Yesterday, the American Thinker did its usual yeoman's work describing the "unprecedented allegations of racial bias by the administration's own inspectors general."
Decisions on which car dealerships to close as part of the auto industry bailout -- closures the Obama administration forced on General Motors and Chrysler -- were based in part on race and gender, according to a report by Troubled Asset Relief Program Special Inspector General Neal M. Barofsky.[D]ealerships were retained because they were recently appointed, were key wholesale parts dealers, or were minority- or woman-owned dealerships. [Emphasis added.]
Thus, to meet numbers forced on them by the Obama administration, General Motors and Chrysler were forced to shutter other, potentially more viable, dealerships. The livelihood of potentially tens of thousands of families was thus eliminated simply because their dealerships were not minority- or woman-owned...
...the Inspector General's study skewered the Obama Gang for strong-arming the companies into closing 2,000 dealerships, costing an estimated 100,000 people their jobs...
..."ultimately close to half of all of the GM dealerships identified for termination were in rural areas."
That is where raw, hard, sewage-filled Chicago politics came into play... Records indicate that in 2008, Obama lost the vote totals in the nation's 1,300 rural counties by nearly 80%.
The Obama administration's insistence on radical numbers of closures ended up shuttering dealerships in those rural areas disproportionately, while dealerships and jobs in metro areas -- Obama's geographical base -- were left open.
...Additionally, it has been widely theorized that dealers targeted for closure as a result of Obama's interference were predominantly those who donated campaign contributions to Republicans. Although evidence to date is largely anecdotal, given what we've already reported about the Obama administration's handling of the auto bailout, such speculation does have considerable grounds for support...
...among [the] undisputed facts [reported by the I.G.]:
-"[D]ealerships were retained because they were ... minority- or woman-owned dealerships";
-Thousands of jobs were lost, unnecessarily, due specifically to Obama's "mandate for shared sacrifice";
-A disproportionate number of Obama-forced closings were of rural dealerships, in areas unfriendly to Obama, even though such closures could "jeopardize the return to profitability" for GM and Chrysler.
The media, of course, remain mute about these serious allegations in the Barofsky report. They have limited their coverage to the job loss numbers and tried to place the blame on Treasury Secretary Turbo-Tax Tim Geithner.
Before long, we'll be reading that it was somehow Bush's fault.
I hate to say I toldja so, Mr. Silver, but...
Oh, forget it. You and your pathetic claque of Democrat sycophants couldn't see the truth if it got squirted all over your blue dresses.
Your 538.com website is a joke and you -- well, you're a frickin' laughingstock.
• 05/27/2009: Dealergate: Stats demonstrate that Chrysler Dealers likely shuttered on a partisan basis
• 05/29/2009: Dealergate: 40 Democrat-friendly Dealerships Become 42 After The Dust Settles
• 05-29-2009: Olbermann, 538.com accidentally confirm bias in dealership closings
• 05/31/2009: RED ALERT: Dealergate--Quantitative Analysis Indicates Donors Rewarded By Selective Closings
• 05-31-2009: Dealergate Maps: Zero Hedge understated 'The Clinton Effect'
• 06-01-2009: Stillborn Motors
• 06/03/2009: Dealergate: Some minorities more equal than others