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Sen. Barack Obama took on the auto industry again this week in his era-defining presidential bid--but unlike his fiery visit to Detroit last fall, Obama brought less of a blame game to Janesville, Wisc., and laid out more of his plans for a brighter future for industry towns like Janesville.

It's a shame he couldn't stop at "change," because the more I learn about Obama's ideas for the future, the more I feel like I need to raise my withholding for taxes. Of all the big spenders running for office this fall, Obama might be the biggest of them all.

I'm not as worried that he's a little spotty on the fact. He's a pure rookie compared to his direct opposition and his future opposition on that count. He does have some fuzzy ideas about the state of the union when it comes to unions: gesturing broadly to his crowd, Obama cited those "workers whose right to organize and unionize has been under assault for the last eight years." If anything, Obama misses the fact that it's the unions, particularly in auto plants, that have fought unfairly to win representation in transplant factories--trying to remove secret ballots, for example.

But Obama clearly knows how to captivate a crowd--and how to use charisma to cover up logical flaws and gaping maws in his policy initiatives. "We know that we cannot reverse the tide of technology that’s allowed businesses to send jobs wherever there’s an internet connection," Sen. Obama told the Janesville audience, knowing a town where hundreds of auto workers have been laid off might agree with the sentiment--even if it's hard to export auto-assembly jobs to India or other exotic tech destinations.

Those miscues don't worry me so much, but the fiscal slap and tickle he's playing with middle class America does. Obama may have no real competition in a presidential race full of new economic programs with no funding in sight.

"...We’ll require employers to enroll every worker in a direct deposit retirement account that places a small percentage of each paycheck into savings," he proposed. "You can keep this account even if you change jobs, and the federal government will match the savings for lower-income, working families." Aside from forcibly taking money from workers' paychecks, Obama would also simultaneously create the equivalent of 401(k)s that, in his words, would only be available to couples with children.

Last fall we pointed out Obama's fiery speech to a Detroit audience was riddled with ominous signs for the Big Three--and that was when the charismatic Senator was an also-ran in the race for the White House. “For years, while foreign competitors were investing in more fuel-efficient technology for their vehicles, American automakers were spending their time investing in bigger, faster cars,” he said then.

This time, he papered over those angry sentiments with billions of dollars of an unknown genesis, for a huge new government program to clean up heavy industry--the auto industry, in part. "My energy plan will invest $150 billion over ten years to establish a green energy sector that will create up to 5 million new jobs over the next two decades – jobs that pay well and can’t be outsourced. We’ll also provide funding to help manufacturers convert to green technology and help workers learn the skills they need for these jobs."

Hey, it's better than blaming Detroit for poorly-written fuel economy rules. But where's the sugar-daddy bank account Obama will need to fully fund this plan? Or any of his plans?

Even for a registered Republican like me, Obama is a truly captivating candidate. The symbolic value of electing him President might be the most powerful vote for equality this country's ever cast. But Obama's politics are troubling retreads of huge-government policy that would probably reverse decades of economic expansion.

Now that he's increasingly likely to be the Democratic nominee--and running slightly ahead of Sen. John McCain in head-to-head poll numbers--it's time to really consider whether Obama's call for "change" is something Detroit, and the country, can afford.

Still not fully captivated? Check out Sen. Obama's Wisconsin speech, in brief:




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  1. I'm eagerly reading, watching and trying to understand the candidates and the issues. Often the issues are hidden in the rhetoric or simply not discussed at all. I'm disappointed that we don't dwell much on the issues - most people prefer the sound bites, photo ops and other brief encounters. For me I see change coming regardless of who is elected - the populace is becoming more pro-earth - and the economy's of the world more global, less regional. This doesn't take the US out of the cat bird's seat as the driver of the global economy - but it doesn't allows have a firm hold of the throttle. As a boy growing up in Detroit we all knew the saying "when GM sneezes, the country catches a cold". Right now I'd say that applies not to the auto industry but the housing industry and banks. Change. Look at the empty buildings around suburban Detroit where tool and die shops used to be. Change. New, tougher emission laws. Change. New, tougher fuel consumption rules. Change. It might sound trite but are we part of the solution or the problem?

    I'm sure the outcome of the presidential race will be close. We need to take time to assess who we are as a nation, and what we want to become in the future. And, to do the same with the candidates. Avoid the rhetoric - learn more about the candidates and vote.
     
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  2. If the UAW wants to know what's good for it they should look at Obama's previous speech where he blamed their industry for everything from internet kiddie porn to smallpox.

    His tune sure has changed but if the UAW endorses this person they collectively have rocks in their heads.
     
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  3. I was a bit skeptical of his views based on his criticism of the US Auto Industry last fall, but it doesn't matter. I know I'm voting Democrat whether it's Hillary or Barack.

    If you wonder where he'll get money to spur the economy with environmental technology spending, why didn't you ask where Bush was going to get the trillions of dollars to pay for the war while reducing taxes mostly for people that didn't need tax reductions.

    UH2L
    http://www.thingsivenoticed.com
     
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  4. Who judges who "needs" tax reductions - and why is it okay for Obama and Clinton and even McCain to suggest that richer people should get a soaking? Progressive taxation is just one of the big issues no one, except the Huckaburger, is willing to take on.
     
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  5. Marty,

    That is a good question and it is subjective. But, people who buy stocks tend to be wealthy enough to afford stocks since all their other living expenses and debts are presumably covered. They don't need to pay less percentage on capital gains than poor people do on income which goes towards survival. Huckabee does attempt to take this on, but I think the only realistic solution is to put a huge standard deduction, say $20,000 per person and anything above that would be taxed at a flat rate, say 25% with no other deductions of any kind. I haven't run the numbers, but it explains in principal the concept.

    Atul
     
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  6. The folks at those UAW and the union boss will endorse a Democrat regardless. They haven't learned anything. They just put their heads in the sand and hope for a brighter future. Bill Clinton pushed the NAFTA deal, made China the Most Favored Nation for trade, Obama and Hillary are socialists, so maybe that's why the UAW will vote for them. Entitlement.

    Thank God I can buy a car that is not poorly made by the UAW with their high paid salary. Competition works for me.
     
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  7. I suspect at some point our system of income taxes will be challenged in court, with the idea that it is unequal treatment under the law. A large portion of the population pays no income tax and Obama, if I heard I heard it correctly, wants to now compensate these people for other payroll deductions.

    Sometime back I heard a thought that slapped me in the face. It was "Many people don't want to be free."
    So many people have come to rely on the government, or another organization, for services that they have become disconnected with even the idea of doing for themselves - dumbed down in the larger sense.
    Though unions have had their place over time, I could never surrender by career to an organization.

    Now what would appear to have been crazy ideas years ago are accepted and embraced.
    Not feeling as free as you used to? Check to see if you voted for it.

    "Do you love it. Do you hate it. There it is the way you made it."
     
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  8. Coming on the heels of GM's announcement of the largest yearly loss in auto history, with Daimler dumping Chrysler (and Chrysler dumping models, workers and dealers), with Ford having mortgaged everything down to the Blue Oval, it seems to me that y'all might want to step back from predictable political positioning and try to figure out whether a candidate's programs will help American auto workers. (Could Obama or any other candidate do worse for American auto workers than Big Three managment has done over the past 10 years?) We all know that those "poorly-written fuel economy laws" were the result of corporate lobbying AND politicians listening to unions telling them that to change the standards would mean the loss of manufacturing jobs. Result: Asian car makers did better than the CAFE requirements; their workers kept their jobs. Detroit obeyed the letter of the CAFE "law", and their sales dropped in proportion to increases in gas prices.

    Finally - this notion that Obama (or Clinton) will force inefficient "huge" government on a wonderfully-functioning free market system ignores how we got into the fiscal mess we're in: repeal of acts passed in 1934 to regulate the banking industry resulted in the housing bubble, crash, and the credit crisis. And, back to autos, absent any requirement to build more fuel-efficient cars, Detroit gave people what they "wanted" (as long as gas was artifically cheap). Fasten your seat belts: it's going to be a rocky ride.
     
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  9. "We’ll require employers to enroll every worker in a direct deposit retirement account that places a small percentage of each paycheck into savings,” he proposed. “You can keep this account even if you change jobs, and the federal government will match the savings for lower-income, working families.”

    Gee Thanks, Burack. I need you to take my money away from me because most likely, I got it off the backs of the down troden, and give it back to them in the form of a 401K from the US Gubment! I really really wonder why people fall for the lines from the Dems. Not that the Republicans are much better, perhaps I will sit this election out.
     
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  10. The problem with the big three is that they have been so consumed by over engineering and trying to save weight and money in their vehicles by eliminating copper wire, that they can’t see that they have totally out spent any savings on these engineers and parts that they are getting from bankrupt companies like delphi and others that are not made here in the states. That is what Obama is talking about when he talks about jobs being anywhere there is an internet connection. If the American auto makers were truly worried about the future of their workers they would make more of their own parts in this country and stop trying to outsource them at every chance they get. He is also right about the fact that the big three have been blindly creating cars that have huge engines for more power while the rest of the world realizes that the need for more fuel efficient cars doesn’t have to equal less power, they just make better engines. The Civic Si for instance makes 100 horsepower per liter. all you need is a 2 liter engine to make a car that small a rocket and still get way better mileage than that of a cobalt or a caliber, which is are plasticy pieces of junk in comparison.
    We are supposed to be the richest country in the world, and we can get the money for the plans he talks about. We just have to be smarter about where we spend our money and cast our votes in the future. Had we as a country not wrongly cast our votes for Bush, then the oil industry would have never had a chance to raise oil prices as high as they are now unchecked and we wouldn’t have thrown trillions of dollars away at George Bush Sr.'s war. We have the ability to fund these changes, especially when we are out of Iraq and we don’t have a Republican constantly instilling fear in us that if we leave Bin Laden is gonna came and get us while we sleep.
    We can’t continue blaming the Japanese and Europeans for making a better car than we do. What needs to happen is to take some worthwhile technology and actually use it in our cars we make here. Then instead of closing more and more plants and buying out more workers pensions they may actually turn a profit instead of losing 25+ billion in a year's time. It is sad when GM's CFO says they should be profitable by 2010 or 2011. Does anyone here really think they have that long to start making money, or will they just end up like their parts suppliers?
    A vote for Obama is a vote for change. These changes may seem like they are a stretch, and “how are we ever going to afford these ideas?” Really how can we not afford them? Many people in our country would just like to cast the blame on someone else. The fact is that if we did more things like other countries we would have better cared for auto workers, longer life expectancies, better cheaper health care, and a much more profitable economy just to name a few. Are you ready for a change? I know I am.
     
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  11. Frankly, if we don't switch from the "Ownership Society" Capitalism of Republicanism and adopt "Social Capitalism" as exercised in the European Union (EU) and promoted as an "Americanized" version by Obama and Clinton Democrats, we will all learn painfully that the U.S. has as much an economic future of shared wealth as the Post-WWII United Kingdom---they didn't realize they were no longer a Empire, either, until well after the fact.

    But since the author seems so biased - without facts - against progressivism, perhaps we should just let the facts make clear the truth of manufacturing under a socially responsible Capitalism, replete with expensive programs and regulations, higher taxes on the excessively wealthy, and government mandates where the markets fail to act responsibly (i.e., pollution and gas mileage). Let's look at the EU's performance in this regard (about which most Americans have no idea and would be quite surprised):

    *European Airbus is the largest aircraft manufacturer in the world with more than 50% market share.
    -manufactures the largest commercial aircraft in the world
    -manufactured the fastest commercial aircraft in the world

    *Eurocopter is the largest helicopter manufacturer in the world with more than 51% market share.

    *European Aerospace manufactures the largest share of booster rockets and launchers.
    -EU maintains the largest market share of commercial space launches
    -EU maintains the second largest space agency in the world

    *EU Shipping Fleet is the largest shipping power in the world
    -8700 EU-flagged ships
    -EU ships carry 23% of the world's tonnage
    -EU employs over 190,000 seafarers.

    *EU manufactures the largest percentage of freight, passenger, and luxury ships in the world
    -Europe maintains over 40% of the world maritime market, including ship maintenance, repair, and conversion
    -Europe maintains the largest fleet of "stealthy" warships in the world
    -EU employs more than 350,000 ship production workers

    *Europe is the world's largest automobile producer, manufacturing 40% of the world's production

    *European Train and Rail production holds largest world market share at 60%
    -EU manufactures the fastest trains in the world
    -EU manufactures the most energy efficient high-speed trains in the world
    -EU manufactures the only commercial MAGLEV (Magnetic Levitation) trains in the world

    *EU maintains a larger economy than the U.S. yet is only 17% of the world's total energy use compared to 25% for the U.S.
    -20% of EU energy is derived from renewable sources or nuclear
    -EU has largest use of wind power in the world
    -EU expects non-nuclear, renewable sources to comprise 12% of energy usage by 2010 and 20% by 2020
     
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  12. Since the article's writer is a Republican,the bias against progress it's extremely clear,yet the fact remain that Obama is the best choice for the USA!,He means well,and as such Obama harbor the best intentions for thje USA,for one thing,let's not dare to forget the U.S. Billions 0f Dollars as well as thousands of U.S. Soldier lives,that died in The unjustified,and Immoral war in Iraq declared by Unethical president Bush,and his inhuman Republican party!,They raided the current and future US treasury,and as a results these (those) Fascists (who call themselves 'Republicans)ruined not only the U.S. global reputation for justice,but worse!, the financial futuure of the USA!.the highest financial deficit in US history is the evidence of the wreck left by the Republicaqn scoundrells,and their dishonest and morally and ethiucally bankrupt hypocritical 'agenda'!.if no money'll be left for Obama to improve the life and the livelyhood of the US americans the few wise U.S. Americans should at least be able to identify who to blame for this country (U.S.A.) bankrupcy!.I urge anyone who is not a DIMWIT! to vote Democrat,and for Obama,He's the only hope US have!.
     
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  13. You poor dummkopfs whining and bleating for socialism or "progressivism" as one dolt termed it, are in for a very nasty surprise if and when you get it. You think Dumbya is bad, just wait until you see what follows him. Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it.
     
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  14. The Bush administration is responsible in large part to the decline of us economy. Corporate america is not thinking american anymore. They think global.

    So why buy a ford assembled in mexico when you can buy a camry assembled in the us and contributing to promote american jobs !
     
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  15. Steven- how about moving to the EU if it is so good there?

    Scratch green hard enough and you'll find Red.

    Lot's of good global warming out there this year, pretty soon we'll be knitting sweaters for the polar bears.

    "Excessively wealthy", pretty much anything beyond what you need to keep you body core temperature above 98.2F is gravy.

    The 'environmentalists' have made it so that anything we do is repsonsible for destroying the environment. Even living in a LEED Platinum house just means that we do less 'damage'.

    If people were really green, they would kill themselves. No half measures like sterilization (how self centered). And for Earth Mother's sake, no lead core bullets, or CO from the car in the garage. Really the best thing you could do is walk to the Arctic Circle (no flying or driving) and let a polar bear eat you. Ah, back to nature.
     
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  16. J-F, you’re quite the simpleton! Have you ever asked yourself WHY Ford & GM assemble cars outside of the US? Answer me this, how much R&D do any of the big Japanese invest in the US??? The fact is America is nothing but an assembly line; it’s simply cheaper to assemble their cars here because our government has provided all the big Japanese manufactures major tax incentives to build plant here. Simply put, its way more expensive to import fully assembled cars rather than ship the parts in and assemble them here. Additionally, all the states where all those wonderful plants have been built have provided major additional tax incentives. Also, you should consider the massive burden GM and Ford have in relation to their massive pension plans and over time the UAW has imposed on US manufactures. It’s certainly not new news that the UAW has had nothing but problems to organize within Japanese plants here in the US. Since the UAW has limited reach into these manufactures the Japanese don’t need to worry about massive pension plans that have consumed the profit at the Big US manufactures.

    It’s all about the ability to compete that’s driving Ford and GM to reduce costs and move off US soil. All you have to do is follow the corporate money, when bone heads like you purchase Japanese cars the money (excluding overhead and wages) flows right back to Japan so they can pay for more R&D.

    For all of you that are voting for Barack ‘Hussein’ Obama or Billary please provide me your address so I can send you my increased tax bill. Here’s a FACT for all of you that think voting Democrat is the answer. Why is it the top 2% of wage earners pay 40% of the taxes but only account for 17% of all income? The Dems always say “tax the rich” but I never hear anyone asking the question who is ‘the rich?’ Well, it’s most likely you, you know, the wage earners; it’s NOT the truly rich like Buffet, Gates, etc. Why is it that Democrats are so willing to give away the money you earned. IT’S YOUR MONEY, NOT THE GOVERNMENTS. This isn’t hard…if you’re wealthy you figure out as many ways possible not to pay taxes and certainly don’t take a salary which is easily taxable. If you earn a salary you’re simply going to screw yourself. If that is something you enjoy, please provide me your address before you do - I’ll certainly be glad to have you cover my taxes.
     
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  17. This piece is an op-ed on the presidential election. During the election cycle, every single candidate is bound to say more than one stupid thing that later never happens. Yes, even the republican ones ("read my lips", anyone?).

    I subscribe to a variety of news, each one of them for a certain reason. TCC for auto-news, not politics.

    So, why don't you stick w/auto-news?
     
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  18. Where does any of the money that is spent on the war in iraq come from? With an estimated cost of $5 billion per month, for a total of $60 billion dollars a year. Total that up for 3 years and you get a grand total of $180 billion and thats just over three years. Senator Obama wants to invest $150 billion over 10 years that's just $1.5 billion a year. Stop the war and there is your money. And as far as the mandatory savings its something that the military and federal employees do and i don't miss or notice the money that is withheld. Besides look at Enron, Williams company, and Worldcom, companies where if one invested their money/ life savings their lives would be ruined. The big three, especially GM now have the opputunity to capitalize on being green they were the first to have Electric car/ zero emissions as far as building quality cars they can do it but they need to stop letting foreign car companies lead them in innovations. They need to stop looking in the past and to the future. Here is something to think about. Why does a honda civic have a more advance suspension than the ford mustang, which is the sports car?
     
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  19. OBAMA GET'S DETROIT TOO GO GREEN!.

    RE-READ AS : "If you thought it was bad enough with jobs being exported!: When I'm {Obama } Done ! There ain't going to be any jobs remaining for the North American Auto Industry!.

    OR!: Cost, Cost Cost, and it will cost to much!, and the labor in Asia is much Cheaper!.

    Away go them JOB[s] Down the drain!.
     
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  20. Lynch- $150 billion over 10 years is $15 billion a year, not $1.5. So I guess you are against BHO's plan now?
     
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  21. UH2L Says:
    February 15th, 2008 at 12:16 pm

    I was a bit skeptical of his views based on his criticism of the US Auto Industry last fall, but it doesn’t matter. I know I’m voting Democrat whether it’s Hillary or Barack.

    If you wonder where he’ll get money to spur the economy with environmental technology spending, why didn’t you ask where Bush was going to get the trillions of dollars to pay for the war while reducing taxes mostly for people that didn’t need tax reductions.

    UH2L
    http://www.thingsivenoticed.com

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    Ha isn't the truth!! Screw Bush and his party!!
     
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  22. Where will the money come from, redneck? How about ending this idiotic war started by a guy you without doubt voted for?
     
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  23. Great Lake Boy, maybe you'll understand it better when your a Great Lakes Man, or maybe an Atlantic boy ;)

    The funny thing is that people think that everything is horrible, when in actuallity, this is about the best outcome that we could have gotten. I think Hilliary is too smart to really do all the things she is saying, she just has to placate the collectivist left. If BHO gets in foreign leaders will hand his head to him, then we'll really see how bad it can get. I can see the morphing pics of BHO to Jimmy Carter now.

    Barak Hussein Obama, bringing Kenyian values to you.

    http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/africa/01/30/kenya.violence.0830/index.html?iref=newssearch
     
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  24. I am not a big fan of Obama's big government policies and I do prefer the hands off policies of the republicans. However, even a monkey will do a better job than the incompetent president (aka George Bush) we now have no board.
    This phony republican has presided over the largest increase in government spending in over 40 decades and this does not include defence. The Iraq debacle, when one includes payments for the veterans, will cost us around 2 TRILLION dollars over the next 20 years. Our budget deficit continues to grow. Who the hell is going to pay for this? He says that he will not increase taxes, but does he realize that in the end it is a zero sum game? We are already paying for it in terms of a heavily devalued currency and in the end our children will have to pay for it.
     
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  25. If it weren't so serious it'd be quite hilarious........it is quite spectacular to watch the US political process from a reasonable distance (if Australia is actually a long way away these days). And with an alternative world view.

    I wish you all luck on your journey.....

    By the by....“We’ll require employers to enroll every worker in a direct deposit retirement account that places a small percentage of each paycheck into savings,” he proposed. “You can keep this account even if you change jobs, and the federal government will match the savings for lower-income, working families.” ....Australia has this. We call it 'superannuation'.....mine takes about 5% of my annual income and typically earns about 12% per annum. And when combined these accounts have substantial investment capacity in all sorts of private and public infrastructure and assets....the sort of things that build nations and support businesses, big and small. It has been soooooo successful that you rarely get much complaint.....except you can't get to it till you are 65 or permanently retired....no big deal.
     
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  26. Obama is the most ignorant of the candidates with regard to the economy, especially the auto industry. (btw- he personally drives a Chrysler 300C Hemi!) The last thing the Detroit 3 automakers need is more regulation that forces them to be at odds with their customers. Everyone wants fuel economy, they say, but only after they have the capability, style and price they want. People vote with their dollars (as did Barack! )trucks accounted for 57% of the market in 2007! The makers have been squeezed by the industry monopoly and thuggish power of the UAW to force ever increasing labor costs through many years. Just as Mr. Gettlefinger has wisely agreed to a contract to move to reasonable labor costs- still higher than the competition - the U.S. government is essentially banning the only vehicles generating any profit. The Detroit 3 will have to invest upwards of $150 Billion to design products that will surely be so expensive that new vehicle sales will plummet- everyone will want to keep their old cars and trucks. This could lead to the death of one, two ,or all three of the U.S. makers. A vote for any Democrat is a vote for continued deterioration of our Industrial base. While they sing the siren song of "forcing fairness of outcome" their policies and vision for America are part and parcel of the insane notion that businesses, entrepreneurs, they very drivers of our economy, should be reviled and punished! Ask the British what happened to the many successful automakers they had before Unionism and government policies led to their failure to compete and ultimate demise. If you liked the stagflation of the Carter years, you will love Obama or Clinton!
     
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  27. "Zack Says:

    February 15th, 2008 at 6:18 pm
    A vote for Obama is a vote for change. These changes may seem like they are a stretch, and “how are we ever going to afford these ideas?” Really how can we not afford them? Many people in our country would just like to cast the blame on someone else. The fact is that if we did more things like other countries we would have better cared for auto workers, longer life expectancies, better cheaper health care, and a much more profitable economy just to name a few. Are you ready for a change? I know I am. "

    Then Move!
     
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  28. Orian Says:
    February 18th, 2008 at 8:55 am

    Then Move!
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    "Then Move!" The first and last argument of one who has no argument.

    I think it would be better to just raise your education level with facts and teach you how to turn information (facts) into knowledge (information accurately understood to a useful and productive degree). That's a tall task in the U.S.---maybe everywhere that thoughtful analysis is derided successfully by... hummm... let's say, "rather unthoughtful" citizens. Failing that I'd emigrate, but I haven't yet given up on "you."
     
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  29. Bush is the best outcome we could have gotten? Are you serious????

    If you think Obama and Clinton are against the manufacture worker we will really love McCain. McCain said the jobs are gone and they're not coming back so GET over IT!! Yeah thats the attitude the American worker needs. I think I am voting democrat~.

    Oh yeah someone will pipe up soon and say the first Clinton signed NAFTA. First that was 24 yrs ago and Bush 2 would have signed it any ways. NAFTA was a new idea that never panned out. The NAFTA deal can be reworked or reworked. The playing field isn't level and continues to get worse and worse. It obvious after nearly 15 year free trade = srew American workers.
     
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  30. Dear MG i drive a saturn sl. I try to buy american products to support our jobs. So do you think free trade with any part of the world is good ? All our competitors have trade barriers. They have the opprtunity to produce here with good incentives. Americans prefers toyota and honda because they are better cars simply !

    Our know how is send abroad and we create jobs in hardware stores and hospital like in the third world., with the beatification of republicans.
     
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  31. Don't tax the billionaires! They got theirs by working hard to legally steal all they could and they have earned a right to every cent! dmd
     
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  32. Darwin Dickerson Says:
    February 19th, 2008 at 1:28 am

    Don’t tax the billionaires! They got theirs by working hard to legally steal all they could and they have earned a right to every cent! dmd

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    Right!
     
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  33. To the Aussie point, I don't have much of a problem with compulsory savings for retirement - only, Bush offered it as a small slice of Social Security and every Democrat promptly lost their shit, claiming that the Republicans were trying to rob seniors blind. We as Americans need to get over the rebadging of good ideas as bad--and the co-opting of our money for someone else's demagoguery.
     
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