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Toyota: Dems 'not industry friendly'
Politico ^ | February 21, 2010 | By JAKE SHERMAN

Posted on 02/21/2010 4:31:28 PM PST by Jet Jaguar

Internal Toyota documents derided the Obama administration and Democratic Congress as “activist” and “not industry friendly," a revelation that comes days before the giant automaker's top executives testify on Capitol Hill amid a giant recall.

According to a presentation obtained under subpoena by the House Oversight and Government Relations committee, Toyota referred to the “changing political environment” as one of its main challenges and anticipated a "more challenging regulatory" environment under the Obama administration's purview.

This document, in addition to piles of other records, will be front and center this week as the Japanese automaker girds to face lawmakers hungry for answers about a recall that has the company teetering.

Upwards of 8 million cars have been recalled in the U.S. and worldwide, amid reports of Toyota's vehicles accelerating rapidly. The problems have turned political, as the company has shuttered some American factories, potentially resulting in layoffs.

The oversight committee, which is led by Democrat Ed Towns of New York and Republican Darrell Issa of California, will seek to discover if Toyota was forthright in disclosing problems with rapid acceleration – and if the government was responsible and quick in investigating such complaints.

Toyota has launched an image rehabilitation campaign on Capitol Hill, and its top lobbyist has sent emails to Congressional aides in an attempt to shape its image amid this crisis.

Committee aides say the presentation, which was obtained by POLITICO, gives the clearest view into the minds of Toyota executives.

Aides believe the presentation was an explanatory slideshow prepared to explain the inner-workings of Toyota’s Washington lobbying operations. It includes a responsibility flow chart, in addition to resources the office calls upon, including The Brookings Institution and the Chamber of Commerce.

The slideshow is titled “Toyota Washington, DC” and the cover sheet is labeled “Yoshi Inaba” – the president of Toyota North America, who is slated to testify.

It is a peek into how Toyota executives view the American political environment.

The “Activist Administration & Congress – increasing laws & regulations” is listed as one of “Toyota Challenges,” as is “Massive government support for Detroit automakers.”

The July 2009 presentation also says the Department of Transportation and National Highway Transportation Safety Administration “under Obama administration” is “not industry friendly,” and anticipates a “more challenging regulatory and enforcement environment.”

It says the NHTSA “new team has less understanding of engineering issues and are primarily focused on legal issues.”

“While the administration may have changed, the bureaucracy itself has not and we must ensure that government regulators give every possible consumer concern its due diligence,” said Republican Oversight spokesman Kurt Bardella.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Front Page News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 0bamasfault; 111th; 2010; agenda; automakers; bho44; captainobvious; democrats; liberalfascism; obamalegacy; obamasfault; toyota
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1 posted on 02/21/2010 4:31:29 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: Nachum

Ping.


2 posted on 02/21/2010 4:31:52 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: Jet Jaguar

Paging Captain Obvious!


3 posted on 02/21/2010 4:32:57 PM PST by Red in Blue PA (If guns cause crime, then all of mine are defective!)
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To: Jet Jaguar

They aren’t America “friendly” either. They hate this country more than our enemies do.


4 posted on 02/21/2010 4:33:39 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (If the CIA and NASA are going to "monitor climate change", why the hell do we need the EPA?)
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To: Jet Jaguar

When will we get federal oversight and investigations of the real agents that wrecked the economy - The Federal Reserve along with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac!!!


5 posted on 02/21/2010 4:34:35 PM PST by Nat Turner (Escaped from NY in 1983 and not ever going back....)
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To: Jet Jaguar

These were internal leaked documents. These comments weren’t to be made public.

The Demonkats and their lapdog presstitutes will go even harder after Toyota as as result of this.


6 posted on 02/21/2010 4:35:03 PM PST by webschooner (Lincoln Freed the Slaves ... Obama Enslaves the Free)
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To: Jet Jaguar
Every business in America, whether a home based one person small enterprise to a 100,000 employee company has exactly the same opinion as Toyota.
7 posted on 02/21/2010 4:36:32 PM PST by FormerACLUmember (The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule. - H. L. Menken.)
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To: FormerACLUmember

Bump.


8 posted on 02/21/2010 4:37:07 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: Jet Jaguar

It’s racist!


9 posted on 02/21/2010 4:37:26 PM PST by Spok (Free Range Republican)
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To: FormerACLUmember

Obama-nomics:

Cash for Convicts? [Stimulus checks for first degree murderers]
http://www.foxnews.com/search-results/m/26044849/cash-for-convicts.htm

[Stimulus]
How Did John Stossel Get a Free Golf Cart From the Government ...
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,585395,00.html

Stealth Unionization (of home daycare providers in Michigan)
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2411601/posts

Report: Taxes prop up ‘dying’ abortion industry
http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=125372
[Could also call this ‘loony left’, but that would be too kind.]

Unsustainable Spending [Real Clear Politics]
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2456202/posts
A spectre is haunting Europe, and America — the spectre of Keynesianism finally gone nuts. ... Little things, such as the heart of the U.S. space program, are being gutted to make way for metastasizing social security entitlements and debt service payments that will soon swamp the entire federal budget — thus requiring the elimination of more little things such as the army, navy and air force. ...[snip]


10 posted on 02/21/2010 4:37:35 PM PST by Arthur Wildfire! March (Farah: "If [certifigate]'s been settled show us the birth certificate. Simple.")
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To: Jet Jaguar

Nice car comp’ny ya got here—wouldn’t wanna see nuttin happen to it, if you know what I mean.

Ooops! Did I break dat?


11 posted on 02/21/2010 4:37:54 PM PST by denydenydeny ("Leftists are like vampires; shine a light on what they are doing and they retreat."-Andrew Klavan)
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To: FormerACLUmember

Except the unions/SEIU/UAW...their business’ is shaking down other businesses.


12 posted on 02/21/2010 4:38:04 PM PST by max americana
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To: Jet Jaguar

I just love that this is front and center on Drudge.


13 posted on 02/21/2010 4:39:30 PM PST by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: Jet Jaguar

That’s because there are no dems who could run a McDonalds, let alone an industry.


14 posted on 02/21/2010 4:40:41 PM PST by Da Coyote
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To: Jet Jaguar
Internal Toyota documents derided the Obama administration and Democratic Congress as “activist” and “not industry friendly," a revelation that comes days before the giant automaker's top executives testify on Capitol Hill amid a giant recall.

Welcome to the fight, Toyota. The first step is to identify your enemy.

15 posted on 02/21/2010 4:40:43 PM PST by mc5cents
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To: Jet Jaguar
Dems 'not industry friendly'

In other news.......

Water is Wet!

16 posted on 02/21/2010 4:41:13 PM PST by hole_n_one
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To: Jet Jaguar

Ya think?


17 posted on 02/21/2010 4:41:45 PM PST by mikelets456
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To: Jet Jaguar

Obama is trying to destroy non-union Toyota for their decision to walk away from a union operated plant in California- the same plant that GM walked away from.

This is all about the UAW.


18 posted on 02/21/2010 4:43:10 PM PST by centurion316
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To: Jet Jaguar

19 posted on 02/21/2010 4:43:27 PM PST by jakerobins
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To: centurion316

Bingo!


20 posted on 02/21/2010 4:44:21 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: Jet Jaguar
Committee aides say the presentation, which was obtained by POLITICO, gives the clearest view into the minds of Toyota executives......It is a peek into how Toyota executives view the American political environment.

To me, the current political grandstanding gives an extremely clear view into the mind of the Beltway.

21 posted on 02/21/2010 4:45:02 PM PST by denydenydeny ("Leftists are like vampires; shine a light on what they are doing and they retreat."-Andrew Klavan)
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To: Jet Jaguar

Duh!


22 posted on 02/21/2010 4:45:08 PM PST by rdl6989 (January 20, 2013- The end of an error.)
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To: Jet Jaguar

Toyota threatens to close its UAW California plant. Obama (head of Government Motors) threatens Toyota. Nothing here, folks, just move on.


23 posted on 02/21/2010 4:45:18 PM PST by bboop (We don't need no stinkin' VAT)
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To: Jet Jaguar

might be a little more sinister than that, if there’s any truth to this piece:

http://www.lewrockwell.com/spl2/obama-toyota.html


24 posted on 02/21/2010 4:47:14 PM PST by Daisyjane69 (Michael Reagan: "Welcome back, Dad, even if you're wearing a dress and bearing children this time)
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To: Army Air Corps; Arthur Wildfire! March; max americana

A recession is when your neighbor is out of work. A depression is when you are out of work. A recovery is when Obama is out of work.


25 posted on 02/21/2010 4:51:35 PM PST by FormerACLUmember (The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule. - H. L. Menken.)
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To: Red in Blue PA; Jet Jaguar

Exactly. No sh!t, Sherlock. Dems HATE industry except for trial lawyers.


26 posted on 02/21/2010 4:52:03 PM PST by Hardastarboard (Note to self: Never post in a thread about religion again.)
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To: Jet Jaguar

"Communist Pigs are bad for business"

27 posted on 02/21/2010 4:56:11 PM PST by Moe Tzadik
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To: Red in Blue PA
It's getting juicy now, on THIS SIDE OF THE PACIFIC OCEAN.

Japanese press really ramping up the stories. Some of them are starting to tear apart the US lib government-industry-media (Obama-GM/UAW-MSM) collusive relationship. It's gonna get HOT next week folks!! http://jp.reuters.com/article/businessNews/idJPJAPAN-13989420100221 (In Japanese) Just starting now.....

28 posted on 02/21/2010 4:57:23 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo (Its time to CLEARLY threaten a huge, middle-class American TAX REVOLT in Tea Party signs & placards)
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To: Jet Jaguar

Wow, get a read of the comments on this article in politico. Some real wackos out there.


29 posted on 02/21/2010 4:57:44 PM PST by JoSixChip (HOPE = Have Obumber Prove Eligibility)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Well its long about time that SOMEBODY told the truth!!!!


30 posted on 02/21/2010 4:58:52 PM PST by prophetic (0Bama = 1 illegal president = 32 illegal, unconstitutional & unnecessary CZARS to do his job!!)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Indeed. And this past week Japan surpassed China as the majority foreign holder of US debt. Obama is about to meet some Samurai.
31 posted on 02/21/2010 5:00:12 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: Jet Jaguar

“We are five days from fundamentally transforming the United States of America,” - Barack Obama


32 posted on 02/21/2010 5:00:16 PM PST by TigersEye (It's the Marxism, stupid! ... And they call themselves Progressives.)
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To: prophetic
"Well its long about time that SOMEBODY told the truth!!!!"

Kind of sad it has to be the Japanese are the only ones with the guts to say it, well outside of talk radio. But talk radio host such as Rush, Hanity, Beck and Levin have a credibility issue as all been shilling for GM even through the government takeover and outright theft of stock holder equity.
33 posted on 02/21/2010 5:10:01 PM PST by JoSixChip (HOPE = Have Obumber Prove Eligibility)
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To: Jet Jaguar

In 1945..... we nuked Hiroshima + Nagasaki.

Now, in 2010, Japan may save America.....

By nuking our Fascist president from his Commie daydream.

JAPAN — WE NEED YOUR HELP WITH THIS MOSLEM!


34 posted on 02/21/2010 5:12:34 PM PST by StopObama2012 (CLICK ME to expose Osaudi)
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To: Jet Jaguar

No! You’re kidding?

Next Toyota will be telling us Obama and his friends lie....


35 posted on 02/21/2010 5:12:53 PM PST by Tzimisce (No thanks. We have enough government already. - The Tick)
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To: Jet Jaguar

your business competition most often is not


36 posted on 02/21/2010 5:13:46 PM PST by Jolla
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To: Jet Jaguar
Everything is related to everything else. If the Obama Administration gets bad enough, the Japanese could kick the US military out of Japan and decide to develop their own nuclear forces.
37 posted on 02/21/2010 5:18:10 PM PST by Truth29
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To: Truth29

Already in work.

The Japanese and Okinawans want the Marines out of Okinawa.

And, talks about removing US presence from Misawa AB and Yakota AB.


38 posted on 02/21/2010 5:22:37 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: Abathar; Abcdefg; Abram; Abundy; akatel; albertp; AlexandriaDuke; Alexander Rubin; Allerious; ...
The “Activist Administration & Congress – increasing laws & regulations” is listed as one of “Toyota Challenges,” as is “Massive government support for Detroit automakers.”



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39 posted on 02/21/2010 5:23:18 PM PST by bamahead (Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master. -- Sallust)
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To: Jet Jaguar
So Obama who professes that he wants a nuclear free world could end up motivating Japan along with the gulf Arab states (in response to our failure to deal with Iran) to go nuclear.
40 posted on 02/21/2010 5:36:31 PM PST by Truth29
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Please post translations of the articles when you can.


41 posted on 02/21/2010 5:54:35 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: Jet Jaguar
Remember the add jingle from a few years back, "Oh what a feeling".

That feeling their feeling in the Toyota boardroom ain't all that grand.

42 posted on 02/21/2010 6:02:27 PM PST by exnavy (May the Lord grant our troops protection and endurance.)
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To: Jet Jaguar

A little late to the party now aren't they....

Just look what they did to essentially a poor man's Porsche...

43 posted on 02/21/2010 6:12:23 PM PST by taildragger (Palin/Mulally 2012)
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To: exnavy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yl0IMrI3kyk


44 posted on 02/21/2010 6:12:37 PM PST by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: Jet Jaguar

I’d rather had the first 500 employees on Toyota’s roster in Congress than the fruitbats we have now


45 posted on 02/21/2010 6:15:38 PM PST by wardaddy (Epic Beard Man sez: "If you think cops are pigs next time you need help call an amber lamps")
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To: Red in Blue PA

well i coulda’ told ya’ that & i’m not even Japanese/s


46 posted on 02/21/2010 6:25:31 PM PST by MissDairyGoodnessVT (Free Nobel Peace Prize with oil change =^..^=)
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To: max americana

does anyone have that image where the guy in a stasi-style uniform has a pistol pointed to the head of a kid and underneath there’s something written liek “We’re Not Done With Toyota Yet or something like that??? i’ve been looking all over for that since this sotry broke this afternoon if you have it could you post it?


47 posted on 02/21/2010 6:33:09 PM PST by MissDairyGoodnessVT (Free Nobel Peace Prize with oil change =^..^=)
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To: Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; EricTheRed_VocalMinority; ...
Thanks Jet Jaguar

The list, ping

48 posted on 02/21/2010 6:45:44 PM PST by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: MissDairyGoodnessVT

It was the Dems who nuked Japan. Just saying.

(they would be the first to say it about Republicans IF true)


49 posted on 02/21/2010 6:48:36 PM PST by reefdiver ("Let His day's be few And another takes His office")
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To: Jet Jaguar
Toyota: Dems 'not industry friendly'

Wow, guys, you just get that figured out now?

50 posted on 02/21/2010 6:57:40 PM PST by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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