After Motor Trend Magazine named the Chevy Volt, "Car of the Year," Rush Limbaugh articulated what everyone on God's green earth was thinking,
Oh, by the way, did you see that Motor Trend magazine has named the Chevrolet Volt the car of the year? Folks, of all the cars, no offense, General Motors, please, but of all the cars in the world, the Chevrolet Volt is the car of the year? Motor Trend magazine, that's the end of them. How in the world do they have any credibility? Not one has been sold. The Volt is the car of the year.
Agreed. While Motor Trend hails the Volt as a "game changer," Car and Driver and Investor's Business Daily give a less glowing report.
Car and Driver points out the fact that it is government intervention that pushed the Volt forward, and the many detracting qualities of the Volt, namely, it's many hidden costs.
Investor's Business Daily was very caustic, calling the Volt a fraud, and bringing up many concerns including,
This is what happens when government picks winners and losers in the marketplace and tries to run a business. We are not told that we will be dependent on foreign sources like Bolivia for the lithium to be used in these batteries. Nor are we told about the possible dangers to rescuers and occupants in an accident scenario.
The reason Rush's attitude is down on the Volt, is similar to IBD's post and because it is not necessary. It is a government-subsidized, extremely expensive project that has only one purpose; to make people feel good. Make sense?
As Motor Trend lavishes praise on the Volt's low emissions and high mpg, they completely miss the point of what the Volt is actually supposed to be. It is supposed to be the answer to peak oil and climate change.
However, peak oil is an extremist view of a world oil shortage which is not based on fact, and climate change aka global warming has been completely debunked.
So, Chevy's exercise in stupidity, built for the government, for reasons that are illogical and unfounded, comes with a huge price tag that is mitigated by the government.
Can we all please remember that "the government" is our tax dollars, therefore my back, and your back?
The fact that Motor Trend's Todd Lassa decided to lash out like a spoiled toddler at Limbaugh also shows the hyper-sensitivity to criticism of their pick for car of the year.
Lassa's very partisan diatribe includes,
But, harrumph. In its attempt to force cars that don’t use much gas on us — how un-American/un-ExxonMobil/un-Halliburton is that? — the Obama administration is offering a $7,500 tax credit on the Chevy Volt, grabbing tax breaks and credits right out of the deserving, job-creating pockets of America’s richest individuals. How dare he?
Maybe you’re worried that if the $7,500 tax credit works, too many people will buy the Volt, and that could reduce the need for oil drilling tax credits?
Thanks to the recently unbridled ability of American and foreign big business to contribute unhindered to their favorite politicians – both Democratic and Republican — you don’t need to worry about rampant left-wing policy coming out of Washington any time soon.
and this below-the-belt screech,
If you can stop shilling for your favorite political party long enough to go for a drive, you might really enjoy the Chevy Volt. I’m sure GM would be happy to lend you one for the weekend. Just remember: driving and Oxycontin don’t mix.
Total dick move.
Lassa is a fool for his attack on Rush. All Rush did was give an opinion, Lassa lashed out like menstruating woman would.
I suggest everyone around Lassa to not comment on how he looks. Just sayin'.