Hunter apparently disapproves of federal pay standards at AIG. Hunter makes the odd claim that "Obama administration is deciding this week which brands of cars will be produced by General Motors"—GM has actually been looking to shed underperforming brands like Hummer since last summer—then makes the blogworthy claim that it is reasonable to expect Congress to hold hearings on what color to paint cars.
To make his point, Hunter proceeds to get more wrong. He claims Kathleen Sebelius, President Obama's Health and Human Services nominee, testified yesterday that she would "possibly replace insurance companies with a government insurance plan." Maybe that line will keep Rod and Randy advertising with Jon, but Sebelius said no such thing (alas): making herself perfectly clear, the Kansas governor said, "If the question is, ‘Do I support a public option side-by-side with private insurers in a health-insurance exchange?’ yes, I do.”
"We're frightened by the government takeover of companies and industries," quivers Hunter, who apparently would prefer an uncontrolled collapse of the financial and automotive industries, or at least emergency government loans with no taxpayer oversight.
Alas, as is his wont in deep water, Hunter offers closing lines that dissolve more than resolve:
The shift from private industry to government control will continue until we as Americans do something to stop it. Members of Congress and President Obama want to fix things, and we've given them the authority to do what they want.
We hope that we as citizens won't wait too long before we discover that government appointees shouldn't run American businesses.
We've given our government authority to fix problems, but we should stop them and... do what? Hunter fails to make clear what solution he prefers, but I'll take Obama at the helm over anarcho-capitalism and economic freefall anyday.
It's nice to throw some right-wing red meat to the Chamber of Commerce subscribers, but Hunter just flat gets it wrong: the Obama Administration is not looking to take permanent control of the auto industry. The federal government is acting as the lender of last resort, making demands now to protect its (our) investment, and split the company into healthy private competitors. Perfectly sensible, and not nearly the frightening mess our local paper would have you believe.