September 19, 2007, - 5:27 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
Apparently, there is another high-ranking member of the Bush Administration as boneheaded as the Julie Myers/ICE Princess pick: Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt.
In a letter he sent out to his entire agency, Leavitt urged employees to buy foreign cars and give the back of the hand to SUVs. While I dislike the SUV-hate campaign waged by lefties and now Leavitt, it’s the first part that’s most disturbing. America’s auto industry is fighting to stay alive, and a buttinsky HHS Secretary is trying to make sure rigor mortis sets in.
More from today’s Detroit Free Press about this incredibly stupid written utterance, which should have been grounds for his immediate resignation:
The members of Michigan’s congressional delegation may have their political differences, but not when it comes to defending Detroit’s automakers from a newsletter sent to thousands of federal employees which they say encourages workers to buy foreign vehicles.
Every member of the House delegation signed the letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt complaining about an “HHS Energy News Report”‚Äù that went out to the agency’s 67,000 employees last month.
The newsletter – which is intended to tell workers how they can save energy at home and on the job – not only claimed that every new sport utility vehicle sold pumps more harmful emissions into the atmosphere, it included a list of 12 cars rated tops by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy as being fuel efficient, along with the line: “When shopping for vehicles, consider these models.”
Toyota, Nissan and Honda were represented. But not a single American automaker
What a bonehead. And beside that, what the heck is a Republican HHS Secretary doing getting involved in picking winners and losers in the free market of auto sales?
Isn’t that what Democrats do? Aren’t Republicans always wailing about big government’s improper interference in the free market and in dictating what we should do with our own property and private lives?
Not the Bush Republicans, apparently. Can’t wait until they go.
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