Nebraska Senator Mike Johanns, a Republican, calls for a ban of Japanese cars until their safety issues can be addressed.
This is stupid. It is idiotic. And Mike Johanns needs to be sent packing.
GM has had similar issues as had nearly every US automaker and we never asked them to shut down their plants until they got the government stamp of approval.
It curdles my blood to hear these words. And it’s even worse that he labels himself a Republican, and a free trade proponent.
Right now, most protectionist ideology is finding it’s home on the left side of the aisle. Perhaps this is just more evidence we don’t all walk in lock step over here on the right.
But it’s also evidence that Mike Johanns time has come and passed and he needs to leave.
Toyota is a quality manufacturer of quality cars. AS US automakers have struggled to catch up with their foreign counterparts the competition has become fierce. And mistakes are made. And now that the US Government has a stake in GM, they’re willing to consider insidious protectionism to guard their asset.
Get the US out of the car business, and get Mike Johanns out of government.