Patrick J. Buchanan
The Toyota Republicans

"GOP to Detroit: Drop Dead!"

So may have read the headline Friday, had not President Bush stepped in to save GM, Ford and Chrysler, which Senate Republicans had just voted to send to the knacker's yard.

What are Republicans thinking of, pulling the plug, at Christmas, on GM, risking swift death for the greatest manufacturing company in American history, a strategic asset and pillar of the U.S. economy.

The $14 billion loan to the Big Three that Republican senators filibustered to death is just 2 percent of the $700 billion the Senate voted to bail out Wall Street. Having gone along with bailouts of Bear Stearns, AIG, Fannie, Freddie and CitiGroup, why refuse a reprieve to an industry upon which millions of the best blue-collar jobs in America depend?

In a good year, Americans buy 17 million cars. A more populous EU probably buys as many. Three billion people in India, Southeast Asia and China, four times as many people as there are in the EU and United States, are moving toward the middle class. They, too, will be wanting cars. And millions of them love American cars.

Is the Republican Party so fanatic in its ideology that, rather than sin against a commandment of Milton Friedman, it is willing to see America written forever out of this fantastic market, let millions of jobs vanish and write off the industrial Midwest?

So it would seem. "Companies fail every day, and others take their place," said Sen. Richard Shelby on "Face the Nation."

Presumably, the companies that will "take their place," when GM, Ford and Chrysler die, are German, Japanese or Korean, like the ones lured into Shelby's state of Alabama, with the bait of subsidies free-market Republicans are supposed to abhor.

In 1993, Alabama put together a $258 million package to bring a Mercedes plant in. In 1999, Honda was offered $158 million to build a plant there. In 2002, Alabama won a Hyundai plant by offering a $252 million subsidy.

"We have a number of profitable automakers in America, and they should not be disadvantaged for making wise business decisions while failure is rewarded," says Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina.

DeMint is referring to "profitable automakers" like BMW, which sited a plant in Spartanburg, after South Carolina offered the Germans a $150 million subsidy and $80 million to expand.

Be it BMW, Honda, Toyota, Nissan, Mazda, Mitsubishi or Hyundai, the South has become a sanctuary for foreign assembly plants, for which Southern states have been paying subsidies.

Fine. But why this "Let-them-eat-cake!" coldness toward U.S. auto companies? General Motors employs more workers than all these foreign plants combined. And, unlike Mitsubishi, General Motors didn't bomb Pearl Harbor.

Do these Southern senators understand why the foreign automakers suddenly up and decided to build plants in the United States?

It was the economic nationalism of Ronald Reagan.

When an icon of American industry, Harley-Davidson, was being run out of business by cutthroat Japanese dumping of big bikes to kill the "Harley Hog," Reagan slapped 50 percent tariffs on their motorcycles and imposed quotas on imported Japanese cars. Message to Tokyo. If you folks want to keep selling cars here, start building them here.

Fear of Reaganism brought those foreign automakers, lickety-split, to America's shores, not any love of Southern cooking.

Do the Republicans not yet understand how they lost the New Majority coalition that gave them three landslides and five victories in six presidential races from 1968 to 1988? Do they not know why the Reagan Democrats in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan are going home?

The Republican Party gave their jobs away!

How? By telling U.S. manufacturers they could shut plants here, get rid of their U.S. workers, build factories in Mexico, Asia or China, and ship their products back, free of charge.

Republican globalists gave U.S. manufacturers every incentive to go abroad and take their jobs with them, the jobs of Middle America.

And, for 30 years, that is what U.S. manufacturers have done, have been forced to do, as their competitors closed down and moved their plants abroad in search of low-wage Third World labor.

It's Herbert Hoover time in here, Vice President Cheney is said to have told the Senate Republicans -- as they prepared to march out onto the floor and turn thumbs down on any reprieve for General Motors.

In today's world, America faces nationalistic trade rivals who manipulate currencies, employ nontariff barriers, subsidize their manufacturers, rebate value-added taxes on exports to us and impose value-added taxes on imports from us, all to capture our markets and kill our great companies. And we have a Republican Party blissfully ignorant that we live in a world of us or them. It doesn't even know who "us" is.

We need a new team on the field and a new coach who believes with Vince Lombardi that "winning isn't everything. It's the only thing."



Mr. Buchanan is a nationally syndicated columnist and author of Churchill, Hitler, and "The Unnecessary War": How Britain Lost Its Empire and the West Lost the World, "The Death of the West,", "The Great Betrayal," "A Republic, Not an Empire" and "Where the Right Went Wrong."

 
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Report Abusive Post"UAW to Americans: Drop Dead"
Dec 16, 2008 @ 03:21 AM
Byron Taylor, Winter Park, FL
Report Abusive PostWRONG!! YOU BUMS AT HUMANEVENTS.COM ARE THE PROBLEM!! I AM A OBAMA TWAT, AND FU.

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Dec 16, 2008 @ 03:43 AM
Samuel J Desantos (Cold wind x 8), Madera CA
Report Abusive PostSo what is the answere? As portrayed by politicians with the first "bailout", it was for the purpose of shoring up failed lending institutions (Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac) and others who brought on their own demise by stuffing people into homes that could not qualify supported by Acorn organizations and corrupt politicians like Dodd and Frank. Has the approved bailout been used for that purpose? If it has, no one knows.

As for the "Big Three", if in fact they are in dire need of financial aid as they indicate, how did they get to that point? Why did they not re-tool their factories and build a product to compete with more favorite sellers like Toyota and Honda? Escalades and Expedition's were fine until gasoline reached $4.00 and the market dropped. Because of bad judgement by CEO's and the demand for Union Benefits far exceeding other industry, here they are with their hand out. Until the "Big Three" regroups and builds a product that is competitive to other companies we are throwing good money after bad.

Bankruptcy is the only out for them. In addition given their possible liquidation, who will buy a vehicle from them at the price they are asking only to face the possibility they may not exist in the future to provide support of maintenance and parts?
Dec 16, 2008 @ 03:56 AM
Jim F, West Virginia
Report Abusive Postwhere does this madness end? bail out auto workers who make twice as much as me, bail out others that make one hundred and a thousand and a million times more than me? i have three children and five grandchildren and in all of our lives combined will never see the end of this bill!!
Dec 16, 2008 @ 04:39 AM
mark b, massachusetts
Report Abusive PostTo borrow from Jerry's mom, "How can you not love this guy?" No pettiness with him, unlike some of his Republican-ilk. The US is dying before our eyes. Pity Pat wasn't there way back -- when was it? -- to steer a steadier path.
Dec 16, 2008 @ 05:11 AM
laxtil, philadelphia
Report Abusive PostRepublican globalists gave U.S. manufacturers every incentive to go abroad and take their jobs with them, the jobs of Middle America.

You are so right Pat.......so, so right.....THANK YOU!
Dec 16, 2008 @ 05:30 AM
Robert E Lee, VA
Report Abusive PostIt to late for you American. We bought and paid for your republican politicians. They are ours now.
We pay good money. They don’t let us down. Your country now third world... it to late for you. Fuk you.
By by American imperialist.

Dec 16, 2008 @ 05:48 AM
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