Close Enough For Government (Motors) Work

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We’re about to find out just how “in-the-tank” for the UAW the Obama administration really is.  If you’ll recall (no pun intended) Toyota was accused of having a sudden acceleration problem that actually never happened.  Not one instance of the problem could be traced to manufacturing defects.

No manufacturing problems could be traced to their cars.  They agreed to pay off the federal regulators to get them off their backs, to the tune of $1.2 billion.  The charges they finally settled on were that they withheld information from federal regulators.

Fast forward to General Motors facing the same type of charges over their ignition problems that actually killed people.

GM knew about the problem before their Obankruptcy that kept the UAW in business.  As a side note, a traditional bankruptcy would have kept GM in business, would have saved the US taxpayers about $20 billion, and would have left GM in a more competitive position because they would have been forced to shed their UAW “legacy” costs and renegotiate their UAW contracts.

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GM refused to disclose the problem to regulators or issue a voluntary recall because it would have impacted their dealings with the Obama administration.  After the O’BK they refused to disclose it until after the US Treasury had liquidated their GM stock because it would have effected stock prices and US taxpayers would have lost more than the $20 billion they dumped into Government Motors to save the UAW.

Their fine?  $35 million.

It turns out GM is at it again.

For the third time in eight years, General Motors is recalling cars that can leak oil and catch fire, sometimes damaging garages and houses.

The recall, which covers 1.4 million vehicles dating to the 1997 model year, is needed because repairs from the first two didn’t work. More than 1,300 cars caught fire after they were fixed by dealers, the company said.

They’ll get around to fixing it in their own good time.

In the previous recalls in 2008 and 2009, GM told owners to park the cars outside until repairs can be made since most of the fires happened shortly after drivers turned off the engines. A spokesman was checking to see if the same recommendation applies this time.

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GM announced the recall Tuesday but still hasn’t come up with a final fix, spokesman Alan Adler said. GM will use state registration databases in an effort to track down the owners, he said.

A company with a heart.  Government Motors.

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GM, they want you to believe they build quality cars.  After almost 300 fires they still don’t know what caused them.

I can’t wait to see the fine.  Government Motors has known about this little problem since for at least a decade.  They’ve had two similar recalls.  They’ve done nothing.

Buy a BMW 3 series, they’re all made in America by hard working, very well paid, non-union labor.

 

 

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Michael Becker is a long time activist and a businessman. He's been involved in the pro-life movement since 1976 and has been counseling addicts and ministering to prison inmates since 1980. Becker is a Curmudgeon. He has decades of experience as an operations executive in turnaround situations and in mortgage banking. He blogs regularly at The Right Curmudgeon, The Minority Report, Wizbang, Unified Patriots and Joe for America. He lives in Phoenix and is almost always armed.

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