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The Backlash Cometh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 05:47 PM
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Richard Shelby and his ties to foreign auto manufacturers
Edited on Fri Dec-05-08 05:49 PM by The Backlash Cometh
The name is like a red flag everytime I hear it because Shelby was touring the Middle East in the month or so before we were hit on 9/11. And I'll never forget his quote, "We have bin Laden on the run." Now I come to find out that he has investment in a foreign auto company?

When will the media expose Richard Shelby's ties to foreign car manufacturers in Alabama?

The Republican Senator from Alabama has been getting a lot of airtime lately because of the problems in the auto world, but here's a letter from Peter Karmanos, Jr., chairman and CEO of Compuware Corporation, to U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., a critic of bridge loans for American automakers, that gives us a little history on his political motives for why he'd like to see them all go under.

I trust it is safe to say that when you refer to "government subsidies," you are referring to subsidies provided by both federal and state governments. And if this is in fact true, then I am sure you were adamantly against the State of Alabama offering lucrative incentives (in essence, subsidies) to Mercedes Benz in the early 1990s to lure the German automobile manufacturer to the State. As it turned out, Alabama offered a stunning $253 million incentive package to Mercedes. Additionally, the state also offered to train the workers, clear and improve the site, upgrade utilities, and buy 2,500 Mercedes Benz vehicles. All told, it is estimated that the incentive package totaled anywhere from $153,000 to $220,000 per created job. On top of all this, the state gave the foreign automaker a large parcel of land worth between $250 and $300 million, which was coincidentally how much the company expected to invest in building the plan

http://crooksandliars.com/john-amato/when-will-media-ex...
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monmouth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 05:49 PM
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1. I think he means "Osama on the run.".....n/t
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The Backlash Cometh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 05:54 PM
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2. Actually, I think the quote was, "bin Laden on the run."
Funny how I haven't heard that name in such a long time, that the brain grabbed the other fella's name. :-)
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monmouth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 05:58 PM
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3. Haha, I know, I'm the same way when I seen Osama...n/t
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bluestateguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:03 PM
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4. We'll keep this all in mind next time he begs for money for Alabama after a tornado or hurricane
I'm all for using the appropriations process to punish blood red states.
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gizmo1979 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:30 PM
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5. I e-mailed the jerk today
just to tell him I hope he rots in hell.
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The Backlash Cometh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 08:17 PM
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8. There are so many people working at cross-purposes in this country.
Business, politics and social networks. So many ways to clash, and very few opportunities anymore, to find common ground.

No wonder the Republicans keep pumping up their icons and ideologies. It must be immensely difficult to keep up with all the conflicts of interests.
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gizmo1979 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 10:11 AM
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9. Yes,hard for them to
tell their enemies from friends.
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The Backlash Cometh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 10:17 AM
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10. The old enemy list is just not working for them anymore.
They can't galvanize over the same hated groups. I think they've reached the saturation point.
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madrchsod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 07:02 PM
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6. opps... benz just laid off a bunch of workers
i think nissan pulled out of alabama because the workers could`t assemble the cars.
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The Backlash Cometh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 07:48 PM
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7. Frankly, that sounds like a training and management problem.
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