The Detroit News reports today that most of The One's new auto industry secretariat drives -- wait for it -- foreign cars! And, at least a couple of them don't even own a car!
Look, I am all for the free market, and if American companies don't measure up, people should vote with their pocketbooks and go elsewhere. The judgment of the marketplace can be harsh, but it is what it is, and that's what drives improvement.
That said, American cars these days are just as good as the stuff being churned out by foreign competitors. I have never owned anything except an American car and, except for the one that was totaled in an accident, all lasted well in excess of 100,000 miles. So don't tell me that American cars aren't as good as foreign cars, particularly the models in which the auto panel tools around -- e.g., a 1995 Mazda Protege (Lawrence Summers, Director of the National Economic Council) or a 1998 Subaru Legacy Outback station wagon (Lisa Heinzerling, senior climate policy counsel to the head of the EPA).
The head of the EPA drives a Prius, for crying out loud -- what hope do American manufacturers have?
In some ways, there's a sweet irony here. The UAW has been in bed with the Democrats since dog was a pup, and the Democrats have eagerly courted UAW manpower, votes, and, most importantly, money. When it came time to walk the walk, however, the Democrats headed straight to their local Toyota, Mazda, and Subaru showrooms, rather than buy the products manufactured by their most ardent supporters. Nice, huh?
Can anyone trust the Democrats? They have destroyed countless black families through their misguided social policies; succeeded in keeping us dependent on foreign oil by thwarting any attempt to develop fully America's coal, oil, or nuclear power capabilities; and now shown that they are incapable of even the slightest act of loyalty to the union that is responsible for delivering millions of votes and tens of millions of dollars.
To the UAW, to black families, and to everyone who wants clean, cheap, plentiful energy -- come home. Come home to those of us who believe in personal responsibility and accountability, who value loyalty to America, and who want to build a foundation for freedom and individual innovation and enterprise.