Skip to comments.Obama: Not The First Head Of State To Design Cars* ( guess who his predecessor was ...)
Posted on 05/21/2009 2:29:45 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
Sitting at a restaurant table in Munich in the summer of 1932, Hitler designed the prototype for what would become the immensely successful Beetle design for Volkswagen (literally, the "car of the people"), says the Hitler Historical Museums website. He then said to the head of Daimler-Benz: Take it with you and speak with people who understand more about it than I do. But don't forget it. I want to hear from you soon, about the technical details."
This week, Obama imposed on American car manufacturers strict fuel efficiency and emissions standards, to be introduced in 2012. Manufacturers will reportedly get extra pats on the head for cranking out electric cars like General Motors Chevy Volt -- which will soak American consumers for about $40,000. In other words, theyre going to make cars only hippies want, at prices only CEOs can afford. Dont like it? Then ride a bike or take the bus.
These arent going to be Hummers or 4x4s, because the simple laws of physics dictate that the heavier something is, the more energy it takes to move it. These are going to be little bitty cars like the ones I see in Paris, none of which are physically capable of hauling both me and my luggage to the airport. Sure, there are hybrid electric buses around the world that run partly on electricity and can do that -- but when they have to keep up with traffic on the highway, thats when the diesel fuel kicks in and starts drowning polar bears all over again.
Americans just have to get out of their big cars, a French friend sighed to me recently.
Yeah, Im sure your girlfriends find it really sexy that you can lift your scooter into its parking spot and that they have to take the subway to meet up with you on your dates, I replied.
Thats environmental paranoia in a nutshell for you. It isnt really about the environment, its about control. You, too, are going to be forced to look as stupid as the guy pulling ten canvas bags out of his faux leather man-purse. If you dare show up at any grocery store in Toronto, Canada, without your own ratty, reused bags, youll be charged five cents for each one a tax on your audacity, collected by the City.
Its the same thing in Paris. On one particularly cold day, the Parisian cashier in the Palais des Congres Galeries Gourmandes simply assumed that I didnt require any bags for about forty purchased items. When I said, after she had rung me up, that I indeed did, she snapped that it would cost me five cents apiece. I replied (in French): Oh, here are two Euros, then. Please make it one bag for each item. Its far too cold outside for this time of year, so Id like to go home and burn them to do my part in combating climate change.
The UKs Daily Mail is reporting this week that 17 local government councils have recruited approximately 9,000 environmental volunteers -- some of the budding brownshirts as young as seven years old -- to spy on their neighbors for infractions such as littering, and putting rubbish out on the wrong day and general environmental concerns.
A spokesman claims the program participants help councils cut crime and make places cleaner, greener and safer. And more fascist! What better way for a dorky kid to exert some power over his enemies than to become a certified ratfink for the State?
And its the dorks who are most obsessed with control, in whatever way they can get it. How does Obama fit into this? Well, did you see him riding that bike in his blue jeans during the campaign? Obama is a dork, pure and simple -- and now hes going to impose all his control games on society at large.
Meaningless control games based on rules of the dorks invention are at the very foundation of the dork existence. Thats why every accredited nerd is obsessed with war games or Dungeons and Dragons, or some other make believe time-waster that gives him the opportunity to exert his dominance over other nerds. Now, the public at large has been yanked into these games by their heartstrings.
Climate change is the pretend cause, and cap-and-trade is the new game. This week, Obamas Democrats introduced new legislation in Congress that would start the ball rolling on this new MMRPG (thats Massively Multiplayer Role Playing Game, for the non-nerd uninitiated) whereby pollution credits will be bought and sold, with the leftists in Obamas government in charge of the rules, naturally. If they were truly capable, they would have found something meaningful to run before now, rather than some sort of Ponzi scheme involving air.
You know who else will be allowed to play that game? The car manufacturers! And theyll be given extra credits for building cars that Obama really likes -- like the shiny new electric ones which, with a top speed of 100mph, would lose in a game of pedal-to-the-medal chicken to a 13-year old on a 10-speed bike. And when General Motors declares bankruptcy, a Reuters news report suggests that its viable assets could be sold to Obamas government -- something even the European Commission ruled unfeasible of auto manufacturers in December of last year, when the question was posed to them: In the current financial and economic crisis, it seems difficult to reconcile public interventions in order to support failing companies or firms in a sector facing difficult times ahead, with a market economy investor behavior.
Europe might just be thinking about the last time a head of state dabbled in car design, in their backyard. It didnt turn out too well.
* I am not saying that Barack Obama is Hitler, just that they have a similar propensity for vehicular design.
Ms. Marsden is a New York based international political and media strategist, TV and radio personality, and the CEO and Editor-in-Chief of GrandCentralPolitical.com. Her first political book is due out in 2009. She can be reached via her website at www.rachelmarsden.com.
If Hitler helped with the “Beetle” then I am sure that Barry will come up with the “Roach.”
BTW, my dream car is a '71 HemiCuda.
It may not have come out well for Europe, but Volkswagen, made a bundle and still exists today.
So you liked the Prius....that’s good to know.
I’ve got a Lexus ES300 with over 180k miles on it and it has needed a new starter, a left front wheel bearing, tires and oil changes. And that is it. WAYYYY better than my beemers or my husbands Mercedes.
I figure my next car might be a Prius since I want to pump as little as possible out of my wallet to the Arabs.
I knew Hitler came up with the basic specifications for the Volkswagen, but I thought Ferdinand Porsche did most of the heavy lifting on the design.
And while it was pretty bare-bones, the VW was a decent car. Which is a lot more than we’ll be able to say about the Obamobile, especially given that he doesn’t have anyone of the caliber of Dr. Porsche at his disposal.
“I figure my next car might be a Prius since I want to pump as little as possible out of my wallet to the Arabs.”
A friend of mine bought a Camry hybrid based on that rationale, and also because the Camry is roomier than the Prius. So far he’s quite happy with the car.
One of the engineering features Hitler insisted on was that the engine be air cooled.
Hitler also designed a model, especially for Jews. The exhaust pipes were inside the car.
I was born and raised in New York City.
After I had learned that the Volkswagon was originally designed as the “peoples car” by the Nazis, it struck me how ironic it was that so many of my school teachers, most of whom were Jewish, owned one of them.
Barack is also the sound it makes.
Rumor has it that he's planning to use his limo to run them down.
and the ash tray was very big
Hertz is now renting them so if you can, rent one for a weekend. The ride isn't quite as good as the Lexus but we got close to 60mpg driving though mountains of New Mexico and I'm a pretty agressive driver.
The Beetle was designed and engineered by Ferdinand Porsche. IIRC it was the first auto with torsion bar suspension. Small wonder indeed.
Yep. Then again, my father, a Holocaust survivor, drive a Mercedes.
Guessed it, but then I’d read a book about the VW’s history sometime back in the 70s.
Right on all counts.
And the bug won't go 100 MPH -- safely. As a kid I got a '69 bug up to 94 MPH, but backed off quickly because it was on the verge of becoming airborne. (A little later I pushed my Honda 600 Couple up to 84 MPH, just to see flashing red lights behind me. I was let off without a ticket.)
Here's a video on their website.
Jeremy Clarkson did a small blurb on the Ecomobil a few years back, too.
I could groove on one of these, except they cost upwards of $60k.
My boy, either your teachers were in some sort of car pool, or that school must be closed before the next English class.
He probably just got a really good deal.