Romney: “Actually, I Saved Detroit. You’re Welcome.”
Wow. It’s hard to imagine being more brazenly dishonest, hypocritical, and egotistical–all at once–as this.
I pushed the idea of a managed bankruptcy, and finally when that was done, and help was given, the companies got back on their feet. So, I’ll take a lot of credit for the fact that this industry has come back.
Well, I pushed the idea of a stimulus back in November of 2008, so I’ll take credit for millions of jobs saved. You’re welcome.
Oh, wait, you actually have to do something to get credit for it?
“Auto Czar” Steve Rattner is taken aback:
I’ve read, I think, everything Romney’s had to say on this subject, and the level of flip-flopping and dissembling is truly mind-boggling. He’s been on every side of the auto rescue at different times and said different things, so it’s hard to know what he honestly thinks.“
One notable area where Romney was relatively consistent was that he always pushed for private takeovers of the industry rather than using government money, though no private parties expressed any interest. He also advocated punishing the unions, which would essentially have meant devastating worker pay and benefits. Ironic, as well-paying America jobs were supposedly what this whole business was all about saving.
Like Obama’s call on bin Laden, the moves the president made with the auto industry were risky, unpopular, and could have sunk his presidency had he failed. However, he made them, succeeded–and, again as with bin Laden, Republicans who attacked him for even suggesting such moves now crowd in and try to take credit for their success.