Opposition to the GM plan

By Fred Childers - bio|email

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - When it was learned that Shreveport managed to stay off gm's list of closed plants, local leaders were relieved.

"We take what's happened today to- at best- to not be bad news, hopefully it represents good news. We are anxiously looking forward to seeing how this will be resolved," said Shreveport Mayor, Cedric Glover.

He's  talking about what role the Shreveport plant will play in GM's future, but Congressman John Fleming is worried about what role the government will play in GM, now that it owns most of it.

"This is going to be a great opportunity for the administration to insert its political views into production of automobiles. I don't think politics and government should be involved," said Fleming.

A concern the Obama administration is keenly aware of.

"We've made a series of very rigorous decisions to not involve ourselves in the day to day management of the enterprise," said Ron Bloom, a senior advisor in the U.S. Treasury Department.

"After the last four or five months of seeing things come out of Washington I just frankly don't trust that statement," said Fleming.

Even so, the administration says it never wanted to own stock in GM, much less controlling stoc. And the administration has vowed several times to get out of gm as soon as possible.

And it's that process that opponents of the plan will be watching closely.

Congressman Fleming says the reason he believes government will exert political pressure into the running of GM is because of past behavior by the government, and he points to the push for lighter vehicles for better fuel efficiency, a push that Fleming says could prove dangerous considering many of the trucks on the highways will not be lighter.

Interestingly enough, the administration cites it's past behavior as proof there will be no involvement,  saying all the decisions coming out of GM so far, have been made by GM.

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