published Sunday, August 7th, 2011

About those 'foreign' cars

The head of the Democratic National Committee made a bizarre, contradictory statement not long ago in defense of the improper federal bailouts to some U.S. car companies in 2009.

Criticizing Republicans who opposed the bailouts, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., told a group of reporters, "If it were up to the candidates for president on the Republican side, we would be driving foreign cars; they would have let the auto industry in America go down the tubes."

But what Wasserman Schultz did not mention was that she herself drives a Japanese automobile, a 2010 Infiniti. Its parent company is Nissan. The license plate even proudly bears her initials, The Hill newspaper reported.

She also failed to mention that many so-called "foreign" cars are actually manufactured in the United States. We need look no further than Chattanooga's own billion-dollar-plus Volkswagen plant to realize that. Volkswagen may be based in Germany, but it is building its Passats right here, employing thousands of area workers in high-paying positions and adding immensely to our local economic growth.

We're not even certain exactly where Wasserman Schultz's "foreign" Infiniti was built. Japan-based Nissan has a number of manufacturing plants in the United States, too, including two here in Tennessee -- one in Smyrna and one in Decherd.

At any rate, the line between "foreign" and "domestic" cars is blurred, to say the least, with the presence of numerous "foreign" automobile manufacturing plants in the United States.

And bailouts -- which protect poorly performing companies while indirectly punishing those that perform better -- are not a proper function of government.

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LibDem said...

So, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz may drive a U.S. made car? I can understand your outrage.

August 7, 2011 at 9:55 a.m.
LibDem said...

tnvolssuckbad: Sorry, I was commenting on the Editor's opinion. "We're not even certain exactly where Wasserman Schultz's "foreign" Infiniti was built. Japan-based Nissan has a number of manufacturing plants in the United States...".

August 7, 2011 at 2:27 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

The Free Press editor must have been hard up for something to write about to come up with this non-story. He even ends up refuting the very point he's trying to make when he admits that it's hard to know for sure these days whether some of the cars we buy are strictly American-made or foreign.

As for the bailouts of the auto companies, by any sane standard (of course, today's Republicans and teaparty conservatives relinquished any semblance of sanity a long time ago) what Obama did was a resounding success. Those who continue to deny it are so blinded by impassioned hate for government that they refuse to see how government can be a force for good sometimes and can be the proper balance that we need between an unbridled free market and what's best for the nation as a whole. But then, today's conservatives do not think in terms of the nation as a whole; they seem to have adopted the infantile and completely self-serving "philosophy" of Ayn Rand that, in their minds, justifies unabashed self-centeredness.

Get over it, Mr. editor. Pick something else to whine about. The bailouts of the auto companies were a complete success. It just kills you to admit it

August 7, 2011 at 5:17 p.m.
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