Congress’ Make the Rich Richer Bill

The proposed Inflation Reduction Act concocted by Senate Democrats is shameful public policy that incentivizes GM and Ford to continue building in Mexico their highly profitable luxury electric vehicles most Americans can’t afford. The bill also disfavors GM and Ford competitors who build better and more reliable EVs.

Adding insult to injury, the proposed bill allows private equity billionaires to maintain an obscene tax break that even Bill Ackman has publicly called “a stain on the tax code.”

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How to Mercilessly Punish U.S. Airlines

Americans were once famed for a “rugged individualism” so fierce it sparked a revolution. The defiant spirit has diminished over the centuries, but hopefully there are still Americans with some fight in them.

In the tradition of the Massachusetts colonists responsible for the “Boston Tea Party” protesting taxation tyranny, here’s how to oppose the tyranny of the U.S. airline cartel and make Delta, United, and American feel some real financial pain while lining your pockets with extra cash.

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Mary Barra’s GM Taxpayer Scam

GM’s appetite feeding at the public trough has no limits. The company, already the second most heavily subsidized corporation in America, is getting a low-cost $2.5 billion loan from the Department of Energy to build battery cell plants with a joint venture partner. In my mind the loan is wasteful and risky as I’m doubtful GM can survive if electric vehicles are the future.

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Amazon’s Toxic One Medical Acquisition

Amazon’s acquisition of One Medical primary care clinics this week marked another dark moment in the ongoing decline of U.S. healthcare. Consumers who are fed up with the dismal state of U.S. airlines would be wise to heed this warning.

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Ford’s Farley Played Biden for Fool

In his March State of the Union address and again last month, President Biden was celebrating Ford’s commitment to invest in America and expand its workforce here.

Bloomberg reported today that Ford is looking to cut as much as 26 percent of its salaried workforce in the U.S. Meanwhile, the company has significantly expanded its engineering and other critical operations in Mexico and India.

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Ford’s Future May Rest on Its Lawyers

It’s a wonder how Ford keeps track of all its recalls and lawsuits, which are sprouting like dandelions. Three lawsuits with damning allegations about Ford vehicles were reported last week, and the company was forced to recall more than 100,000 vehicles because of engine fire incidents. Ford has pioneered what literally could become a killer category: Vehicle Flambe.

Little wonder that Steven Croley, Ford’s impressively credentialed chief legal counsel, reports directly to CEO Jim Farley and an influential board member.

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Elon Musk: His Word Isn’t His Bond

A man’s word was once his bond. In walking away from his previously unconditional commitment to acquire Twitter, Elon Musk has demonstrated that character in business no longer matters.

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McKinsey’s Wrist Slap Fueling Opioid Crisis

Since developing an interest in healthcare more than two years ago, I’ve come to appreciate the industry is rife with very bad people who do very bad things. The New York Times revealed last week that McKinsey & Company deserves a special place in hell for its critical role facilitating the opioid crisis that killed nearly 500,000 Americans.
Fortunately for McKinsey, the best penalty multistate attorneys general could collectively muster was a paltry $573 million settlement.

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Stellantis Warns Auto Industry Might Collapse

The top executives of Stellantis, whose U.S. brands include Jeep, Ram, and Chrysler, on Wednesday warned the auto industry is in danger of collapse if the prices of electric vehicles don’t significantly decline. Supply chain and materials’ shortages makes that scenario unlikely.

Underscoring the cluelessness of the U.S. leadership driving the accelerated conversion to electric vehicles, Reuters reported this morning that a proposed California tax on lithium mining could lead to additional shortages and stifle the U.S. lithium mining industry before it begins. China already controls the global EV materials supply chain.

The ineptness of America’s energy leadership comes as no surprise to Michigan residents who lived in the state between 2003 and 2011.

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