Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Run, Lou, Run....

Just in time for the holiday season and Sarah Palin's release of her ghost-written novel, ex-CNN anchor, and full-time Latino immigrant hater, Lou Dobbs is considering a run for the White House, or maybe the Senate (if the whole presidential campaign does not work out). This 'radical middle' has quite a right-wing, Pat Buchananesque feel to it. Opposing trade and Mexicans, with a mix of fetishism for the white middle class. It has all the ingredients for a nice independent run. And I am sure since Lou does not like free trade, there will be a few ex-Marxist-turned-libertarian hacks willing to extol Lou's populism and dislike for NAFTA. Of course, that does not include the fact Lou is a multimillionaire living in an exclusive neighborhood, has not worked a real job for most of his entire adult life, drives a foreign-made car, and opposes labor unions, but hey he farted in the general direction of a white person that works. The lumpens as the proletariat. A working class hero, to be sure.

Newsman Lou Dobbs mulls run for White House, Senate

By Tim Gaynor

PHOENIX (Reuters) - A week after abruptly quitting his longtime job as a CNN television news host and commentator, Lou Dobbs said on Thursday he is considering career options including possible runs for the White House or U.S. Senate.

"Right now I feel exhilaration at the wide range of choices before me as to what I do next," Dobbs, whose outspoken views on immigration and other topics often angered liberals, told Reuters in a telephone interview from New York on Thursday.

Dobbs, 64, a veteran CNN anchor who had become one of the most divisive figures in U.S. broadcast journalism, announced last Wednesday he was leaving CNN after spending the better part of 30 years at the 24-hour cable news network.

He still hosts a daily radio show.

A Texas native, Dobbs has drawn fire from Latino leaders and civil rights groups for frequent on-air remarks about U.S. border control and immigration that critics saw as demonizing illegal immigrants.

He was also seen as lending credence to the "birther" conspiracy theory, whose adherents believe President Barack Obama's Hawaiian birth certificate was faked to hide a Kenyan birthplace that would make the first black U.S. president ineligible for his office.

Dobbs acknowledged his commentary also stirred friction with CNN executives.

Discussions with CNN/U.S. President Jonathan Klein made it clear Dobbs' style of combining news and opinion was untenable at the network, Dobbs said.

"They wanted to reverse direction on my show from what had been a news debate and my opinion to a middle-of-the road, as Jon Klein styled it, non-opinion show," he said.

"It was just not gratifying to me to sit there and read a news show -- and I much prefer to be more engaged."

Dobbs vowed to carry on expressing his views "fully and straightforwardly in the public arena no matter what I decide to do next."

Since his departure, some have speculated he might run as a candidate for the U.S. Senate in New Jersey, where he has a home, or even run as a third-party candidate in the 2012 U.S. presidential elections -- options he says remain on the table.

"I am ruling nothing out. ... I have come to no conclusions and no decisions," he said. "Do I seek to have some influence on public policy? Absolutely. Do I seek to represent and champion the middle class in this country and those who aspire to it? Absolutely. And I will." (Editing by Steve Gorman and Todd Eastham)


But all will be well, because Lou has a plan. He now claims that he wants to 'mend fences' with Latino immigrants. I am sure this one will work out. I suppose he might like to explain how he baited them as being racist, anti-American, and diseased-ridden terrorists destroying America.

Sure, there would be no reason to take offense, if you were a Klansman or one of those people whose political journey went from Karl Marx to Ron Paul. But do not allow some leftist stooge like myself speak for Lou. Here he is speaking for himself.

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As much as I dislike NAFTA and GATT, and what has happened to the working class in this country, I could never hate free trade enough to go to bed with people like this. And note how Mr. Dobbs plans to 'mend fences' with Latino voters, by possibly running against a Latino incumbent.

This is what we have reduced ourselves to. Good luck, Lou. I sincerely hope you run, and siphon off the moron vote from the Palin, Limbaugh, and Beck fans, or as H.L Mencken once called them "the booboisie."


dmarks said...

"drives a foreign-made car, and opposes labor unions"

Well, I don't fault him for both. Foreign cars are still a lot better than domestic models. and labor unions have caused massive job loss in the US (as well as the fact that unions are very hostile to workers' rights).

Other than that, I tend to disagree with Dobbs. I strongly favor GATT and NAFTA, as both let the people make trade decisions with less interference from government.

TA said...

Part 1:
There are good domestic cars and truly awful (much worse than American) foreign cars. We just do not have a population that is loyal enough to care anymore about the state of this country to keep us afloat, not the least to our own workers, who we bash and denigrate as lazy, while lecturing the world’s recalcitrant Muslim populations about the joys of having our form of ''free'' government in their regions. And unions never caused the problems in the automobile sector. Bad management did. Ford's workers operate with the same contracts and never entered bankruptcy. Ford also didn't make the decision to concentrate its North American sales in the early 2000s primarily on heavy trucks and SUVs (like GM did). The result is that Ford still has the Mustang, the car that has literally saved the company, and GM put out the Aveo and Cobalt. That is not the result of smarter workers at Ford or bad union workers at GM. That was an executive decision.

And I can personally attest that foreign made cars are not the best and for the most part much worse than anything produced in the US. They call FIAT fix it again Tony for a reason and Renault has a reputation much worse than any of the Big Three. And Juno help you if you ever purchase a car made by a automobile company from a developing country. You would never think of driving a Chinese car in the US, unless you had a death wish. Chery automobiles make the Pinto look like BMW (with reps, in China, for such inadvertent qualities as having the wheels and doors fall off and the engine catching fire, while you are driving the vehicle). They were going to export those rolling coffins into the US a few years ago, before the Chinese government (ever disrespectful to the cult of the invisible hand) nixed the deal, realizing what a disaster it would have been. Even amongst many of those foreign cars already in the US, many of them have problems. KIA is hardly known for making the greatest automobiles, with customer service ratings lower than the Big Three.

As for NAFTA and GATT, you can thank those trade deals (all laws promulgated by our government [such is the respect for keeping the government out of things]) that has gutted what remained of our traditional industries in this country (the marketplace miracle that you can see if you ever bother to traverse through what remains of our rustbelt). You certainly cannot say the quality has improved by exporting our jobs and importing the goods we once made. Just ask the pet owners of America or the homeowners of newly constructed homes in Florida. Or the fact our workers are being pauperized, by our government and industry, while there would be citizens who would celebrate this as a victory--the ultimate perversity and betrayal that is a hundred times worse than any Mexican crossing our border to work a job Lou Dobbs or Ron Paul would just as soon cut their wrist than be inconvenienced to do....

TA said...

Part II.
The problems and collapse of domestic companies in this country (not just in the automobile sector) was a failure of corporate leadership, created by a permissive government-sanctioned marketplace that rewarded large payouts to incompetent and ultimately grossly unprofitable executives (a form of corporate socialism that none of the editorialists at the Wall Street Journal cared to criticize when Robert Nardelli was robbing blind the stockholders of Home Depot) and in conjunction with the outcome of that market--populated with corrupt companies (Tyco, Enron, WorldCom, Arthur Anderson, etc.). But you do not have a choice in any of that since our laws do not allow stockholders to run companies (dare the thought if we permitted the workers to have power), and what little influence you do have (that is the people you elect who write the laws and could potentially hold these organizations accountable), you think should be disarmed of the mechanism that would guarantee representation and accountability. Even if you look at the foreign auto makers who are competent (like Toyota and Honda [both of whom have taken a hit with lawsuits and massive recalls over the last five years in North America because of design flaws in their cars]), their home governments do not allow the CEOs to obtain their amakudari parachutes without maintaining profitability, and imposes maximum wages on its executives (explaining why those companies whose cars you love have executive/median wage ratios of 11 times, whereas it is almost 500 to 1 in the US). The very countries whose corporations you support more than your own do not even follow the unfettered marketplace (i.e., Germany's Reinheitsgebot laws, China's localization laws for foreign investors in traditional industries, Japan's agricultural subsidies that openly violate GATT rules, etc.).

That is the hypocrisy of free trade. No one follows it, outside of American economics departments, and even there most of the universities depend heavily on state money for their existence. I'll support those trade deals the day when the Uniform Commercial Code no longer exists (since it is a case of blatant government interference in commerce), when corporations are no longer legally counted as people (as they never were for the first several hundred years of their existence, including at the time of the foundation of our republic [if you want to go back to the original intent of our framers]), and no government or private power exists to have their own laws and rules (giving us a real free choice, albeit a primitive one, which is where all markets naturally degenerate when left to their own devices). Until then, I will see these trade agreements for what they are, a form of protectionism for state-protected borderless and politically unaccountable enterprises, and the big governments and international organizations that support and litigate on behalf of them (while depending on the donations from these entities for their campaigns and budgets). But then, that is the marketplace for you, as it has always been. That is the dichotomy of it all. Without a highly centralized government, none of it can exist, because like the mafia of old there has to be a head criminal syndicate to enforce the rules.

dmarks said...

"There are good domestic cars and truly awful (much worse than American) foreign cars."

I meant overall, on average. Chysler has the lowest-quality product line of any manufacturer selling in the US. GM and Ford are middle of the pack. and companies like Honda, Subaru, Hyundai, and Toyota are above average.

Despite a few good models by Ford, they aren't up there yet.

"And unions never caused the problems in the automobile sector. Bad management did."

They have been a big problem: insisting on being paid way above the going market rate, while doing below-average work.

"Ford's workers operate with the same contracts and never entered bankruptcy."

Ford's been lucky.

"The result is that Ford still has the Mustang, the car that has literally saved the company, and GM put out the Aveo and Cobalt.

The first is a niche car so rare that I turn my head every time I see a Mustang. And the Aveo and Cobalt are way below average in quality. This is not a very good foundation to build on, is it?

"The very countries whose corporations you support more than your own"

No, I do not support these countries more than my own.

"...do not even follow the unfettered marketplace (i.e., Germany's Reinheitsgebot laws, China's localization laws for foreign investors "

So? Germany and China following bad policies and denying their citizens economic rights is no reason to deny them to Americans.