Rush Remarks On GM Draw Fire From Democrats
June 9, 2009 at 3:24 PM (PT)
PREMIERE RADIO NETWORKS host RUSH LIMBAUGH didn't exactly explicitly call for a boycott of GENERAL MOTORS by conservatives, but his comments FRIDAY criticizing the federal government's ownership stake in the troubled auto giant drew fire from the DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE again. LIMBAUGH said that he understood conservatives' hesitation to buy GM cars, saying that the 17% of Americans who told a poll that they would support a boycott "don't want to patronize OBAMA. They don't want to do anything to make OBAMA's policies work." He said that while he had been a longtime GM customer, he personally would not buy another under the circumstances.
The DNC, which has been trying to paint LIMBAUGH as the de facto leader of the REPUBLICAN PARTY, issued a response through spokesperson HARI SEVUGAN saying, "While it's not surprising that RUSH LIMBAUGH would root for the failure of a national institution for partisan political gain, it is surprising that the other so-called leaders of the REPUBLICAN PARTY are silently going along with him given how many hard working Americans rely on GM for a living."
Hewitt: 'Denationalize' GM
While LIMBAUGH, contrary to reports picked up by several bloggers, did not call for a boycott, SALEM RADIO NETWORK's HUGH HEWITT wasn't quite as resistant to the idea, calling for the "denationalization" of GM (which he termed "Government Motors") on his show and at TOWNHALL.COM.
"In the effort to reverse this lurch beyond the farthest left fringe of previous Democratic statist urges, individual Americans have a role to play. They have to say no to GM products and services until such time as the denationalization occurs. This is a painful conclusion for those of us with friends still working for the company, and who had supported aggressive efforts to help the private company restructure," wrote HEWITT. "But there isn't any alternative, every dollar spent with GM is a dollar spent against free enterprise. Every car or truck purchased from Government Motors is one not purchased from a private car company that competes fairly against all other car companies. Many are rightly afraid that the government will do to automobile production what it has done for AMTRAK and the POSTAL SERVIVE, but the risk is much greater than a federally mandated lemon.
"The real risk is the enormous power of the federal government will so completely subsidize its own cars in so many ways that the private companies will be crippled or driven wholly from the field. What private company would want to compete against the unlimited resources of the feds? President OBAMA has made an enormous, unprecedented grab for power, and fair-minded Democrats should join with Republicans to reverse it, and quickly."