Ron Bloom, the former car czar under President Barack Obama, is being asked to clarify some of the statements he made under oath to the United States Congress last month. Three members of the Congressional oversight committee are specifically interested in the Bloom's denial that he remarked "I did all this for the unions" during a farewell speech. Representative Dan Burton, R-Ind., questioned Bloom about the statement at a hearing of the Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs, Stimulus Oversight and Government Spending. Now Congress is giving the former car czar a chance to correct his statement.

Why should Bloom feel the need to change his tune? As it turns out, both The Detroit News and Steven Rattner, Bloom's predecessor, recorded the statement for posterity. The quote was featured in an article in The Detroit News and in Rattner's book, Overhaul: An Insider's Account of the Obama Administration's Emergency Rescue of the Auto Industry. As Automotive News points out, Rattner claims that Bloom made the statement as a joke.


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        Ed
        • 3 Years Ago
        Actually moron, czars (or tzars/tsars) were the Russian MONARCHS that the soviets murdered (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsar). I understand your confusion though, it's tough to come up with new talking points now that Glenn Beck isn't there to write them for you on his chalk board of truthiness.
          Ed
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Ed
          No, because I don't want to spend any time giving him money (by giving them page views) trolling through his crap. But that's not how he works. His schtick was always taking unrelated, selected, facts and chaining them together to come up with some crazy conclusion that anyone with half a brain wouldn't agree with.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Ed
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          @Ed
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      Robu Dahbi
      • 3 Years Ago
      Unions helped destroy GM. Outrageous demands were made by union leaders and incompetent GM executives agreed to the demands. Because of this, THEY SHOULD FAIL- RIP!!! I will never buy a GM product....NEVER! But thanks to Obama and gang of auto-Czar-communists, me and many other hardworking American taxpayers are forced to to put GM on life support. GM and the unions get to keep destroying competition and weakening the USA. GM has become just another Dumbocrat endorsed entitlement program putting us further in debt.
      H.E. Pennypacker
      • 3 Years Ago
      surprise surprise, more anti-labor behavior by republicans in congress. it'll score cheap political points from the frothing idiots who think that organized labor is communist-fascism-nazism, and show the corporate masters they're on their side.
        xmailboxcancerx
        • 3 Years Ago
        @H.E. Pennypacker
        HA! Then YOU tell me what contemporary organized labor represents then. Call 'em as you see 'em, organized labor is the definition of corruption. Find me an example where I'm wrong.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @xmailboxcancerx
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      Paul M
      • 3 Years Ago
      I find this question by Autoblog to be interesting: "Why should Bloom feel the need to change his tune?" Why? Because doing things "for the unions" is not the way a capitalist society functions. Doing things for the unions at the cost of doing what's right for the automakers (and ultimately, consumers) is largely how they got into this mess in the first place. It's bad enough that we have to have a car czar at all in our society, but if we have one, he should be doing all he can to help automakers create the conditions whereby automakers can develop products consumers want to buy, not propping up unions.
      powerbookie
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is a Very Important Thing for these representatives to be doing, what with four and a half wars going right now and a government on the verge of default. Bravo, gentlemen. Way to score cheap political points with your anti-union constituencies.
        xmailboxcancerx
        • 3 Years Ago
        @powerbookie
        Oh neat. And your side is busy busy busy at work doing the people's work, right? Wasting time with regulating the fat content in school lunches and appropriating money to Chinese prostitutes who drink safely on the job? SOMEBODY has to strongly vocalize a debate against these dicks who still think the only way to do business is through a labor union. Bloom here may have been making a joke, but unfortunately there's truth between the lines here – unions inherently breed a culture of corruption. Sorry!
          Polly Prissy Pants
          • 3 Years Ago
          @xmailboxcancerx
          "your side" <--- Problem. If you have a "side" then you've already failed.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @xmailboxcancerx
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          ChrisDPrice
          • 3 Years Ago
          @xmailboxcancerx
          Union participation continues to decline in the U.S., not due to angry ranting, but rather through the continuing spread of enlightened management practices. Trying to let the U.S. auto companies die just to kill the unions would have been just as bad as trying to bailout the companies just to save the unions. Unions were not the main issue in this complex industrial situation, despite what some pundits would feed you.
          MMS
          • 3 Years Ago
          @xmailboxcancerx
          Don't straw man me. I wasn't approving of anyone's conduct here, just criticizing political fat cats lining their war chests at your and my expense.
      Car Guy
      • 3 Years Ago
      I am pro American business but draw the line at the government picking winners and losers with "bailout" money and manipulating the market. This was a clear case of vote buying by a Democratic Administration. Why else would the UAW get such a large % of ownership after the deal? There are many companies that have gone under in this recession all because they didn't have a large union voting block behind them and have the luxury of getting government (taxpayer) money.
        H.E. Pennypacker
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Car Guy
        riiiight, the auto bailout was all about buying votes and not preserving vital american manufacturing capacity. i wonder what your astute political mind thinks of tarp or defense contracting.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @H.E. Pennypacker
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          xmailboxcancerx
          • 3 Years Ago
          @H.E. Pennypacker
          I wonder if you realize that people like Car Guy likely are also just as critical of TARP and some shady defense contracts. Get comfortable with blaming your own government and ruling party for a change.
        Car Guy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Car Guy
        America has lost 40% of it's manufacturing capacity in the past 15 years thanks to horrible trade deals like NAFTA. Why all of a sudden is it "vital" to preserve these particular jobs? Oh, I suppose its pure coincidence there are hundreds of thousands of union members who always support Democrats in these two particular companies. Anybody who can't see the connection is incredibly naive or intellectually challenged.........
        tinted up
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Car Guy
        The space shuttle contractors for example... 10,000 out of work, maybe they should have had some weasel union boss representing them. I bet a lot of them manufacture components that could very well be considered vital to our gravely ill country.
      ChrisDPrice
      • 3 Years Ago
      The auto bailout was initiated in late 2008, pushed by the Bush Administration. The plan included the appointment of a “car czar”. The Obama Administration followed through on that plan. There was no significant deviation from the original bailout vision of the Bush Administration. QUESTION YOU MUST ANSWER: What was Bush’s original motivation to bail out the auto industry? Unions? Leaders sometimes have to make pragmatic decisions that escape minds that insist everything must fit into nice red/blue boxes. The economic gravity of the auto industry situation in late 2008 went far beyond the scope of union saving. This guy probably made a joke at a dinner, and many might not get the humor. Think for yourself, would anyone intelligent ever so plainly admit to doing something like this ("only for the unions") if it was true? However, it sounds like he lied under oath about saying it, and so now he has a problem.
        rastaD
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ChrisDPrice
        Bush probably wouldn't have gifted ~20% of the company to the Auto Unions during it's bankruptcy but I agree that he'd have likely pushed to keep GM and Chrysler afloat. Not as sure about your assessment of Bloom. He's been a union laywer for most of his career.
      William
      • 3 Years Ago
      Knowing this - even before he announced it - is one of the reasons I have trouble considering or buying an American car.
        Ed
        • 3 Years Ago
        @William
        Yeah, heaven forbid something should actually benefit the people who make something.
          Michael
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Ed
          Consumers shouldn't be force to support a manufacturer who failed to bring a desirable product to market.
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          @Ed
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      DivisibleByZer0
      • 3 Years Ago
      Joking about Unions is like joking about AIDS, it's fun until some impacted by it hears you.
      mythicalprogrammer
      • 3 Years Ago
      So corporations can cheat lie and get bail out (GoldmanSach, etc..), have rights just like any us citizens (Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission) and at the same time can screw people over right? But the people, the unions, can't try to do what most corporations do? Greedy profit? lulz. Corp lobbies congress, Union lobbies congress. Corporations are here to squeeze as much money out of their work force via cheap labor or whatever to satisfy their stock holder. Union are trying to get money and benefits for union members. It seems so unfair that corporations have so much power and yet Union gets some and yet they get criticize for using it. Corp is some company and Unions is usually for the people (some union screw their member over). Shrug, weird. Note, no need for any party bickering since both parties are lobbied so complaining to the democrats or the republicans doesn't really solve anything since both parties are being lobbied. I'm not in a union, my profession doesn't have one nor need one, just a little fyi for any flaming replies.
      xmailboxcancerx
      • 3 Years Ago
      This picture of Ron Bloom makes him look like such a douche.
      stecki3d
      • 3 Years Ago
      of course it was "just a joke" wink wink, nod nod...
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