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Beck Accuses Congress Of Going After Toyota To Protect GM, Chrysler And Unions

Reported by Ellen - February 26, 2010 -

Isn’t Glenn Beck the guy who loves his country so much he’d cry for it? Well, it never ceases to amaze me how much hatred this “patriot” can spew about the USA. Not content to “merely” accuse the Obama administration of being radical Marxists out to destroy the country, and, apparently tiring (temporarily, I’m sure) of his war on progressives in both major political parties, Beck set his paranoiac sights on Congress’ hearings into Toyota. And what did Beck conclude? That it was all a conspiracy by the owners of “Government Motors” to harm their competitor. Beck dismissed the millions of Toyota owners who might actually face injury or worse from a runaway gas pedal by saying that the free market can fix the problem better – even though it has not. And he conveniently overlooked the role the government played in limiting the investigation into Toyota’s problems. With video.

“Toyota executives were dragged into Congress today,” Beck intoned at the opening of the segment which aired Wednesday (2/24/10) "…Is there any bigger waste of time than Congressional hearings?... Don’t take this the wrong way: I mean, Toyota – sticky gas pedals – really? I mean, the only problem I can think of that would be worse would be, oh, I don’t know, cars that spontaneously blow up.”

Beck concluded that Toyota should be and is sorry. “But if I’m not mistaken, I think Congress has… conflict of interest.” He compared it to Shell “creating some kind of kangaroo court and excoriating ExxonMobil executives on live television.” Or maybe it’s like Fox News pundits making stagy accusations against the Obama administration, eh?

Beck continued, “The government now owns GM and Chrysler. And they’re taking this opportunity to annihilate their competitor… Look, Toyota screwed up and screwed up bad. But I don’t think Toyota would be in business very long if they just allowed that random acceleration feature to persist, do you?”

Well, actually, I do. Problems with Toyota acceleration go back to at least 2003 and Toyota has not been able to fix it yet.

But Beck either didn’t know that or didn’t care. “How about we let the free market work it out?” He asked. Why do I think he’d have a different attitude if he or one of his relatives owned one of the vehicles in question?

“Do we really need Congress, the direct competitor of Toyota, to correct the problem?” Beck asked, without suggesting any solution other than a vague wave of his “free market” wand.

Apparently, Beck could not resist going after one of his usual scapegoats more viciously, so he baselessly suggested that the unions were somehow part of the conspiracy. I guess he couldn’t figure out a way to blame Van Jones or Valerie Jarrett. “Toyota is not bogged down by the costly unions. And the unions don’t like that. And neither do the new owners of GM and Chrysler… What a better way to save union jobs than by publicly slaying the new giant and hoping people will just buy a GM instead?”

He added that because Chrysler and GM have big pensions to fund they are not so competitive as Toyota. In his sadist’s voice, he “joked,” “Wow. Hmm. Wouldn’t it be amazing if everybody starts suing… to teach Toyota a lesson, they’ll probably have to add that into the price of a car.”

If Congress were going after Toyota at the behest of the unions, wouldn't it have done so long ago when the Toyota complaints first surfaced? Instead, federal officials worked with the company to limit the scope of their investigation. Funny how Beck forgot to mention that.

Glenn Beck: so patriotic, he overlooks the facts in order to baselessly accuse his country of wrongdoing.

You can contact the show and let them know just what you think of their patriotism at glennbeck@foxnews.com.