RUSH: Marion, Illinois, John, you’re next, Open Line Friday. Hello.
CALLER: Mr. Rush, mega dittos from southern Illinois.
RUSH: Thank you, sir.
CALLER: It’s a pleasure to talk with you. I don’t know if you’ve talked about the Toyota issue very much, but I read an article in the Wall Street Journal of where the Obama administration had talked with Toyota and they had put the onus on Toyota to do something about this (quote, unquote) ‘problem’ with the gas pedal sticking and all that good stuff that’s going on. I sold Toyota for the last six years prior. I’m not selling anymore. I know several people in the business, including service managers that have worked on them for years. I’ve never had one customer complain. I’ve never seen it. The service manager said that it’s impossible for them to go in and recreate the situation that’s causing the gas pedal to stick.
RUSH: Well, wait a minute, now. There is a recall, isn’t there?
CALLER: Well, Toyota is recalling them to change them, and the only reason they’re doing that is to preempt the government from doing more. Now, I know I’m not a Toyota executive, but I worked in Toyota and I know how they work, and they want to be aboveboard no matter what’s going on. They want to have the best attitude and look the best they can to their customers by saying, ‘Okay, we don’t even know if there’s really a major problem but we’re going to recall them.’
RUSH: Well, I think Obama Motor Company’s also exploiting this.
CALLER: Very much so.
RUSH: In the midst of this, they’re offering potential customers a $1,000 rebate if they’d get rid of their Toyota and come buy an Obamamobile.
CALLER: That’s exactly right. That goes to my main point: You know, this Government Motors that we own now still can’t sell cars. They’re still losing major money because they’re bending over backwards for the unions. They’re crying about jobs not being created, yet they’re trying their best to cause Toyota to lose jobs in the United States, and then they just happened to have all these commercials ready to go for national television saying, ‘Well, you bring your Toyota in to us and we’ll give you an extra thousand dollars for it.’ Don’t tell me that this is not planned out and that Obama didn’t know. He knows exactly what he’s doing, and this is just another nail in the coffin, hopefully, in 2012 when he runs again, and people have enough of this and they’re just sick of it. It just infuriated me.
RUSH: I can tell. I can hear it. I can hear the infuriation in your voice. I can hear it. I’m trained that way and I can tell that you’re angry. I can also see that Honda is going to recall 640,000 cars. I don’t know what the reason for it is. I’ll find out. But your theory is it would be to keep Obama off their back.
RUSH: Here’s the Honda story on the recall of 646,000 cars. It’s the Honda Fit. There are 140,000 of them in the United States. ‘The Fit is Honda’s best-selling model in Japan. Honda said the recall was to fix a defective master switch, which could cause water to enter the power window switch and in some cases cause a fire. There were three reported cases of fires due to the defect, two in the United States and one in South Africa…’