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Drive on!

SacBee: General Motors Co. says its U.S. sales rose 11 percent in May on strong sales of trucks and the new, pint-size Chevrolet Sonic.

GM sold 245,256 cars and trucks in May, its highest monthly total since the Cash for Clunkers deal in August 2009.

Sales of small cars rose 16 percent compared with last May thanks to the Sonic subcompact. Buick sales rose 19 percent due to demand for the new Verano small car.

Pickup truck sales were also strong as construction activity picks up. Chevrolet Silverado sales rose 22 percent.

Obama campaign co-chair and ex-Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland:

“Today’s report that the auto industry is surging ahead is good news for our state and the 1 in 8 Ohioans who depend on the auto industry for their livelihood. Despite what the polls, pundits, and prominent Republicans like Mitt Romney said, President Obama bet on the American worker to spur the comeback of the American auto industry. Now, we have a critical choice in this election between President Obama, who is fighting for us and working to create an economy built to last, and Mitt Romney who would have ‘Let Detroit go bankrupt,’ with devastating consequences for Ohio.”


40 Responses to “Drive on!”


  1. 1 desertflower
    June 1, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    HI!

  2. 8 kasai
    June 1, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    LOL You beat me to it…Hey DF

  3. 11 Rita
    June 1, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    guess not :)

  4. 12 Ladyhawke
    June 1, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    WHAT’S TO BE DONE?

    By Jared Bernstein – Jun 01, 2012

    ————————————

    OK. In my last post I vented about how political gridlock got us here and threatens to keep us here, but remember, this is America! We don’t lie down, throw up our hands, point our fingers, and give up! We roll up our sleeves and try to fix stuff.

    So, what should we do right now? Here are some thoughts, in order of political plausibility.

    –The Fed needs to step up.

    –Do no harm.

    –Keep extended UI going:

    –Enact fiscal stimulus:

    ————————————

    http://jaredbernsteinblog.com/whats-to-be-done/

    • 13 prettyfoot58
      June 1, 2012 at 5:06 pm

      i like to add one more….regain control of the house/

      • 14 0388jojothecat
        June 1, 2012 at 6:09 pm

        If we are lucky to keep the Senate, that Harry Reid learns that he can’t trust McConnell or whoever is the GOP leaders and reform the filibuster. Just think if Harry had done that four years ago, how much further we would be in this recovery.

        • 15 prettyfoot58
          June 1, 2012 at 6:43 pm

          There can be no IF….

          Fannie Lou Hammer….

          was beaten…tortured….and worse…..there was no IF for her……there can be no IF for us….

          PRESSSSSSSSSS ON!!!!!!!

          I AIN’T NO WAYS TIRED!

    • 16 jackiegrumbacher
      June 1, 2012 at 5:08 pm

      LH, and how about we add to that the determination to do everything that we can as part of the vast OFA army to reach people with the truth about GOP obstruction. Let them know that the Republican led US House has been sitting on the American Jobs Act since last year. Remind them that their Republican governors have been cutting public jobs right and left. Collectively, we have the ability to reach tens of millions of people if we all work together. That’s our power and nobody and nothing can take it away from us.

      • 17 Ladyhawke
        June 1, 2012 at 5:22 pm

        I totally agree JG. I would love for President Obama to repeat what he said today everyday until the election. He made it plain. We have divided government. That means both parties have a responsibility and an obligation to govern. The media acts like only the EXECUTIVE branch should be held responsible for the high unemployment numbers. The Republican Party saboteurs are getting away without the scrutiny they deserve. The focus needs to be on the Republican Party obstruction.

        ============THERE ARE STEPS THAT CAN BE TAKEN RIGHT NOW=============

        THE PRESIDENT: But we’ve got responsibilities that are bigger than an election. (Applause.) We’ve got responsibilities to you.

        So my message to Congress is: Now is not the time to play politics. Now is not the time to sit on your hands. The American people expect their leaders to work hard no matter what year it is. The economy still isn’t where it needs to be. There are steps that could make a difference right now — steps that can also serve as a buffer in case the situation in Europe gets any worse.

        So, right now, Congress should pass a bill to help states prevent more layoffs, so we can put thousands of teachers and firefighters and police officers back on the job. (Applause.) Layoffs at the state and local levels have been a chronic problem for our recovery, but it’s a problem we can fix.

        Congress should have passed a bill a long time ago to put thousands of construction workers back on the job rebuilding our roads and our bridges and our runways. (Applause.) Since the housing bubble burst, no sector has been hit harder than the construction industry, and we’ve got all this stuff that needs fixed. Remember that bridge here in Minnesota? So this is a problem we can fix. Let’s do it right away.

        Instead of just talking about job creators, Congress should give small business owners a tax break for hiring more workers and paying them higher wages. We can get that done. (Applause.) We can get it done right now. Let’s not wait.

        Right now, Congress should give every responsible homeowner the opportunity to save an average of $3,000 a year by refinancing their mortgage. We’ve got historically low rates right now. (Applause.) I was with a family in Reno, Nevada, a couple weeks ago. They got a chance to refinance — even though their home was underwater — put that money back in their pockets because we had taken some steps as an administration to make that available for those who have mortgages held by government agencies like the FHA or a government guarantee. But not everybody has those kinds of mortgages. I want everybody to have those same opportunities.

        I assume there are some folks here who could use $3,000 a year. (Applause.) Let’s get that done right now. That means there are going to be — if you have $3,000 a year extra, that helps you pay down your credit cards. That helps you go out and buy some things that your family needs, which is good for business. Maybe somebody will be replacing some thingamajig for their furnace. (Laughter.) They’ve been putting that off. But if they’ve got that extra money, they might just go out there and buy that thing. Right? (Laughter and applause.)

        Right now, Congress needs to extend the tax credits for clean energy manufacturers that are set to expire at the end of this year. I was talking to Dave Cote. The issue of energy efficiency and everything we need to do to shift away from dependence on foreign oil, we’re making huge progress. (Applause.) We’re actually importing less oil than any time in the last eight years. We’re down under 50 percent, but we can do more.

        And these clean energy companies, they’re hiring folks. They’re helping us break dependence on foreign oil. It’s part of a package of stuff that Honeywell is doing a lot of work on. But almost 40,000 jobs are on the line if these tax credits expire. Why would anyone in Congress walk away from those jobs? We need to pass those tax credits right now. (Applause.) We need to pass them right now. (Applause.)

        =======================================

        http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/06/01/remarks-president-veterans-jobs-golden-valley-minnesota

      • 19 prettyfoot58
        June 1, 2012 at 5:34 pm

        THISSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

  5. 20 criquet
    June 1, 2012 at 5:06 pm

  6. 22 desertflower
    June 1, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    When did doing actual labor, rather than move money, become a BAD thing?

    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/06/01/493876/caterpillar-workers-ceo-pay/

    Mega Manufacturer Caterpillar Demands Concessions From Workers After Boosting CEO Pay By 60 Percent

    • 23 Tally
      June 1, 2012 at 5:26 pm

      Aren’t they all union? They should walk out and tell their CEO’s that their Ethics are BROKEN.

      • 24 Linda
        June 1, 2012 at 5:38 pm

        They are on strike right now.

        Workers at an Illinois plant for the mega manufacturer Caterpillar have been on strike for a month after rejecting a concession-heavy contract proposed by the company. Yesterday, workers overwhelmingly rejected a second Caterpillar offer, by a vote of 504-116.

    • 27 jackiegrumbacher
      June 1, 2012 at 5:13 pm

      Martin”s attitude is exactly the one we need to adopt when we reach out to people. As you talk to people, show contempt for GOP leaders at the state and national level. Tell them that their goal is to undermine the economy so they can DUPE people in electing them. You can engage people in such a way that they end up being on your side regarding the GOP as the enemy. We can do this.

    • 28 susanne
      June 1, 2012 at 5:22 pm

      boom! hit ‘em again martin! i love that he calls can’t-er and boner ‘cowards’ for refusing to do what’s right for the country.

  7. 29 Ladyhawke
    June 1, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Obama Turns to Congress for Jobs Help

    ————————————-

    GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. — President Obama, stung by a new report showing that the nation’s job market is sputtering, renewed his call on Congress Friday to enact measures to revive the economy, warning they were needed not only to shake the United States out of its torpor but to act as a buffer against storm clouds in Europe.

    ————————————-

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/02/business/obama-turns-to-congress-for-jobs-help.html

    • June 1, 2012 at 5:25 pm

      Congress needs to get off their triffling azzes and get to work; or get the boot. People don’t have time to worry about the deficit when they need jobs. Not so fast Boner; you and your tea party critters don’t get a pass.

    • 31 0388jojothecat
      June 1, 2012 at 6:13 pm

      I was listening to Randi Rhoads and she said the House is only in session for, wait for it……THIRTEEN (13) DAYS IN JUNE!

      THIS SHOULD NOT BE ACCEPTABLE THAT THESE ASSHOLES CAN MAKE THOUSANDS OF $’s A MONTH AND WORK LESS THAN TWO WEEKS IN ONE MONTH.

  8. 32 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    June 1, 2012 at 5:11 pm
  9. 33 xtine
    June 1, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    I’m in liking Strickland. Trying to catch up, such beautiful pics in last thread! Going to power up my computer so I can fully enjoy! Smartphone isn’t doing justice. Thanks so much, Chips!

  10. June 1, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    @JackieGrumbacher

    Just picked up your reply on the last thread. Your comments were sorely needed and very much appreciated. I guess I have been “severely” affected from growing up in the 50’s and 60’s. If PBO Were not worthy, I’d be the first to acknowledge that, but he is, and it hurts that his hard work and accomplishments are so viciously attacked and minimized.

    But it’s not just his presidency, it is this country and its people, the ones who pay attention and the ones who don’t. I worry for this country and all it’s people if we let this republican party win.

    I will copy and paste your words, and will probably email them to friends. Hope you don’t mind. More people need to hear what you have said to me. I think they too will be inspired. Thanks, Jackie.

    • 35 jackiegrumbacher
      June 1, 2012 at 5:47 pm

      Thanks, Eve. I grew up in the same era you did and hate to see what this country has become. But we have a lot more power than we give ourselves credit for.

  11. 36 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    June 1, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    Chips, you may want to feature the Martin Bashir video in this tweet ….

    TRUTH.

    #PRESSON
    #FORWARD

  12. June 1, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    No! The Republicans ate lucky, so to speak, that Europe has slipped inti a Depression.
    That is why our Economy has stalled.
    We can all thank that Jerk Merkel!

  13. 40 xtine
    June 1, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Reposting from next thread:

    OT: It’s raining hard, tornado warnings, etc., here in the DC Metro area, including Baltimore and other outer areas. TODers in the area, please be careful and get home safely. Watch those creeks & flash floods. Do not try to drive through our many little bridges because you think you see a little water over that little bridge. It takes seconds to be carried away.


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