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Obama Hasn’t Noticed People Leaving California and New York?

May 20, 2009

Taxes, fees, too much regulation, and a “hostile business environment” are reasons cited by people leaving California and New York.

Much of the media covering this story has a liberal bias so ground truth is difficult to find.

But here is a snip from the Orange County (CA) Register last April:

Attendees heard from more than a dozen businesspeople who complained of high workman’s compensation insurance, “predatory” regulators, an unfriendly business climate, a “never ending paper trail of business forms,” exorbitant utility expenses, fees, taxes, quality of life and overpriced overhead.

Randy York said he moved his polyurethane manufacturing business from Huntington Beach to Reno, Nev. in 1987 because he was tired of being “hammered” with regulatory fees from the fire department, the health department, the state Environmental Protection Agency, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health and the South Coast Air Quality Management District.

He said it got to the point where he was paying $2,000 or $3,000 a quarter on fees – for company of 20 employees.

            “They were killing us with fees,” he said. “Fees, fees, fees.”

See:
http://www.ocregister.com/articles/ca
lifornia-business-fees-2375002-nevada-company

Pollster Pat Goodall says 3,000 people leave California every week: mostly because of taxes and fees.

In New York, the situation is similar.

Some economists say high income New Yorkers are leaving the state faster than those fleeing California.  At least in California, one has the Pacific Ocean…..

Here’s what Donald Trump told Neil Cavuto in April:

“The fact is that the state of New York did something very, very foolish, and they passed a tax, an income tax, and increased it very substantially from what it was.And I believe that’s going to be a total disaster for the state. …You’re talking about millions and millions of dollars for some people that really have other options, Neil. They can move to other states. You take a state like Florida, run by a governor, Charlie Crist, who is a terrific governor, and who is very, very cherishing of his no income tax.So, you know, I make a lot of money outside of New York State, as an example. And I’m saying to myself, wait a minute. For the privilege of living in New York, I am supposed to pay tens of millions of dollars in extra taxes? It doesn’t make sense.”

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,513027,00.html
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At the national level, Obama seems unknowing or uncaring.  His proposal to cut “loopholes” for businesses operating on foreign shores and in “tax havens” ignores the natural fact of economics (and life) that businesses will migrate toward the places that offer the best bottom line….People too…..

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/0
5/20/billionaire-to-new-york-screw-you/

Related:
Calif, NY, NJ: Highest Taxes But “Fiscal Basket Cases;” People Moving Out

 

Donald Trump holds a driver. He’s building his golf course in Scotland where it isn’t as expensive….as New York….Photo: AP

Calif Voters Order Govt Pay Cuts; No New Taxes, Gov Starts Slashing Budget, Services

May 20, 2009

Since Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger went to the State House in Sacramento, 50,000 new government workers have been hired by the state and the state budget has exploded.

Yesterday, California voters said enough: rejecting measures to borrow and calling for budget cuts.

Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid should take note….

According to the L.A. Times, Schwarzenegger has called for cuts that would hit every corner of the state. He announced plans to lay off 5,000 of the state’s 235,000 workers and has proposed slashing education by up to $5 billion, selling state properties, borrowing $2 billion from local governments and potentially reducing eligibility for healthcare programs.
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“I respect the will of the people who are frustrated with the dysfunction in our budget system,” Schwarzenegger said in a statement from Washington conceding defeat. “In order to prevent a fiscal disaster, Democrats and Republicans must collaborate and work together to address this shortfall.”
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California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was dealt a crushing ...

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was dealt a crushing defeat as voters rejected a series of ballot initiatives designed to help plug the state’s spiraling budget deficit.

(AFP/Getty Images/Kevin Winter)

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Only salary curbs survive in a rout of Schwarzenegger’s slate of reforms
By Eric Bailey
The Los Angeles Times
May 20, 2009
Reporting from Sacramento — The “big five” elected leaders — Schwarzenegger and the legislative chieftains from both houses — are slated to begin closed-door meetings today upon the governor’s return from Washington, where he spent election day after casting a last-minute absentee ballot.

On Thursday a small group of Senate and Assembly members will hold the first of what’s expected to be a slew of daily public sessions to wrangle over the details of the budget.
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Schwarzenegger has called for cuts that would hit every corner of the state. He announced plans to lay off 5,000 of the state’s 235,000 workers and has proposed slashing education by up to $5 billion, selling state properties, borrowing $2 billion from local governments and potentially reducing eligibility for healthcare programs.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa predicted that the city’s budget could take a hit — but he vowed a fight: “I’m going to do everything I can to protect the city coffers.”

Worst-case scenarios also call for the release from state prisons of up to 19,000 illegal immigrants, who would face deportation, and the transfer of up to 23,000 other prisoners to county jails.

Read the rest:
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/l
a-me-props20-2009may20,0,5134709.story

Michelle Malkin:
http://michellemalkin.com/2009/0
5/19/california-the-poster-child-for-dysfunction/

http://pajamasmedia.com/eddriscoll/20
09/05/20/california-voters-dont-just
-say-no-they-say-no-way/

Calif, NY, NJ: Highest Taxes But “Fiscal Basket Cases;” People Moving Out

May 19, 2009

Columnist and Wll Street Journal writer Steven Moore says New York, New Jersey and California have the nation’s highest tax rates but all three states are ‘fiscal basket cases.”

He said, “1,100 taxpayers leave each of these states every day never to return.”

Moore is the author of “The End of Prosperity.”

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Tea party? Calif Voters Likely to Pass Only One Resolution: Freeze Pay For Govt Work Force, No To New Taxes, Spending
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In Calif: Schwarzenegger Runs To See Obama as Voters Expected to Trash His Spend and Borrow Budget
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Angry California Votes On $15-21 Billion Deficit; Govt Employees Highest Paid, Gov Threatens to Close Fire Stations, State Already Gets Over $90 B of Stimulus

Michelle:
http://michellemalkin.com/2009/05/19
/california-the-poster-child-for-dysfunction/

Tea Party 2.0: Texas Gov Perry Urges More States to Resist Obama’s Washington

May 15, 2009

Republican Governor Rick Perry of Texas said Thursday that he expects to see a number of states follow his home state of Texas in pushing resolutions that will “assert their independence from the federal government.

From Politico

“If this administration gets its way, we’ll all be the same. We’ll all be the way Washington wants us to be,” Perry said on a call with Gov. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) and roughly 20,000 callers sponsored by the Republican Governors Association, and billed as Tea Party 2.0.

Asked by a caller about his support for a Texas state House resolution reaffirming the state’s sovereignty under the tenth amendment, Perry said that the issue “goes right to the heart of what the tea parties are all about.”

“You are going to see more and more laws like that across the country where states assert their independence from the federal government,” he said on the call, which lasted for more than hour.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/new
s/stories/0509/22557.html#ixzz0FZ8gbXr8&B

Obama at Albuquerque Town Hall Today: Likely To See Tea Party People Angry About Overspending

May 14, 2009

Many observers on the left and right alike do not support or even understand the tea party movement. While the Rio Grande Foundation was not involved in organizing the April 15th Albuquerque Tea Party we have been working closely with the leaders of the movement to transform it from an amorphous one-day protest event into a viable pro-taxpayer movement.

These ideologically-based observers have mistakenly focuses on taxation. The real genesis of the tea party movement was not taxes, but out-of-control spending and the debts we are leaving our children. If the left has a valid point about the tea parties, it is that they did not spring up under President Bush who massively expanded government and placed burdens on our children and grandchildren via policies like the Medicare Prescription Drug Bill and the Iraq War that we’ll be paying for long into the future.

But rather than admitting that we as a nation face dire fiscal issues and questioning the merits of trillions of dollars of bailouts (a policy begun under Bush but expanded under Obama), commentators have ignored this inconvenient truth (Republicans becease they don’t want to own up to the fact that they helped create them and Democrats because they want to ignor the issue now that they’re in power). Our nation’s massive debt and unfunded liabilities – at more than $65 trillion it now exceeds the GDP of the world – is conveniently ignored.

The tea party movement (at least in Albuquerque) is not simply a bunch of angry Republicans who don’t like Obama and understand their own self-interest. Rather, the tea party here was organized by average citizens who are terrified of what the government is doing to our economy. The fact is that America can’t live on borrowed money forever.

Many observers on the left and right alike do not support or even understand the tea party movement. While the Rio Grande Foundation was not involved in organizing the April 15th Albuquerque Tea Party we have been working closely with the leaders of the movement to transform it from an amorphous one-day protest event into a viable pro-taxpayer movement.

These ideologically-based observers have mistakenly focuses on taxation. The real genesis of the tea party movement was not taxes, but out-of-control spending and the debts we are leaving our children. If the left has a valid point about the tea parties, it is that they did not spring up under President Bush who massively expanded government and placed burdens on our children and grandchildren via policies like the Medicare Prescription Drug Bill and the Iraq War that we’ll be paying for long into the future.

But rather than admitting that we as a nation face dire fiscal issues and questioning the merits of trillions of dollars of bailouts (a policy begun under Bush but expanded under Obama), commentators have ignored this inconvenient truth (Republicans becease they don’t want to own up to the fact that they helped create them and Democrats because they want to ignor the issue now that they’re in power). Our nation’s massive debt and unfunded liabilities – at more than $65 trillion it now exceeds the GDP of the world – is conveniently ignored.

The tea party movement (at least in Albuquerque) is not simply a bunch of angry Republicans who don’t like Obama and understand their own self-interest. Rather, the tea party here was organized by average citizens who are terrified of what the government is doing to our economy. The fact is that America can’t live on borrowed money forever.

By Paul Gessing
Albuquerque Conservative Examiner

Related:
Governors of Texas, South Carolina to Host “Tea Party 2.0″ This Week

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexicans will get to hear from President Barack Obama about his efforts to stop credit card companies from taking advantage of consumers when he makes a visit to the state for a town hall.

Obama is scheduled to arrive in Albuquerque aboard Air Force One late Wednesday. The town hall will be held at Rio Rancho High School on Thursday.

Obama has said he supports legislation that would prohibit arbitrary credit card rate hikes and make it harder for people under 21 to get a card. He has told Congress he wants a bill on his desk to sign by Memorial Day.

On Tuesday, Senate Democrats vowed not to back down to credit card companies as the banking industry warned that the proposed legislation would make it harder for responsible customers to get credit.

Obama’s visit will be his first to New Mexico since his election last fall. He handily won the state’s five electoral votes after making several stops during the campaign, including one in the waning days that drew tens of thousands of people to an outdoor rally in Albuquerque.

Read the rest:
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Obam
a-to-hold-town-hall-at-apf-15233055.html?.v=1

Top Ten Reasons The Republican Party Will Recover

May 13, 2009

Here’s our Peace and Freedom list of the top ten reasons to expect the Republican Party to make gains over the course of the next two to four years:

1)  The economy: Despite the huge spending measures already enacted by the Obama administration, including the stimulus and the many ‘bailouts,” the economy may not even start any really significant recovery until this time next year.  Voters are already tiring of the recession and showing discontent.

Related:
Bank of England: Recovery will be slow, starting next year
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New Jobless Claims Rise More Than Expected, as 52,000 Auto Workers Become Unemployed

2)  Democratic leaders like Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and John Murtha.  There is already rumbling that our Congressional leaders are disappointing voters.  Most polls rate congress very poorly even though some 60% like Obama.  Scandals, a lack of integrity and broken promises on transparency can add to the woes of Democrats easily over time.

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Pushy Practices of Pelosi, Murtha Back To Haunt Them?
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Democratic Party a “One Man Show” — After Obama, It’s a “Second-Division Ball Club”
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Pelosi Vehemently Challenges CIA’s Account of Briefings To Her on Waterboarding; Agency “Lied to Congress”
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif. gestures during a news ...

3)  National debt, deficit and spending.

Related:
America’s Ability To Borrow More Questioned, At Risk — Too Much Spending “Breaking the bank”?
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What Did We Get for $180 Billion “Bailout”? AIG Still “Toxic”
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One Hundred Billion Goes To IMF: Money U.S. Taxpayers Will Likely Never See Again
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Obama’s Spending, Debt, Taxes Will Lower America’s Standard of Living

4)  Taxes.  Taxes will go up.  There is just no way to support all our current spending let alone the promises of overhauls to health care, education, and the environment without raising more money and that means raising taxes.

Related:
Taxes: People and Business Flee Higher Rates; Why Can’t Obama, Congress Get That?
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Governors of Texas, South Carolina to Host “Tea Party 2.0″ This Week


Gov. Rick Perry, Texas
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5)  Unexpected world events.  Just as nobody could have predicted 9/11, there could well be an event as yet unknown that unfolds to change the game for everyone before long.  Just as Joe Biden predicted last year, this president will be tested….

Related:
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6)  Democratic Infighting.  This is the party that has, for a long time, been unable to get along with itself, for too long, before all hell breaks loose….

7)  Inflation.  With all the borrowing of the federal government, inflation is indeed likely.  Nobody will like that one bit.  Which will hurt incumbents….

8)  Loss of buying power and credit.  Obama’s current campaign to rein in the credit card companies is admirable but it may result in millions of people unable to get the credit they’ve grown used to….Expect retail sales to lag other indicators of recovery…..

Retail sales remain slow in April:
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Reta
il-sales-drop-apf-15227744.html?.v=3

9)  Broken Promises.  “Green jobs” won’t be as numerous or high paying as once promised and work for good jobs will dry up as GM and Chrysler and others move more jobs overseas….The health care overhaul may actually harm enough people that there could be a backlash that wants to punish lawmakers…

Related:
Latest News On Social Security, Medicare, Debt Show Inability of Government To Make Accurate Financial Predictions
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Obama, Daschle and Socialized Medicine: Care of GE
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Fiat threatens to walk away from Chrysler deal unless unions agree to concessions

10) Desire for Change/Hope (The Pendulum): In our American system, the pendulum has been swinging to and fro; from Republicans to Democrats and back again for almost all of time.  People will tire of our current way of doing business and even the euphoria over Obama will wane.

Related:
Republican Party Dead? Hardly. Polls Show Erosion and Doubt in Democratic Advantage

Bonus:

11) Traditional Republican Discipline.  The Republicans in general have traditionally shown much more discipline and togetherness than Democrats.  The current squabbling over Cheney, Powell, Gingrich, Rush et al can be expected to wind down as elections near.

12)  The law of unintended consequences.  President Obama has changed so much, so aggressively, so often, so soon in his presidency that the effort is unprecedented.  But this could mean that there is trouble lurking that has not been foreseen.  And we know how well our government foresees things: like the current recession….

13)  Bad Obama planning and staff work.  Nobody had time to read the stimulus?  This will come back to hurt the president and the Democrats in Congress.  Many other examples of stupidity an ineptitude come to mind…..

14)  The “Tea Parties.”  “The real genesis of the tea party movement was not taxes, but out-of-control spending and the debts we are leaving our children,” wrote Paul Gessing in the Albuquerque Conservative Examiner.  “The tea party movement (at least in Albuquerque) is not simply a bunch of angry Republicans who don’t like Obama and understand their own self-interest. Rather, the tea party here was organized by average citizens who are terrified of what the government is doing to our economy. The fact is that America can’t live on borrowed money forever.”  The fact that people are taking to the streets — people who are both Democrats and republicans — is unprecedented.John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom
In this photograph released by the White House, Air Force One ...

 

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If you had told me some of these Obama stories three months ago I would have said “impossible!”
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Conservatives Need To Recommit to Conservative Values

Michelle Malkin:
http://michellemalkin.com/2009/05/1
3/big-labors-investment-in-obama-pays-off/

http://hotair.com/archives/2009/05/13/
stupid-rnc-to-pass-resolution-rebrand
ing-democrats-the-democrat-socialist-party/

Governors of Texas, South Carolina to Host “Tea Party 2.0” This Week

May 12, 2009

Hoping to recapture the grassroots energy of last month’s “tea parties,” Republican Govs. Mark Sanford of South Carolina and Rick Perry of Texas will host a tele-town hall Thursday that’s being dubbed “Tea Party 2.0.”


Gov. Rick Perry, Texas

The Republican Governors Association said it is expecting 30,000 people to participate in the town hall, which will take place roughly one month after the much-publicized anti-tax tea party rallies held in hundreds of locations across the country on April 15, the tax filing deadline.

Sanford and Perry will each speak for several minutes before opening up the town hall to up to an hour-long question and answer session.

Read the rest:
http://www.politico.com/new
s/stories/0509/22436.html

Related:
States Acting Like Tea Party Goers: Fighting Obama’s Spending, Borrowing Recovery Plan: Want Tax and Spending Cuts; Resisting Stimulus

Georgia Joins Other States Seeking “Sovereignty”

Oklahoma: federal government should “cease and desist” mandates beyond the scope of its powers
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Texas Doesn’t Need To Leave the Union, Obama’s State Department Lists the State Among Foreign Nations Already

Anti-Tax Tea Party Crusade to Storm Capitol

May 10, 2009

The grass-roots “tea party” movement that swept across the country April 15 to protest federal tax and spending hikes will hold demonstrations in Washington and elsewhere this summer and fall when Congress will be battling over President Obama’s biggest budget proposals.

Leaders of the Tax Day rallies that drew an estimated 600,000 people in nearly 600 cities and towns say the seemingly spontaneous local protests have grown into a more muscular movement concerned that the escalating growth and cost of government threatens to undermine economic freedom.

Read the rest from The Washington Times:
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/200
9/may/10/anti-tax-crusade-to-storm-cap
itol-in-budget-battle/

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States Acting Like Tea Party Goers: Fighting Obama’s Spending, Borrowing Recovery Plan: Want Tax and Spending Cuts; Resisting Stimulus

May 9, 2009

There seems to be a real standoff in the works between states that can’t spend and borrow more and the president who has staked his reputation and the recovery on the premise that spending and borrowing is the path toward economic recovery…Four or five states is not a revolt but it bears watching…
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We reported here yesterday an interesting turn of events in California.  Cash strapped, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger pushed ahead with wage cuts for unionized home healthcare workers approved in February by state lawmakers as part of the state budget.

Then the Obama administration threatened to rescind billions in stimulus money if Gov. Schwarzenegger and lawmakers did not restore those wage cuts….

See:
Fed Tells California: Can’t Cut Pay of Union Jobs To Save Budget; Threatens Loss of Stimulus Money
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From Hot Air:
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In other words, Obama is doing the same thing to California that he is doing to the auto and banking industries. Do what we want, because we gave you money. You took money, therefore we own you. The citizens of California are unimportant. The projects that would be paid for with the $7 billion, also not important. The taxpayers, many yet to be born, that are paying for the stimulus cash, definitely not important. The home health care union workers, who I’m sure would rather take a pay cut than lose their jobs, they’re important.

However, they are important only to a certain extent. The workers belong to SEIU, which is a branch of ACORN. As reported in the L.A. Times….

Read the rest:
http://hotair.com/greenroom/archives/
2009/05/08/up-nextthe-federal-take
over-of-california/

Related:
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Now in Minnesota, lawmakers (Democrats who control the Minnesota Legislature) confronted GOP Gov. Tim Pawlenty with a $1 billion tax-for-spending trade-off he promised to veto…

Pawlenty did veto the bill this morning, setting the stage for a potential override attempt.

Related:
Veto In Minnesota
http://www.startribune.com/politics
/state/44636347.html

Related:
Georgia Joins Other States Seeking “Sovereignty”

Oklahoma: federal government should “cease and desist” mandates beyond the scope of its powers
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Texas Doesn’t Need To Leave the Union, Obama’s State Department Lists the State Among Foreign Nations Already

Obama seems to show an unusual level of favoritism toward unions, ACORN, SEIU…
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GM Lost Another $6 Billion in Three Months: Are You Ready To Buy a U.S. Made Car Now?

May 7, 2009

The automaker General Motors spent $10.2 billion more cash than it took in, as a sales slump cut revenue, during the first three months of this year.

This morning, GM posted a loss of $6 billion for the first three months of this year.

GM has to give a plan to the federal government by June 1 or go into bankruptcy.

Chrysler is in bankruptcy court and the auto parts manufacturers are saying all this turmoil will mean many of them may go out of business.

Ford is doing just O.K. but with all the other trouble in the industry and among suppliers; who knows what Ford’s future may bring.

Are you ready to buy an American made car now?

The Obama Administration is taking dramatic action to restore the economy.  Part of restoring the economy requires the restoration of trust and confidence.

With tea party protesters taking to the streets last April 15; one has to ask: has Obama restored trust?  Even though his poll numbers are high, something is wrong….

Related:
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Obama’s flawed auto logic

Obama Must Think U.S. Voters Are Morons: Offers Cuts in Teaspoons As We Go Over Niagra Falls In Spending, Debt

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From The Washington Post

General Motors, facing the prospect of bankruptcy, this morning posted a loss of $6 billion for the first three months of this year.

The automaker’s revenue continued to slide because of the ongoing economic crisis and auto sales slump. But the losses were somewhat offset by “strong structural cost reduction due to aggressive restructuring efforts,” the company said, and by a big infusion of help from the federal government.

GM has until the end of the month to further cut costs and win stakeholder concessions. If the automaker, which has received $15.4 billion in federal loans, does not meet this government-imposed deadline, it will be forced to reorganize in bankruptcy court.

As soon as next week, the company is expected to notify 2,600 of its 6,000 or so dealers that they will be eliminated from the GM network. The company announced those closings last month as part of the restructuring plan.

“This is a defining moment in the history of General Motors, and we are committed to our plan, which we believe will lead to a stable and sustainable operating structure with a strong balance sheet,” GM chief executive Fritz Henderson said in a statement.

“Our goal is to fix this business once and for all to position ourselves to win in the long-term. That will be achieved by putting the customer first in all we do, focusing on fewer, stronger brands and developing great products that lead in design, technology, quality and fuel efficiency.”

Read the rest:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/
content/article/2009/05/07/AR20090
50701095.html?hpid=topnews

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From April 28, 2009;

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Nearly three-quarters, or 72%, of consumers say they would buy an American-made car or truck despite GM’s and Chrysler’s woes, according to a new survey.

R.L. Polk & Co. said that 55% of the 1,361 consumers it polled said they plan to buy their next vehicle within the next two years, which could bode well for the struggling automakers.

“With all the doom and gloom in the U.S. auto industry, it’s encouraging that consumers are indicating that they plan to buy a vehicle in the relative near term,” said Lonnie Miller, Polk’s director of industry analysis.

However, the outlook for the auto industry remains grim, especially given historically low levels of consumer confidence, said Miller.

“When it comes to the car buying decision, that’s a big moment of truth,” he said. And consumers are often hesitant to take the plunge for fear “it will come back and bite them.”

To that end, the study showed that consumers are holding onto their cars longer, with 64% saying they were “extremely or very likely” to keep their vehicle longer than they would otherwise.

Read the rest:
http://money.cnn.com/2009/04/28/
autos/polk_study/?postversion=2009
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And don’t forget: the masters of the auto industry bailout effort have never run any companies before…
http://hotair.com/archives/2009/
05/07/aip-column-the-whim-of-a-madman/