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Of course, by “Obama administration” they mean taxpayers. One way or another, the public will buy these things!

From Fox News:

President Barack Obama’s administration has bought almost a fourth of the Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Co. hybrid vehicles sold since he took office, accelerating federal purchases as consumer demand wanes.

The U.S. General Services Administration, which runs the government fleet, bought at least 14,584 hybrid vehicles in the past two fiscal years, or about 10 percent of 145,473 vehicles the agency purchased in that period, according to sales data obtained by Bloomberg under a Freedom of Information Act request. In fiscal 2008, hybrids accounted for less than 1 percent of government purchases, the data showed.

The government is driving up sales to prove demand for hybrid vehicles sort of the same way Jim Wright and Mitt Romney made their book sales look more impressive.

How do you like the Obama administration’s business acumen? They own a majority stake in GM but purchase about half of their cars from GM’s competitor? There’s a reason these people went into politics and not off to compete in the free market.

The unions are similar at both companies though, and that’s all this is about.

(h/t Weasel Zippers)

Comments

6 Responses to “Obama Administration Buys 1 of Every 4 GM and Ford Hybrids Sold”

  1. SignPainterGuy on November 23rd, 2010 7:23 pm

    The Park and Wildlife Services in Western NC are currently receiving what will be a slew of Ford Escape Hybrids to replace evil and aging gas-guzzling full-sized pickups and SUVs and , gasp, sedans, some of which are only 20 years old ! Aging, whaa – they`re just getting broken-in !!?

    The gubmint / Obamao and the unions own GM and Chrysler; why isn`t Chrysler providing some hybrids instead of Ford ? Even if / because Chrysler makes no hybrids or does but they`re pure junque shouldn`t matter – remember all the gubmint owned K-Cars of the `70s ?

  2. Marshall_Will on November 23rd, 2010 9:24 pm

    Even more embarrassing, this isn't like GM ramping up to make tanks during WWII the day after Pearl Harbor. All without "the boodle" mind you. The autos have had -decades- to 'ramp up' for elec./green vehicles. The mark-ups weren't there so they simply chose not to?

    This goes hand in glove w/ the administration's narrative/agenda. "Government is behind all major innovations/technological break-throughs!" Gov't 'needs' to be involved or we'd all be living in the Stone Age.

    SPG, virtually every gov't vehicle we had on the Navy base in the Philippines ( early 80's ) was a K-Car. The service also made it really easy for sailors to buy one and have it shipped back or picked up in the States. ( Captive audience ) It was a huge promotional program. We couldn't figure out how such a stripped down car could have so many problems?

  3. SignPainterGuy on November 24th, 2010 12:49 am

    My Dad-in-law was a dyed in the wool dem. and Dodge man. He had countless models thru the yrs. We played an insult game w/ ea. other, he calling my Tojo a Jeep and I calling his Dodges, boat anchors ! My Maw-in-law announced that she was fed up with Dodge junk and was going to buy a Chevy that day on the way to work …….he had a K-car in the driveway before she left for work ! She tried again a few yrs. later, he had a Dodge Colt in the driveway before she could make her move ! It was hillarious !

  4. AmericaForOnce on November 24th, 2010 2:48 am

    How does 1 in 10 all of a sudden equal 1 in 4 being sold to the government? Also, who should we be buying vehicles from? The Germans, the Japanese or Koreans? 2 of those 3 we have been to war with and have committed some of the most horrendous war crimes ever committed in history, the other we saved from North Korea and now they wage economic war against us… Why cant we just be happy we saved American jobs and be happy that one day all(or most) of our cash will be returned?

  5. Doug on November 24th, 2010 9:26 am

    Try and keep up… 1 of every 10 cars the government buys are hybrids. 1 of every 4 hybrids GM and Ford sell are sold to the government.

    They're pushing this "green" crap that nobody wants and buying a quarter of the cars to make it look like there's a lot more demand than there is to justify continuing to dump YOUR money into it.

    Overall every hybrid (Volt or whatever) the government buys is costing taxpayers at least 4x what it would if they just bought a Cobalt or something.

    "Saved American jobs"? How is going into further debt on something that A) there's no public demand for, the production of which is based on B) junk science and Al Gore's portfolio saving jobs in the long run? It's costing jobs.

    Every time somebody defends this "saving jobs" bunk the unemployment rate goes up. The numbers don't lie. Politicians do though. You've obviously chosen to believe the latter.

  6. Marshall_Will on November 24th, 2010 1:45 pm

    "2 of those 3 we have been to war with"

    Great historic perspective! I'm sure had the Germans not bombed Pearl Harbor NONE of those "horrendus war crimes" ( like defending your nation? ) would have ever need be committed!

    Moreover, I'm starting my New Year's Resolutions a tad early this year! 1) Unless you're giving me regular s@x ( you don't get to bring up 'horrendus' things from my past! ) Sheesh, more Lib-distraction. 2010 ( soon to be 2011! ) Hello?

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