James Butler & Ford’s $1.7 Billion Legal Reckoning

Meet James Butler, the lead plaintiff counsel responsible for the landmark $1.7 billion product liability award a Georgia jury last week issued against Ford Motor Co. Butler shared some pointed comments about Ford after the company defiantly issued a statement saying the verdict wasn’t “supported by the evidence” and that it planned to appeal.

Companies that choose to do legal battle with Butler do so at their own risk. Butler has secured eight verdicts in excess of $100 million, four of them records at the time they were awarded.

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Senator Stabenow’s Startling EV Admission

In an interview with the New York Times, Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow indicated that she doesn’t fully understand the EV subsidy provisions of the Inflation Reduction Act she voted to support. That’s understandable because the legislation is deftly written so that Ford, GM, and other automakers can circumvent the spirit and intent of the bill’s U.S. battery sourcing requirements.

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Celebrating America’s Unsung Heroes

Heroism is often demonstrated in unlikely places by unknown people whose efforts will never be publicly known or appreciated. I’m moved by the confidential informant who prevented Iran’s planned assassination of former Trump aide John Bolton and the Federal Reserve economist who couldn’t be strong armed by China.

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Stephen M. Ross: Michigan’s NFL Disgrace

A primer on billionaire Miami Dolphins owner Stephen M. Ross, the hypocrisy of University of Michigan’s business school alumni, and why Democracy Dies Near Midnight in the Great Lakes State.

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Kyrsten Sinema: Wall St.’s Guardian Angel

“Until the average American realizes that capitalism damages her livelihood while augmenting the livelihoods of the wealthy, the Almighty Dollar will continue to rule.”

Does this sentiment seem consistent with a Democratic Senator who singlehandedly protected super wealthy private equity partners and investment money managers from losing a tax loophole that saves them tens of millions of dollars in taxes?

Allow me to introduce you to Arizona’s Kyrsten Sinema, easily among the most enigmatic persons ever elected to Congress, and the Senator of choice for more than 50 billionaires, only one of whom lives in the Grand Canyon State.

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Gavin Newsom’s White Male Privilege

Joke’s on you if you think the Green New Deal is solely about saving the environment. It’s increasingly about putting more green in the hands of the 1 percent at the expense of the middle and working class.

Gavin Newsom, California’s multimillionaire governor, is doing his part to protect the super-rich from getting hit with a tax that would fund his ambitious environmental goals. Here’s some insight on the guy who thinks he’d make a great president.

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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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Dr. Mary Bowden vs. The Establishment

Dr. Mary Talley Bowden, the maligned ENT doc who refused to be bullied into abandoning a Covid treatment protocol she insists was responsible for keeping some 4,000 patients out of the hospital, filed a defamation lawsuit this week against Houston Medical, one of the most powerful institutions in Texas. At stake is not only Bowden’s reputation, but that of America’s medical establishment.

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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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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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