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Rep. Ackerman's Car Troubles

Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-N.Y.) just beat up on the heads of the Big Three automakers for flying their private jets to the hearings underway on Capitol Hill right now and then veered wildly off the road to complain about how his Cadillac GPS doesn't work.

"There's a delicious irony in seeing private luxury jets flying into D.C. and people coming off of them with tin cups in their hand," Ackerman said to the heads of GM, Ford and Chrysler sitting before him. "It's almost like seeing guys show up in the soup kitchen in high hat and tuxedo...Couldn’t you all have downgraded to first-class or at least jet-pooled together?"

Then, Ackerman started talking about his two vehicles -- a '66 Plymouth Valiant ("Can't kill it.") and a brand-new Cadillac with a GPS that's gone hinky on him.

"I had some problems with it and couldn't get in touch with anybody because the dealership...couldn't get in touch with anybody. He didn't have the phone number at Cadillac to fix the GPS."

Then, he talked about his color preferences.

"I wanted a loaded car in blue and I had to reach out to five states to find one," Ackerman said.

Finally, he got to his point: "When my wife has a problem with the foreign car she drives, they bend over backward to listen to her. You are not listening....There's an arrogance in that."

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...they shouldn't even be spending their time listening to these guys.

Are they going to give an audience to every corporation that wants bailout money from the feds?

Either take-over the big 3 in the name of the larger economy or send them on their way to the corporate graveyard.

Posted by: dubya19391 | November 19, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

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