WHEN Mitt Romney takes the podium at Ford Field in Detroit today, he’s likely to include yet another sharp denunciation of the government’s rescue of General Motors and Chrysler.
That Mr. Romney would traverse Michigan trashing a program that saved tens of thousands of jobs at the Detroit-based automakers doesn’t necessarily mean he’s politically tone-deaf.
After all, an NBC/Marist poll recently found that 50 percent of Michigan Republicans who were likely to vote opposed the government’s actions (only 42 percent supported them).
Mr. Romney may have the primary politics right — though with a majority of Michigan voters supporting the rescue, he may want to pivot deftly before the general election in November. But on the substance he’s dead wrong.HERE'S A REMINDER OF WHAT THIS PIECE OF CRAP RATTNER REALLY IS ALL ABOUT - ALSO FROM THE NYT:
Andrew Cuomo wrapped up his four years as attorney general Thursday by cutting a deal with Manhattan moneyman Steven Rattner over the pay-to-play pension fund scandal.
Rattner agreed to pay the state $10 million for his role in the scam during disgraced ex-Controller Alan Hevesi's tenure.
Rattner also agreed to a five-year ban from doing any work with pension funds in New York. [...]
Rattner, President Obama's former car czar and a popular Democratic fund-raiser, had been openly feuding with Cuomo and his office.
Rattner, who had publicly blasted Cuomo's investigation as politically motivated, was more contrite in a released statement.
"I apologize if during the course of this process there is anything I did that may have made reaching this agreement more difficult," he said. "I respect the work of the attorney general and his staff."
The settlement, he added, "allows me to put this matter behind me."
The Daily News first reported last year the ties of Rattner and his now former firm, Quadrangle, to the widespread corruption scandal hatched under Hevesi.
Quadrangle won $150 million in pension business in 2005 with the help of Hank Morris, a top Hevesi adviser.
Quadrangle said Rattner hired Morris, who collected $1 million in kickbacks, but did little work.
In the middle of the investment decision-making process, Cuomo said Rattner arranged a DVD distribution deal for the movie "Chooch," produced by the brother of Hevesi's chief investment officer.
Hevesi and Morris have pleaded guilty to to pocketing kickbacks and both face up to four years in the slammer.RATTNER EPITOMIZES LEFT-WINGERS' CRONY CAPITALISM.
SOLYNDRA. GM. BRIGHTSOURCE AND SO ON AD NAUSEUM - AD NEARLY A TRILLION BUCKS!
YEAH YEAH YEAH:
GM AND OBAMA AND THEIR COMRADES IN THE LEGACY MEDIA AND UAW JUST ANNOUNCED THAT GM MADE IT'S BIGGEST PROFIT EVER.
ONLY THEY REALLY DIDN'T.
THE ONLY REASON THEY CAN ANNOUNCED PROFIT AT ALL IS THAT THE "BAILOUT" TOTALLY EFFIN SCREWED THE BONDHOLDERS AND SHAREHOLDERS, AND THEY WERE FORGIVEN $45BILLION IN FEDERAL TAXES. AND THEY STILL OWE THE TAXPAYERS $26 BILLION.
YET GM - OWNED BY THE UAW - MANAGED TO HANDOUT $7000 BONUSES TO THEIR UAW MEMBERS.
LYING CHEATING CORRUPT SCUM.