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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentGovernment Β· 1 decade ago

why does congress have to tell US automakers what to produce?

seriously......if left to their own devices would US automakers ignore the instability of the middle east, market trends and innovations, competitors successes on US soil, and produce gas hogs hoping US consumers would buy them knowing they were a horrible investment?....too late.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Well, that's exactly what automakers in the US have been doing for 25 years. Now somepeople seem to be surprised that the government finally stepped in.

    I DON"T like the government regulations--but the automakers have had every chance--for DECADES--to do the right thing--and have refused. They do NOT have the right to continue a course of action that is contrary to both the public and the national interest.

    On the other hand--there is a third alternative. And its one the neocons--if they actually believe what they are saying--would have to support. It's this: leave the car companies free to do what they like. But--5, 10,20 years downthe road, if their poicies result in economicosts (like environmental clean-ups, etc) then they have to bick up the tab--ALL of it, including coast sto all injured parties, punitive court awards, etc.

    That's fair--according to the neocon ideology. It keeps the government out of the economy. And it keeps the auto companies from sponging off the rest of us or the taxpayers. The have to pay all of the costs they incur.

    Propose that--and you'll really hear the right wing scream. Why? because they are NOT interested in fairness orthe public welfare. They are interested in what they can get--and if they can get more by deferring costs or igoring the nation's best interests, tha's fine--as long as they can grab more loot.

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  • 1 decade ago

    The automakers have already introduced all-electric cars and hybrids. Nobody bought the electrics and the hybrids are only catching on recently.

    The MARKET decided that oil based cars with bad gas mileage is what it wanted, and that's what they got. It is not the government's job to control the market.

    It is just another sign of our tyrannical government getting more controlling and tyrannical all the time.

    One of these days there is going to be a bloody revolution when Americans get sick of the tyranny.

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  • 1 decade ago

    So they don't have to talk about the real issues such as poverty, Katrina recovery, the economy...etc, etc.

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