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Discussion in 'News' started by wheelerwbrian, Oct 24, 2014.
Catherine Rampell: Tesla runs into trouble, again - The Washington Post
Everyone should read this article. I can't argue with any of her points. Many politicians do ALL sorts of back-water deals.
They don't care about their constituents as much as they care about keeping THEIR job from one term to the next. So, whichever company gives them the most money (lobbyists) that's who'll they side with regardless of the rhyme or reason. And to introduce a few lines into legislation at the last minute that DOESN'T allow anyone to even discuss it, is beyond NON American. Here is one excerpt of the article that shows how corrupt politicians are, right up to our presidents. As the writer noted, most of the "business protectors" are Republicans because they get the majority of Auto campaign donations. BUT the governor of Maryland is a Democrat... so it's whomever gets their palms greased. Sickening!
Indeed, prominent Republican politicians have a long history of enshrining protectionist laws that help auto dealers. In 1973, Republican hero Ronald Reagan, then the governor of California, signed a law that barred new-car dealerships from opening within a 10-mile radius of an existing dealership peddling the same kind of car, according to Mother Jones, to reward a businessman who was one of Reagan’s top fundraisers. Decades later George W. Bush, as governor of Texas, signed what was then the nation’s strictest law prohibiting car manufacturers from selling directly to consumers, at a time when the Internet finally made such transactions more feasible. Texas’s law was subsequently copied by other states around the country and used to shut down Ford’s own attempt to sell used cars to consumers through its Web site. Ford fought the law and ultimately lost.
Ironically, there is plenty of evidence to show that lots of money for advertising won't buy you the election. If your policies are very unpopular no amount of spending will correct for that.
You assume they advertise what they are actually going to do once in office....:frown:
Will politicians spend the political capital to restrict freedom of commerce?
Good old fashion American ingenuity...........The fundamental right to build a "Better Mousetrap" and bring it to market.
How can we make this an election year issue?
By speaking (uncomfortable) truth to power.
They are unlikely to listen, but that is no reason not to try.