Out Of The Ashes Of GM: The Phoenix Of Renewable Energy by Dr. Ellen Brown

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by Dr. Ellen Hodgson Brown
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webofdebt.com
June 10, 2009

It may be prophetic that among the brands GM chose to kill was the Pontiac Firebird, a classic hot car of the 1960s sporting the fabled Phoenix on its hood. In mythology, the Phoenix was a colorful bird that incinerated itself in its nest, then rose from the ashes as its own offspring. GM too, says Michael Moore, could be reborn as something else. In a June 1 eulogy of sorts, he wrote:

“So here we are at the deathbed of General Motors. The company’s body not yet cold, and I find myself filled with—dare I say it—joy. It is not the joy of revenge against a corporation that ruined my hometown … Nor do I, obviously, claim any joy in knowing that 21,000 more GM workers will be told that they, too, are without a job. But you and I and the rest of America now own a car company!”

What would we want with a car company? Moore suggests that the bankrupt mega-builder of obsolete gas guzzlers can be transformed into a mega-builder of things we need more—mass transit vehicles, including bullet trains, light rail mass transit lines, energy efficient clean buses, hybrid or all-electric cars, and alternative energy devices such as batteries, windmills, and solar panels. The factories that built the cars that helped destroy the environment can become the tools for cleaning it up. This would, of course, take some investment; but Moore suggests that to pay for it all, the government could impose a two-dollar tax on every gallon of gasoline.

It sounds good right up to the gas tax, a regressive tax that would hit hardest in the wallets of the poor and would raise alarm bells for politicians, the oil lobby, and voters. Isn’t there some way to fund the plan without driving up the tax burden or the national debt? In fact, there is.

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Dennis Kucinich: Who Are These People? + Cash for Clunkers and Bunkers

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Updated: June 10, 2009 added transcript

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June 09, 2009

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June 09, 2009 C-SPAN

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Kucinich on Supplemental: “Cash for Clunkers and Bunkers”

Congressman Dennis Kucinich

Washington, June 9, 2009

Congressman Dennis Kucinich D-OH today made the following statement against the war supplemental on the House floor:

“It is good that our Administration is reaching out to the Muslim world. It is bad to spend another $100 billion to keep wars going which will kill innocent Muslims in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

“It is good that we try to create an incentive for people to buy efficient cars. It is bad that the car vouchers will not be expressly for the purchase of cars made in America. It is even worse that we tie such an incentive to a war funding bill. Cash for clunkers and bunkers in the same bill!

“Cash for more war in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.  Cash to help China sell its cars to Americans.

“Meanwhile, back in the U.S. of A., factories and auto dealers are closing, people are losing their businesses, their jobs, their homes, their health care, their investments, their retirement security.

“Who are these people who keep coming up with these innovative ideas to keep wars going and to move jobs out of America?  Who are these people?”

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Dennis Kucinich: It’s Time To End This War! No More Funding!

The Economy Sucks and or Collapse 2

As GM Goes … by Cameron Salisbury

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by Cameron Salisbury
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June 8, 2009

With the government-mandated bankruptcy of one of the largest, longest-lived, and, until recently, most profitable manufacturers in the world, the takeover of the U.S. economy by the same East Coast forces that destroyed it is now complete.

The speed with which GM spiraled into insolvency was breath taking. Less than 18 months ago, just as the horrifying effects of Wall Street’s malfeasance were becoming clear, GM was profitably selling SUVs, making money for its shareholders and paying big ticket CEOs far more than they were worth, just like Wall Street.

Suddenly the rules changed.  In a spectacular reversal, GM was deceptively accused of failing to sell what consumers wanted to buy, of being out of touch and out of date, of having too many built in personnel costs which made them unable to compete with foreign auto makers whose short history in the U.S. left them free of pension liabilities.

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Dennis Kucinich On GM Bankruptcy on C-SPAN

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Nader: McAuliffe Offered Bribe to Drop Out of 19 States in ’04 Election + GM Bankruptcy

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June 2, 2009

Nader: Ex-DNC Chair Terry McAuliffe Offered Bribe to Drop Out of 19 Battleground States in ’04 Election

Former presidential candidate Ralph Nader accuses former Democratic National Committee chair Terry McAuliffe of trying to bribe him to stay off the presidential ballot in nineteen so-called “battleground” states in 2004. McAuliffe is currently running for the Democratic nomination in Virginia’s gubernatorial race. [includes rush transcript]

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Ralph Nader and Labor Professor Harley Shaiken Discuss the Bankruptcy and Future of General Motors

Auto giant General Motors filed for Chapter 11 yesterday in one of the largest bankruptcy cases in US history. Shortly after the filing, GM said it would close fourteen more plants, including seven in Michigan, and cut up to 21,000 more jobs. More than 2,000 car dealerships will be shut down, as well. After the factory closings, GM will have fewer than 40,000 workers buildings cars in the United States, one-tenth of a workforce that numbered nearly 400,000 in the 1970s. [includes rush transcript]

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President Obama’s prepared remarks on General Motors’ bankruptcy

Robber Class v. Robbed Class: What Can We Do? by Cindy Sheehan

Grand Theft Auto: How Stevie the Rat bankrupted GM by Greg Palast

Blundering Into Bankruptcy by Ralph Nader

President Obama’s prepared remarks on General Motors’ bankruptcy

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June 01, 2009

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Kucinich on Saving the Auto Industry

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June 01, 2009

Dennis Kucinich talks about GM and China on Fox 06/01/09
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Countdown: Michael Moore on GM Bankruptcy: We Own a Car Company + Goodbye, GM

Robber Class v. Robbed Class: What Can We Do? by Cindy Sheehan

Grand Theft Auto: How Stevie the Rat bankrupted GM by Greg Palast

President Obama’s prepared remarks on General Motors’ bankruptcy

Blundering Into Bankruptcy by Ralph Nader

Countdown: Michael Moore on GM Bankruptcy: We Own a Car Company + Goodbye, GM

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June 01, 2009

“We need to protect our industrial infrastructure, as I’ve said many times before, so that we are using these factories to built the things that we need — bullet trains, light rail, alternative energy, cleaner buses — things that society needs in the 21st century. … We have to kill GM in order to save it. … They’ve planned their own obsolescence by helping to destroy the middle class …” — Michael Moore on Countdown with Keith Olbermann, Monday, June 1st, 2009

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Goodbye, GM

By Michael Moore
June 1, 2009 “Information Clearing House

I write this on the morning of the end of the once-mighty General Motors. By high noon, the President of the United States will have made it official: General Motors, as we know it, has been totaled.

As I sit here in GM’s birthplace, Flint, Michigan, I am surrounded by friends and family who are filled with anxiety about what will happen to them and to the town. Forty percent of the homes and businesses in the city have been abandoned. Imagine what it would be like if you lived in a city where almost every other house is empty. What would be your state of mind?

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Blundering Into Bankruptcy by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
May 29, 2009

Dear President Obama and GM Chairman Henderson,

The hour is late. You seem bent on an orchestrated bankruptcy for General Motors on June 1, 2009. Before any irreversible moves are made– the GM/task force reorganization plan should be submitted to Congress for deliberative review and decision. There are several major concerns with a precipitous bankruptcy declaration that have emerged over the last several days.

First, the previously understood rationale for bankruptcy—namely obstinate bondholders–no longer applies. Recent developments indicate that GM and the auto task force have revised the proposed allocation of equity in a restructured GM, and reached agreement with at least the most prominent bondholders. Although a June 1 bond payment is due, it certainly seems that that payment could easily be wrapped into the new bondholder offer, as effectively will be the case if GM enters bankruptcy.

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Resourceful Guy Builds Solar House, Solar Power, Solar Car

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May 25, 2009

Peak Moment 145: John Weber’s Boise, Idaho house with south-facing windows rarely needs heat and never air conditioning. Meet a man who has built a passive-solar house with solar electric power and solar hot water; plus a solar-powered electric car — and who rides a bike! With photovoltaics tied to the grid, he sells surplus electricity back to the power company. John shows how he converted his “Sun Car” from a junked Festiva to all-electric, with added solar panels on top to extend its range. Ride with us – and hear how quiet it is!

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Letter to Chairmen Dodd and Frank Regarding the GM Bankruptcy by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
May 18, 2009

Senator Chris Dodd
U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs
448 Russell Building
Washington, DC 20510

Congressman Barney Frank
House Committee on Financial Services
2252 Rayburn H.O.B.
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Senator Dodd and Congressman Frank:

The government-led restructuring of Chrysler and General Motors has been twice delegated — first by Congress to the Executive, and then by the President to a task force. Formally made up of cabinet officials and high-level political appointees, control over the process has in fact been delegated, without adequate standards, to a handful of special advisers. Thus has the future of a centerpiece of American manufacturing capacity been delegated to a small unelected and largely unaccountable group arranged to avoid the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The Congress must, at the least, reclaim its oversight role in this process, and subject the Auto Task Force’s proposals and plans to careful scrutiny before irreversible measures — such as a GM bankruptcy filing — are undertaken.

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Fire the Boss: Naomi Klein & Avi Lewis + Despair in Detroit (Nader; Paul)

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Democracy Now!
May 15, 2009

Fire the Boss: Naomi Klein & Avi Lewis on “The Worker Control Solution from Buenos Aires to Chicago”

Shock Doctrine author Naomi Klein and Al Jazeera host Avi Lewis discuss the workers who are taking over their factories and plants rather than lose their jobs, some to owners who owe money to bailed-out banks. They also address the latest news in the nation’s global economic collapse amidst the White House and Democratic-led Congress’s rejection of single-payer healthcare. [includes rush transcript]

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