While I think that car dealers are the scum of the earth, I do like a good conspiracy theory every now and then. It's the reason why I would listen to Coast 2 Coast most nights. You really hear the wacky people on there
But this one takes the cake. You see, there's this crack investigative reporting team at "directorblue". and they're making some pretty crazy claims.
A tipster alerted me to an interesting assertion. A cursory review by that person showed that many of the Chrysler dealers on the closing list were heavy Republican donors.There's about -100% chance that there is any truth in it. But it's pretty fucking funny when you think about it. Maybe it proves that Karma does exist and isn't just a Ben & Jerry's flavor.
To quickly review the situation, I took all dealer owners whose names appeared more than once in the list. And, of those who contributed to political campaigns, every single one had donated almost exclusively to GOP candidates. While this isn't an exhaustive review, it does have some ominous implications if it can be verified.
However, I also found additional research online at Scribd (author unknown), which also appears to point to a highly partisan decision-making process.
Consider the partial list of Chrysler dealership owners, listed below. You'll notice that all were opponents of Barack Obama, most through sponsorship of GOP candidates and organizations, but a handful through Barack's Democrat rivals (Hillary Clinton and John Edwards in 2008, for example).
• Vernon G. Buchanan: $147,450 to GOP candidates and organizations
• Wallace D. Alley and Family: $4,500 to GOP.
• Robert Archer: $4,600 to GOP and conservative causes.
• Homer S. Higginbotham and Family: $2950 to GOP.
• James Auffenberg and Family: $28,000 to GOP; $6,000 to one Democrat candidate.
• Michael Maroone and Family: $60,000 to GOP; $8,500 to two Democrat candidates.
• Jerome Fader: $6,500 to Democrats; $2,500 to Independent Joe Lieberman.
• Stephen Fay and Family: $13,500 to GOP.
• William Numrich: $20,000 to GOP.
• Robert Carver: $10,000 to Democrats including $1,950 to Hillary Clinton, nothing to Barack Obama.
• Robert and Linda Rohrman: $24,000 to GOP.
• Frank Boucher, Jr. and Family: $18,000 to GOP, $1,000 to one Democrat candidate.
• Scott Bossier: $4,300 to GOP.
• Todd Reardon: $17,000 to GOP; $2,000 to one Democrat candidate.
• Russ Darrow and Family: $78,000 to GOP.
• Bradford Deery and Family: $24,700 to GOP.
• Charles Gabus and Family: $30,000 to GOP.
• Brian Smith: $15,500 to GOP.
• Michael Schlossman: $14,000 to GOP; $14,000 to three Democrats ($12,500 to Sen. Russ Feingold).
• Don Hill: $11,000 to GOP; $12,800 to conservative incumbent Rep. Heath Shuler.
• Don Miller: $2,000 to GOP; $1,000 to Feingold.
• Eddie Cordes: $2,150 to GOP.
• Robert Edwards: $1,100 to GOP.
• James Crowley: $19,100 to GOP.
• Stanley Graff: $2,200 to John Edwards (2008 Presidential Run); $500 to GOP.
• John Stewart: $10,500 to GOP.
• John Fitzgerald and Family: $4,600 to John McCain (2008); $2,000 to Hillary Clinton (2008); nothing to Barack Obama.
• William Churchill and Family: $3,500 to GOP.
• Thomas Ganley: $9.450 to GOP.
• Gary Miller: $20,000 to GOP.
• Kevin and Gene Beltz: $18,500 to GOP.
• Arthur Grayson: $14,000 to GOP.
• Eric Grubbs and Family: $26,000 to GOP.
• Michael Leep and Family: $19,500 to GOP; $4,800 to three Democrats including Sen. Evan Bayh.
• Harry Green, Jr.: $10,000 to GOP.
• Ronald Hoover: $5,250 to GOP.
• Ray Huffines and Family: $18,500 to GOP.
• John O. Stevenson: $1,500 to GOP.
• James Marsh: $8,200 to GOP.
• Max Pearson and Family: $112,000 to GOP.
I have thus far found only a single Obama donor (and a minor one at that: $200 from Jeffrey Hunter of Waco, Texas) on the closing list.
Chrysler claimed that its formula for determining whether a dealership should close or not included "sales volume, customer service scores, local market share and average household income in the immediate area."
In fact, there may have been other criteria involved: politics may have played a part. If this data can be validated, it would appear to be further proof that the Obama administration is willing to step over any line to advance its agenda.
It bodes poorly for America and the rule of law.
Wait, that's the wrong Illuminati
Then again, we can always go with occam's razor saying that maybe people who own car dealerships and suck at it tend to be republicans.
Yeah, that makes a lot more sense. Besides, I can't think of any Illuminati that would gather around in a sly fashion to put together a secret plot to crush the freedoms in America. Nor would they bother to think to close all republican Chrysler dealerships at once.
To be perfectly honest, I'll be more impressed when Obama closes down Gitmo and secretly repopulates it with wall street bankers. Car dealers are the scum of the earth, somehow this is correlated with being Republican.
I have to say, this is my favorite conspiracy theory of the week. It is even better than the Sotomayor is working with radical Puerto Rican leftists to make that place independent and commie. But this makes me wonder why conservatives gravitate towards conspiracy theories.
I suppose it's easier to make up a secret reason why you fail and some mysterious bad guys instead of facing the fact that you suck as a sales person. That and conservatives are typically also religious and religion is the ultimate case of "magic explanations for things I can't understand"
I do have to laugh a little though. Chrysler forced these dealers to buy large amounts of vehicles a few months ago hoping to make sales appear better for when they go before congress. Chrysler now refuses to buy those cars backand it's now on the dealers to sell them, or lose all that money Chrysler forced them to spend. This is beautiful. I really can't help but laugh at that plight. Fuck car dealers, they're one of the reasons politics sucks.
In other car news. GM will be bankrupt by Monday. Good luck Detroit.
I wonder sometimes if part of the problem isn't BEING LOCATED IN DETROIT, heh. We can't really expect to have a vibrant and well-run industry in a place where no one who is smart enough to run a vibrant and well-run business wants to live. I know suburban Detroit's supposed to be quite pretty, but most people from outside the state aren't interested in your advertisement for how they can live way out in the boonies and commute to work in Raccoon City.