Monday, June 1, 2009

Dealergate, Redistributing the wealth - of political opponents.

Apparently, POTUS (President of the United States) Barack Hussein Obama has no problem with making his friends richer. It seems all a Chrysler dealer had to do to survive the cutbacks - was to avoid contributing to the Republican party.

It isn't rumor. Chrysler dealers that contributed to the Republicans, or maybe failed to contribute to the Democrats - are the dealerships that Chrysler/Obama/UAW are closing.

You can read about the deal on blogs.
Doug Ross @ Journal RED ALERT: Did anti-Obama campaign contributions dictate which Chrysler dealers were shuttered?
As an employee of one of the affected dealerships... First, this isn't just Chrysler's decision. They were forced into bankruptcy by President Obama. .. My dealership is in the top 125 out of the 3500 plus dealerships nationwide...yet we are on the list. We are not small nor are we rural. We are in a large major metropolitan area... Secondly, Chrysler is already "shopping" for dealers to take over the open "points" (another name for franchise) left by the closed dealerships. ... Lastly, and more importantly, every state has franchise law in affect that protect companies from this very thing - being forced out of business under the cloak of bankruptcy with out the benefit of due process. This is illegal!

US News & World Report Are Democrats Behind Closing Republican-Owned Chrysler Dealerships?
It may well be that America's automobile dealers are more Republican as a group; therefore any list of them would almost certainly contain more Republicans than Democrats. So it is terribly premature to allege, as some are already doing, that this is some kind of political retaliation by the White House and the labor unions against Republican donors.

On the other hand it does raise some questions that it are fair to ask and should be answered.

In May when the announcement came that some dealerships would be closing - it wasn't clear to me why. Why fire sales people if you are still selling product? Servicing purchased cars has always been lucrative business - one reason the service shops all have a salesroom out front is to maintain their service business flow.

Then the 800 dealers - of 3200 - were announced. And the closing dealers can all be traced back to patterns of political donations, to Republican action committees and candidates.

Realistically, the United Auto Workers union holds 55% ownership in Chrysler, per the Government agreement. So the closings may actually be union driven. It is no secret that labor unions tend to agitate around elections, and sponsor "public interest" advertising that just happens to support Democrat policies and candidates, and/or smearing Republican candidates and proposals. The "non affiliated" advertising has long been a bonus for Democratic candidates - they get the ads out, and the Unions pay for them. This makes Democrat ad money go further.

So what if the labor unions are targeting dealerships - to reduce campaign contributions that they will be opposing in upcoming elections?

Whether organized labor Democratic party, POTUS Barack Hussein Obama/Michelle Obama's own private agenda, or the money guys backing Obama back in Chicago - this slant on closing businesses of political opponents seems to me to be interfering in a federal election.

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