Mr. Bernstein from Citizen Kane:
Well, it’s no trick to make a lot of money… if what you want to do is make a lot of money.
It’s also no trick to win a political campaign…if what you want to do is win a political campaign. But once that’s won, the winner actually has to do something; in the case of Barack Obama, he was elected to run the Executive Branch of the federal government in a fairly competent manner. This is something the Obama administration has real trouble doing. So it falls back on all it knows, trying to win a political campaign.
Take yesterday as a for instance.
Our old “buddy”, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, held a briefing regarding the U.S. auto industry. For over a year, many critics have blasted the administration for its takeover of GM and Chrysler. One of the more vocal critics (naturally, considering he has the most listened to talk show on radio) has been Rush Limbaugh. In response to these critics, especially Limbaugh, Gibbs reverts to campaign mode instead of actually responding to the criticism, with Gibbs fabricating a story in order to smear the critics:
“Look, Rush Limbaugh and others wanted to walk away. Rush Limbaugh and others saw a million people that worked at these factories, that worked at these parts suppliers, that had — that supported communities, and thought we should all just walk away.[“]
Oh really Gibbs? Is that what Limbaugh and others thought you all should do? I don’t think so. I believe what every critic has said is that GM and Chrysler should have gone through regular bankruptcy proceedings, which would have likely called for a restructuring of those companies and not a complete liquidation. This means that many jobs would have been saved, including those in the businesses that do business with GM and Chrysler. It would also have been a lot cheaper than running up the federal government’s debt. Instead, the money used to bail out and take over the two car companies was borrowed, meaning there is interest that the government has to pay back along with the principle. Besides, Gibbs didn’t seem fazed by all of the thousands of workers (estimated at around 120,000) thrown out of their jobs via the haphazard and unnecessary closing of GM and Chrysler dealerships around the country, including some that were closed by GM based on a questionable affirmative action (race- and gender-based) methodology instead of a results-based methodology. And as is typical with this administration, the bankruptcy proceedings that Chrysler and GM did go through were completely bastardized in order to favor those that provide massive bribes campaign contributions to the Democratic Party and its candidates. One more thing. This administration and this Congress have yet to do anything to deal with the worsening unemployment and underemployment situation except to hand out more tax dollars with more borrowed money (plus interest).
Gibbs is wrong; Limbaugh and the critics didn’t want you to walk away from anything. We just wanted the government to handle things in a lawful manner that didn’t overburden the already overburdened taxpayers.
Later, Gibbs got snarky:
“I’ll let those that sat in the cheap seats a year-and-a-half ago and wanted to walk away” from a milion workers, he continued, “explain to every one of those workers why they made that decision.”
I’ve answered. Maybe it’s time for you and your boss to explain to every taxpayer why you’ve put generations of taxpayers at risk with all of your fiscal foolishness.
Like I said, it’s no trick to win a political campaign…if what you want to do is win a political campaign. And that’s all these “Wile E. Coyote, Super Genius”-types in the administration seem to know how to do. I can prove it:
Finally, he wrapped it up: “And then you should ask Mr. Limbaugh — I don’t know what kind of car he drives, but I bet it’s not an F-150.”
The F-150 truck, we should note, is made by Ford, which didn’t get federal rescue funds.
In the briefing, Gibbs did mention he did buy a new 2005 Escape hybrid. The Escape, I should note, is made by Ford, which didn’t get federal rescue funds. None of the media people asked Gibbs if he had bought a Chevy Volt or another GM or Chrysler vehicle, or if he did, if he paid for it himself as opposed to being given one of those vehicles that was subsidized by those who pay taxes in this country.
(Hat tip: Hot Air Headlines)