A lot of Republicans, including people like John Kasich and John Boehner, were opposed to the Obama administration’s bail-out of General Motors, saying at the time that it would teach America a lesson about capitalism if they went under. Well, now that GM is back in business and expanding, Mr. Kasich, now the governor of Ohio, is showing up at celebrations for the company.
General Motors Co., state, and local officials are to visit the company’s Toledo Powertrain Plant on Tuesday where they are expected to announce plans to invest an additional $260 million and hire up to 400 additional employees to produce new fuel-efficient eight-speed transmissions for upcoming products.
Dan Akerson, GM’s chairman and chief executive officer, is expected to join Toledo Mayor Mike Bell and Ohio Gov. John Kasich in the plant at 1455 West Alexis Rd. for the announcement, scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m.
The local announcement is part of the automaker’s expected $2 billion in investment in plants in eight states. GM awarded $504 million to the Toledo Powertrain Plant in 2006 to build six-speed, rear-wheel-drive transmissions and invested an addition $350 million in the plant in 2007 to build a new front-wheel-drive, six-speed transmission.
This is part of a larger pattern of opportunism on the part of the Republicans; senators and congresspeople who voted against the stimulus package have been showing up at ribbon-cuttings for new roads and other projects paid for with the money, not to mention any number of them begging for more for their pet projects in their districts.
The next step is for them to campaign for re-election by reminding voters that they were opposed to the bailouts and the stimulus packages, and they’ll probably throw in some union-bashing while they’re at it.