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Oh, it's just more typical over-regulation by those big-government Democrats Republicans.

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Michigan Governor Signs Bill Dictating How Car Companies Can Sell Cars

The Republican Party likes to bill itself as the party of free enterprise. In theory, the GOP opposes regulations on how businesses conduct themselves unless it deals with things like fraud. Of course, that's just how they operate in theory. In reality, it's something very different apparently.

Republican Gov. Rick Snyder signed a bill yesterday that requires Tesla to use dealerships rather than their direct-sales business model.

Governor Rick Snyder signed bipartisan legislation Tuesday aimed at discouraging Tesla Motors from selling its electric cars directly through company stores.

House Bill 5606, sponsored by state Rep. Aric Nesbitt, also prohibits auto manufacturers from dictating fees franchised dealers can charge customers. The legislation allows individual auto dealers to make the business decision whether to charge the transaction fee.

Snyder said direct sales of new vehicles is already banned in the state. This law will explicitly require all automakers to sell through a network of franchised dealers.

Earlier Tuesday, General Motors urged the governor to sign the bill.

Snyder, who has boasted of making Michigan more hospitable for entrepreneurs, brings Michigan into a growing number of states that have raised obstacles to the California-based electric car company.

And now, Snyder has proven he's more interested in appeasing a company like General Motors than allowing anything close to industry innovation.

Tesla was using a new idea for auto sales, essentially cutting out middlemen in an effort to try and keep costs for its electric cars low. Whether it would work or not remains to be seen, but that's where the free market shows the harsh reality. Not every idea is going to be a winner, and the market will figure that out.

Of course, Snyder isn't trying to keep Tesla safe or anything. He and politicians like him are trying to keep an age-old model viable whether it deserves to be or not.

The problem is that no business model deserves to be protected. If dealerships are an awesome way to sell vehicles, they'll survive just fine. If they are outdated, then they won't. That's how the free market works.

However, Republicans like Snyder may espouse free market principles, but they don't really believe them. Snyder, in particular, has shown that while he may want to make Michigan more friendly for entrepreneurship, he'll sell out entrepreneurs in a heartbeat if their innovations threaten his contributors.

You don't get to play free market advocate when your actions make it clear you're no such thing.
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A for the law, I can see pros and cons to it (mostly cons). THEORETICALLY, dealerships add some level of safety to consumers by only allowing cars to be bought from them. In reality, I can see no reason to require this except to protect dealers and help discourage competition.
If this were 1916 and you had manufacturer reps selling cars door-to-door (which happened back then) then dealerships would exist as a supposed "reputable intermediary." But in 2016 the idea of car dealerships as anything other than an impediment to car ownership is laughable. But instead of rolling back antiquated laws, apparently we need to be instituting new layers of protectionist nonsense.

But hey, GM & Ford only got $80 billion from Bush/Obama, so they're practically starving over there!
So we gotta tilt that playing field a little further!
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The big electoral victories in 2010 and 2014 were because they were mid-term elections and Democratic voter turn out was in the toilet. I think giving the TP credit is a stretch, otherwise it's an interesting quote.
 
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fightcitymayor wrote:
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A for the law, I can see pros and cons to it (mostly cons). THEORETICALLY, dealerships add some level of safety to consumers by only allowing cars to be bought from them. In reality, I can see no reason to require this except to protect dealers and help discourage competition.
If this were 1916 and you had manufacturer reps selling cars door-to-door (which happened back then) then dealerships would exist as a supposed "reputable intermediary." But in 2016 the idea of car dealerships as anything other than an impediment to car ownership is laughable. But instead of rolling back antiquated laws, apparently we need to be instituting new layers of protectionist nonsense.

But hey, GM & Ford only got $80 billion from Bush/Obama, so they're practically starving over there!
So we gotta tilt that playing field a little further!


Which they've already paid back with interest, unlike Wall Street.

Car dealerships are a nearly dead this is a last gasp effort to survive, it wont work.
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rcbevco wrote:
fightcitymayor wrote:
But hey, GM & Ford only got $80 billion from Bush/Obama, so they're practically starving over there!
So we gotta tilt that playing field a little further!
Which they've already paid back with interest, unlike Wall Street.
Actually this is an oft-repeated Democrat talking point that is false: American taxpayers lost $9 billion on that deal.

http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2015/jan/...
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Obama said, "The auto companies have now repaid taxpayers every dime and more of what my administration invested in."

We’ll note that losses from automaker loans were expected to be higher, and the action taken by the Obama administration resulted in GM and Chrysler paying back the bulk of their loans.

But to say they've paid back "every dime and more," requires considerable cherry-picking. Obama doesn’t count any outstanding loans made by the Bush administration, which seem to have been made with Obama's quiet support and which were restructured (resulting in some losses) under the bankruptcy Obama's Treasury helped manage. And to get into the black, he counts money the automakers paid back for Bush administration loans.

The statement contains an element of truth but ignores facts that would give a different impression. That’s Mostly False.
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galad2003 wrote:
fightcitymayor wrote:
galad2003 wrote:
A for the law, I can see pros and cons to it (mostly cons). THEORETICALLY, dealerships add some level of safety to consumers by only allowing cars to be bought from them. In reality, I can see no reason to require this except to protect dealers and help discourage competition.
If this were 1916 and you had manufacturer reps selling cars door-to-door (which happened back then) then dealerships would exist as a supposed "reputable intermediary." But in 2016 the idea of car dealerships as anything other than an impediment to car ownership is laughable. But instead of rolling back antiquated laws, apparently we need to be instituting new layers of protectionist nonsense.

But hey, GM & Ford only got $80 billion from Bush/Obama, so they're practically starving over there!
So we gotta tilt that playing field a little further!
So we're in agreement. Cool
I believe we are.
 
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Even the Republicans in Michigan are fuckwits, It's no wonder that is suck a shit hole.
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Even the Republicans in Michigan are fuckwits, It's no wonder that is suck a shit hole.

Yes, Michigan is sooo much worse than Iowa.
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jeremycobert wrote:
Even the Republicans in Michigan are fuckwits, It's no wonder that is suck a shit hole.
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Yes, Michigan is sooo much worse than Iowa.
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fightcitymayor wrote:
jeremycobert wrote:
Even the Republicans in Michigan are fuckwits, It's no wonder that is suck a shit hole.
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Yes, Michigan is sooo much worse than Iowa.
STATE FIGHT!!!



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rcbevco wrote:
fightcitymayor wrote:
jeremycobert wrote:
Even the Republicans in Michigan are fuckwits, It's no wonder that is suck a shit hole.
rcbevco wrote:
Yes, Michigan is sooo much worse than Iowa.
STATE FIGHT!!!



RRRRRrrrrrrawwwrrr! Fssk! FSSSK!!


The sole delegate from Nebraska* casts his vote with Michigan, against Iowa.

* Sssshhhhh nobody tell Lord_Prussian about this thread
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Our Rick Perry controlled state passed that same law years back.
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rcbevco wrote:
jeremycobert wrote:
Even the Republicans in Michigan are fuckwits, It's no wonder that is suck a shit hole.

Yes, Michigan is sooo much worse than Iowa.




I moved here from Illinois because Iowa really is like heaven. Michigan is a shit hole plain and simple. On the bright side, its not as bad as Florida.
 
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Yep, as a conservative libertarian and a Tesla stock owner this pisses me off.
 
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Yep, as a conservative libertarian and a Tesla stock owner this pisses me off.


It shouldn't. The OP is a fuckwit who couldn't make sense out of the intricacies of a free market economy at the Lemonade Stand level. Mostly what you have here are Leftoid morons hating regulations when it's from the other tribe but loving the fuck out of it when it's ideologically expedient.

The whole Tesla thing has already been done in New Jersey and direct-to-consumer sales of automobiles is not allowed in most states without a lot of hassle and the manufacturer meeting the regulatory requirements. To dismiss this as some random governor with an R after his name being a hypocrite just demonstrates the toddler-level understanding of what, to some of us, is pretty basic economics in America. The regulations are both good and bad, often good for local economies and consumers and sometimes not so good. Depends a lot of the differences state to state, the level of enforcement and a shit ton of other subtleties that are liike magic to the OP's cute but primitive thought process.

I haven't really followed the New Jersey thing, they may have backed off. Still what Tesla wants here is control over the consumer choice and if states allow large corporate players like Tesla to vertically control all aspects of how their products are sold and serviced then it won't be long before Ford, GM, etc will demand (and get) the same free ride to operate where they want, when they want, unfettered by any regulations that require them to interact with consumers on any level that isn't a profit center for the automaker.

Now if you like a free market that is that out of control, and apparently the OP does, then you really haven't given this much thought. There is probably a good way to allow direct-to-consumer sales of autos but like anything in an increasingly money-motivated world there has to be some level of protection for the state's consumers. Otherwise why even have states and legislators and laws and rules?

Here's one take on it from a couple years ago that treats the subject pretty fairly from both sides:

https://www.engadget.com/2014/07/17/tesla-motors-us-sales/
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ironcates wrote:
Yep, as a conservative libertarian and a Tesla stock owner this pisses me off.


It shouldn't. The OP is a fuckwit who couldn't make sense out of the intricacies of a free market economy at the Lemonade Stand level. Mostly what you have here are Leftoid morons hating regulations when it's from the other tribe but loving the fuck out of it when it's ideologically expedient.

The whole Tesla thing has already been done in New Jersey and direct-to-consumer sales of automobiles is not allowed in most states without a lot of hassle and the manufacturer meeting the regulatory requirements. To dismiss this as some random governor with an R after his name being a hypocrite just demonstrates the toddler-level understanding of what, to some of us, is pretty basic economics in America. The regulations are both good and bad, often good for local economies and consumers and sometimes not so good. Depends a lot of the differences state to state, the level of enforcement and a shit ton of other subtleties that are liike magic to the OP's cute but primitive thought process.

I haven't really followed the New Jersey thing, they may have backed off. Still what Tesla wants here is control over the consumer choice and if states allow large corporate players like Tesla to vertically control all aspects of how their products are sold and serviced then it won't be long before Ford, GM, etc will demand (and get) the same free ride to operate where they want, when they want, unfettered by any regulations that require them to interact with consumers on any level that isn't a profit center for the automaker.

Now if you like a free market that is that out of control, and apparently the OP does, then you really haven't given this much thought. There is probably a good way to allow direct-to-consumer sales of autos but like anything in an increasingly money-motivated world there has to be some level of protection for the state's consumers. Otherwise why even have states and legislators and laws and rules?

Here's one take on it from a couple years ago that treats the subject pretty fairly from both sides:

https://www.engadget.com/2014/07/17/tesla-motors-us-sales/

Goddammit, you beat me to it, although I'm not sold that the OP is a fuckwit....

The other, unspoken issue here is local governments, hell even the federal government, seeing an entire (successful) taxation process going down the tube. Direct sales from websites frequently bypass sales and other taxes levied on purchases from brick-and-mortar enterprises. I know a lot of people will cheer this, but eventually this will catch up with all of us. Without taxes, how do you pay for roads and bridges? Schools? Prisons? Cops and firefighters? Regulatory agencies that protect water, air, and soil, or test food and drugs? There is a whole generation coming up that thinks everything should be free -- music, art, etc. They're becoming used to purchasing everything online (as aside, when it comes to buying groceries online, I have to think the ordering folks are the laziest human beings on the planet). They're also used to avoid paying any kind of tax for purchasing items such as clothes, toiletries, etc. This is also behind the Michigan law. How do you fund viable communities, counties, states, and nations without taxes? Or do people really want to pay more income tax at the end of the year?

I know it sounds simple on its face -- GOP governor and lawmakers squash free enterprise -- but it's far more complicated. Glad I'm closing in on 60, so I don't have to put up with the fallout in 20-30 years.
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Given the requirement to register the car with the state, they have pretty good odds of collecting the taxes. Plus amazon pays taxes.

Ultimately, the taxes will come from the people and from reduced services (but automation may lower some service costs by enhancing staff productivity or eliminating staff entirely for 24 hour web sites).
 
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jeremycobert wrote:
rcbevco wrote:
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Even the Republicans in Michigan are fuckwits, It's no wonder that is suck a shit hole.

Yes, Michigan is sooo much worse than Iowa.




I moved here from Illinois because Iowa really is like heaven. Michigan is a shit hole plain and simple. On the bright side, its not as bad as Florida.


Flat, hot, corn-y and as dry as a popcorn fart or centered in the earths largest collection of fresh water with a diverse economy (including some corn). I've been in Missouri in the summer shake.

The weather here is a bit a bit chilly and then there's the snow...
 
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