Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Car Trouble

Contribute to Republican candidates--lose your Chrysler car dealership. That's the allegation currently sweeping through the blogosphere. It seems farfetched, and wholly un-American, doesn't it? But several bloggers are closely examining the evidence. Let's hope this scandal turns out to be unfounded, just an urban political myth, otherwise the Obama administration is engaging in what some are calling economic fascism. For more on this story, see Does Obama have a car dealer enemies list? A further update here.

Update: This just in from the Washington Examiner:
Evidence appears to be mounting that the Obama administration has systematically targeted for closing Chrysler dealers who contributed to Republicans. What started earlier this week as mainly a rumbling on the Right side of the Blogosphere has gathered some steam today with revelations that among the dealers being shut down are a GOP congressman and closing of competitors to a dealership chain partly owned by former Clinton White House chief of staff Mack McLarty
The basic issue raised here is this: How do we account for the fact millions of dollars were contributed to GOP candidates by Chrysler who are being closed by the government, but only one has been found so far that is being closed that contributed to the Obama campaign in 2008?
Further update: "A preliminary study by found that the data do not support the charges."