Debbie Wasserman Schultz: Traitor to Detroit?

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Wasserman Schultz
Let's just get this out there, cuz somebody's gotta say it, and the Infiniti-driving Debbie Wasserman Schultz is apparently too thick-tongued to articulate anything other than decades-old talking points. So here it goes: Debbie Wasserman Schultz did not lie, and did not display ignorance of, the country in which her car was made.

I know this sounds incredible, because everybody and their mother has been freaking out about Wasserman Schultz's defense of the auto industry bailout, in which she said:

If it were up to the candidates for president on the Republican side, we would be driving foreign cars. They would have let the auto industry go down the tubes.

This has been a scandal everywhere, for some reason, and I'm still trying to decide whether that's more indicative of Republican venality, stupidity, or desperation. Some combination thereof, perhaps. To dispatch with this business forever, let's imagine a few situations in which similar expressions might be used.
Imagine Henry Kissinger saying: "If Heisenberg had figured out the bomb, we'd all be speaking German."

Or Condoleezza Rice saying: "If Marx had been right, we'd all be studying dialectical materialism in school."

Or Elvis Presley saying: "If it hadn't been for all those black musicians on Beale Street, we'd all be playing country music."

Of course, Henry Kissinger does speak German. (Because he's German.) Condoleezza Rice did study dialectical materialism. (Her academic career focused on Soviet politics.) Elvis did play country music. (And he was good at it.) Yet none of the above statements would have made them liars. Show's over, folks; there's nothing to see here.
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Not a LIAR - A HYPOCRITE!!!  But your logic is flawed - a car is a decision.  The language you speak, the music you grew up with, and even to some extent, yes, the educational path you choose, are set.  That is, certainly with language and culture, you are provided them, and your educational path is often a result of your childhood experiences, privileges (or lack thereof) and rearing.  But a car is ALWAYS a choice.  I do NOT think she should be villified for saying this.  She is right.  But let's not pretend it does not smack a little of "Do as I say, not as I do"ism!!


every Washington lawmaker should be required to drive a US made vehicle.  Not Mexico, not Canada, not Japan, not Korea.  But a FULLY US made vehicle. 

Now, are there any of those left?

Dave E
Dave E

Debbie Wasserman-Schultz has made herself part of the problem by spreading half-truths, lies and bashing republicans for being somehow "anti-women".  She should go to the Middle-East to see how that's REALLY done.  The campaign-like behavior she has been exuding IS indicitive of the venality, stupidity, AND Desperation of the Democratic Party which she now runs.  Check out the Comments section of this recent 'Gem' from yesterday.  It is how we feel here!


Toyotas and Hondas are built in Kentucky.  BMW is South Carolina, Mercedes in Louisana.  Kia in Alabama.  GM, Ford and Chrsyler are often built in Canada and Mexico.  So what is the definition of a foreign car?


That's an overstatement. Most American branded cars are still built in the United States.  Some Beamers, Mercedes, Kias are built here, some not. Actually, most Toyotas and Hondas sold in the USA are built here.  But the issue for some people, rightly or wrongly, is not merely jobs, but jobs with living wages, and the creation of capital, which means the white collar jobs, which are mostly overseas for foreign branded products (although Toyota's tech center is in Michigan, and many Michiganders don't even know this!!).  But if a person is going to be "preachy" about this issue, you are right in that they should be doing their homework on it!!

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