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.