Magazine August 16, 2010, Issue

Do Progressives Dream of Electric Cars?

The Chevy Volt (Chevrolet)
The American economy does not

On July 15, Barack Obama came to Holland, Mich., and wrote another chapter in his administration’s Chicago-style, take-no-prisoners political manual. At a groundbreaking ceremony for an auto-components factory, the president called the district’s Republican congressman, Pete Hoekstra, a hypocrite for attending the event after voting against the stimulus funds that had financed the factory. Obama’s cheap shot, delivered while Hoekstra sat a few feet away, drew criticism because such events are usually considered friendly; Hoekstra’s appearance was standard protocol for a congressman showing respect for the presidency.

Largely forgotten in the political scuffle was the company that had received the $150

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