Detroit Parties On, Republicans Approve
By Kelpie Wilson
t r u t h o u t | Environment Editor
Thursday 24 January 2008
It is really too bad that the Democrats shunned Michigan's primary last week, if only because their participation might have forced the media to look a little deeper at Michigan's and the country's economic woes. Even more so because the nation's economic dysfunction was prominently on display in Detroit at the opening of the glitzy media extravaganza known as the North American International Auto Show.
Republican candidates Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee and John McCain all dropped in on the spectacle to heap praise on the big three US auto manufacturers and troll for union votes.
Regarding the shaky financial situation of GM, Ford and Chrysler, Romney put on his rose-colored glasses. In a speech to the Detroit Economic Club, he vowed to revitalize the auto industry and said he would convene a summit meeting between the auto industry, organized labor and Congress during his first 100 days in office to reconsider recent CAFE fuel mileage increases. He called the new fuel mileage standards that Congress approved in December a job-killing "unfunded mandate."
Romney also accused rival McCain of supporting "a new kind of energy tax" in the McCain-Lieberman climate bill, saying that a carbon cap and trade policy would raise energy costs to manufacturers and drain even more jobs from the state.