Video: Rare American who can afford to buy Chevy Volt vows to buy one

posted at 8:52 pm on February 28, 2012 by Allahpundit

Alternate headline via Amanda Carpenter: “Volt sales to double.”

Via the Examiner, to entertain you while we wait for Michigan results, a palate cleanser from today’s “I bailed you out now you bail me out” campaign schmooze to the UAW. What’s the most over-optimistic part here? O breezily insisting he’ll have a second term as president? O assuming that they’ll still be making Chevy Volts five years from now? Or O thinking that the Secret Service will ever let him drive one? C’mon, champ. You know it’s a fire hazard.

Nice of him to be cutting free car commercials for Government Motors, don’t you think?


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Volts suck.

Good Lt on February 28, 2012 at 8:54 PM

Volts for dolts. How prescient

WryTrvllr on February 28, 2012 at 8:55 PM

“I liked sitting in it. It was nice. I bet it drives real good.”

Until it starts on fire, of course.

mjk on February 28, 2012 at 8:56 PM

Bet his comes with a bc fire extinguisher

WryTrvllr on February 28, 2012 at 8:56 PM

Should get, what 4 mpg with all the steel plate?

WryTrvllr on February 28, 2012 at 8:57 PM

Smartest President ever cannot even speak with proper grammar.

rjh on February 28, 2012 at 8:58 PM

It drives real good.

Idiot. My 6 yr old speaks better English than that fool.

Charlemagne on February 28, 2012 at 8:58 PM

Alternate headline via Amanda Carpenter: “Volt sales to double.”

What to 38 units?

CW on February 28, 2012 at 8:58 PM

I’m waiting on the Pond Scum model.Called the Revolting.

they lie on February 28, 2012 at 8:59 PM

It drives how?

publiuspen on February 28, 2012 at 9:00 PM

Wait…its not a caddi………..

dmann on February 28, 2012 at 9:00 PM

Only an idiot would “buy” a Chevy Volt. It’s good that idiot-obama will be leaving the White House in January of next year, as he might just be able to snatch up one of the final Volts before production ceases.

Pork-Chop on February 28, 2012 at 9:01 PM

Is he going to let his daughters drive it when they turn 16?

Given the risk of fire, would letting a minor drive a Volt be considered child endangerment?

malclave on February 28, 2012 at 9:03 PM

I wonder if it rains hard…could someone get a jolt from the volt?

KOOLAID2 on February 28, 2012 at 9:03 PM

“I liked sitting in it. It was nice. I bet it drives real good

so he didn’t drive it? Smells like fear.

WryTrvllr on February 28, 2012 at 9:03 PM

Drive yourself a firetrap today — it’s for Mother Goose Gaia!

hillbillyjim on February 28, 2012 at 9:04 PM

Goose

hillbillyjim on February 28, 2012 at 9:04 PM

I’d love for him to buy a few volts for a fence on the border.

SouthernGent on February 28, 2012 at 9:05 PM

If you want an expensive car that gets decent gas mileage, just buy a Cadillac…….. Fire extinguisher not required. :)

ThePrez on February 28, 2012 at 9:07 PM

I can hear ACME Insurance laughing at him already.

Christien on February 28, 2012 at 9:08 PM

SCOAMF drives a SCOALousyCar

ConcealedKerry on February 28, 2012 at 9:10 PM

So Obama couldn’t drive it…but he liked sitting in it…

Obama couldn’t be a leader…but he likes sitting in the big chair..

Electrongod on February 28, 2012 at 9:10 PM

“I liked sitting in it. It was nice. I bet it drives real good.”

My god he’s almost as bad at this pandering thing as Romney is!

Buckshot Bill on February 28, 2012 at 9:10 PM

I bet he ups the rebate just before his purchase.

Cindy Munford on February 28, 2012 at 9:10 PM

averaged out, that would bring his travel costs down to 95,000.00 per hour, ala Airforce 0ne (= 0 + the pilot)

WryTrvllr on February 28, 2012 at 9:11 PM

Who among us would park this thing in their garage and plug it in?

Not I , wouldn’t have one if ya gave me one but certainly would not bring into my garage and burn the house down

ConcealedKerry on February 28, 2012 at 9:11 PM

My god he’s almost as bad at this pandering thing as Romney is!

Buckshot Bill on February 28, 2012 at 9:10 PM

trees what about trees the right height?
Ponds does he like ponds with algae?

ConcealedKerry on February 28, 2012 at 9:13 PM

No, actually Mr President, it drives like crap:

Ultimately, it wasn’t gas mileage that convinced us that the Cruze Eco is top dog here. When vital cockpit furnishings such as the clutch pedal and the hand-operated parking brake go missing—as they do in the Volt—we suffer sensory-deprivation anxiety. The electric Chevy is an automatic gas-saving appliance that never hugs its driver. In contrast, the Cruze Eco demands an active partner to reap its high mileage. When you need to pass some laggard in traffic, a stab of the throttle, a dab of clutch, and a stir of the shifter are all required. Also, the lighter Cruze always feels more willing than the Volt. It showed slightly better grip on the skidpad, a touch more speed through our slalom cones, and a sharper appetite for back-road work.

http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/comparisons/11q3/2011_chevrolet_volt_vs._chevrolet_cruze_eco-comparison_tests

Spannerhead on February 28, 2012 at 9:13 PM

Wow, it really sound sounds like Volt sales are on fire. It is after all a hot car. Just wait The Volt will catch on.

Bmore on February 28, 2012 at 9:14 PM

I liked sitting in it. It was nice. I bet it drives real good.

Grammar is hard.

Smartest. President. EVAH.

Walter Sobchak on February 28, 2012 at 9:14 PM

Only an idiot would “buy” a Chevy Volt. It’s good that idiot-obama will be leaving the White House in January of next year, as he might just be able to snatch up one of the final Volts before production ceases.

Pork-Chop on February 28, 2012 at 9:01 PM

Maybe Obama will wear his bicycle helmet and mom jeans when he cruises the Chicago streets. He’ll get a real charge out of the experience.

onlineanalyst on February 28, 2012 at 9:14 PM

Or should it be, interest in the Volt will catch?

Bmore on February 28, 2012 at 9:16 PM

vows to buy one

It reminds him of his “Golf Cart”.

(which gets driven a lot more than the typical Volt – given li’l bammie’s priorities).

Fore!!

Tim_CA on February 28, 2012 at 9:17 PM

Sorry BO it don’t come in ghetto purple…

jbh45 on February 28, 2012 at 9:17 PM

This joker and his annoying wife will be riding in limousines the rest of their lives, at our expense.

slickwillie2001 on February 28, 2012 at 9:19 PM

Yo, moron, be sure to bring some PORK ribs when you drive it. You can drive and probably bar-b-q them ribs at the same time….as long as they are PORK….ya know….from a PIG! :)

sicoit on February 28, 2012 at 9:19 PM

One thing is for certain…
This King doesn’t need a Jester…
Just an Audience.

Electrongod on February 28, 2012 at 9:22 PM

Sorry BO it don’t come in ghetto purple…

jbh45 on February 28, 2012 at 9:17 PM

No. He’s from Hawaii. Think Magnum PI jumping into his volt and cruising off a 3 mph due to low battery charge.

WryTrvllr on February 28, 2012 at 9:23 PM

Allah
Any possibility of QOTD getting an early cue up?

Bmore on February 28, 2012 at 9:25 PM

Will he pay the sticker price for it, or will he sign into law a 50% discount beforehand?

Sgt Steve on February 28, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Idiot. My 6 yr old speaks better English than that fool.

Charlemagne on February 28, 2012 at 8:58 PM

Speaking of fools…just listen to the imbeciles he’s speaking in front of…’4 More Years!!..$ More Years!!’

Yeah, you’ll be lucky if you can make it that long before you show up with hat in hand to beg for the people of this country to bail your sorry a$$es out again…

Guess what you socialist tools…Right to Work is coming to a state near you…buh-bye….

BigWyo on February 28, 2012 at 9:36 PM

Nice of him to be cutting free car commercials for Government Motors, don’t you think?

I think it’s called central planning.

a capella on February 28, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Can you believe that the left still casts Obama as erudite and educated?

“I liked sittn’t in it”

They are building a whole 1 thousand of them next year, which in any sane world would get it dropped like the Edsel.

Bulletchaser on February 28, 2012 at 9:40 PM

I turn on that youtube video and the first thing I hear are a bunch of screaming NWO puppets under heavy mind control worshipping their false idol BHO…. it’s like watching the MTV VMA’s aka The NWO Mind Control Awards

apocalypse on February 28, 2012 at 9:42 PM

Can you believe that the left still casts Obama as erudite and educated?

“I liked sittn’t in it”

They are building a whole 1 thousand of them next year, which in any sane world would get it dropped like the Edsel.

Bulletchaser on February 28, 2012 at 9:40 PM

You realize that leaves some poor unlucky libtard a .001 chance of buying the contaminated one.

WryTrvllr on February 28, 2012 at 9:43 PM

Here’s a car targeted specifically towards snobbish uppity liberals. The problem is, liberals have no loyalty. Chevrolet was always the car company for “the working class.” Liberals are either deadbeats, or filthy rich because they inherited money from family/relatives who WERE NOT deadbeats.

Even with bribes, giving away taxpayer money to targeted buyers that would typically be Obama’s base, the car does not sell well.

GM sold it’s soul to the devil. Obama will buy it, just to stiff the taxpayers a little more with “free gubmint money (rebate).

BruthaMan on February 28, 2012 at 9:45 PM

Unfortunately, this idiot gets Secret Service protection for life. And I seriously doubt they’ll let The Chosen One drive. Guess he’ll just have to take it for a spin around his driveway. Won’t even have to unplug the electrical cord. Imagine the “gas mileage” he’ll get!

GarandFan on February 28, 2012 at 9:46 PM

Electric car scheme squanders nine figures’ worth of taxpayer dollars

Electric cars have been around for a century. There is an good reason they have never taken over more than minor niches. Squandering government money on this technology is negligent at best.

There is more than the federal government to blame. State and local officials in Indiana, including current governor Mitch Daniels shared the same fantasies.
It’s time to pull the plug on electric car dreamers.

Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2012/01/electric_car_scheme_squanders_nine_figures_worth_of_taxpayer_dollars.html#ixzz1njdMaF2j

Green eyed Lady on February 28, 2012 at 9:46 PM

OT but well worth it!
VFW Members Duct Tape Flag Burner to Pole
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=l7GFo1U5kew

sicoit on February 28, 2012 at 9:51 PM

Why wait? We’ll take up a country-wide collection and buy him one if he’ll just agree to LEAVE IN IT NOW!!

MaggieMae on February 28, 2012 at 9:56 PM

Why wait? We’ll take up a country-wide collection and buy him one if he’ll just agree to LEAVE IN IT NOW!!

MaggieMae on February 28, 2012 at 9:56 PM

Better yet, a collection to put that battery pack (OR 12) in his next presidential limo.

WryTrvllr on February 28, 2012 at 9:59 PM

Barry was in full minstrel mode today. Surprising, since most of the audience was white and thuggy at that. Here’s some UAW members giving him the white power salute.

http://news.daylife.com/photo/0aIVfPz1CE1od?__site=daylife&q=barack+obama

No Niks on February 28, 2012 at 10:01 PM

“I liked sitting in it. It was nice. I bet it drives real good.”

O_o

Seven Percent Solution on February 28, 2012 at 10:10 PM

The Secret Service will probably take issue with this.

AbaddonsReign on February 28, 2012 at 10:13 PM

OT but well worth it!
VFW Members Duct Tape Flag Burner to Pole
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=l7GFo1U5kew

sicoit on February 28, 2012 at 9:51 PM

Excellent, thanks for posting this!

BruthaMan on February 28, 2012 at 10:18 PM

Forget the Volt!!

How about letting one of these get you to the mall in about 5 seconds?

http://www.innovationnewsdaily.com/912-navy-railgun-tests-leading-ship-superweapon-2020.html

Now THAT is a commute I’m talking about.

PappyD61 on February 28, 2012 at 10:33 PM

I figured Fiat.

You know, cause he rules by……

Ben Hur on February 28, 2012 at 10:45 PM

My new neighbors, who are Venice, CA refugees, recently purchased a Nissan Leaf (aka “Nissan Vagina”). This on Maui where electricity is 4x the cost on the mainland, and is generated by burning…..wait for it….petroleum.

Given the loss of energy when converting between types (combustion of oil > steam > electricity > battery charge > moving the car), I can’t help but think that driving a traditional vehicle is the true “green choice”.

At least they get to feel superior.

Kungfoochimp on February 28, 2012 at 11:02 PM

I don’t give a damn if it got 500 miles to the gallon and had a tax write off. NOT ever buying one. I have a BMW and Toyota. Fine by me.

bazil9 on February 28, 2012 at 11:14 PM

Chevy’s are damn Uglaaaay too.

bazil9 on February 28, 2012 at 11:17 PM

Smartest President ever cannot even speak with proper grammar.

rjh on February 28, 2012 at 8:58 PM

You have to cut him some slack on that. TOTUS had the day off.

Alabama Infidel on February 28, 2012 at 11:19 PM

“If we don’t pass the American Recovery Act, unemployment will rise to 8%!”

0bama will actually buy a Volt when the Stimulus Bill actually helps the economy.

MidniteRambler on February 28, 2012 at 11:24 PM

Go to any lib hangout and what will you see?

Imports.

All made overseas or in “right-to-work” states. German cars, Asian cars (Subaru’s!),etc. If an hybrid car is present, it is a Prius, not a Ford Fusion.

Libs get all “pro-union” and “against-right-to-work states”, but you won’t find a Chevy within a 100 miles of a poetry-slam.

Libs give all kinds of lip service being all “pro-union” and “our man Obama saved the USA auto industry”, but hardly EVER actually support the union produced cars of the Big 3 by….. Gee…actually BUYING their cars!

Opposite Day on February 28, 2012 at 11:24 PM

It helps that Teh SCOAMF will never have to worry about getting t-boned in a crash because he will never be allowed by the Secret Service to drive it, much less unescorted.

Steve Eggleston on February 28, 2012 at 11:49 PM

It drives how?

publiuspen on February 28, 2012 at 9:00 PM

It’s fueled by Hope (and a rubber band).

squint on February 29, 2012 at 12:16 AM

Just get your POS car off of my highway when it stops moving after 40 miles, ok champ!

Avatar72 on February 29, 2012 at 12:49 AM

Wow, it really sound sounds like Volt sales are on fire. It is after all a hot car. Just wait The Volt will catch on.

Bmore on February 28, 2012 at 9:14 PM

You geniuses never learn. Do you really believe that a US or Israeli attack against Iran won’t push oil over $160 per barrel? At that point people will be bidding up the price of Volts in dealer inventory.

First releases of new technology products are often far from perfect- and that applies to the Volt. It certainly applies to the Honda Insight, which has sucked from the day it was first sold to the public. GM will learn how to make much better electric cars.

bayam on February 29, 2012 at 12:51 AM

Libs get all “pro-union” and “against-right-to-work states”, but you won’t find a Chevy within a 100 miles of a poetry-slam.

Libs give all kinds of lip service being all “pro-union” and “our man Obama saved the USA auto industry”, but hardly EVER actually support the union produced cars of the Big 3 by….. Gee…actually BUYING their cars!

Opposite Day on February 28, 2012 at 11:24 PM

You’re right that Californians drive more rice burners than ppl living in the midwest, but there’s no shortage of well known liberals driving American.

http://www.driverside.com/auto-library/top_10_surprising_cars_that_celebrities_drive-540

bayam on February 29, 2012 at 12:56 AM

You geniuses never learn. Do you really believe that a US or Israeli attack against Iran won’t push oil over $160 per barrel? At that point people will be bidding up the price of Volts in dealer inventory.

That makes no sense. If a war is coming, why would I buy a product that going to go UP in price, but not in value?

It’s still going to use petroleum in some form, like the charging station it plugs into. The electricity is ummm, made from oil turbines.

And, lets not forget, the Chevy Volt already costs $38k out of the gate. That’s the price of a fully loaded midsized SUV or base luxury car. Or 2 used cars that are only 5 years old fully loaded.

Hell or go old school and get a few American or European made diesels: at least you can run it off cooking oil in a pinch.

First releases of new technology products are often far from perfect- and that applies to the Volt. It certainly applies to the Honda Insight, which has sucked from the day it was first sold to the public. GM will learn how to make much better electric cars.

bayam on February 29, 2012 at 12:51 AM

There’s no argument there. The argument is: why should the taxpayer sponsor an initiative that can be handled by the private sector.

Is the Federal government going to print out cars like we’re doing with money?

If the time for electric cars is now, then the private sector will come up with it. Just because some government agency has control of the purse strings doesn’t always make them the sage of all things.

If it was GM’s time to fold, then it should have. The business model didn’t work, they could stay competitive, and that would have been that. The market adjusts, and most of those out of work would have found work again in a reawakened competitor that would have picked up the slack.

Now, we just kicked the can down the road where it’s going to hurt just as much if not more when they’ll have to be helped again?

Don’t think so? This was GM’s first bailout, but Chrysler’s *second*. The first one was supposed to be “a one time thing” but not. So why wasn’t Chrysler sent to the chopping block?

BlaxPac on February 29, 2012 at 1:13 AM

It’s still going to use petroleum in some form, like the charging station it plugs into. The electricity is ummm, made from oil turbines.

In come cases, that may be the case. It depends on the fuel source of your local utility. Coal and natural gas are predominant today.

And, lets not forget, the Chevy Volt already costs $38k out of the gate. That’s the price of a fully loaded midsized SUV or base luxury car. Or 2 used cars that are only 5 years old fully loaded.

You’re right about that- although the lease price is very reasonable and will drastically lower the cost of a 40 mile commute if gas prices double.

There’s no argument there. The argument is: why should the taxpayer sponsor an initiative that can be handled by the private sector.

Is the Federal government going to print out cars like we’re doing with money?

GM had been developing the Volt and alternative energy technologies, especially fuel cells, for more than a decade before the bailout. Perhaps you’ve been misled by right wing talking points- GM is not controlled by the government, which has only a minority stake in the company.

If the time for electric cars is now, then the private sector will come up with it.

Heard of the Nissan leaf? Or Tesla, which received a $50 mil investment from Toyota? Don’t Japanese automakers count as the private sector?

bayam on February 29, 2012 at 1:31 AM

nparga23 on February 29, 2012 at 1:43 AM

He is in three right now. This Saturday will be his last show with one. The one I linked had a really good local following, their show was fun. Not uplifting but fun.

Cindy Munford on February 29, 2012 at 1:38 AM

nparga23 on February 29, 2012 at 1:43 AM

nparga23 on February 29, 2012 at 1:44 AM

nparga23 on February 29, 2012 at 1:44 AM

In come cases, that may be the case. It depends on the fuel source of your local utility. Coal and natural gas are predominant today.

But it’s not just using the fuel to charge the car or o send electricity to the charging station. Oil has to be used in plastics for the sheaths of power lines and as lubricants in the turbines.

If there are more electric cars, there will have to be more POL’s used to make up the support network to have them. Right there, that will mean more tires & that will require more oil. So if Michelin needs a bailout, do we give it to them?

You’re right about that- although the lease price is very reasonable and will drastically lower the cost of a 40 mile commute if gas prices double.

But *why* should i take a lease if i don’t want to or cant afford to? My income isn’t going to increase if there are more Volts on the road, and unless your giving them away free, why would anyone take on unneeded additional debt?

This is why Cash for Clunkers was such a miserable failure. Cheaper, Older but still running and serviceable cars were retired early unnecessarily while offering no real market solution. OTOH, the KBB value of my own 19 yo American made V6 GM (ironically enough) has doubled in value and with a small investment allow me to use it as a trade in for a newer (10 yo) SUV or coupe.

GM had been developing the Volt and alternative energy technologies, especially fuel cells, for more than a decade before the bailout. Perhaps you’ve been misled by right wing talking points- GM is not controlled by the government, which has only a minority stake in the company.

But you missed AND made my point all in one, Bayam. If GM had the confidence in it’s own product, it should have brought it to market and let the buyers decide. If they needed more capitol to raise it, they should have gone to their workers, and told them they would need to raise capitol any way they could to move the company forward…or they should have folded.

Instead, at best we see a little taste of governmental accounting right here: Benefits packages that would getting so large they were by their very nature unsustainable, until they reached a point that the company had to borrow to stay alive…all the while not changing their habits, and ignoring the signs of doom.

Sound familiar? It should, that’s what happened to Greece right there…and to the United States now…unless we change. That’s no propaganda, that’s reality.

Heard of the Nissan leaf? Or Tesla, which received a $50 mil investment from Toyota? Don’t Japanese automakers count as the private sector?

bayam on February 29, 2012 at 1:31 AM

Yeah, but these are Japanese companies. I have no real concern on how their government handles their affairs.

Again, I’m not protesting the electric car: I am protesting subsidies the process as if we the taxpayer will earn rewards unheard of.

I am also protesting that the government can dictate the market to such a degree that I am forced to buy a product that i don’t want, or pay for it because I wont accept it. That’s a protection racket…or shakedown if you prefer.

BlaxPac on February 29, 2012 at 2:00 AM

How novel, another head of state promoting a “people’s car” The Voltswagon. Who was the last one to do it?

beefeater on February 29, 2012 at 2:21 AM

Next thing you know he’ll be asking for one of them hunting licenses.

AcidReflux on February 29, 2012 at 6:27 AM

The Secret Service will probably take issue with this.
AbaddonsReign on February 28, 2012 at 10:13 PM

Then again, maybe they won’t.

I can’t imagine Teh Won is popular amongst SS agents. Billy Jeff wasn’t either.

wildcat72 on February 29, 2012 at 6:33 AM

They don’t tell you that it takes 10 hours and $18.00 worth of electricity to charge the Volt and that it will go about 25 miles before the gas engine takes over. In the future if the O has his way with the power companies it will cost more to charge it up. You can live on a cabin cruiser tied to a wharf with a wind charger on the boat and run it all on 12 volts but who wants to do that?

mixplix on February 29, 2012 at 7:13 AM

GM is not controlled by the government, which has only a minority stake in the company.
 
bayam on February 29, 2012 at 1:31 AM

 
Active yet almost completely uninformed on a subject is such a strange combination. Ron Bloom, Obama’s Car Czar, March 2010:
 

“we’re very much aware of what GM is doing, because as a shareholder, we need to be. I like to understand [Whitacre's] thinking, so I can convey it to the people who sort of are more directly, ultimately the decision-makers here” — Geithner and chief White House economic advisor Larry Summers”.”

 
Let me think, what does “ultimately the decision-makers here” mean…

GM is not controlled by the government

 
Unless you listen to, you know, Obama’s Car Czar’s direct quote on the subject.
 

Perhaps you’ve been misled by right wing talking points-

 
Partial credit since you got most of it right.
 
Please try to be more informed. It’s your responsibility as a citizen.

rogerb on February 29, 2012 at 7:34 AM

Yes. Yes. He is a kind and benevolent master. Truly, Gott mit uns.

onomo on February 29, 2012 at 7:46 AM

“I liked sitting in it. It was nice. I bet half of that TARP fund, it drives real good.”

askwhatif on February 29, 2012 at 8:14 AM

“I bet I could fit a couple of them shovels in the trunk.
“- Obumbo

askwhatif on February 29, 2012 at 8:16 AM

Where’s a trunk monkey when you need one?
.
.
.
.

(there actually is a trunk monkey, no other references intended)

askwhatif on February 29, 2012 at 8:18 AM

He looks to have the IQ of the targeted Volt buyer. Why not?

MNHawk on February 29, 2012 at 8:20 AM

I bet it drives real good.

I bet it drives really well.

Good thing this smart guy is running our country.

shick on February 29, 2012 at 8:41 AM

“I bet it drives real good.”

Normally, I wouldn’t criticize a President for using an adjective like “good” as a pronoun. Yet, when the particular President is billed as an editor for the Harvard Law Review, Constitutional professor, best selling author, and brilliant deliverer (AND writer) of speeches, I would hope that said President has a better grasp of rudimentary English than a math/science geek like myself.

ynot4tony2 on February 29, 2012 at 8:45 AM

I was going to come on here and comment, but you guys have nailed it. What amazes me is the fact that close to 50% of Americans cannot see what is so clearly obvious and apparent. That after three years in office, this guy is STILL not qualified to be President.

PorchDawg on February 29, 2012 at 9:17 AM

Let me think, what does “ultimately the decision-makers here” mean…

GM is not controlled by the government

Unless you listen to, you know, Obama’s Car Czar’s direct quote on the subject.

You can link to all the quotes online and suggest any number of conspiracy theories. The fact remains that a minority stake does not give the government control.

You may want to catch up on GM’s active opposition to new safety and other automotive standards proposed by the federal government.

I am also protesting that the government can dictate the market to such a degree that I am forced to buy a product that i don’t want, or pay for it because I wont accept it. That’s a protection racket…or shakedown if you prefer.

No one is forcing you to buy anything, and the Volt, like the Nissan Leaf, was under development long before the 2008 crash.

You can learn to live with the perceived “violation of virgin free market principles” that occurred when the government saved the US auto industry- and with it millions of jobs and America’ standing as a manufacturing power. It’s true that without Detroit, Japanese and German automakers would have expanded in the US. But I don’t believe that Americans are destined to be the vassals of foreign manufacturing powers, and neither did Bush or Obama.

The free market isn’t perfect. Once in a generation, it tends to blow up and some degree of intervention becomes necessary to ensure that the banks remains functional and depression-like conditions don’t destroy faith in the viability of the financial system and the nation’s economic infrastructure.

bayam on February 29, 2012 at 9:20 AM

vows to buy one

Does he even know how to drive, or will he have to take lessons first?

petefrt on February 29, 2012 at 9:23 AM

The number one purchaser of the Volt is the government including the federal, state and local ones. Heck NYC alone purchased 50 of them for their police force so how about someone in the media find out how many of these cars are actually owned by the public and I bet their sales numbers drop through the floor.

JeffinSac on February 29, 2012 at 9:35 AM

bayam on February 29, 2012 at 9:20 AM

There is a village in need

Maybe you should fill the spot

Sonosam on February 29, 2012 at 10:03 AM

When it sets on fire, he can get all wee wee’d up and put it out.

RadClown on February 29, 2012 at 10:05 AM

The president and his supporters are okay with him making free ads for one brand of car manufacturer over another? It’s like we’ve all fallen asleep and woken up in crazyland.

smoothsailing on February 29, 2012 at 10:30 AM

bayam on February 29, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Get out the vote ACORN!

tom daschle concerned on February 29, 2012 at 10:33 AM

A Obamaturism – he mentions the Chevy Cobalt being made in the Port Chicago plant – the Cobalt was replaced for the 2011 model year. That’s why he most likely got very little response.

StuckinliberalNY on February 29, 2012 at 11:04 AM

You can live on a cabin cruiser tied to a wharf with a wind charger on the boat and run it all on 12 volts but who wants to do that?

mixplix on February 29, 2012 at 7:13 AM

Waterworld, starring Kevin Costner.

Where’s a trunk monkey when you need one?
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(there actually is a trunk monkey, no other references intended)

askwhatif on February 29, 2012 at 8:18 AM

Speed Racer with Chimp-Chimp!

freedomfirst on February 29, 2012 at 11:18 AM

ynot4tony2 on February 29, 2012 at 8:45 AM

I agree, but maybe Zero is playing to his audience. Reminds me of Shrillary speaking “southern”.

These people think we’re all idiots and morons when truth be told it was only something like 53% during Nov 2008. I suspect some of those got wise in the intervening years. Let’s pray.

freedomfirst on February 29, 2012 at 11:23 AM

You geniuses never learn. Do you really believe that a US or Israeli attack against Iran won’t push oil over $160 per barrel? At that point people will be bidding up the price of Volts in dealer inventory.

bayam on February 29, 2012 at 12:51 AM

Sorry, us geniuses were trying to get a pipline that would bring 750,000 barrels of oil a day to refineries in the US.

But no worries, your genius of a President has decided we’ll just use Algae biofuel, which currently only costs $32.81/gallon so we’ll be fine.

Yep, we wanted that horrible $3-$4 gallon gasoline instead of the wonderful $33/gallon algae biofuel… clearly we never learn.

And why would anyone bid up the price of a Volt? $50,000 isn’t high enough? You’ll have to drive it for years to have a chance of breaking even on your investment; but people will pay more and willingly take a loss?

Since you think this is true, why aren’t they buying it now and taking the loss today?

gekkobear on February 29, 2012 at 12:22 PM

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