While my other writing job has kept me very busy as of late, I’m always up for a hearty laugh when the time allows. Thanks to ThinkProgress, I’m provided with more than a few. As the GOP warned ominously about the socialist revolution sweeping America since Barack Obama became president, our government was busy digging us out of a ridiculous economic trench. Rescuing U.S automakers was part of that plan. It’s immediate point was to keep those companies solvent–since they are one of the biggest providers of jobs in America.
Republicans were against that. Vehemently. Here are a few examples:
SEN. JOHN MCCAIN (R-AZ): “We should have let them go into bankruptcy, emerge and become viable corporations again. The unions didn’t want to have their very generous contracts renegotiated, so we put $80 billion into both General Motors and Chrysler, and anybody believes that Chrysler is going to survive, I’d like to meet them.” [11/19/2009]
SEN. JIM DEMINT (R-SC): “The government has forced taxpayers to buy these failing companies without any plausible plan for profitability.” [06/01/2009]
REP. PAUL BROUN (R-GA): “This is an unprecedented takeover from the private sector by this administration…It is totally unconstitutional, it’s totally against freedom, it’s totally unprecedented, and it’s exactly the same thing that Hugo Chávez is doing down in Venezuela.” [06/09/2009]
REP. TRENT FRANKS (R-AZ): When Washington gets involved in a company, “the disaster that follows is predictable.” [07/22/2009]
No the apocalyspe did not strike. Civilization still exists. In fact for a good portion of Americans, it is much better. They still have their jobs. Oh, and the automakers seem to be doing much better too:
The smallest of the Big Three U.S. automakers appears poised for a comeback less than two years after the government saved it from extinction. Chrysler made a $569 million net profit last year and has $10 billion in hand. It is adding jobs in the U.S. and slowly countering impressions in Washington and elsewhere that it can’t survive. “Over the course of the last 12 months, we’ve raised our outlook significantly,” said George Magliano, senior auto analyst for IHS Global Insight. “Their whole tone has changed over the last six to eight months.”
The last vestiges of dignity and common sense these leaders cling to is blowing away. I’m sure that won’t stop them from falsely prognosticating, though. What else can they do? They sure as hell can’t lead.