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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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