Stimulus Eve in America

Obama takes the stimulus debate to the East Room, GM to fund $1 billion Brazil operation with taxpayer bailout funds

Tonight, as President Barack Obama droned on for an hour about the merits of spending our way out of an economic crisis, cherry-picking mostly easy questions–Alex Rodriguez and steriods? Seriously?–from generally friendly reporters, and spitting out blatant misrepresentations–Japan, by the way, lost a whole decade because they DID try to spend their way out of a recession, not because they didn’t spend enough–slowly but surely those Americans willing to listen are being further apprised of some of the ways their hard-earned tax money is being used so far.

We know about Citigroup and the naming rights of the New York Mets’ ballpark. We know about the fun trips by AIG executives. We know about the planned weekend retreat in Vegas for Wells Fargo honchos. We know about the corporate jets for these banks. Now, we get to hear about the American automaker.

That’s right. Undoubtedly to avoid the union-related pitfalls of doing business as usual as an American automaker in the United States of America, General Motors will infuse $1 billion into expansion of its operations in Brazil — and will use money received from taxpayers, with our federal government as intermediary, to fund the infusion.

Jaime Ardila, president of GM Brazil-Mercosur, told the Latin American Herald Tribune that the money would be used to “complete the renovation of the line of products up to 2012,” and admitted that the funds were derived from the handout given by the United States government, part of the $13.4 billion provided for General Motors and Chrysler by the Bush White House, not through act of Congress. Another $4 billion would be available to GM this month if the remaining $350 billion in TARP money had not been released.

Gosh darn it, that money was earmarked for the very survival of our automakers. They came to Washington, D.C., first in their corporate jets and again in their latest hybrids in an attempt to manufacture a feeling of responsibility. This was for survival. This was we-won’t-be-able-to-operate-without-it money. This was for bill-paying, for the ability to honor pension and benefit obligations, not for infusion into the Brazilian economy, not for the creation of Brazilian jobs.

What we need to realize in this country, before we once again cast aside free-market principles, is that these companies, from the banks to the automakers and beyond, are failing for a reason. In the case of the automakers, they are failing in large part because of union influence, because it costs an American automaker almost twice as much to pay a unionized American worker than it does a Japanese automaker in America to pay a non-unionized American worker. The entire union approach and scope of union influence must be analyzed before we tread further down the road to socialism, just as all downhill consequences must be measured and weighed for each and every other handout.

This whole culture of lifting a hand for an easy handout instead of rolling up the sleeves and doing what comes difficult must stop now. This isn’t a game anymore and, with each passing day, it is becoming more and more obvious that the only people who take this issue seriously are the very Americans who have been watching the erosion of their country and are preparing to bear the weighty burden of their future.

Barack Obama and the Democrats are delusional. The same people who chastised former President George W. Bush for reminding people about the threat of radical Islam in order to foster the passage of appropriations bills now use fear of perpetual recession to hastily compel unnecessary, unpopular, and potentially dangerous action. Worse yet, the president tonight did so with the use of outright lies. No pork or pet projects in this bill, Mr. President? That’s a lie. Bipartisan approach? Also a lie. All of a sudden, we’re going to have oversight? Another lie.

Stop it. Stop it now. We see what is happening with our money, and we do not like it. Why else do our elected officials feel it necessary to take the telephones off the hook? Why else did you pick and choose questions about steroids and criminal investigations of George W. Bush in tonight’s Stimulus Eve press conference rather than address the pet projects, one by one? We hear politicians like Barney Frank and Joseph Biden explain that it’s the people that are the problem, or that the voters simply do not understand what’s good for them.

This, Mr. President, is medicine that we simply do not need and do not want. And when we overdose, you and your party’s leadership should be prepared to take responsibility and reap the consequences.



  1. Anonymous says:
  2. StuckInMI says:

    I think it’s kinda funny. The Unions shove the Dems down your throat and then the Dems do more harm than good for said Unions (NAFTA anyone?)

  3. Anonymous says:

    I’m glad he’s being honest about the fact that he is a tax and spend liberal.

    If the Republicans can’t make hay with this, they should disband.

  4. Lilly says:

    I REALLY don’t understand. From what I’ve been hearing We the People are royally p*ss*d off about this and flooding the faxes, emails and phones on Capital Hill. It seems NObody is listening! Is there a way to find out how many calls, emails and faxes have been sent, For and against this? This should be public to show they are going against the peoples wishes!
    Sorry, just frustrated beyond belief!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Seems like the economic rape of America.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Associated Builders and Contractors denounces EO that discriminates against 84% of the construction workforce. The president repealed EO 13202, that prohibited federal agencies and recipients of federal funding from requiring contractors to sign union-only project labor agreements (PLAs) as a condition of performing work on federal and federally funded construction projects.

    On Jan 30 the president issued 3 EOs establishing new labor requirements for government contractors that target open shop contractors.

    White House CoS Rahm Emanuel issued a memo to all federal departments and agencies delaying implementation of many recently- finalized regulations scheduled to go into effect early this year — according to the memo “all proposed or final regulations that have not been published” should be delayed 60 days so they can be “reviewed and approved by a department or agency head appointed or designated by the president.” The memo also extends the amount of time the public will have to comment on any of the affected rulemakings. Some rules had already been pushed back from Jan 15 to Feb 20, due to pending litigation.

    This site also revealed that a survey shows that there is widespread public opposition (86%) to the misnamed Employee Free Choice Act, even among union members, 88% of whom believe that the voting process should be kept private.

    A Citizen Wells’ blog poster wrote that O has handed “legal standing” because of the 3 new EOs; Trade Organizations can challenge BHO EOs as severely harming their members.

    Seems that the WH has been staying up late coming up with new Obamarules. Wonder what is coming down the pike?


    OMG, verification word is ‘begon’

  7. Still a Patriot says:

    Hi Jeff -
    This GM debacle infuriates me!!! I live near Janesville, WI, where the unemployment rate is above the national average because of the GM plant closing. Several people here have committed suicide over this! Even though the unions have contributed to the catastrophe, the bottom line is that folks have no jobs, they are losing everything (there are many businesses in the area that have supported GM also going under or laying people off.)Is there no way to stop this money from going to Brazil???
    God help us all.
    Susan Peterson

  8. Jess says:

    The buzzword of the year is socialism:

  9. Michelle in Texas says:

    Jeff, not sure this is newsworthy, but look at Mr. Obama’s ear, both on election night and during his speech last night. One of my children remarked that his ears looked like plastic! It may have been the lighting, or it may have been high-tech ear-pieces. I don’t know.

    compare with Photo #22 here:

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