December 5th, 2008
12:37 PM ET
10 years ago

Podcast: Detroit’s plea to lawmakers - “You don’t want all this blood on your hands”

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Plus: He was elected by the people to serve as the 44th president of the United States - but some foes, unswayed by the evidence, continue to insist Barack Obama is ineligible to be sworn in. A lawsuit contesting the president-elect’s status as a natural-born U.S. citizen is being taken all the way to the Supreme Court. CNN’s Kelli Arena reports.

Finally: The Detroit Free Press sends a plea to Congress Thursday: “Invest in America... you don’t want all this blood on your hands.” CNN’s Dana Bash is covering the story.

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soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. JL

    I suspect those whining about the car companies will be the same ones whining about the thousands of other businesses and millions of jobs going down the toilet with them, only I'm sure you will blame the big three for that, too. It's OK, though, you can just change your name on the blogs.

    December 5, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  2. Republican for Obama

    Blood on our hands? Are you kidding me?! Let's agree to this bailout ONLY if our government fires all of the upper management of these big 3 and hires new! CHANGE! YES WE CAN!!!!

    December 5, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  3. shay

    The government is asking for a plan from the auto industry but do the the ones who are asking the questions do they have a plan for additional people who lose their jobs. I rather see people stay in their homes than to be out on the street. At least you will know that they are safe.

    You are talking about a ripple effect with the auto industry and the government doesn't have a plan. There isn't enough section 8 nor public housing for all the people who are losing their jobs and I am not just talking about just the auto industry.

    How is the government going to place all these people who are going to lose everything they have due to bankruptcy, foreclosures, eviction, no gas no electric, where do they get help? Step up to the plate and have some type of safety net for them. In the middle of winter. Timing is way off.

    Those in office need to think about this. What about the children who are effected by this mess.

    December 5, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  4. Anthony

    Why do we need so many new variations of cars EVERY YEAR...
    Take a year or two off... quit flooding the market with things we already have and dont need. I bought my car in 2000 and it still runs quite well. I have no plans on buying a new one anytime soon, and i was already gouged from what i was paying for gas over the last few years.
    How about we end the TWO wars we're spending so much on, and compensate all those laid off by the car companies.. the only victims here? The big automotive execs, but they have enough money to survive this recession, so to hell with them.

    December 5, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  5. hugh ~ california

    I bought a 2000 Ford Focus that has 10 recalls, smaller brakes then it should, the power-steering is going out, and three of the four electric windows broke from poor quality engineering. Great product Ford. No wonder you're going under. Sorry, but I have had it with American cars. I'm going to buy a car from Japan the next time I fork over my hard earned cash for a new vehicle.

    December 5, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  6. Beverly, NYC

    Blood on their hands?, The big 3 CEO's have a lot of nerve, where was their empathy for their worker when they flew around in private jets, to their 20,000 plus sq foot homes, and took large undeserves raises and bonuses, all while putting out a crappy products subject to countless recalls. Now it everyone elses fault? Please speare me the phony outrage.

    December 5, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  7. Melissa

    Then the auto companies need to stop robbing people and give us what we actually need. They've been robbing us blind for decades. Why should we give them even more money?

    December 5, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  8. Former Democrat

    The citizenship lawsuit is now before the Supreme Court. Despite what CNN wants you to believe, the defendants have presented NO evidence to the Supreme Court. December 1 was the deadline to respond, and Obama did not. The Supreme Court has extended the deadline in case "the evidence" was mailed on that date.

    Barry, simply give the Supreme Court that which has been requested and be done with it. What do you have to hide?

    December 5, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  9. Meh

    Blood on their hands? What about the OWNERS who ran the company into the ground? Please. I would not lend money to someone who tried to guilt me into it.

    Also, why are they wasting the Supreme Court's time w. this "He's not a US citizen." garbage. Get a life.

    December 5, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  10. Michelle, PA

    And whose hands will that blood be on, again?

    These jokers, and their predecessors, and their underling executives, ran their businesses into the ground with no thought for the next quarter let alone next year or ten years down the road. Even if fired for all of their bad decisions they receive golden parachutes that would each set up dozens of their workers' families – for life.

    If we must bail their companies out, cut these bozos and their sidekick executives loose without their parachutes. They just have no clue, no self-control, and no conscience.

    December 5, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  11. Frank

    The auto industry Must be saved, period! Any company, any, who had a 33% down turn in business can not survive. The turn down in business was because of their products, people who want to buy cars simply can't auto loans. The banks who caused our economic problems get money without any problem, yet the companies that the banks caused to go under get no money. What's wrong with this picture? Unlike the banks who got a true bailout, the auto companies are asking for a LOAN. Isn't time that Congress helped blue collar America as much as they help white collar America? So wake up, the loss of jobs will be much higher than the 3 million people involved in the auto industry. When 3 million people can no longer purchase goods, it affect drugstores, bakeries, hardware stores, grocery stores, gift shops, etc. etc. The list is endless, so the true loss of jobs will be closer to 10 million! America can not afford to let the Big 3 fail!!

    December 5, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  12. Al in South Carolina

    The idea that Congress knows best how to run an auto company is absolutely hilarious. Name me one program that Congress runs that is within budget and on schedule.

    I'd tell the big three to take a hike. We don't need them. The imports will serve the American needs quite well.

    December 5, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  13. Claire in NW Florida

    I think the Congress needs to look around at all the needs in the USA and fund everybody's future. Then figure out how much that will make the taxes go up on everybody, including the dummies who voted for Obama, and let us get on with it.

    December 5, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  14. Ron.Toronto. Canada

    If no loans are forthcoming the fallout will be unimagineable.

    December 5, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  15. Cori from Colorado

    Sure, let's blame the government for the greedy, overpaid, bonus-collecting CEO's of the Big 3 for "blood on their hands', because after all, the Big 3 didn't create the mess their in, right?

    Paying workers $30 an hour to screw in lugnuts, pay 95% of a person's wage who doesn't work for them anymore, and flying corporate jets around at $20 thousand a pop, and oh yeah, let's not forget that they make expensive cars no one can afford or want to buy! Sure, let's blame the government and punish the poor hard-working tax payers while we're at it. These scum bags don't deserve a dime!

    December 5, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  16. Rachel

    That's like throwing good money after the bad! Why can't we all get a hand out. They've bled us to death with high prices for death traps. Spend that money on something worth while. They've let foreign made cars top American made so what would there be to lose. I know about the workers but they had their hands out too and could have cared less about their neighbors. ALL GREEDY PEOPLE!

    December 5, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  17. be blessed


    December 5, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  18. J.C.

    It would be more productive to pay them unemployment now than keeping them on the same unproductive jobs and then having to pay them unemployment 12 months later.

    Make educational vouchers part of the unemployment benefits package. We need to upgrade the quality of our workers.

    December 5, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  19. chris @ Stl

    It is put very bluntly, but I do agree ...

    December 5, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  20. Lupe,TX

    The blood should be on YOUR hands, not the Government. Making non-competitive vehicles is the reason why all of those companies are struggling.

    December 5, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  21. Jaye

    This is the fault of the company....blame them!!!

    December 5, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  22. No Incumbents 2010

    If the Government, who knows little or nothing about manufacturing anything, would stop making it so hard for American companies to compete with the rest of the world, who hates us so, then we might not be in the fix we're in.
    The Government does so well at managing things; Social Security, forcing mortgage loans, welfare. If Congress ran businesses like they do the government all of them would go to jail. Who is holding our government accountable? Government creates a mess many in congress make money off the mess and then we the taxpayer foot the bill to clean it up.

    December 5, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  23. jack

    Back in the 60s & 70s Americans could buy a car and its cost was 20-30% of your annual salary. Now that same car is 2-4 times your annual salary. What's up with that? Don't say that it is inflation, because that's not true. So Big Three, between the 73 oil embargo and this year when gas in Ca. hit $4.99 per gal. where were all of your great mileage cars? You know, the ones that would last 250,000 miles or more? So lets look at that business plan of yours....planned obsolescence. Sell a new car, then after 3 years it starts to fall apart. Then you make money on parts and service or get the owner to buy a new car. How's that working out for you now?

    December 5, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
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