Because the government has spent everything else. Too-proud politicos. Pin it on the Dems. Plus more.
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Re: George Neumayr’s May the Schwarzenegger Not Be With You:
I agree with some of George Neumayr’s points — but there is another thing I have to add: one reason why the left mops the floor with us.
I have just been over at the O.C. Register’s website. It is a fairly conservative newspaper with a bunch of editorials expressing the anger behind the rejection of the recent tax-hike initiatives. Without exception, the anger was directed at “Sacramento,” “the political class,” “politicians,” etc.
What word was not said? DEMOCRAT.
It is to the point where my intelligent, conservative mother, being told that I was sick of the disaster that was California, said “Well that’s a Republican governor, isn’t it?” This in a state where Democrats have thoroughly dominated the legislature for decades and wiped the floor with Arnold the one time he stood up to them; he learned his lesson and never did it again. With a Republican legislature, he would be annoying but there is no way a government of all Arnolds would have created anything like this situation.
Articles like Mr. Neumayr’s feed this type of thing. Yes, “moderate” Republicans are annoying, but if when there is a crisis conservative Republicans’ first instinct is to turn around and rip into “moderate” Republicans, when do we hit Democrats? Like this:
Democrats belonging to the Democrat party through the Democrat enactment of Democrat laws at the behest of Democrat unions passed the Democrat budgets filled with bloated Democrat programs that saddled Democrat-dominated California with a Democrat deficit that these Democrats (who belong to the Democrat party) are responding to in the Democrat way by Democratically raising Democrat taxes.
“The political class” isn’t on the ballot; Democrats are. When
voters go to the polls, if they want this nonsense to end they
should vote against Democrats, and if this fact is not conveyed
at a time like this when will it be conveyed? Granted the
California electorate, it may not help, but it should at least be
— Roy Koczela
IT’S THE FUEL ECONOMY, STUPID
Re: Eric Peters’s Obama Nails the Coffin Shut:
The car industry is hardly the last to flee oversees in search of affordable labor cost. A sizable portion of GM, Ford and Chrysler are already “imports” back into this country. I think I have as good an idea of what is wrong with Detroit designs as any one, and it isn’t CAFÉ standards by any means.
Detroit can’t design and sell any kind of domestically produced passenger car for $20,000 or less that the bulk of Americans want. Detroit designs go to the shop a lot more often than Japanese designs. Even under warranty this still costs money and aggravation that most people will avoid if possible. Honda has never tried to gin up sales with longer warranties as Detroit does. They don’t need to. A bad reputation is a terrible thing to overcome when you are dealing with major purchases like vehicles.
Third, no company can make enough profit on vehicles in the $20,000 range with the wage and benefit cost of Detroit UAW labor to stay in business. You simply can’t be competitive paying high school graduates $30.00 an hour average, carrying three pensioners for every worker and giving away health care insurance valued over $1000.00 a month per employee.
Fourth, all three Detroit based companies have been losing billions for years and this started with the increase in fuel prices. That connection can not be discounted Ford was supposed to return to profitability in 2008…and they’ve borrowed tens of billions to stay afloat. They weren’t going to make a profit in 2008 even without the financial meltdown.
What Eric doesn’t seem to grasp is that the average American with the average wage in this country looks upon the math regarding the purchase of a vehicle and its operating cost a whole lot differently than Detroit does. It isn’t just the CEOs making 20 million plus that don’t get it. I still remember the days of 5 year loans and American design owners ending up owing more at three years into the loan than the vehicle was worth.
At the end of the day, both a rancher in East Texas and I have the same core problem here while having vastly different needs. Cost of ownership. Few people can afford $4-5.00 a gallon for gas and drive the national average with anything that barely gets up to 20 mpg with a tail wind going down hill. That’s the bulk of the Detroit pickups and SUVs. The difference between what I paid 3-4 years ago for gas and when it hits $4-5.00 a gallon is a couple extra percent in my 401K. Guess which one is more important in the scheme of things? The higher cost of vehicles combined with uncertain fuel cost is going to create a death spiral for the auto industry in general.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?