Thursday, January 14, 2010

Bureaucratic Dopes

An article from an unknown newspaper, also reprinted on AARP's Q&A site:
Do You Appreciate the “Law of Physics” ?

Forwarded from a senior level person at Chrysler dated July 19, 2009

“Monday morning, I attended a breakfast meeting where the guest speaker was David E. Cole,Chairman Center fo Automotive Research ( CXAR )and a Professor at the University of Michigan.

Mr. Cole, who is an engineer by training, told many stories of the difficulty of working with the folks that the Obama administration has sent to save the automotive industry. There have been many meetings where a 30 year experienced automotive expert has to listen to a newcomer to the industry, someone with zero manufacturing experience, zero auto industry experience, zero finance experience and zero engineering experience, tell them how to run their business.

Mr. Cole’s favorite story is as follows:

“Obama’s people were explaining to Mr. Cole that the auto companies needed to make a car that was electric and liquid natural gas (LNG) to go 500 miles so that we wouldn’t need to have so many gas stations. ( a whole other topic).

They were quoting the BTUs of LNG and battery life they had looked up on some web site.

Mr Cole explained that to do this you would need a trunk full of batteries and an LNG tank as big as the car to make that happen; and there were problems related to the laws of physics that prevented them from (being successful)….

The Obama person interupted and said ( and I am quoting here) “These Laws of Physics ? Whose rules are those? We need to change that !” ( Some of the others wrote down the law name so they could look it up.)”

“We have congress and the administration. We can repeal that law, amend it or use an executive order to get rid of that problem. That’s why we are hereto fix these sorts of issues”

And these are the kind of people that will run healthcare ? !

This sounds too stupid to be true, despite the fact that the people in the Obama Administration are stupid enough to do it.

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