For those following this year's Presidential election festivities (as well as keeping tabs on the GOP's ongoing record-breaking race to obstruct, deconstruct, vilify & destroy all possible progress in the United States), there's a possible minor news item that may be seized upon by the Right to try and take the wind out of the sails of President Obama's re-election bid.
The President is running on job creation, saving the auto industry, rebuilding the economy & creating new energy initiatives (among other things), and up to now his record hasn't been bad. Recent news from GM, however, may give some of the opposition party something to grab onto:
General Motors Co. said it will halt production of its Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid car for five weeks in an effort to control its inventory. The car maker had a stock of about 6,300 Volts on hand at the end of February.
Apparently, this will lead to the layoff of 1,300 workers.
General Motors Co. will suspend production of the Chevrolet Volt at its Detroit-Hamtramck plant for five weeks, temporarily laying off 1,300 employees.
This is news that the Right will use to claim that the auto-bailout - and sustainability/energy initiatives - are on the wrong track.
It would be good to have some snappy comebacks for it.
I think anyone prepping to respond to any attempts to spin this as a larger negative should consider pointing out that GM overall is doing very well, the Volt Eco is doing well, and energy projects - particularly sustainable ones in green energy - are creating more jobs. - GH