All plants, all seeds, and even gardeners in the EU may soon have to be registered with the bureaucrats in Brussels. Truly, is Europe just going collectively insane? Everything about the place is going haywire. But this new possible law is breathtaking in its bold stupidity.
Detroit used to be one of the “big big cities” of the United States. During the middle part of the 20th Century it was a capital of industry and economic vitality. New York, Chicago, LA, Philly, San Francisco, and Detroit. The heavy hitters. Now Detroit seems only to be taking the hits.
Most likely the Treasury (really you, the taxpayer) will sell at a steep loss unless that new Stingray Vette—which I will admit looks pretty cool—turns the company around. But I don’t know, they’d have to sell a lot of Vettes.
I am a big fan of used cars generally. I just can’t bring myself to buy a new one given the immediate depreciation which occurs once I wave goodbye to the salesman. It’s just too painful for me. I prefer to buy my cars used.
Toyota just paid $1.1 billion to settle lawsuits alleging random acceleration problems in its cars. The allegations were, and are essentially false. But, Toyota paid out because it knew it had to, to move on. A giant speeding ticket to the government. (And Toyota wasn’t even speeding.)
Yesterday, it was announced that GM will buy back 200 million shares at a nearly 50% discount. (To the level which is “break even” for taxpayers.) That’s right, the taxpayer bailed out the company, or more specifically the United Auto Workers and their over funded pension and health care system, and now the taxpayer is selling (because the government wants to sell the shares) at far below the point at which taxpayers are paid back in full.