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Obama: Not The First Head Of State To Design Cars* ( guess who his predecessor was ...)
Human Events ^ | 5/21/2009 | Rachel Marsden

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 Museum’s 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, they’re going to make cars only hippies want, at prices only CEOs can afford. Don’t like it? Then ride a bike or take the bus.

These aren’t 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, that’s 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, I’m 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.

That’s environmental paranoia in a nutshell for you. It isn’t really about the environment, it’s 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, you’ll be charged five cents for each one – a tax on your audacity, collected by the City.

It’s the same thing in Paris. On one particularly cold day, the Parisian cashier in the Palais des Congres’ Galeries Gourmandes simply assumed that I didn’t 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. It’s far too cold outside for this time of year, so I’d like to go home and burn them to do my part in combating climate change.”

The UK’s 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 it’s 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 he’s going to impose all his control games on society at large.

Meaningless control games based on rules of the dork’s invention are at the very foundation of the dork existence. That’s 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, Obama’s Democrats introduced new legislation in Congress that would start the ball rolling on this new MMRPG (that’s Massively Multiplayer Role Playing Game, for the non-nerd uninitiated) whereby pollution “credits” will be bought and sold, with the leftists in Obama’s 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 they’ll 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 Obama’s 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 didn’t turn out too well.

* I am not saying that Barack Obama is Hitler, just that they have a similar propensity for vehicular design.

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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.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Editorial; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bailout; cars; hitler; obama

1 posted on 05/21/2009 2:29:45 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

If Hitler helped with the “Beetle” then I am sure that Barry will come up with the “Roach.”


2 posted on 05/21/2009 2:33:18 PM PDT by missnry (The truth will set you free ... and drive liberals Crazy!)
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To: SeekAndFind
"CAN WE DO WHAT WE WANT?"


3 posted on 05/21/2009 2:36:32 PM PDT by Iron Munro (Suppose you were a clueless idiot, and suppose you were Barack Obama; but I repeat myself)
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To: SeekAndFind
The truth is that Adolf Hitler knew more about economics and manufactoring than Chairman Bo will ever know. But just as Hitler thought he knew more than his military leaders, so does Chairman Bo. The Volkswagen will be around long after the BOcar is long dead. I have no doubt that all Negroes will be promised two BOcars and forty acres of land in the next election.
4 posted on 05/21/2009 2:40:36 PM PDT by Nosterrex
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To: SeekAndFind


5 posted on 05/21/2009 2:40:47 PM PDT by doug from upland (10 million views of .HILLARY! UNCENSORED - put some ice on it, witch)
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To: SeekAndFind
I just spent a week putting 900 miles on a rented Toyota Prius just to try it out.
If Zero thinks Detroit can design something better, he needs to put down the crack pipe.

BTW, my dream car is a '71 HemiCuda.

6 posted on 05/21/2009 2:41:02 PM PDT by Zathras
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To: SeekAndFind
Europe might just be thinking about the last time a head of state dabbled in car design, in their backyard. It didn’t turn out too well.

It may not have come out well for Europe, but Volkswagen, made a bundle and still exists today.

7 posted on 05/21/2009 2:42:12 PM PDT by NathanR ( Drill here. Drill now. Pay less.)
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To: missnry

Cockroach


8 posted on 05/21/2009 2:43:29 PM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: SeekAndFind

9 posted on 05/21/2009 2:46:44 PM PDT by reagan_fanatic (When you put Democrats in charge, stupid things happen)
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To: Zathras

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.


10 posted on 05/21/2009 2:49:21 PM PDT by Aria ( "The US republic will endure until Congress discovers it can bribe the public with the people's $.")
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


11 posted on 05/21/2009 2:52:24 PM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (Whoever coined the term "foolproof" underestimated the ingenuity and determination of fools.)
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To: Aria

“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.


12 posted on 05/21/2009 2:53:55 PM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (Whoever coined the term "foolproof" underestimated the ingenuity and determination of fools.)
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To: SeekAndFind


The Folk's Wagon
 

13 posted on 05/21/2009 2:56:13 PM PDT by counterpunch (In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem. Government is the problem.)
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To: SeekAndFind
I still think a turbine-electric hybrid is the way to go. You could save so much weight with the engine and fuel storage that the car could be safer than existing models.
14 posted on 05/21/2009 3:01:28 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (They were the Slave Party then; they are the Slave Party now.)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

One of the engineering features Hitler insisted on was that the engine be air cooled.


15 posted on 05/21/2009 3:07:39 PM PDT by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: PzLdr
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.

16 posted on 05/21/2009 3:10:24 PM PDT by dfwgator (1996 2006 2008 - Good Things Come in Threes)
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To: SeekAndFind

Hitler.


17 posted on 05/21/2009 3:19:04 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: dfwgator

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.


18 posted on 05/21/2009 3:19:15 PM PDT by Yankee
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To: SeekAndFind
Obama's car will never reach the same significance as Hitler's.

Barack is also the sound it makes.

Rumor has it that he's planning to use his limo to run them down.


19 posted on 05/21/2009 3:31:40 PM PDT by Lady Jag (Communism + Hezbollah + Al Qaeda + Obama + StoneAge = CHAOS)
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To: dfwgator

and the ash tray was very big


20 posted on 05/21/2009 3:48:51 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: Aria
My wifes car is an ES300 with less milege but is also starting on the "feed me $$$" trail.

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.

21 posted on 05/21/2009 3:53:08 PM PDT by Zathras
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To: SeekAndFind

The Beetle was designed and engineered by Ferdinand Porsche. IIRC it was the first auto with torsion bar suspension. Small wonder indeed.


22 posted on 05/21/2009 4:04:13 PM PDT by Jacquerie (Bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution! - Thomas Jefferson.)
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To: doug from upland
My father in-law called his VW Rabbit “Hitler's revenge”...
23 posted on 05/21/2009 4:47:07 PM PDT by DB
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To: Yankee

Yep. Then again, my father, a Holocaust survivor, drive a Mercedes.


24 posted on 05/21/2009 4:51:28 PM PDT by rmlew ( The SAVE and GIVE acts are institutioning Corvee. Where's the outtrage!)
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To: SeekAndFind
* I am not saying that Barack Obama is Hitler, just that they have a similar propensity for vehicular design.

I am.

25 posted on 05/21/2009 5:12:19 PM PDT by Lazamataz ("We beat the Soviet Union, then we became them." -- Lazamataz, 2005)
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To: SeekAndFind

Guessed it, but then I’d read a book about the VW’s history sometime back in the 70s.


26 posted on 05/21/2009 5:21:30 PM PDT by sionnsar ((Iran Azadi | 5yst3m 0wn3d - it's N0t Y0ur5 (SONY) | "Also sprach Telethustra" - NonValueAdded)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers
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.

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.)

27 posted on 05/21/2009 5:28:21 PM PDT by sionnsar ((Iran Azadi | 5yst3m 0wn3d - it's N0t Y0ur5 (SONY) | "Also sprach Telethustra" - NonValueAdded)
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To: SeekAndFind
Hitler did not design the VW Beetle. He drew a picture of one of these and said make it like that:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tatra_T97

28 posted on 05/21/2009 6:36:07 PM PDT by Salman
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To: SeekAndFind
Earlier I was looking at Youtube videos of the Peraves Ecomobil and Monotracer. They are green vehicles that are also very high-performance and fun.

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.

29 posted on 05/21/2009 6:41:48 PM PDT by Disambiguator
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To: Yankee
..... so many of my school teachers, most of whom were Jewish, owned one of them.

My boy, either your teachers were in some sort of car pool, or that school must be closed before the next English class.

30 posted on 05/21/2009 8:43:06 PM PDT by Kenny Bunk (The Election of 2008: Given the choice between stupid and evil, the stupid chose evil.)
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To: rmlew

He probably just got a really good deal.


31 posted on 05/21/2009 10:51:46 PM PDT by mbraynard (You are the Republican Party. See you at the precinct meeting.)
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To: SeekAndFind
If the flimsy Prius is any measure, Obama, Waxman, and the rest of the Insane Democrats are going to murder, maim, and seriously injure millions of Americans.


32 posted on 05/22/2009 12:08:43 AM PDT by FormerACLUmember (Chains you can believe in.)
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