Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Rooting Against Economic Recovery?

I really enjoyed Super Bowl Sunday. No, my prediction didn't come true. The team I rooted for didn't win. But on any number of levels it was a very, very good game.

What I didn't particularly care for were the commercials. It wasn't that they were distasteful, it was that they were, well...pretty dull.

The one exception was this one...

Now, of course, this proved to be the most controversial the next day. 

Detroit, a metaphor for how America comes together to solve it's toughest problems. Unable to be knocked out with 'one punch'. The auto industries come back as an illustration of how Americans find their way back from a seemingly no win situation.

It's half time in America. What's wrong with that?

It seems like even the Super Bowl can't be totally devoid of politics. Some are taking this to be an 'issue ad' for the Obama Administration because it mentions the success Detroit and the auto industry are experiencing because of the bail out. Check out this column by E.J. Dionne...

"The arguments against the bailout were predictable but not unreasonable. Many suspected that government would inevitably make politicized choices: plant-closings determined by political influence and Obama favorites on company boards pursuing pet administration projects at the expense of sound business judgments."
"This didn’t happen. Even though the administration lost one fight when Congress voted to protect the interests of the auto dealers, the White House let the automakers behave like private companies. Ron Bloom, a major architect of the restructuring, told the columnists: “For the last nine or 10 months, we’ve kept our hands off of it.” Directors, Bloom added, were chosen for their business expertise, not for their politics."
"Ironically, Steve Forbes, the former Republican presidential candidate, confirmed the administration’s story in an opinion piece in Politico last week, whose purpose was to deny Obama any credit for the auto industry’s comeback. “GM’s management,” Forbes said, “is using solid, conservative, free-market management principles to get the company back to long-term profitability.” But this is exactly what opponents of the bailout said could never happen if the government stepped in. By Forbes’ own testimony, they were wrong."
"That’s why Obama could declare at a Chrysler plant in Detroit on Friday that “for the first time since 2004, all three U.S. automakers are operating at a profit,” meaning that taxpayers are likely to recoup most of their investment and possibly more."
So here's the question - if the President's political opposition actually considers this ad controversial and objectionable - doesn't it mean that you have to be rooting for economic calamity to help you win an election?
And if that's true, how is that 'patriotic'?

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