• Jun 23, 2006

The political alliances in the Motor City have historically been rather black-and-white, with the UAW lining up alongside Democrats and management favoring the Republicans. Yes, one can find exception to these stereotypes, but the above comes as close as one can to describing 40-some years of voting behavior in one sentence. But the times are changing, and traditional alliances between the political parties and their supporters in the auto industry are increasingly stressed.

Most recently, the heads of the Big Three are said to be getting a bit miffed with the White House after receiving a third postponement of a scheduled meeting with President Bush. Additionally, we've heard recent requests from Ford's Mark Fields for "cooperation" between the automakers and government on health care, which can been seen as a position contrary to that of most conservatives. Bob Lutz has gone so far as to claim that he may vote for Hillary Clinton in 2008 as a means to protest the lack of support from Bush.

Keep in mind that the union isn't exactly getting a lot of support from those who have traditionally been in its corner, either. Dick Gephardt was said to be labor's favorite candidate in 2004, and we all know how far his campaign went.

It would seem as if the auto industry is no longer a priority for most politicians from both parties.

[Source: BusinessWeek]



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      • 8 Years Ago
      Actually, this "news" yesterday was old news - you just have to know where to look. Our GIs have been destroying these "non-existant" weapons of mass destruction since their arrival in Iraq (the latest batch of info I found about this a few months ago was out of Russian news sources).

      Yeah those so called WMDs were from the IRAQ-IRAN War in the 80,s One expert said that they were so degraded that household cleaners in your kitchen posed a greater threat. I always thought that the the WMDS we went went to war for were nuclear in nature, not old stocks
      • 8 Years Ago
      All they have to do is make bigger contributions to the aholes in Washington (both sides), They'll get what they want, we have the best government money can buy and we keep electing the jerks, time after time after time. We call the politicians dumb? It's time to look in the mirror.

      Sorry, the Pres is always too busy, bullshitting us about terror and creating a reason for us to be afraid, be very afraid, I have another important meeting, perhaps to create another phony reason we need to invade another country based on non existant threats and piss poor intel. American companies and workers? That can wait.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wow, what an amazingly one sided article. Blaming Bush for telling Detroit to make relevant products?!? If the Big 3 had followed that advice 15 years ago, they wouldn't be in the predicament they are now. This is just another example of the Big 3 and the media finding a scape goat for pretty obvious problems. Because GM and Ford are losing money, Bush is supposed to nationalize healthcare and penalize every citizen for their mistakes? Give me a break. I'm getting so tired of the whining. Make better cars, repair your reputation, and deal with the unions. It's your problem, Big 3. Not the American taxpayer's.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Bob Lutz has gone so far as to claim that he may vote for Hillary Clinton in 2008 as a means to protest the lack of support from Bush."
      ---------------------------------------

      If Lutz really said the above in public, he's a doofus!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Why are they wanting to waste W's time? The Big 3 execs are looking for nothing except corporate welfare and protectionism -- there's not much George Bush can or should do for them. What should we do, ban Accords and Camrys? This is all about their sense of entitlement and persistent incompetence.

      Particularly galling is their insistence on socializing health care so that they don't have to live up to the absurdly generous benefits they stupidly gave to their unions. (Hey, there's already socilaized medicine for retired pensioners -- it's called medicare.) My boss doesn't seem to have much trouble paying the insurance premiums, but of course he's never sold away the future of his company trying to temporarily placate unions.

      Screw them, health care is a competent, profitable industry. We should socialize the failing auto industry and replace the current crop of dishonest, incompetent executives with croneys. Will that make Bill Ford happy?

      As a taxpayer I urge the president to continue to ignore these hapless morons -- whose only aim is to get their hands into my wallet while failing to provide me with a decent car -- and focus on the important work of the state, like killing terrorists.



      • 8 Years Ago
      Like I said, I'm not defending GM. They've made mistakes like all other companies, even dirty underhanded mistakes, that's what big companies do when a weasel gets put in charge. But as of right now people are just extremely biased.

      And my Ford Focus has comfy seats, easy to use radio, and I fell in control with my hands on the wheel. As far as I'm concerned (and many others) that's all that I'll ever need. My only complaint with my 33 year old Mercury Comet is that the radio is too low and the seatbelts are overly difficult -- the rest of it is gorgeous, actually.

      Truthfully, the only car I've ever had that upset me when I sat in it was my BMW 320i and after driving it for a couple weeks it was fine. As long as I'm in a good position and the seats are good, I'm fine. Most normal people are the same way.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Gee who just passed a pay raise for themselves, but couldn't give the rest of us a break in taxes or a minimum wage boost?
      The only way the Republicans are going to learn, is to leave them with the hateful hypocritical homophobic "Christians" & vote them out of office. Since they have abandoned Ronnie Reagan, the party has just flat been "Hijacked". Its time for an Independent America again.

      And Yes, F & GM need some better designs & the 10/100K mile warranty! *let me know when this complaint gets borrrring!* lol
      • 8 Years Ago
      That's because they already know what the big 3 are going to talk about.

      "Why are politicians spouting their mouths off about us not doing more for fuel consumption when we have the answer right here?"
      *Bush and Cheney gasp; Cheney dies from heart attack*
      • 8 Years Ago
      I never understood why the people who actually work for a living (the blue collar guys) always voted for Democrats. They literally earn every penny and the Democrats have traditionally taxed most of the pennies they earned. The tide has turned only because the blue collar worker has become more educated to the FACT that Democrats have been taking all their money through years and spent it on failing social programs, saving the whales and socialist propaganda machines like PBS and CBS News. I know here in Massachusetts, the home of Dems, conservative talk radio is huge. People have had enough. The next generation finally realizes that it is no longer the party of JFK. It is an awakening. As our elected officials like John Kerry and Ted Kennedy become more and more "harvard" liberal, the more the common folk will start voting against them.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #4 The tide has turned only because the blue collar worker has become more educated to the FACT that Democrats have been taking all their money through years and spent it on failing social programs, saving the whales and socialist propaganda machines like PBS and CBS News

      Show me where the the Democrats have gave taxpayers money to save Whales. CBS is a private company which gets no money. And for PBS, its a pittance compared to th 75-80 BILLION dollars in corperate welfare. Not including the 15-20 BILLION in farm subsides. You should wake up to the FACT that youyou are being brainwashed by right wing talk shows
      • 8 Years Ago
      Chris => you need to wake up. The US auto industry cannot make better cars while competing against industries whose countries fund their auto industry. Are you blind or can't you read. The Japanese are funding their auto industry. R&D is funded. Healthcare is funded. There are impediments to U.S. parts and dealers. The reason the Japanese are producing better cars is because their nation is funding their auto workers. Get it? How dense people are, and so quick to piss on their own plate at home.

      Yeah, it's just even competition, Chris, and U.S. autoworkers are just sitting on their hands causing all this trouble, along with greedy owners. Right!

      • 8 Years Ago
      OK Richard (Warren), in case it did escape your attention, weapons of mass destruction were found in Iraq.

      Actually, this "news" yesterday was old news - you just have to know where to look. Our GIs have been destroying these "non-existant" weapons of mass destruction since their arrival in Iraq (the latest batch of info I found about this a few months ago was out of Russian news sources).

      Plus anyone with a tiny bit of curiousity about it all knows that the biggest and newest Iraqi WOMD were sent to Syria before we played whoop-ass with Iraq.

      Not that I am even remotely a Bush supporter (or Dumocrat, for that matter) but at least have a sense of fairness and reality, buddy.

      Otherwise we the people are no better than the jackasses we elect to Washington.
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