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Others Now Asking If Obama Is Bullying Toyota

Since we posted on this subject, it seems others are starting to question Obama’s motives in the hard line attacks on Toyota. (See Why The Government Should Not Run Private Corporations).

The Obama Administration has proven to be anything but reluctant in sticking it’s collective noses into areas where they have a vested interest. Always to the detriment of their “competition”.

AFP Reports:

CHICAGO — The US transportation chief’s public rebukes of Toyota’s handling of a massive safety recall have raised eyebrows, given the US government’s major stake in rivals General Motors and Chrysler.

“The optics are terrible because — and this is what happens when a government owns a company – the two companies that are going to gain the most out of this are General Motors and Chrysler,” said Peter Morici, a professor at the University of Maryland’s business school.

Return the companies to the private sector and let them stand or fall on their own. Or call Ford to find out how to run a car company.

About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog. Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

5 Responses to “Others Now Asking If Obama Is Bullying Toyota”

  1. It ain't called Gov't Motors for nothing. Sounds like some hanky panky & conflict to me.

  2. Carl says:

    While I do not have the expertise to say yes or no to the problems facing Toyota (I tend to believe the problem is electronic since these vehicle have “drive by wire”), what I can say is two fold;

    *The Obama Administration clearly has a conflict of interest

    *I have own many Toyotas over the last three decades for my business, with these vehicles giving me over 250,000 miles of reliable service; I cannot say this with my last two Fords which were pieces of junk well before 90,000. In fact one had many known issues by Ford (a E350) and was a lemon from day one, yet I only got the “run around”. Where is the US Government in taking on Ford and its junk vehicles?

  3. Tom White says:

    You are correct, Carl. There is a hard to miss conflict of interest.

    I own an insurance agency and have a lot of companies that specialize in “problem” drivers. Many of these are young and it is not uncommon for them to also have financial problems. One of the first things I noticed was the large numbers of people buying Hondas and Toyotas. Most of these with well over 100K miles.

    Being used to vehicles like your Ford, I always considered 100K to be the maximum you will get out of a Domestic vehicle. At least before everything starts to break. My customers often said a Honda or Toyota isn’t broken in until 100K miles.

    And as safety recalls go, I had a 1981 Chevy pickup that had the gas tank outside of the frame. If you were T-boned, a fire could result.

    I was offered $500 off on a new GM truck. Nobody told me to stop driving it.

    If Toyota was refusing to do anything about the problem, the focus on them would be expected. But this is a huge recall with a real potential for jamming up the Dealers Service departments. What if you own a vehicle not involved in the recall and need an engine or transmission replaced under warranty? With Dealers overwhelmed, you are going to have to wait.


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