We knew this would happen:
The mayor of Warren, Mich., has issued an executive order requiring that all political appointees drive an American-made car. For those who now drive a Honda or a Lexus? Get shopping.
According to Fouts, they have to guarantee that their next car purchase will be a vehicle made by General Motors, DaimlerChrysler or Ford.
To those who don’t want to make the switch?
“They can find another place to work,” Fouts said.
Seem harsh? Consider this: GM and DaimlerChrysler are the town’s number one and two employers, respectively.
Tax revenues generated by the two carmakers account for 15% of the city’s $98 million annual fiscal budget, and one-third of the Detroit suburb’s 138,000 residents rely on the auto industry for their livelihood.
That’s a lot of folks.
When someone dared to point out that Honda and Toyota make many cars in the U.S. with U.S. workers, Fouts shrugged.
“People understand,” he said adamantly, “their salaries are dependent upon whether Chrysler and General Motors succeed, or whether they go out of business.”
Fouts himself drives a new, midnight-black Dodge Charger, which he sheepishly admitted to getting pulled over for speeding in it a while back.
And he is determined that, someday soon, all city workers will join him in driving vehicles made by one of the Big Three. Teachers. Janitors. Sewer crews. Anyone pulling a paycheck from the city.
Hat tip: JWF
And why does he want to require purchasing an American name car? Because he can’t pay his political appointees their good salaries otherwise. Yep, he said that:
Note that he also says in the video that America imports far too many foreign vehicles compared to other countries and then rattles off statistics to support his point. What he fails to realize, or maybe he does but doesn’t care, is that those countries put a cap on how many foreign cars can be imported. In the United States, the reason why we import so many foreign vehicles is because Americans demand them and the supply is just a reaction to that demand. It’s called freedom, Mayor Fouts. You may want to look into it. What you are proposing, that people be denied that freedom in order to support city government, is called collectivism. That means people are required to make decisions based upon what’s best for the collective or group and not what’s best for them individually. Collectivism is the antithesis of freedom, yet you promote it under the guise of economic patriotism, proudly.