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Auto-Safety Bureaucrats Could Proft from the GM Recall Tragedy

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Both GM's besieged new CEO Mary Barra and NHTSA (National Highway Transportation Safety Agency) chief David

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Friedman testified before Congress this week about the company's unfolding recall scandal.

But while Barra struck a contrite pose for knowingly releasing defective Cobalts and other cars on the roads, Friedman, whose agency also ignored some pretty big red flags, blamed his agency's tiny $800 million budget for its failure to do its job.

But far from telling him to go take a hike, lawmakers are contemplating bills, I note in my Washington Examiner column this morning, which will directly transfer cash from the pockets of car buyers to those of Friedman and his ilk. They want to assess a fee on every new vehicle sold in the country and hand the money to NHTSA.

Washington let a good tragedy go to waste? Never.

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  1. Mr. Friedman, can you show us where in Article 1 Section 8 of the Constitution it authorizes the NHTSA?

    1. JENURAL WELFARE!

    2. The letters N,H,T,S, and A are in there so it’s authorized. Some kind of code like those Nick Cage movies.

    3. They don’t actually read the Constitution. All they need is the summary:

      “Congress can do anything necessary and proper to regulate commerce and promote the general welfare.”

      That authorizes anything not forbidden by the Bill of Rights, which is largely ignored anyway.

      1. Don’t forget about the taxing power! – John Roberts

    4. Necessary and Proper Clause, General Welfare Clause, and, oh yes, Interstate Commerce Clause.

      1. Really should be: “Congress can tax anything that moves, or doesn’t move, and can do anything necessary and proper to regulate commerce and promote the general welfare.”

        1. +1 for you
          +19 for me.

  2. This government does not govern with the consent of the governed. One glance as the consent form, the constitution, and any half-honest person would have to admit it has become a giant criminal gang, ruling by decree, and keeping itself in power at the point of a gun.

    1. I would argue that the government rules by dereliction of the governed. The government as now constituted would fall in November if people cared to exercise the will to make it happen. People simply don’t care, have time, etc. to see what the FedGov* is doing and stop it.

      *I work for the FedGov. – full disclosure

      1. See the article earlier today — “Another Ohio Libertarian Knocked Off the Ballot” — how exactly can you make the government fall if your ballot choices in the majority of races is limited to statist R v statist D?

        1. how exactly can you make the government fall if your ballot choices in the majority of races is limited to statist R v statist D

          Start at the state level. They are the ones that make the rules as to who will be on the ballot and how they get there. If I read right, the Ohio judges are voted on as well. Vote the ones off that make these rulings. Make it clear that everyone should have equal access to the ballot. Vote for state reps that will make open access to the ballot a reality. Then you can go to the national level.

          It won’t be easy or quick. But if enough people cared it would happen.

          1. Start at the state level. They are the ones that make the rules as to who will be on the ballot and how they get there.

            Look what the national Republican apparatus is trying to do to those state apparatuses where Paulites are in the ascendancy.

    2. It governs with the consent of a tiy minority of the governed — those who bothered to vote, AND voted for the winning candidate, AND that winning candidate was in the majority in the government, AND kept a significant portion of those campaign promises the individual voter cared about.

  3. I thought this was going to be an expose of insider trading by regulators. They know when bad news is going to hit, so they are in an excellent position to do a little shorting.

    You know it happens. And you know the SEC has zero interest in investigating it.

    I mean, if they start investigating front-running by bureaucrats, they might stumble across front-running by elected officials. And we can’t have that (I mean, members of the Master Class getting caught for front-running, since obviously nobody gives a shit about front-running by our Master Class).

    1. I think Hillary all but proved that decades ago from her “risky” venture into cattle futures

  4. Government agencies have every incentive to screw up, because they will be “punished” with a larger budget and more power. Every time.

  5. In DC, failure means you need more money to turn it around.

    Corollary — success * means you need more money to be even more successful.

    * For values of “success” that equate to “efficiently coercing”.

    1. A successful program means you were too efficient. Your budget will be cut until your achieve total failure. That’s why it’s best never to try to succeed to begin with.

  6. They want to assess a fee on every new vehicle sold in the country and hand the money to NHTSA.

    The problem with modern automobiles isn’t that bastardized companies like GM are incentivized with government bailouts to churn out shit. No, the problem is that the NHTSA doesn’t have enough money to study and address problems. Big problems. Like the 12 kids that get backed over every year by cars without rear view cameras because their parents are too lazy to turn their heads and see where they’re going. The only way to fix national tragedies like these is to give more money to the people who have best demonstrated that they’ll waste it. And we shouldn’t stop with fees on new cars. We need federal fees on every car, truck, van, motorcycle, trailer, bus, semi, Sea Doo, back hoe, and riding lawn mower, new or used, that changes hands in the country. That’ll fix everything.

  7. The government loves profiting from private screw ups, the nanny state never demands any less than more

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