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Toyota: Democrats ‘Not Industry Friendly’

Understatement headline of the year from the Politico:

Toyota: Democrats ‘not industry friendly’

By: Jake Sherman
February 21, 2010

Internal Toyota documents derided the Obama administration and Democratic Congress as “activist” and “not industry friendly," a revelation that comes days before the giant automaker’s top executives testify on Capitol Hill amid a giant recall.

According to a presentation obtained under subpoena by the House Oversight and Government Relations committee, Toyota referred to the “changing political environment” as one of its main challenges and anticipated a "more challenging regulatory" environment under the Obama administration’s purview.

This document, in addition to piles of other records, will be front and center this week as the Japanese automaker girds to face lawmakers hungry for answers about a recall that has the company teetering…

Committee aides say the presentation, which was obtained by POLITICO, gives the clearest view into the minds of Toyota executives.

Aides believe the presentation was an explanatory slideshow prepared to explain the inner-workings of Toyota’s Washington lobbying operations. It includes a responsibility flow chart, in addition to resources the office calls upon, including The Brookings Institution and the Chamber of Commerce.

The slideshow is titled “Toyota Washington, DC” and the cover sheet is labeled “Yoshi Inaba” – the president of Toyota North America, who is slated to testify.

It is a peek into how Toyota executives view the American political environment.

The “Activist Administration & Congress – increasing laws & regulations” is listed as one of “Toyota Challenges,” as is “Massive government support for Detroit automakers.”

The July 2009 presentation also says the Department of Transportation and National Highway Transportation Safety Administration “under Obama administration” is “not industry friendly,” and anticipates a “more challenging regulatory and enforcement environment.”

It says the NHTSA “new team has less understanding of engineering issues and are primarily focused on legal issues.”

Gosh, let’s see what punishments will be further heaped upon Toyota for telling the obvious truth.

We can’t have that.

But why are we wasting all of this time with Congressional hearings?

Can’t Mr. Obama just sign an executive order making Toyota hire UAW workers at $73,000 a year, and put an end to all this folderol?

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, February 22nd, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “Toyota: Democrats ‘Not Industry Friendly’”

  1. proreason says:

    If I were the CEO of Toyota, I would say this: “if the Obama administration continues to harass my company, we will move our US operations to friendlier countries beginning March 1, and I will encourage and work with other foreign auto manufacturers to do the same.”

  2. NoNeoCommies says:

    I don’t hold out much hope, but would be greatly cheered to see the Toyota execs NOT back away from these sentiments when facing the Kleptocrats in DC.

    • Petronius says:

      NoNeo “would be greatly cheered to see the Toyota execs NOT back away . . . .”

      Indeed. It is comforting to discover that the vicious nature of this Administration is understood at Toyota, or at least partly understood, despite the best efforts of the state-controlled media to suppress the truth.

      Ceterum censeo hostem esse delendum.

  3. BigOil says:

    Toyota likely assumed they would gain market share when the US government took over GM and Chrysler. Now they are learning the lesson there is nowhere to hide from an overreaching, oppressive government.

    Ford better be looking over its shoulder.

  4. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    ” a presentation obtained under subpoena by the House Oversight and Government Relations committee”

    Since when does the House Oversight committe have the power to subpoena documents from a private, foriegn company not under criminal investigation? And why did Toyota give them up so willingly?

  5. proreason says:

    “there is nowhere to hide from an overreaching, oppressive government.”

    Which is exactly why big business cooperates with fascists.

    And also why fascists detest small businesses. There are too many of them too efficiently control. Better to have just a few to threaten, bully, and from which to extract lucre.

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