RUSH: Frank in Harbor Springs, Michigan, welcome to the EIB Network, sir. You are next.
CALLER: Yes. Rush, thank you.
CALLER: It’s an honor to talk to you. I’ve been a longtime listener, and I’m a retired systems engineer for Ford Motor Company. As such I’ve survived a number of fairly major recalls but I do find it interesting the way both the government and the media are continuing to bash Toyota. You know, they seem to be going after them with continued gusto. In fact, today I hear that there are Democratic demands for congressional investigations, which I’m sure will be televised. But I haven’t heard anyone in the media mention the fact that Toyota, who currently operates five assembly plants in the US, has no UAW members in any of the plants. Just wondering. I find it interesting. I know you were talking earlier about the way Obama kind of takes care of his buddies in the UAW and I’m just wondering if you think it’s possible that Ron Gettelfinger maybe could have been a recent visitor or guest at the White House?
RUSH: What do you think?
CALLER: I think it’s a rather distinct possibility.
RUSH: I think your instincts on this are pretty on. I think your instincts are right. Look, they own General Motors and Chrysler. They’re using the power of government ownership here to go after a competitor on the basis the competitor is killing its customers, and, (sigh) yep, they’re not unionized. It’s out there for one and all to see. This is Chicago thug politics.
CALLER: It’s interesting, too, that Toyota did have a unionized plant at the Fremont, California, NUMMI facility and they announced late last year that they were going to mothball the plant. That’s the one that they inherited from General Motors — and, as such, inherited a bunch of GM UAW workers along with it. But that was their highest cost assembly plant, and that was the reason given for their shutting it down this year.
RUSH: I think your instincts are right on the money here. I mean, there’s no question that that’s what this is all about. In addition to taking slams at a competitor. No question whatsoever. Look, I’m glad you called out there, Frank. Thanks very much.
RUSH: Back to our caller, I think his name was Frank from Ford Motor Company talking about the government and UAW. The US government, I saw it on Fox, US government, which is GM, Chrysler, and the UAW, I mean that’s who this is now, GM, Chrysler, Obama, and the UAW demanding to know what Toyota knew and when did they know it regarding the brake problems and all these recalled cars. And according to Fox, Obama, GM, Chrysler, and the UAW are demanding that Toyota hand over all related documents to them. Now, this clearly, ladies and gentlemen, is harassment. There are literally hundreds of car recalls every year. We almost never hear about them in the news. You know, more people die from lightning strikes than have died in Toyotas, and if they could unionize lightning strikes I’m sure they’d do it. Maybe they should because they’d never happen then. But all of a sudden Toyota being attacked by the UAW for plant closings like the one out in Fremont, California, and for trying to avoid hiring union workers, suddenly they’re getting all of this attention from our government, which — (laughing) — is in partnership with the UAW in the car business. Holy smokes! I know I got a smile on my face but sometimes that’s all you can do. This is hideous.