How Jerry Brown Saved Chrysler and Why the Republicants Are Acting Un-American.

Attorney General Jerry Brown

Attorney General Jerry Brown

Have you noticed how since the Big O got elected America has lightened up? I mean all of a sudden its OK to be American. We are starting to see that we can laugh at jokes about ourselves. I mean if the President can laugh it must be okay for all of us to do so. So what’s wrong with the Republicants?

Okay, America, let us start with the fact that the Big O went over to Capitol Hill (white people’s land) to ask Republicants to help America get out of the mess that Bush the terrorist got us into. [If a white president went over to Congress to ask the opposition for help on anything, even making a cheese sandwich, the press would be running that story for days.] Can anybody imagine either Bush doing this?

So what does this all have to do with Jerry Brown?

Back in the day, like the late-seventies, Chrysler was in serious trouble. They went to Congress to get a bailout, which they received. Jerry did what needed to be done — he bought nothing but Plymouths during the time he was in office. This allowed the car giant to go to the banks and show they had a real client (the State of California) who was buying the product. What it did for Chrysler went unnoticed by most people. The only ones who wrote about it made fun of Jerry driving a Plymouth. He should have received a medal for what he did.

The Congress is now trying to do what Jerry did thirty years ago. So now down to brass tacks, the House put $600 million into the “let us fix it” bill for the Big O to buy American vehicles from American companies for American workers to use to help Americans. Let us do the math.

If the Feds paid $30,000 per vehicle for these American vehicles, the American car companies would sell 20,000 vehicles that would provide a break for the American car company workers.

However, this is not just about American cars; it is about Delco and the suppliers of tires, windows, salad for workers in the cafeterias, and childcare for kids whose parents are now working. Listen up, you Republicants — this is about American jobs!

Here is the question of the day: Why do Republicants hate working class people?

This bailout bill ought to be an easy one for the Republicants. All it does is keep jobs in America. They keep talking about cutting taxes for somebody, but they do not get that you have to be working to have the benefit of a tax cut. They talk about putting money into banks so the banks can loan money. Only one has to be working to borrow money to buy a house. So far, none of my folks have seen any of the money for refinancing of bad loans. All we hear is, “we cannot help you.”

steve-ybarra.gifSo now, America it is time to get on the phones and call these Republicants and tell them to help our President and us get this bill to his desk for signature. Maybe if we do, federal game wardens, federal postal delivery workers, federal public health doctors, and many other federal workers will get a vehicle to do their jobs that we want them to do for us.

Also, call the Democratic Senators and tell them to hold the line and get the bill out. As the Big O said – we won.

P.S.: Arizona, it was one helluva Super Bowl and that also makes me proud to be an American!

Steve Ybarra

Steven J. Ybarra JD is a retired civil rights attorney who operates a consultant company in California. He is a member of the California Democratic State Party and is Chair of the Chicano Latino Caucus Voting Rights Committee and a long time political activist.

This article is copyright by Steven J. Ybarra JD, originally published in www.Hispanicvista.com but permission is granted for reprint in print, email, blog, or web media if this entire credit paragraph is attached.

Comments

  1. Chris Rowe says:

    I have always respected Jerry Brown. But right now, he is proposing to balance the State’s budget on the backs of the State Employee’s pension plans.

    Government employees often work for the government in teaching positions and agencies at a lower salary than they would get in the private sector. They do not pay Social Security unless they have other jobs. They pay into pension plans like CALPERS or CALSTRS.

    Jerry Brown is saying that the pension systems that they pay into with the guarantee that they could one day retire in comfort, those cotracts were “negotiated” when the State budget was better. So he wants to renegotiate the pension contracts.

    We bail out the rich – the banks and Wall Street. But our teachers, college professors, and other government employees who often work a 7 day week (grading papers and planning lectures is not done in class time), they are being asked to take mandatory days off without pay, and now they want to cut back on their pensions.

    These kinds of actions will force more government representatives to quit and go to the private sector. We could lose our better teachers, and we will also not attract new recruits to those government jobs if their pensions are not guaranteed.

    Let’s find another way to balance the budget.

    http://ag.ca.gov/cms_attachments/initiatives/pdfs/i793_08-0018_a1s_initiative.pdf

    Chris Rowe

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