It’s Halftime in Mitt Romney’s America

Our guest columnist is not Clint Eastwood.

If General Motors, Ford and Chrysler get the bailout that their chief executives asked for yesterday, you can kiss the American automotive industry goodbye. It won’t go overnight, but its demise will be virtually guaranteed.

Without that bailout, Detroit will need to drastically restructure itself. With it, the automakers will stay the course — the suicidal course of declining market shares, insurmountable labor and retiree burdens, technology atrophy, product inferiority and never-ending job losses. Detroit needs a turnaround, not a check.

Let Detroit Go Bankrupt [Mitt Romney, NYT, 11/18/2008]

15 comments:

5:51 pm • Tuesday • February 7, 2012

Given his fondness for apocalyptic rhetoric, I’d say it’s 4th and long in Mitt Romney’s America.

6:22 pm • Tuesday • February 7, 2012

To change sports, Mitt follows both of the Presidents Bush as the personification of the quote attributed to Barry Switzer, “Some people are born on third base and go through life thinking they hit a triple.”

7:07 pm • Tuesday • February 7, 2012

what about the total management salary and expense burden per auto? take that shit out of the cost and every new car could be driven off the lot for easy terms and no money down.

@mellbell: folks get desperate on 4th and long especially when next season is 4 years away. i’m afraid the teapublican’ts will use some grandiose bush scheme to start a war in iran or syria with isreal doing the dirty work and/or drive up gas prices. cheney might blow up some buildings too.

7:39 pm • Tuesday • February 7, 2012

@jwmcsame: I think AAA or somebody released a report today predicting $4/gal gas by Memorial Day due to increased demand because the economy is improving and tensions with Iran.

Good news: Mrs RML and I saw a lot of commercial construction activity around downtown Santa Fe today when we were out for a walk.

7:53 pm • Tuesday • February 7, 2012

Nojonono: I thought you were saying it was Clint Eastwood, and then I thought maybe you meant Charlton Heston, or maybe Eastwood is all teabaggy? Is he teabaggy? Please tell me he isn’t. (Back hurts too much to Google.)

7:53 pm • Tuesday • February 7, 2012

@redmanlaw: $4/gal gas by Memorial Day

There’s a sale?

Oh. Right. Add fifty cents for California.

8:22 pm • Tuesday • February 7, 2012

@JNOV is like, Peace?: Eastwood made it clear on Monday that he wasn’t channeling Obama in that commercial. So much for all of Hollywood being one big liberal cabal.

11:57 pm • Tuesday • February 7, 2012

@Dave H: I thought it was Ann Richards who said that first?

5:33 am • Wednesday • February 8, 2012

@matador1015: Oh! I guess I’ll watch the video…

(Didn’t watch the Superbowl, either — choices were go to rowdy bar or beg Wicked Witch of the West to let me watch it. I chose D.)

6:01 am • Wednesday • February 8, 2012

@matador1015: Okay. Veedeeoh above reminds me of Hastily Made Detroit Tourism video (not linking to it, because it kind of sucks). The Cleveland ones are much, much better.

6:06 am • Wednesday • February 8, 2012

Okay. I don’t ever want to see Clint in another talkie.

4:26 pm • Wednesday • February 8, 2012
6:07 pm • Wednesday • February 8, 2012

@DElurker: @SanFranLefty: What I found was that Jim Hightower said it about George Herbert Walker Bush at the Democratic convention in 1988. However Barry Switzer was quoted saying it about some football players in 1986, so I guess he wins. I think Ann Richards said that George W. Bush was born with a silver foot in his mouth.

6:26 pm • Wednesday • February 8, 2012

@Dave H: I think when Ann said that it was back in 1988 or 1992 w/r/t to Papa and Shrub was still a drunk ne’er-do-well in Dallas.

That line about the silver foot applies quite well to Mittens.

6:34 pm • Wednesday • February 8, 2012

@SanFranLefty: I couldn’t agree more. I can’t imagine a better poster child for instituting a 100% estate tax. Okay, maybe he’s a close second to Paris Hilton.

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