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Bloggers: Agree that energy changes coming; but disagree on auto company welfare program so far:

In this week's National Journal bloggers poll, the first question was "Do you support the Obama administration's handling of General Motors and Chrysler?" On the Left, 80% said "yes," while 87% of the Right said "no." My comment: The business of government is not running or subsidizing automobile manufacturers."

The other question was "What is the likeliest outcome in this Congress of the debate on energy and climate change?" Here, 33% of the Right expected "sweeping change," and 47% foresaw "incremental change." On the Left, 80% also believed that change is coming, but none of them expected it to be sweeping. I was among those expected sweeping change for the worse: "The result could cripple the recovery, prolong the recession for years and permanently weaken the economy."

Monty:
Since we are talking about both the auto industry and the environment: does anyone know if the proposal to incentivise people to scrap old gas guzzlers and buy knew fuel effeciant cars will apply fairly to all auto makers? Or will it take the form of a protectionist measure, only applicable to the bailout companies (and maybe ford)?
4.3.2009 12:20pm
Nunzio:
Since no one will buy a government-made car, it will cut down on the CO2 emissions.
4.3.2009 12:22pm
PLR:
My comment: "The business of government is not running or subsidizing automobile manufacturers."

I was among those expected sweeping change for the worse: "The result could cripple the recovery, prolong the recession for years and permanently weaken the economy."

Interesting. One dogmatic statement with no consideration given to economic impact, and one hedged statement that purports to assess economic impact.
4.3.2009 12:34pm
Prof. S. (mail):
Permanently weaken the economy? A little over the top, don't you think.

Or, if I were to return the point, this may be the most absurd statement that will ever be written on the internet.
4.3.2009 1:57pm
nhertel (mail):
I understood 'permanently weaken the economy' to mean 'in the future (until the potential legislation is repealed) we will be at an economic disadvantage (relative to competing nations) and gross output will be lower than is necessary.' Under this reading, that statement isn't outlandish.
4.3.2009 2:20pm
Houston Lawyer:
So do we merge the UAW into the SEIU?
4.3.2009 4:32pm
Mark H. (mail):
::My comment: "The business of government is not running or subsidizing automobile manufacturers."

I was among those expected sweeping change for the worse: "The result could cripple the recovery, prolong the recession for years and permanently weaken the economy."::

:Interesting. One dogmatic statement with no consideration given to economic impact, and one hedged statement that purports to assess economic impact.:

I think it far more interesting and germaine to note the self-evident points without sneering:

The first quote being the assertion of a normative principle on an inappropriate role of government, followed by a quoted statement providing a reason why that principle has merit.

That these two statements were not in a single sentence is not "interesting" to most of us (at least those familier with paragraphs), and a rather petty observation, don't you think?
4.3.2009 9:31pm

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