One more example of We. Are. Finished. With. DC. -- the DC troglodytes of the Obama Disadministration
The Fact Checker: President Obama's phony accounting on the auto industry bailout By Glenn Kessler, Washington Post
"Chrysler has repaid every dime and more of what it owes American taxpayers for their support during my presidency."
-- President Obama, June 4, 2011
With some of the economic indicators looking a bit dicey, President Obama traveled to Ohio last week to tout what the administration considers a good-news story: the rescue of the domestic automobile industry. In fact, he also made it the subject of his weekly radio address.
We take no view on whether the administration's efforts on behalf of the automobile industry were a good or bad thing; that's a matter for the editorial pages and eventually the historians. But we are interested in the facts the president cited to make his case.
What we found is one of the most misleading collections of assertions we have seen in a short presidential speech. Virtually every claim by the president regarding the auto industry needs an asterisk, just like the fine print in that too-good-to-be-true car loan.
Let's look at the claims in the order in which the president said them.
"Chrysler has repaid every dime and more of what it owes American taxpayers for their support during my presidency -- and it repaid that money six years ahead of schedule. And this week, we reached a deal to sell our remaining stake. That means soon, Chrysler will be 100 percent in private hands."
Wow, "every dime and more" sounds like such a bargain. Not only did Chrysler pay back the loan, with interest -- but the company paid back even more than they owed. Isn't America great or what?
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