Hugh Hewitt, Rush Limbaugh Call for a Boycott of GM

Orange County’s Hugh Hewitt continues to embarass himself with a call to boycott General Motors because the trouble automotive company accepted a government bailout.

“Every dollar spent with GM is a dollar spent against free enterprise,” conservative talker Hugh Hewitt wrote online last week.

Never mind that countless families and small businesses depend on GM, but weren’t conservatives railing against Liberals for boycotting businesses that gave money to the Yes on Prop 8 campaign?  Hugh posted this on efforts to target “Yes on 8” supporters, so why is he now advocating an economic sanction against a company based on what he perceives is a political accommodation?

Limbaugh cited a poll that said 17 percent of Americans supported a boycott of GM. 

Here’s what else Hugh had to say:

“Any American who values their traditions of free enterprise and political freedom will urge the federal government to disinvest itself from these companies immediately.  The federal government can quickly put its controlling stake in the companies on the market and do so at whatever price makes the market.

New, private sector leadership can then decide how best to proceed in the new world of rising government mandates on gas mileage and hybrid design.  The billions sunk into these companies will only be partially recovered by a quick reconversion of the government’s ownership into private stock, but so, too, will the bleeding of tax dollars end and, more important, so will the experiment with American socialism.”
But let’s return the favor to Hugh Hewitt; here’s a list of his advertisers.  Simply click on the links to the advertiser, find the “contact us” page and send them a little note to tell them who you are, where you live, how much money you make (ballpark it) and tell them you will not patronize them due to their sponsorship of someone who calls for a boycott of a company that doesn’t meet his ideological interests.
Rush has ads smattered over his web pages and you’ll have to go there and see the companies, but since his show is carried locally by KFI, here’s a list of their advertisers.  So I guess when I buy that Ocean Kayak, I will be buying it from somewhere other than Dick’s Sporting Goods that just replaced the Chick’s near my home.  It’ll cost me $20 more, but I can live with that.
Personally, boycotts are dumb and pretty much never work.  But since these guys are insistant on hitting GM where it hurts, we can remind them that boycotts can cut two ways.

  3 comments for “Hugh Hewitt, Rush Limbaugh Call for a Boycott of GM

  1. lefty
    June 10, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    I don’t know about Mr. Hewitt’s views – but it’s “anti-American” conservative policy’s like deregulating greedy Wall Street Bankers (Gramm/ Leach/ Bliley Act), & exporting USA families jobs (NAFTA,PNTR) that got us into this mess in the first place.

    Now they want to drive the final nails in the USA’s coffin with a “boycott” of USA made products?

    nice …

  2. June 10, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    LOL. This is the same Hugh Hewitt that was shilling big time for the $trillion dollar TARP, TALF, & AIG bailout. Hugh and other Republicans who supported all these bailouts simply are not credible voices on this. Having said that, we should not be bailing out the auto companies…plain & simple. They made bad business decisions and should be allowed to fail.

  3. lefty
    June 11, 2009 at 9:03 am

    “we should not be bailing out the auto companies…plain & simple. They made bad business decisions and should be allowed to fail.” – Allan Bartlett –

    The auto companies were done in by NY Bankers & Washington Lawyer/Politicians – pushing USA families jobs overseas for “cheaper goods” … & more-so, for greedy Wall Street Bankers to have access to foreign markets.

    “Free Trade” is the most idiotic policy imaginable – expecting USA families to compete with ultra-low paid labor in 3rd world countries – some of which are horrible human rights violaters.

    Adding in the effects of “W’s” multi-Trillion dollar intervention into the middle-east family feud, 737 USA military bases worldwide, & the disasterous effects of the 1999 G/L/B Act (deregulating insured banks) – & one can hardly “blame” the situation on the auto companies – who were previously profitable building the vehicles their customers demanded. The sales slow-down caused by the 2nd depression in 75 yrs has affected foreign mfgs as well …

    #1 duty of Washington Politicians should be protecting the interests of the country. That begins with protecting the interests of it’s people. And what is more important to a families viability than the ability to earn a decent living?

    Do you really believe that USA families should have to compete with low paid near “slave” labor in Mexico, India, China, etc?

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