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Gsgeorge
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Posted on Monday, May 14, 2007 - 12:38 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18 620352/site/newsweek/

Barack's Sister Souljah Moment?
The Democratic candidate's tough rhetoric backfired in Detroit. Plus, griping about gas prices.

Web-Exclusive Commentary
By Keith Naughton
Newsweek
Updated: 5:12 p.m. PT May 11, 2007

This week, Sen. Barack Obama attempted to fuel his presidential run with a scalding speech to the Detroit Economic Club, castigating Motown's big wheels for driving our dependence on foreign oil. "For years, while foreign competitors were investing in more fuel-efficient technology for their vehicles, American automakers were spending their time investing in bigger, faster cars," Obama told an audience stunned into silence after greeting him with a standing ovation."Whenever an attempt was made to raise our fuel efficiency standards, the auto companies would lobby furiously against it, spending millions to prevent the very reform that could've saved their industry. Even as they've shed thousands of jobs and billions in profits over the last few years, they've continued to reward failure with lucrative bonuses for CEOs."

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Sorry guys, but he's right. Not really the best way to come rolling into Motown looking for votes, but our auto companies are WAY behind. I love the Big Three as much as the next Detroiter, but WHAT ARE THEY THINKING?
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Lilpup
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Posted on Monday, May 14, 2007 - 12:45 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

slow on the draw Gsgeorge

https://www.atdetroit.net/forum/mes sages/5/101758.html?1179030026

https://www.atdetroit.net/forum/mes sages/5/101364.html?1179009302

https://www.atdetroit.net/forum/mes sages/5843/101881.html?1179152 883
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Thejesus
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Posted on Monday, May 14, 2007 - 12:45 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

there's an existing thread on this article...

https://www.atdetroit.net/forum/mes sages/5843/101881.html?1179152 883
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Gibran
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Posted on Monday, May 14, 2007 - 12:47 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

tough love....we need to be at the forfront not watching as the cars we love fall silent. Gas effects all it is not just at the pumps...we are seeing it at the grocery stores....we need to rethink our dependency and Detroit should show the innovation it became famous for.
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Lilpup
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And how can Detroit do that without putting more $$ in R&D instead of handing it out to stockholders who bitch & whine they don't make enough?
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Gibran
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exactly,,,lilpup good point...that would take caring about fellow people...and that is on short supply lately.
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Spitty
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Look for Ford North America's future model lineup to more resemble Ford of Europe's where gas is about $6 a gallon. Get used to ugly little cars, because that's what the future holds.

http://www.ford.co.uk/ie/all_c ars/-/-/-/-/-/-
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Fury13
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Posted on Monday, May 14, 2007 - 5:42 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

"Get used to ugly little cars, because that's what the future holds."

That looks like a sensible, dependable, fuel-efficient range to me (which is what transportation should be... no more, no less). Ford's UK models look like well-thought-out cars for a market with ever-rising gas prices.

Those cars are just what America needs. Bring 'em on.

(The Ka, in particular, looks like it would be a great little commuter car for the masses as gasoline prices reach $5, $6, $7 per gallon. It achieves an average of better than 45 mpg... at least that's what the specs say.)

(Message edited by Fury13 on May 14, 2007)

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