OPINION: Hauler Says Peters Authored Bill That Funds Jobs in Finland

The 14th Congressional District Republican candidate says some of the loan guarantees in his Democratic opponent's legislation is sending jobs overseas.

Gary Peters claims that he saved the auto industry in Michigan, however the real story has a very different ending. The truth is that Gary Peters is proud of making loan guarantees through the bill he authored titled the Advanced Vehicle Technology Act.

Where did some of that loan money go?

To create manufacturing jobs. Overseas. In Finland.

According to ABC News, “… an electric car company [Fisker Automotive] that received a $529 million federal government loan guarantee is assembling its first line of cars in Finland, saying it could not find a facility in the United States capable of doing the work.”

And, apparently, that’s not enough for Gary Peters. He wants to double down on a program that creates jobs for Europeans, not Americans. In his own press release, “…I am hopeful the Senate will soon act on my Advanced Vehicle Technology Act, and … the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loan program that made this loan possible should be doubled.”  

This is why career politicians like Gary Peters are not the answer to bringing jobs, especially manufacturing jobs, back to Metro Detroit. Empty rhetoric is bad enough, but rhetoric that sends Michigan jobs to Finland has to stop. We deserve better. 

This is why I'm running for Congress. Working in manufacturing my whole life, I know how to actually create jobs in southeast Michigan. My mission is to help revive the economy of the Detroit-metro area with real representation in Washington and real ideas that work here in Michigan--not Finland. 

John Hauler is the Republican candidate for U.S. Congress in the 14th District, which includes Farmington Hills. 




Jimbobob August 16, 2012 at 02:37 PM
Please actually go to the referenced ABC article and look at the Fisker response to the article. In it they point out that the DoE funding is not going to Finland, those are private investments made before the DoE funding. The DoE dollars are spent in the US, on engineering and getting the US factory ready. ABC shows the link but doesn't mention the facts. Mr. Haul of course is willing to continue to misrepresent the facts in a false attack. Congressman Peters has worked hard to help our auto industry, unlike Mitt Romney who wanted to bankrupt Detroit and split up the company's assets to bond holders, which would have destroyed our economy.
Barry Dingles August 16, 2012 at 09:01 PM
GM and Chrysler went bankrupt. The difference is, centuries of bankruptcy law was violated when the Bondholders were given nothing. All kinds of White Collar workers lost nearly everything in their pension funds via the Obama bailouts. IF things were to have happened the way they legally should have. The two would have gone bankrupt (which they did even under Obama) and ALL contracts would have been renegotiated and the two would have reopened reorganized, leaner and meaner, more able to compete in an international market. As it stands, GM still is costing the taxpayers around 25 BILLION just in stock value losses, not counting "Bailout" loan #2 that still is unpaid. All the while, GM is manufacturing 7 of its 10 produced vehicles in CHINA, keeping its profits offshore to not pay taxes and investing in new factories everywhere but in the US. Thanks Congressman Peters. Offshoring US jobs with Tax Payers funds (at a loss of jobs and money) sure is peachy aint it?
Barry Dingles August 16, 2012 at 09:41 PM
Hey Jimbo, Read and Learn; http://nlpc.org/stories/2012/08/16/auto-bailout-legacy-gms-european-nightmare I really like this quote from the article "This became evident on last quarter's earnings conference call, where GM CFO Dan Amman ducked and weaved in answering how much of the American taxpayers' money was being lent to Opel to sustain its failing operations. And as if the misdeeds and mistakes couldn't get worse, GM tied itself up in an equity alliance with the only other automaker in the region in as bad or worse shape than Opel, Peugeot. GM just made the shocking admission with an SEC filing that it will likely have to write-down the investment as a loss since Peugeot's stock price has also fallen off a cliff with little or no hope of recovery. How's that new and improved government leadership and accountability working for you now?" Thank You Congressman Gary Peters for wasting BILLIONS of taxpayers dollars in the pursuit of continued US manufacturing off shoring and billions of lost and wasted of other peoples money. I can see why he got out of private investment, that fiduciary responsibility thing is a -itch. Cant be prosecuted as a Congressman if you violate it!
Joni Hubred-Golden (Editor) August 17, 2012 at 12:28 AM
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DCC August 18, 2012 at 07:08 PM
"Anon for Obvious Reason" - what is your definition of "obvious". By mine, no, it is not obvious.
Barry Dingles August 21, 2012 at 04:34 AM
Darryl Conliffe - This is a pretty obvious reason, Google and Yellow/White Pages. Its not hard to type in a name and find out what party, where they work, where they live, what their phone number is. At a more vintage of age, you may not grasp the full power and how deep the personal information is freely available via the web with only a little practice. answer your question? ;) I dont want anybody from down the street or across town taking any of my posts and opinions as an excuse to get involved in my personal life without my permission first. People are tribal and it takes very little research into humanities past or present to realize that the mob/tribal mentality can be very dangerous to those who differ, even here in 1st World USA. Is it even more obvious now? One must be very careful, ideas and opinions can be very threatening to some people.
Sue Burstein August 26, 2012 at 05:08 PM
I don't think he used profanity. I believe that he called it a female dog in a certain time of her life. According to merriman-webster: Bitch - Medical Definition and More from Merriam-Webster www.merriam-webster.com/medical/bitch bitch. noun \ˈbich\. Definition of BITCH. : the female of the dog or some other carnivorous mammals
Joni Hubred-Golden (Editor) August 26, 2012 at 06:21 PM
The fact that the word was "masked" makes me tend to believe that's not the way the comment was meant.


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