Barack Obama, Auto Genius

by Henry Payne

A radio ad by the White House’s green allies currently running in the Detroit and Washington, DC, markets gives an insight into how anti-business our Egomaniac-in-Chief really is.

The insulting campaign, organized by Ceres  – a hydra-headed coalition of public employee pension plans, green activists, churches, government officials, and green investors — patronizes the auto industry by claiming that a 60 mpg EPA vehicle mandate will actually make them more profitable.

“A recent study found that under strong fuel efficiency standards, the auto industry would see increased profits — most of which would go to Big Three automakers,” intones the ad, timed to coincide with Obama’s introduction of new mpg rules this morning.

That stupid private sector. Activists who have never manufactured a car believe automakers are so ignorant of their own business that government bureaucrats have to intervene to make them profitable.

Incredibly, this is a conceit shared by the President of the United States. In 2007, Candidate Obama came to Detroit and lectured automakers on how, if elected, he would change their “failed” business model:

For years . . . whenever an attempt was made to raise our fuel efficiency standards, the auto companies would lobby furiously against it, spending millions to prevent the very reform that could’ve saved their industry,” he lectured. “Automakers still refuse to make the transition to fuel-efficient production because they say it’s too expensive. The auto industry is on a path that is unacceptable and unsustainable – for their business, for their workers, and for America. And America must take action to make it right. That’s why my first proposal will require automakers to meet higher fuel standards.

Presumptuous stuff for a Harvard Law–trained social activist. But a diktat he has resolutely pursued as president.

“The facts are clear, a 60 mpg standard will restore American automakers to a place of global leadership,” says the Ceres ad. This is the fevered thinking of a Leftist culture that believes auto companies are part of a shadow conspiracy to fatten oil company profits.

Engineers, so the conspiracy goes, have the battery technology to make a 60 mpg SUV — but Big Auto hides it in a back room to serve the oil companies over their customers.

It’s a conspiracy embraced by this the most anti-business White House in modern history.

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