Veronique De Rugy properly takes The Donald to task at The Corner on NRO for the silly things he said about General Motors.
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Do read the whole thing but here is a fairly big taste of Veronique:
To be sure, I can see why the president is so upset. Because he has made the revival of American manufacturing the centerpiece of his campaign and presidency, a weird goal considering the incredibly high manufacturing output that the U.S. has experienced in recent years, every American company that doesn’t go with the plan is chastised publicly, sometimes even threatened. Remember Harley Davidson, which the president threatened with a boycott from its consumers? On Monday, the president told GM that it “better get back in” Ohio “soon,” and that “They better put something else in” the Lordstown, Ohio, plant that is now slated to be closed.
Is this what it has come to that the president is meddling with the productive assets of a private company? And don’t get me started on the president’s threat to cut all GM subsidies. I oppose all forms of subsidies to the private sector but I am also appalled by the use of subsidies as a way for the president to get companies to do what he thinks that they should be doing. [Emphasis added]
We agree with Veronique on her analysis and that the threats made by The Donald are a real distraction to serious issues. His threat to end GM’s subsidy is a non-starter. Wikipedia defines a bill of attainder as:
A bill of attainder (also known as an act of attainder or writ of attainder or bill of pains and penalties) is an act of a legislature declaring a person or group of persons guilty of some crime and punishing them, often without a trial.
We, with our lack of legal expertise, see The Donald’s action as exactly outlined above. Such bills do not meet constitutional muster. It indicates the problem of having a person like The Donald as president.
We, unlike Veronique, see Dr. Donald in this action. We don’t think he is playing three dimensional chess but there could be a good outcome. Since they can’t end subsidies for just GM they would need to end subsidies for all companies. We, like Veronique, want to end subsidies. Electric cars would be a good place to start. If this craziness end some subsidies for all companies then we are not happy about the discussion but willing to absorb the silliness of The Donald. Weird things happen with The Donald. We await the final accounting of this episode.