executive branch that they need any legislative remedies."

This massive Obama end-around of Congress and the Constitution should at the very least be a matter of controversy and debate. Instead, the national media are ignoring or downplaying the complaints of Obama opponents, as if any whiff of controversy over Obama's increasingly ruthless management of the economy would wreck a recovery. Barack Obama thinks he is America's car czar, and the media are not a check or a balance. They are merely the czar's enthusiastic servants.

TOPICS: Editorial
KEYWORDS: automakers; bho44; chrysler

1 posted on 06/10/2009 1:43:30 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

¡Viva La Revolución!

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2 posted on 06/10/2009 1:54:22 AM PDT by Bon mots
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To: Bon mots; Kaslin

By refusing to hear the arguments presented by Chrysler bond holders the US Supreme Court (SCOTUS) has passed the buck on to American Taxpayers. And the supposition is the GM deal will sail through without any “speed bump”. Lets hope that supposition is wrong and SCOTUS is laying in the weeds for the right argument to assert itself and its constitutional role in this unique country.

Its becoming clear that MSM should be held accountable, identified, and questioned not only by venue (ABC,NBC,CBS NT,WP etc) but by the individuals,in the chain of news command from the producers, editors, writers, and “readers”, responsible for their tail spinning.

3 posted on 06/10/2009 2:56:59 AM PDT by mosesdapoet (We don't need no stinkin video clips unrelated to the subject)
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To: Kaslin

Not only is there no advesarial press the Congress and the Courts have abdicated their constitutional authority,so much for Checks and Balances.
What hapens when the Government,Police ,Courts are all corrupt?Where do you go then folks? welcome to America 2009

4 posted on 06/10/2009 3:45:46 AM PDT by ballplayer
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To: Bon mots

Now that the former US Supreme Court has shown the entire world that contracts mean zero in the USA it will not only be the demise of Chrysler and GM but could well dry up the bond market as secured creditors are no longer first in line especially if the company has a union.
Unions now trump contract law.

I thought for sure the USSC would stop this. How can you void a concept that has been part of this country for over a hundred years?

The fix seems to be in no matter what party you believe in and now the ruling class has no obstruction what so ever to full control of private industry and private property.

We have completely lost the country and this latest USSC decision should be the defining moment.

5 posted on 06/10/2009 5:45:18 AM PDT by Wurlitzer (Welcome to the new USSA (United Socialist States of Amerika))
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To: Kaslin; Mrs. B.S. Roberts

The Constitution of the United States, in its First Amendment guarantees the existence of a FREE PRESS. Today the word PRESS has been by usage changed to MEDIA.
How does this translate to 2009?
The Media is FREE to lie.
The Media is FREE to hide half the truth, the half they disagree with.
The Media is FREE to totally ignore news and events that would put their “annointed” in a bad light.
The Media is FREE to judge one’s “misdeeds” according to the political views of the accused.
The Media is Free to bitterly condemn the angry word of a person whose last name ends in (R), yet ignore the same word from a person whose name ends in (D).
The Media is FREE to applaud the violation of the Constitution that insures it’s very existence when that blatant violation furthers its own closely held belief.
I’m beginning to wonder if the STRONGEST threat to the existence of the United States of America is not the corruption of politics, but rather the corrupt sink hole that the American media has become.

6 posted on 06/10/2009 6:27:21 AM PDT by CaptainAmiigaf (NY TIMES: We print the news as it fits our Views)
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To: Kaslin

GM and Chrysler are the millstones that Lord Zero has willing tied around his own neck. Their slimy reputations will rub off on him, not the other way around.

7 posted on 06/10/2009 6:35:55 AM PDT by hunter112 (SHRUG - Stop Hussein's Radical Utopian Gameplan!)
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To: mosesdapoet
Its becoming clear that MSM should be held accountable
Rush Limbaugh screens out calls about bias in the media, for the simple reason that if he didn't he would talk about nothing else.

In a way, I do the same thing - I stopped subscribing to the AIM Report after a year or two, back in the late 1970s because I was convinced. It became a twice-told tale. Once you are familiar with gravity, one more apple falling off the tree is of no great interest. The question has always been not if "the media" was biased to the left, but why? And what could be done about it. In the three decades since the Carter Administration I have thought long and hard about those issues, and come to some conclusions:

8 posted on 06/10/2009 7:07:02 AM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion (The conceit of journalistic objectivity is profoundly subversive of democratic principle.)
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion

My “convincing” came some 10 years before yours when I was told by my editor when doing a piece on DeGaul during the Kennedy administration “don’t forget to mention his (DeGaul’s) prostrate problem” ie indicate DeGaul was turning senile,thus kissing up to the Kennedy Administration. I’ve had dozens of experiences like this.
BTW The editor in question had recently married a Russian ballerina in Moscow.

You pose a question about coverage that I can’t figure out. What are they (MSM) gaining by being so in the tank for this bunch ? Somewhere along the line they’re getting rewarded. Its a reward of somekind, perhaps a family member is on the dole,or they have some other business which requires favorable connections with the administration.

Reporting on this administration has turned into some sort of a Goebbels game. Some of these people are dishing out better tales than Gibbs. As their report gets reviewed by their peer group and atabouys are handed out. Do they realize they may be working against the interests of the public they are supposed to be serving ? Its certainly not journalism.

Which is why I’m advocating not just identifying the venue but; Ann Compton of ABC radio news reported bla bla bla but spiked bla bla bla questioning that reporters objectivity. To encourage that venue’s other reporters to start being objective and act like journalists. While the venue may deserve the slam identifying the miscreants may slow em down quicker.

10 posted on 06/10/2009 9:34:17 AM PDT by mosesdapoet (We don't need no stinkin video clips unrelated to the subject)
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To: CaptainAmiigaf
The Media is FREE to lie.

Amen. That hasn't changed. That's how it should be. I'd have it no other way. If they weren't free to lie, I might be fooled into trusting them because I might never know they're liars.

The First Amendment ensures our enemies have the freedom to reveal themselves. That's what I love about it.

I’m beginning to wonder if the STRONGEST threat to the existence of the United States of America is not the corruption of politics, but rather the corrupt sink hole that the American media has become.

The media's lies aren't the problem; they are the symptom. The cause is the People's apathy and ignorance. We're too fat, dumb and happy to recognize and/or give a damn about the lies. As long as they're saying what we like to hear, we're satisfied.

Willful ignorance can be freedom's worst enemy.

11 posted on 06/15/2009 11:35:33 AM PDT by newgeezer (It is [the people's] right and duty to be at all times armed. --Thomas Jefferson)
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