November 2, 2012 |
Voters face a stark choice next week, or so we've been told over and over. But in at least one realm, we the people face almost no choice at all -- fashion. If you believe clothes are the measure of the man, Mitt Romney and Barack Obama are closing in on one and the same. In the era of "gotcha" memes and gaffe patrols, it's pretty clear that these guys' handlers have decided to keep the sartorial choices as bland as possible. That fits right in with radically narrow dress code that already prevails inside the Beltway: dark suit, boring tie (red, blue or bipartisan blah)
November 2, 2012 |
TOLEDO, Ohio - The demand for Jeep Wranglers outstrips supply these days, so the assembly line keeps cranking straight through the lunch shift at the Toledo factory where Chrysler builds them. "I'm putting a new conveyor in right here," Tyson Stoll, who manages part of the plant, said Thursday as workers bolted axles onto each chassis rolling down the line. He pointed to tires running through a shiny balancing machine. "This is brand-new equipment," Stoll said. Across the floor was another sign of the plant's revival: Beeping forklifts were making their way around a vast warehouse recently built to accommodate the growing stacks of crates full of Wrangler shock absorbers, clutches and other equipment.
November 1, 2012
Re "Romney ad blasts Obama on auto industry," Oct. 30 The article states that one of Mitt Romney's ads "erroneously implies that the president's actions prompted a car manufacturer to send jobs overseas. " That is probably true, but not nearly as outrageous as the president saying that Romney would have let General Motors go bankrupt or The Times citing Romney's "opposition to the auto bailout," both of which imply that Romney would have let GM go out of business. In a 2008 New York Times op-ed article, Romney proposed saving GM through a bankruptcy restructuring with the government guaranteeing new loans that would be needed to keep it going.
October 31, 2012 |
Mitt Romney earned four Pinocchios -- the Washington Post ranking indicating the worst of the misleading campaign statements -- and a "Pants on Fire" label from Politifact for his comment on how he'd be a bigger hero to the nation's car industry than President Obama has been. Specifically, the GOP hopeful contended that Obama's successful bailout of GM and Chrysler had led to jobs being shifted from the United States to overseas. In fact, any overseas jobs are additional jobs created, not jobs taken from this country, and are an indication of the companies' success in selling internationally, which can only be good for this country.
October 30, 2012 |
One of President Obama's talking points on the campaign trail has been the revival of General Motors and Chrysler, which would almost certainly have gone into liquidation had his administration not kept them afloat through a government-led bankruptcy and restructuring in 2009. But a commercial that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has been airing in Ohio (and online) tries to cast Obama's actions in a considerably more negative light. That's not surprising in and of itself.
October 30, 2012 |
AVON LAKE, Ohio — In a sign of continued concern over the political impact of his opposition to the auto bailout, Mitt Romney is airing an ad that blames President Obama for sending auto companies into bankruptcy and erroneously implies that the president's actions prompted a car manufacturer to send jobs overseas. Thousands of jobs in the upper Midwest were tied to the auto bailout — $80 billion in federal loans to GM and Chrysler — that many credit with saving the industry.