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Insulting Theater

On Monday President Obama
that General Motors "will be run by a private board of directors and
management team.  They, and not the government, will call the shots and
make the decisions about how to turn this company around."  And
yesterday, two high-ranking members of his administration, writing in
USA Today
, dismissed the concerns of those persons who doubt the
President's commitment to have politics "play no role" in running this

Alas, this political chicken wasted no time in coming
home to roost.  Time reports today that

Top executives from General
Motors and Chrysler face tough questions from lawmakers about sweeping
plans to close hundreds of car dealerships as the auto companies
undergo government-led bankruptcies.

The wonder is not that politicians
are meddling.  The wonder is that America is populated with a
sufficient number of people so gullible as to encourage Mr. Obama to
issue his 'no politics' assurance with a straight face.


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