Motor City madness
February 9, 2011
THE WORST GUEST-HOST OF ALL TIME
Sorry, I'm getting off topic. You did a terrible show yesterday, and while I agree with what you said about Detroit as a whole, I'm getting sick and tired of people taking every opportunity to knock Detroit down every chance they get. The commercial didn't knock any others down. All it was trying to say is, "While we might be down, we are not out." However, you took this opportunity to politicize this to the so-called "conservative" agenda. This is what is wrong with politics in my opinion. You say you are going Detroit, but you are only going to Hillsdale, and I'm sure you won't even go to downtown Detroit, for even there you would probably get your ass kicked. You're nothing to a chicken behind a microphone.
Sorry, I am attacking you, but your show made me sick yesterday and it is the first time that I have had to delete Rush's podcast. I consider myself a conservative, for I don't want government to dictate what businesses should do or if we shouldn't be forced to take health care. What I don't like is someone from a foreign county taking every opportunity to politicize their agenda at someone's expense.
Well I could go on and on, but you'll probably just delete this anyways. I hope Rush's people don't do the same and listen to me that you'll never host again.
PSâ€” Just to let you know not everyone from Detroit is illiterate like you stated yesterday and yes I am from Detroit for I was born in Detroit.
MARK SAYS: Actually, I said that the illiteracy rate within the city limits is about 50 per cent. That being the case, I'm impressed to see that so many of the correspondents below are able to spell correctly the two-syllable word "asshole". Great start! You can be anything you want to be! Dream your dream!
SUCCINCT AND TO THE POINT
EVEN MORE SUCCINCT AND TO THE POINT
GO FUNK YOURSELF
GO CANUCK YOURSELF
CUTE AND ADORABLE
I can only describe that my mood had changed drastically. I found your comments to then become funny, if not cute! Seriously, you're from Canada? I thought we had problems in Detroit. You're from Canada, awwww, how cuteâ€¦ and you can read too? How adorable. Good luck with everything. Really. Enjoy the delights of our fair country and feel free to continue whatever it is you. You are about as harmless and useless as the country which spawned you. Thanks for dumbing down the right a bit more. Any more Canucks you can send our way? We are running out of crash test dummies. Inquire within.
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GREAT PEOPLE THAT WORK HARD
ABOUT THAT LITERACY RATEâ€¦
AND ANOTHER THING
The most egregious spin you present is the term "taxpayer bailout" when referring to the moneys spent on the Eminem commercial. It is a loan. Bailouts are what banks get, at zero percentâ€” and handed to them without them having to ask.
A loan is what Chrysler has, at 11.8% interest! Plus the Feds will not allow Chrysler to refinance with a third party to obtain a lower rate (hence the "shyster" comment Sergio Marchionne made). In 1980, Chrysler went through a similar loan, and the government made out very well on the deal. I'm optimistic this time will show a similar result.
Another point of fact is the commercial was not a "30 second spot" as you say, but two minutes. Sorry you stepped out for the other 90 seconds.
And to continue... you said Detroit loses money on every car it builds. This could very well be, as people don't have much interest in cars, but they sure do like their trucks, and that is where a mother-load of money is madeâ€” more than enough to cover their losses on those government-mandated mileage-regulated loss leaders. Please spare us such bait and switch, we are fully on to that.
And you said the Big Three were saddled with egregious health care costs. Where have you been? The health care obligations were assumed by the UAW over two years ago. You want to attack pensions too? You mean the pensions that are over 85% funded and not only self-sustaining, but for years have added to the companies' bottom line with profit from investment income? I didn't hear you take any shots at the state of Michigan and its $51 billion underfunded pension and health care obligations for public service employees.
There's more. You attacked the union wage scale as well. Let me tell you how well the new two-tier pay scale is working out at Chrysler Engineering. Chrysler is trying to hire-state certified mechanics to fill technician positions at the Auburn Hills headquarters. They cannot find anyone willing to leave the dealership and take a 50% pay cut and no pension, and they cannot pay a prevailing wage because the "bailout agreement" will not allow it. So the jobs are not being filled. Fourteen dollars an hour might work for unskilled labor in Alabama, but it doesn't work for skilled labor in Detroit.
I could go on, but I'll just add one more. You went through the blame game pointing the finger at the voters for electing Democrats to state positions, yet you skimmed over two-term Republican governor John Engler, who was at least the equal of Jennifer Granholm as an abysmal failure.
The Detroit public school system is a failure; nobody is arguing that. That is not the point of the commercial, why did you keep avoiding Frank Beckmann's questions and keep going back to beating the dead horse of Detroit public schools? And your focus is on Detroit properâ€¦ yet there are 3 million people living in the suburban surroundingsâ€” are all of us uneducated hip-hop hoodlums as you seem to insinuate?
I'm disappointed that you would play to your select audience and attack what I thought was a well-produced advertisement for an area that, for the first half of the 20th century, was arguably the most dynamic city in the Midwest. You mock the fact that without Detroit's industrial might we would have never won WWII. I thought you were an intellectual, but you have reduced yourself in this attack on the city and its people. Maybe you are auditioning for Olbermann's time slot on MSNBC, who can tell. But I won't be listening anymore, and my annual gift to Hillsdale College will come with a caveat that if you speak there, I will no longer attend nor donate.
I hope you do come back to Beckmann's show; I'd love to call and get my two cents in. I don't need to toss f-bombs to take you on. I'll just hand you some more rope.
Keith Hassan (Retired, Chrysler Engineering)
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