Wednesday, May 06, 2009

George Will repeats himself, the second time in the august pages of the Washington Post:

Last Sunday, as reported by Steve Benen of the Washington Monthly: (emp add)
Over the weekend, ABC's "This Week" briefly covered the president's latest White House press conference. The show featured a clip from Obama in which he said, "I know that if the Japanese can design an affordable, well-designed hybrid, then doggone it, the American people should be able to do the same. So my job is to ask the auto industry, 'Why is it you guys can't do this?'"

George Will was unimpressed.
"I assume the president is talking about the Prius. It's affordable because Toyota sells it at a loss, and it can afford to sell it at a loss because it is selling twice as many gas-guzzling pickup trucks of the sort our president detests. So as an auto executive, he's off to a rocky start."
Actually, the only thing "rocky" here is the quality of Will's analysis.

In reality, Toyota used to sell hybrids at a loss -- in 1997. The industry and consumer trends have changed considerably over the last 12 years, and Toyota started making a profit on each Prius sold way back in 2001.

Indeed, reader R.H. directed me to this item, which noted, "[T]he Nikkei newspaper in Japan estimated just last week that both Honda and Toyota make over $3,000 of profit on each hybrid sold."
George Will in the Post Thursday, May 7:
[Obama] says: "If the Japanese can design [an] affordable, well-designed hybrid, then, doggone it, the American people should be able to do the same." Yes they can -- if the American manufacturer can do what Toyota does with the Prius: Sell its hybrid without significant, if any, profit and sustain this practice, as Toyota does, by selling about twice as many of the gas-thirsty pickup trucks that the president thinks are destroying the planet.
Wow!     This guy never quits.


His column today has to do with cucumbers and energy, I think, based upon the WaPo blurb. Will has gone from the Prius to half-sours in 60 seconds - probably will end up giving him gas and adding to global warming.

By Blogger Shag from Brookline, at 5/07/2009 2:53 AM  

He's moved pretty quickly into "old man shouts at cloud" territory.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/07/2009 10:11 AM  

first global warming "critic", then this. why doesn't he just admit he's getting paid under the table to be a propagandist for a particular special interest.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/07/2009 7:50 PM  

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